Valium Withdrawal and Tapering Help
"Please, please, please trust the program and our fabulous team at Point of Return. - Janet (Valium)
Need Help for Valium Withdrawal or Relief from Valium Withdrawal Symptoms? Our nonprofit takes a holistic, natural approach to Ease Valium Withdrawal Symptoms and nothing will interact with Valium. We have been helping people through Benzodiazepine Withdrawal for over 15 years in 78 countries and know how to Control Valium Withdrawal Naturally. Valium is a long-acting benzodiazepine, meaning it is processed through the liver very slowly. Valium Withdrawal can be extremely challenging and many use Valium in an attempt to control the withdrawals from shorter-acting benzos such as Ativan, Lorazepam, Alprazolam and Xanax. Unfortunately long-acting benzodiazepines can cause more depression and issues with pain. Tapering Valium must be done very slowly to allow adequate time for the GABA receptors to adjust between reductions. Tapering Valium rates can vary depending on multiple variables including time on the drug; age; other medications that may interact and health challenges. At Point of Return we assess Valium Taper Rates individually, while also use natural, soothing items to provide the needed relief to control the Valium Withdrawal Symptoms. Contact our nonprofit for help.
How the Program and Tapering Process Works Valium Dependence
Our Valium weaning program is a slow taper that allows you to safely step down from Valium under the guidance of our Prescription Experts; your Physician and Pharmacist.
The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not wean Valium until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical.
Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help minimize Valium withdrawal symptoms to improve mental and physical well-being.
Our areas of expertise are Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkillers on a case-by-case basis.
At-Home programs are individualized based on your situation. An assessment is done once you start which allows us to individualize your gameplan based on age; length of time on the medications; health challenges; lifestyle, stress levels; additional medications; and interactions. Don't Wean Valium alone, with with our Prescription Drug Experts. Start on your Point of Return today!
Imagine being Free of Valium Addiction
- Proven Program completed At-Home with Expert Guidance
- Our secret is a Slow Taper combined with Powerful all-natural Nutraceuticals to help ease Valium withdrawal symptoms
- Your program is customized for your specific situation
- Professional information on herb/vitamin/over-the-counter interactions
- 15 years of experience helping people in 78 countries
- Free Expert Mentoring on our 24/7 private Discussion Board
- Free Assessment Upon Starting our Program (a $400 value)
Valium Withdrawal Success Stories
I look forward to continuing my post taper healing along side Point of Return, sharing my experience out there to bring very much needed awareness. more...
Marcia (California) Valium Withdrawal
Know that it's possible to begin healing. It may not be a cake walk, but you will cross the finish line too. Please, please, please trust the program and our fabulous team at Point of Return. more....
Janet (Minnesota) Valium Withdrawal
I can’t even begin to thank everyone at Point of Return for the numerous phone calls of reassurance, tough love moments and consistent support through the whole process! more....
Karen U (New Jersey) Valium Withdrawal
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At Point of Return, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we have spent the last 15 years helping people taper off Valium correctly. With customized withdrawal rates and all natural nutraceuticals, our program allows you to taper off Valium, once and for all, from the comfort of your home. Read program FAQs
Valium Withdrawal Success Stories
Valium Withdrawal Success Stories
To those that are beginning this journey: This process is not a walk in the park, but it’s achievable and each testimony is someone who walked through your shoes and overcame!
In 2006, I became another statistic. I was labeled with an “incurable disease” of panic disorder with anxious depression. My trust fell in doctors, prescription pills and a never-ending cycle of trying different “cocktails” to achieve what I longed for so desperately; a normal life. Instead of listening to my body at that time, I ignored all the warning signs of being over-stressed, undernourished, and sleep deprived. So my body did what it was designed to do. It went into shock. And so my story began.
My body was introduced to numerous types of antidepressants and benzodiazepines. Despite the medicine changes and increased dosages, I never felt quite right. I had this underlining depression and anxiety that would not disappear. Eventually, tolerance withdrawal kicked into full gear. This led me down a road of dangerous self-attempted tapers and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. (Yes, I had a doctor. His advice was to just “stop it.” Sadly, I had no choice but to take matters into my own hands.)
Then I found Point of Return. I inquired about the program on a Saturday afternoon and THAT night Alesandra called me with the best news I ever heard. “You can come off these medicines. I did it and so can you.” I knew she was the real deal. I can’t even begin to thank Alesandra, Andrea and Terry for the numerous phone calls of reassurance, tough love moments and consistent support through the whole process! I have Roy to thank for being an amazing compounding pharmacist. Also, I can’t forget to thank the incredible forum family that walked me through tears, setbacks, joy, successes and at last, freedom!
To those that are beginning this journey: This process is not a walk in the park, but it’s achievable and each testimony is someone who walked through your shoes and overcame! You will learn how to properly nourish your body which is vital to healing! Trust me when I say, the nutraceuticals are crucial to being successful! You WILL feel the difference! (Believe me, I was skeptical at first but now they will be a part of me forever!) Lastly, you can do this process at a pace that works for you. I worked full time during both my tapers! I even went on vacations, hosted holiday parties, took shore trips and even rode roller coasters! I say that not to boast, but to give you hope that this can be you! Oh, and as far as the label of an “incurable disease”…I haven’t had one panic attack in years and I’m too busy with life to even think about depression! :)
Lastly, I can’t end this testimony without giving praise to my Savior, Jesus for His love, mercy and grace that gave me strength each day to keep fighting the good fight!
Karen U. (New Jersey) Valium, Zoloft
Thank you, thank you,thank you, Point of Return! You gave me my life back! Wow! Cheers to total health!by Marcia (Valium)
Dear Alesandra, Dr. Code, Dr. Armstrong, Roy, Dr. Sadeghi, Andrea, Terry, and all participants in the Point of Return Forum,
Thank you SO much for providing me with the ultimate healing path out of a very deep obscure iatrogenic reality that almost cost my life! I still have to pinch myself every now and then to believe that it actually happened! I'm alive! Totally in a state of humble awe! It's already been 6 months since I successfully completed my taper, and time continues to fly by now, because I am actually living life! Sure there are post taper withdrawal symptoms! How can it not? But look! I'm here! I'm active, I'm productive, I'm sleeping non-zombie hours again, and so so very happy! It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to live life again, to look in my husband's and children's eyes and realize that they know that I'm back, and doing well! Simple things all of a sudden became awesome, like hearing nature sounds, feeling the texture of various surfaces, the simple act of breathing... Wow! If I could only share all details here... It would amaze anyone! Yes, I have happy tears of joy! How can I not? Freedom at last! Whoohoo!
I would like to share that besides Point of Return's nutraceuticals, Point of Return's guidance, and Point of Return's outstanding reassuring support, Point of Return has introduced me to the most amazing network of people, and specially, to an outstanding group of diligent medical professionals that unlike several out there, treat me as a whole being! Customizing my taper and post taper program to address my special needs, including addressing the terrifying side effects of iatrogenic electric convulsive therapy to cover up for the irresponsible benzo overprescription, has ultimately saved my life, and set me towards a path of achieving total health! Every step that I've taken after encountering Point of Return has not only benefited me, but my immediate family, tremendously! My husband and children now truly understand the harsh reality of going through iatrogenic withdrawal! All the yoyo symptoms mimicking non-existing diseases! It was so so hard on all of us! From being okay to all of a sudden having vertigo, dizziness, oscillating blood pressure, memory/speech impairment, irritability, depersonalization, derealization, etc. 24/7! We were all beyond exhausted! And to think that this all started with a simple treatment for my hypothyroid! Unbelievable how it escalated into an alarming psychiatric iatrogenic madness!
What has been the key to my success? Point of Return's outstanding professional knowledge, diligence, on going research, patience, trust, phenomenal caring guidance through personal visits, working as a team with my local doctors, checking on my progress, phone calls, emails, texts, and Point of Return's Forum support - my new extended family! Simple words cannot express my profound gratitude!
I look forward to continuing my post taper healing along side Point of Return, sharing my experience out there to bring very much needed awareness, so others are not victims of irrational bad medicine, and most definitely, in helping those who are going through similar life reality!
Thank you, thank you,thank you, Point of Return! You gave me my life back! Wow! Cheers to total health!
With profound gratitude,
Marcia B. (California) - Valium
How on earth did I get on this road again? I had been here before and vowed never, ever to let this happen again. But somehow, years and years later, thousands upon thousands of dollars later, multiples and multiples of psychiatric drugs and misdiagnosis and withdrawals later…….. Here I was, back on the “Devil’s in a bottle” yet again. I will just go from “Yet again” as that is where POINT OF RETURN, INC. entered my life.
I had been given three rounds of a steroid for chronic bronchitis. I got better…..too much better and before I knew it, I was manic! I called my doctor and told her I thought there was something wrong and she told me to just stop the last round of Prednisone. So, I just stopped. Over the next several days I began to hallucinate, my heart was palpitating out of my chest, I was in a cold sweat and the list goes on. I had to resign from my teaching job. I couldn’t care for my children. It was just a 24/7 nightmare. I had already been rushed via ambulance to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack. They found nothing. The doctor, knowing my previous experience but truly not knowing what else to do, gave me some Klonopin and I took it! It is amazing what one will do when they feel as if they are staring death in the face. Within minutes, the mania was gone. I remembered just before I took it, that I got on my knees and prayed that if this was the wrong thing to do that God would have to show me the way out of it, “yet again”. Little did I know that the way out would be POINT OF RETURN three years later. So, while the Klonopin worked for the mania, I started having tremendous pain in areas where I had had multiple surgeries. I went to a pain management specialist and was given Hydrocodone and Oxycodone and plenty of it. Then, I couldn’t sleep. I went to see about that and was reassured by a reputable compounding pharmacist (and they know more about prescription drugs than just about anybody) that Ambien was NOT addictive and that I couldn’t believe everything I read. So here I am…. heading right back down the road to destruction and hell that I thought I would never be on again.
I started having so many physical ailments. I wound up having major surgery for GERD and a gall bladder removal. Less than a year later, I had exploratory surgery to see if the disease of Endometriosis had grown back even though I had had a complete hysterectomy. While going through all these surgeries, it just didn’t seem prudent to come off these medications. I never realized that it was probably these medications that actually led to the surgeries. It is such a vicious, evil cycle. I had come across Alesandra’s book “Deeds of Trust” and had read it and tucked it away on the back burner. I knew that I could not continue on this path. After the last surgery and adequate recuperation time I looked up POINT OF RETURN and emailed them. Terry forwarded my email to Alesandra and she called me! God did hear my prayer! Now, 15 months later, I am finally as of November 6, 2010……..DRUG FREE! It wasn’t easy. However, with the support of Alesandra, Terry and the POINT OF RETURN protocol, I am finally on the road to complete physical, emotional and mental healing. Angels come in all forms. These people and this program were truly…..”HEAVEN SENT”. Thank you God. Thank you to my husband Dan for his never ending support and belief in me and unconditional love. Thank you to my two beautiful boys, Drew and Graham who just kept on loving me when I was not loveable. Last but not least…….Thank you Alesandra for your never ending words of encouragement, advice, love and new found friendship. Thank you Terry for ALWAYS getting those products to me whenever I needed them and to wherever I happened to be. I am forever grateful to all of you.
Becky W. (NORTH CAROLINA) Ambien, Klonopin, Valium, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone
Please, please, please trust the program and our fabulous team at Point of Return.by Janet S. Valium
First, I just want to say thank you to the fabulous staff at Point of Return (POR) – Alesandra, Andrea and Terry for all the help and guidance in, not only attaining a med-free life, but also greater health! The past year has been quite a ride (and one I never want to repeat), but through your help, the terrific Point of Return supplement program, and friends on the forum, I'm on my way back to health.
But, let me start at the beginning. As a result of headaches and occipital neuralgia caused by muscle tension and stress, I was given a dose of steroids by an Orthopedist. Within 2 days of finishing the steroid, I started shaking…and it kept getting worse. After being prescribed Flexeril,Celexa, Xanax, Ativan and Trazadone (consecutively), I was finally given a diagnosis of anxiety…along with Valium and Lunesta by my OB/GYN. Fortunately, all were relatively short-lived, except the Valium. Initially, the Valium worked. My neck and shoulders felt better and the anxiety felt manageable. However, soon the muscle tension started getting worse, as did my anxiety between doses. After searching the internet for solutions: I found Point of Return, (POR).
My journey has been much shorter than many, although it feels like a lifetime to me. It was a downward spiral, but my body is finally beginning to recover physically. I'm amazed that 7 weeks of Benzos led to (for me) 6 mos. of tapering. Because of both physical and emotional set-backs, I had to postpone and hold my tapers multiple times. I actually tapered longer than I was on Benzos to begin with! However, with much encouragement, I continued down the path of healing toward a single, focused goal…to be free of the Benzo beast. As I've said previously, I've counted on the support of three very special people – Alesandra, Andrea and Terry – some incredible supplements, and a whole lot of determination. Failure was not an option for me.
I'm no different than any one of you reading this. If you think you're the only one that won't heal (and believe me, you're not alone), you will. If you think that your sleep will never return…guess again. It will. If you believe that you're the only one who will fail on the supplements, you're wrong. How do I know? I've been there (as have many before me). And…believe me; I've had every doubt that you've had. So while I still have my occasional "off" moments or days, the good days now FAR outnumber the bad.
I think it's so important to focus on the "End Zone". Of course, it's far easier to try to sabotage our own healing, and focus and obsess and blame our lack of recovery on everything but the real culprit…the pharmacologic answer. The magic pill. In reality, we just need to stay the course, keep our eyes focused on the prize, and focus on "what is" instead of getting mired in "what if's". And "what is" is the present: putting one foot in front of the other and crossing the finish line. So know that it's possible to begin healing. It may not be a cake walk, but you will cross the finish line too. Please, please, please trust the program and our fabulous team at Point of Return.
Love you all!
Janet S. (MINNESOTA) Valium
My name is John. I am a 63 yr. old commercial photographer living in LA. 2 years ago i had a series of shoulder operations that left me dependant on valium. I had no clue how addictive they were. In Nov. of 07 i realized that i would have to double my dose and also that i did this, i would be "stupid" on the job. I decided to stop, not knowing what an ordeal I was in for. After about a week of stumbling, I found POINT OF RETURN on the internet. They saved my sanity and my life. They coached me and had product that really worked.
Tapering off VALIUM was one of the hardest things in my life. My sleep was totally messed up and without sleep, life can get pretty scary. Alesandra, Andrea and Terry were always there for me, always had time for my phone calls.
It has taken me 5 months to "get straight". I am clean as a whistle and sleeping great. Without POINT OF RETURN and the 3 angels who own and run POINT OF RETURN, it would have been a millions times harder, if not impossible.
John D. (California) Valium
Alesandra..I love you! I am holding on..believe me!! Thank you for all your support, love and determination to see me through this.. in my darkest and weakest moments you were there..you were there when I didn't have my mind, fear filled my brain and the tears just kept shedding day after day..only you knew my pain ..no one else..I thank God for you..but especially for the unique person you are. There are not many people in this world with your devotion and commitment for another human being..YES Alesandra Rain is a gift from God! My acupuncturist is the founder of acupuncture and the first to liscensed in this country. Author of many books as well. I am going to share your book with him. I want him to read it! Stay with me.. all my love..OH YAH.. I am coming to the West Coast. Love you Cindy
The program is great! I am drug free and shrink free. I only see my Cardiologist and I like him. He has me in good health. I took him your book and he actually read it. We have discussed it and he sees the advantages to the program verses western medicine. Also have been doing acupressure for 3 hrs. a week for almost 3 months. I don't know if you remember but I told you about the loss of my sweet SAM last Oct. I now have 2 kids they are 6 yrs. old Brother & Sister they are my joy. Must Love Dogs and Cats too! I rescued them and we make quite a family. What I do know about you is the you are honest and passionate about POINT OF RETURN. Also compassionate and care a great deal for others. Warm Regards, Debbie C.
Today was my 3rd GREAT day!! I worked in the garden, watered flowers, ironed the clothes in the laundry room that were left there when the bottle of VALLIUM was tossed in January. I have been doing things I never imagined I would do again, even went running with the chow chow. I am coming to the West Coast to hug you!
Christi .V, (California) - Valium
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Valium history and info
Valium is commonly used for anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, seizures, Meniere's Disease and restless leg syndrome because it possesses anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, sedative, hypnotic, muscle relaxant and amnestic properties. Valium binds to the GABA receptors, which are the most prevalent inhibitory (calming) neurotransmitter of the body. However, like all benzodiazepines, continued use of Valium down-regulates the GABA receptors and tolerance occurs, where a larger dose is required to have the same calming effect. After tolerance to Valium develops, the calming effect diminishes while anxiety and other excessive excitatory symptoms increase. This hyper-excitability is responsible for the wide and debilitating withdrawal symptoms if Valium is withdrawn too rapidly.
On November 15, 2013 Valium marked its 50th anniversary. Diazepam was introduced as the generic version after Valium’s patent expired in 1985. Approved by the FDA in 1963, the drug was marketed to ‘reduce psychic tension’ and went on to become the Western world’s most widely prescribed solution for anxiety. Valium was also the first drug to reach $1 billion in sales and is marketed in over 500 brands around the world, including a nerve agent antidote the United States military employs.
As early as 1964 medical experts became alarmed about Valium’s addictive potential. In 1975 Vogue ran a story entitled “Danger ahead! Valium – The Pill You Love Can Turn on You,” warning that dependence could result in a ‘far worse addiction than heroin.”
Diazepam binds to GABA, the most prevalent calming neurotransmitter of the body. Initially the drug eases tension and anxiety, improving sleep. With continued use Diazepam down-regulates the GABA receptors, requiring a higher dose of the drug to achieve the calming effects. This is known as tolerance and once it occurs the sedative qualities of the drug diminishes while anxiety, insomnia, sensitivity to stress, and many other symptoms increase. This hyper-excited and altered state of GABA is responsible for the widespread and debilitating withdrawal symptoms that occur if Diazepam is withdrawn too rapidly.
Diazepam is highly addictive and recommended for short term use only, with both a psychological and physical addiction occurring.
Diazepam is the longest acting Benzodiazepine and has a half-life of 1-3 days (depending on individual metabolism), but peak plasma levels occur within 30-90 minutes. For this reason, many will convert from the shorter-acting benzos to Diazepam to taper. However, it depends on how an individual metabolizes Diazepam as it can cause over-sedation, increased pain and depression if they are a poor metabolizer.
Diazepam (Valium) may cause serious side effects, including:
- See “What is the most important information I should know about Valium?”
- Seizures. Taking Valium with other medicines used to treat epilepsy can cause an increase in the number or severity of grand mal seizures.
- Withdrawal symptoms. You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking Valium suddenly.
- Withdrawal symptoms can be serious and include seizures. Mild withdrawal symptoms include a depressed mood and trouble sleeping. Talk to your healthcare provider about slowly stopping Valium to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
*While great care has been taken in organizing and presenting the material throughout this website, please note that it is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as Medical Advice.
*The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products and labels mentioned / sold are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness.
* Testimonial results may vary person to person.
*The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized with your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent.
*Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and done with their consent and support. More...