Xanax Withdrawal and Tapering Help
Need Help To Get Off Xanax? Have you tried to Come Off Xanax and found the Xanax Withdrawals too challenging? Our nonprofit has helped people Wean Off Xanax and take a holistic approach to controlling Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms. This approach has worked in every state of the United States and in 78 countries. You don't have to struggle to Taper Off Xanax, we can help ease the Xanax Symptoms. Xanax is a short-acting benzodizepine, meaning it tends to cause breakthrough anxiety, severe insomnia, muscle weakness and can cause dangerously high blood pressure if Xanax is reduced too rapidly. Xanax Withdrawal can occur even after short term use, causing rebound anxiety, insomnia, fear and irrational thoughts. Calming the central nervous system is recommended combined with a gentle taper schedule in order to Get Off Xanax and Stay Off Xanax. Our nonprofit combines slow Xanax Taper Rates, soothing nutraceuticals that will not interact with Xanax, and our expert mentoring approach is what has freed people in every corner of the world. Contact our Prescription Drug Experts to get the help you need today.
Our Xanax weaning program is a slow taper that allows you to safely step down from Xanax under the guidance of our Prescription Experts; your Physician and Pharmacist.
The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not wean Xanax until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical.
Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help minimize Xanax 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 Xanax alone, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.
Imagine being Free of Xanax Addiction
- Proven Program completed At-Home with Expert Guidance
- Our secret is a Slow Taper combined with Powerful all-natural Nutraceuticals to help ease Xanax 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)
Xanax Withdrawal Success Stories
Point of Return isn't just a program, it's a lifestyle. So you see, if you are going through a dark period just like I was - you are one step closer to your success story. more...
Jessica (Virginia) Xanax Withdrawal
I just wanted to let you know that I'm doing well - thanks to your program. I don't think I could have ever done it alone. Please thank everyone in the office for me. I am deeply grateful to you all. more...
Diane (USA) Xanax Withdrawal
Between my faith in God and the help of Point of Return, I have been Ambien and Xanax (Alprazolam) free! I am continuing to improve daily. more...
Jeff (USA) Xanax 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 Xanax correctly. With customized withdrawal rates and all natural nutraceuticals, our program allows you to taper off Xanax, once and for all, from the comfort of your home. Read program FAQs
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They were with me every step of the way shedding light on such a dark period of my life. Point of Return isn't just a program, it's a lifestyle.by Jessica B. Xanax
I could write you a timeline depicting the grueling details of my 4 year experience with Benzodiazepines, but truth is my story is probably a lot like yours. Just like you my anxiety crippled me. Just like you I played fool to a physician I put my trust into. And like you, I too was given a daily "therapeutic dosage" of Benzo's, SSRI's, and a cocktail of other behavioral meds to help with the side affects that came with the first pill. I too hit a tolerance wall every couple of months. My 23yr old body ached…I felt sick physically and mentally. I was a shell of the girl I once was. Like one of those hollow, half eaten, chocolate rabbits. My debilitated state led me to believe suicide was the only escape from my daily agony. And after 2 cold turkey quits, followed by many failed attempts to wean off Xanax with my physician, something had to change. With nothing left to lose, I did my research...
I'll never forget my first call to Point of Return. Withdrawing, I dialed guardedly and to my ears answered the most soothing, understanding voice…Alesandra Rain. Like many phone calls to come, she spent quite sometime with me on the phone that day, listening to my story and offering sound advice. Relieved wasn't the word, it brought tears to my eyes to finally speak to someone so knowledgeable who actually knew what I was going through and why. I remember her saying she could hear the "grit" in my voice, and coming from a place of experience she so knowingly said "it gets better". It wasn't until I read Deeds Of Trust that I fully understood how she knew. She had recognized the strength in my voice when I thought I had none.
Coming into POR I thought I was the exception. My panic attacks so frequent and debilitating, could I really taper successfully off the high mg doses of Xanax? Right away Alesandra and Andrea helped my doctor and I find a compounding pharmacy, and within 2 weeks of taking my nutrients, my body went from weak and needy to calmed and pacified. When I feel anxious, I know I can depend on Relax to calm my nerves. You really get what you put in. I cleaned up my old dirty habits for new and received great nutritional advice from Terry on how to implement whole foods into my diet. Andrea always encouraged me to keep at my dreams and her quirky spirit always had me laughing. To this day we remain great friends. The three of them plus the amazing nutrients I take, have created a life change in me that I couldn't imagine being without. The amazing lengths they have went to for me is something I could never repay them for. They were with me every step of the way shedding light on such a dark period of my life. Point of Return isn't just a program, it's a lifestyle. So you see, if you are going through a dark period just like I have you're one step closer to your success story.
Jessica B. (Virginia) - Xanax
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You are my angel. I started taking Effexor a couple of years
after my second child was born. I had terrible panic attacks which were
really debilitating. I think it was because of a combination of my
father dying suddenly, stress and poor nutrition. Only later after quite
a bit of research I realized that it must have been it. I went to a
general doctor who gave me the quick fix. Take Xanax till your Effexor
starts kicking in a couple of weeks. Having always been scared of any
types of drugs I only took one or two Xanax. I rode the panic attacks
till the Effexor kicked in. At first I felt good. I even stopped smoking
cigarettes. Then the weight started piling in pretty fast. I never had a
weight issue in my life. No matter how much exercise I would do I still
put on weight and craved sugar all the time. Slowly I started having
all sorts of problems. Constipation, brain zaps, tiredness, and a ton of
other problems I chose to remove from my mind.
Over the 6 years
I often tried to quit, once it even took me a year to taper off of it
but always went back to it as I had terrible withdrawal symptoms.
Searched the Internet constantly to see if anybody got off of this drug
successfully. One day I stumbled upon PointofReturn.org, (POR). I read
up on it thoroughly but was very skeptical so I didn't do anything for a
year. This year, June 2012 I had had enough. I wrote them and within a
few hours I got a reply from Alesandra. I had a thousand questions. She
replied within a few hours. After a few days or weeks of correspondence I
decided to order the program.
Her patience with me won me
over. Within a few days I started feeling like I was suddenly waking up,
had energy, I was alert. Amazing. But I was still skeptical. I learned
that the best tapering process was definitely through a compounding
pharmacy who made the drug in liquid form. Easy!!
I have been
now off the drug for almost a month. I feel great. Tons of energy,
overall good mood, alert. I do get weepy and impatient at times but I
feel alive after having spent 6 years masking all sorts of feelings. I thank you Alesandra and the group of people at POR who made it possible for me to go though this program so successfully!!
Chiara R. (California) - Effexor, Xanax
Three months ago, I sat on my couch with my two kids as I drank a glass of wine at 9:00 in the morning. I had just added a cocktail of Xanax, Trazadone and Restoril to my Lexapro and was upset because I had reinstated my Lexapro for the 3rd time. I thought I was broken or mentally ill and would need medication for the rest of my life. I was so discouraged that the only thing that made me feel better was alcohol. I looked at my kids and I realized that I was going down a VERY dangerous path. After all, I had tried to come off the meds with no success in the past and the sad part is that the meds never made me feel any better. They only made me overweight, tired & apathetic. I was in a constant fog and couldn't make any life decisions. I was stuck: I couldn't stay on them due to the side effects but couldn't stay off of them either and this was a scary place to be.
Just 3 years earlier, I was a Personal Trainer, had a zest for life, was energetic , an optimist and I was a VERY strong Born again Christian BUT I was going through a stressful time that could have been handled with some Therapy, and diet changes. How did I get here?
One day I went to my local Urgent Care and requested something for my mild Stress and Anxiety. Looking back, the anxiety was actually pretty minor but I simply did not know what it was and began to panic and thought something was REALLY wrong with me. The Dr. told me that Lexapro was a very good drug for anxiety and I should have very little side effects. The first night I took the medication I had a complete panic attack, couldn't sleep, woke up in a cold sweat and had extreme stomach issues. The Dr. told me this was normal and it would take 6 weeks to take affect and these side effects would subside. 6 weeks had passed and now I was having more symptoms such as hair loss, severe stomach problems, apathy, didn't care about anything and actually felt worse than my original symptoms. My dad then passed away and I thought I couldn't live without the meds especially since every time I tried to wean off, I felt worse than my original symptoms.
I would then over the next 3 years try to wean myself off slowly and would come off just fine and 4 weeks later I would crash into a tailspin like I had never felt before, I would have very dark thoughts. I was then self-diagnosing myself with Bi-polar Disorder, Clinical Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Little did I now that these similar symptoms of all the above disorders were only side-effects from the withdrawal that I was constantly in for 3 years. I would search the internet for answers and the answers I did find were very grim. Most people out there were struggling to come off these meds and not very many were successful and I began to lose hope. I had started to drain myself financially as I hopped from Psychiatrist to Holistic Dr., to Liver Cleanses to Therapists, etc. I had kept switching my meds from Lexapro to Zoloft to Wellbutrin and kept adjusting my meds up and down, and always felt worse than before.
I knew SOMETHING had to change. If I wasn't going to do it for myself, I had to do it for my kids. After a half a bottle of wine in the middle of the day, I surfed the internet and found POR. Alesandra called me shortly after and finally SOMEONE who knew exactly what I was going through and she assured me that it was the meds and withdrawal making me feel crazy and it was NOT me and I was NOT mentally ill! I had told her how many times I tried to come off the Lexapro beast but would reinstate the medication and I had told her that I lived on Diet Coke and frozen Weight Watchers meals and we pinpointed that as part of my problem! I began the nutrients the next day and held out hope.
After all, I had failed 3 times in the past to stay off the meds so every time I went on the Message Boards, an Alumni would assure me that this time it would be different because I was feeding my body what it needed and tapering properly this time! It is now 3 months later and I am drug free and will stay drug free forever!
Thank you Alesandra, Terry, Andrea, Rachel and Wendy! What you do is NOT in vain!! Thank you for helping me get my life back and thank you to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
NM., (California) - Lexapro, Trazodone, Xanax, Alcohol
I just wanted to let you know that I'm doing well - thanks to your program. I don't think I could have ever done it alone. I'm more than 2 weeks tapered off of all meds. The supplements from the Point of Return program were so helpful that I needed less and less of the meds faster than I thought possible. I'm still doing a little withdrawal, but it's a whole new world. I'm so surprised at how much easier it is to sleep and how much more control I have over myself. All the things I took the meds for - I didn't get until I was off of them - how ironic. I'm working with a great nutritionalist and your program really gave me a starting point in a healthy recovery. Please thank everyone in the office for me. I am deeply grateful to you all.
Diane C. , (Indiana) - Xanax
Between my faith in God and the help of Alesandra at Point of Return, I have been Ambien and Xanax free!by Jeff (Arizona) Xanax, Ambien
In the summer of 2010, I was diagnosed with stress disorder due to my job. My doctor prescribed an anti-depressant telling me that was how this disorder was treated. The anti-depressant caused me to have anxiety, headaches, and a major case of insomnia. I went to two other doctors seeking help. One doctor put me on Ambien, and the other doctor put me on Xanax. I took each of these drugs each night, and at first I slept very well. After being on these pills for only a couple of months I noticed my sleep had become bad again, and I was lucky if I got 3 to 4 hours, instead of the 7 to 8 I got at first. It appeared I had reached what is referred to as “Tolerance” to both Ambien and Xanax, and was having “Rebound” effects and the “Withdrawal” symptoms started to affect me greatly, and I was miserable. One night as my Brother and I prayed, we were led to look up these drugs on the internet so we could better understand what was happening to me. We were absolutely shocked to see what all of the horrible “Side Effects” of these drugs were, and I had a lot of them. My doctors had assured me these drugs were ok to use and I would not become addicted to them. Later, my doctors even told me I could just stop taking these drugs “Cold Turkey” without any problems. Thankfully I did not do this, but I did at first cut back to half of both drugs within less than one week. This was a mistake, as the “Withdrawal Symptoms” became almost unbearable. I looked on the internet for help, and that’s when I found the website for Point of Return. I enrolled in their program and started the supplements right away. Alesandra Rain at Point of Return contacted me, and helped me to start my “Tapering” process once I stabilized from my previous cuts. She helped guide me through a very rough time of weaning myself off of 2 very addictive and very powerful drugs at the same time. I finished the program in approximately 7 weeks, which is considered pretty fast. I felt I had to go fast due to the “Tolerance” issues and the already present “Withdrawal” symptoms. Between my faith in God and the help of Alesandra at Point of Return, I have been Ambien and Xanax free since December 30th of 2010.
I am continuing to improve daily, and am confident I will be back to 100% soon.
Jeff F. , (Arizona) - Xanax, Ambien
Pain is no stranger to me so I am more compassionate to those who suffer than I use to be.by Laura Xanax, Mirtazepine, Effexor, Tramadol
Thirty years ago may have been the beginning of a down-hill spiral for me when I was put on antidepressants for a persistent nerve pain in my arms and hands. Amazingly they did stop the pain and because of my trust in our medical Dr./friend I thought I'd need this drug for rest of my life to correct the diagnosed chemical imbalance.
While on the Amipramine I had mood swings, dry mouth and a nightly three hour ritual of twitching and jerking. It was the end of the blissful deep sleep I had once known. Relocating to another state meant changing to another doctor and then another and another as I became discouraged with their inability to make me feel better. The first and only effort ever made with each new doctor was to change my antidepressant. I even had the degrading experience of a homeopathic Dr. tell me there wasn't anything more they could to for me. "O.K. what is wrong with me? I don't feel well. Am I going to wither up and die for no reason at all? Oh, yes, I have Fibromyalgia. It's causing the tiredness, muscle pain, acid reflux and sleep disorder.
Oh, thank goodness. My joins are wearing out. Now there is a real reason for the pain. The five joint replacements have been helpful but the diseased spine is still hard to deal with. The spinal injections haven't helped so I really don't know what to do next. Suffer and live with it I suppose. At this rate I may not want to see 70.
Five children and their spouses, fourteen grand children all live a thousand miles away and seldom come to visit. They are too busy with their own lives so I am doomed to die lonely in some facility because my husband won't be able to care for me as my mental and physical health diminish. They will keep me calm and quiet for a few years until I slip away."
GOD BLESS MY DAUGHTER, BARBIE, who so tenderly and cautiously questioned me about my antidepressants. "Mom, I have a friend who was really sick and taking several drugs but now she is off of them and she has a whole new life." "But I still have the pain and the Dr. said I have a chemical imbalance.
I can't hardly ride in the car because the vibrations hurts me so bad. Dad does all of the housework and shopping." "Would you mind if my friend e-mailed or called you? "No, I don't' mind. I can listen or not listen."
That was the beginning of my journey to healing with POINT OF RETURN and my, now dear and precious, friend Alesandra. It has been one year this month of September since I began the program and today I am free of drugs. Free from Xanax which was causing me more Anxiety, Tramadol that caused more pain, Mirtazapine and Effexor. Even my stomach is healing and I have stopped the purple pill.
It hasn't been a bed or roses. It was hardest on my dear husband of 48 years. He is a saint you know. We are acting silly again just as we did years ago and we are still very much in love at the age of 66 and 70.
We hope to shorten the miles between us and our family by traveling more frequently. We have been blessed with a Great Granddaughter and we have yet to see and spoil her just a little. We just returned from Arizona where we reunited with two friends we had not seen or heard from in thirty years.
My grandchildren thought it was amazing to see photos of me (grandma) on a recent camping trip, standing up to the waist in a stream of water and fly fishing for trout. I'm a tough cookie sometimes and stubborn (they say) but I didn't know what a fighter I was until now that I look back on this past year and
realize that I never once thought about quitting the program.
Could it have something to do with Alesandra Rain, the program itself, the prayers I didn't know about. Yes, all of the above and more. I am dead set against the misuse of drugs and have always made a strong and lasting impression upon our children pertaining to them. For me to think that I was addicted to prescriptions drugs never entered my mind and would have horrified me.
Pain is no stranger to me so I am more compassionate to those who suffer than I use to be. I want to say clearly that I don't believe a laboratory cocktail of chemicals, compressed into a tiny pill, are natural to the human body and they are definitely not the answer to a healthy mind and body.
Laura S., (Colorado) Xanax, Mirtazapine, Effexor, Tramadol
Last February I went to a walk-in clinic because of some upper respiratory problems. After examining me, the attending physician prescribed Levaquin (750 mg. for 5 days). After taking the medicine, I immediately began to experience insomnia. This went on for almost a week. After not sleeping for 6 or 7 days, I began to self-medicate...melatonin, Benadryl, etc. I continued to struggle with sleep for weeks. After reading online that Magnesium could "flush out" the Levaquin, I purchased some and took it. That night I experienced a rapid heart rate and a panic attack. The next morning I went to see my doctor thinking that I had an emotional issue. He put me on Xanax. The Xanax did help me to sleep so I did not worry about it. Some 3 months later my doctor told me that he wanted me to get off of the Xanax. I began to attempt to wean myself off of the Xanax but was unable to do so. Another doctor suggested that I wean off of the Xanax by taking Lunesta. I managed to wean off of the Xanax but then when I tried to wean off of the Lunesta - I was unable to sleep. I knew that I was in trouble and did not know what to do. I got online to try to find out if anyone could help me to wean off of the Lunesta.
I found POINT OF RETURN (POR) . I called and talked to a most wonderful and patient woman called Alesandra. She was so reassuring, especially regarding my total sense of panic. She answered my questions and most importantly gave me hope.
Over the next several months, I took the Point of Return supplements. What was so critical was learning that I needed to have the Lunesta compounded. This made all of the difference. In addition to this there was a constant trail of e-mails back and forth to Point of Return. Alesandra was prompt and patient with my endless list of questions. Her support was as critical as the nutrients as she calmed my fears of ever recovering from this mess.
I cannot thank Point of Return and especially Alesandra enough for all of her help and encouragement. Because of her and Point of Return, I am returning to a normal life. If you find yourself in a situation like I was in, please contact Point of Return. And most importantly, do what they say. They absolutely know what they are talking about. I don't know where else you can turn than to a group like Point of Return.
As far as I am concerned, besides the struggle getting off of the meds, I needed hope. And I got that hope from POINT OF RETURN. Alesandra, please know how much I thank you for your constant support, encouragement and direction throughout this entire process. I am so glad to know that you are there to help those of us who have struggled with addictive medicines.
Pastor Jim B. (Tennessee) Xanax, Lunesta
Thank you, Alesandra, for both your wonderful program and your kindness. Thank goodness helping others recover from their own personal version of medicated hell is your calling.
I have been on and off of some sort of anti-depressant, anti-anxiety and sleeping pill for the majority of my adult life. I finally decided that I had to find a better way. The thought of going cold turkey off of Cymbalta, Ambien and Xanax scared me to death...knowing of the difficulty going off of these particular medications. I know....I had tried before! I scoured the internet for help and support, and found Point of Return by chance. I felt a sense of calm come over me and I just knew this was going to change my life.
I emailed Alesandra at about 11:00 pm, and received a call from her by 9:00 am the next morning. Just hearing her voice and knowing how much she cared, and believed in the program made me feel better. My product arrived a day later. The healing began.
I am proud to say I have been completely med free for 5 months. It works. The program continues to work. And, if I have a bad moment, the POR team is an email or phone call away.
POINT OF RETURN ROCKS!
Pamela W. (California) Cymbalta, Ambien, Xanax
Like most people taking prescription medications received from a family Doctor, little insight was given to the habitual nature of benzodiazepine. After just a month of taking low dosages of Xanax and then Klonopin, I unknowingly developed very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms upon stopping the medications. Of course my Doctor recommended an increase in dosage. I decided to stop altogether. When I did things, of course, got worse. That is when I found POINT OF RETURN and worked with Alesandra and Andrea in getting an understanding of what was happening to me and started taking the recommended supplements. In a world where there is a scarcity on helping others, the people at POINT OF RETURN are an anomaly. Not only are they knowledgeable on symptoms of withdraw, they are full of love and care and their entire purpose in life is to help others. I was able to recover from my terrible experience in about a 3 weeks but I know many others do not have it so easy. In either case, POINT OF RETURN is a caring and thorough method of learning to come off such deteriorating medications. I would have lost my mind without the people at POINT OF RETURN and I recommend them to anyone in similar need. Bless you."
Michael G., (Virginia) Xanax
In 2006, when I really went insane......I had NO IDEA Xanax tolerance / withdrawal was the cause. I just thought I was going out of my mind and that was really, really scary. Needless to say my husband was scared too (even though he didn't say he was). I lost all confidence in my ability to ever being able to function again in this world. I just want to thank you again for showing me and so many other suffering people that there IS light at the end of the tunnel. May God be with you and the other wonderful people at POINT OF RETURN. May He continue to keep you all safe and well......without POR, many of us would be goners.
Lydia K. (New Jersey) Xanax
My passion for telling others of the horrors of prescription drug use and abuse is huge and I am delighted to help others to find the peace and freedom that I have found.by Wendy Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril
On my most blessed days I am asked why I look so good and I am ecstatic when I’m given the opportunity to truly answer that question. Recently I was told that I “look like a million bucks” and my reply was “I feel like five million!” It is very difficult to explain to others who may not understand how truly amazing it feels to finally be happy, joyful and full of life. These are the results of my experience with Point of Return along with my relationship with Jesus Christ.
I spent 15 long and frustrating years on prescription medications and by all of the world’s mindset I had every right to be on most of those drugs. I had struggled thru my mother’s suicide and a young failed marriage that produced a severely handicapped child. After my second marriage, my older brother and best friend committed suicide also. It was then that I was diagnosed with clinical depression and the roller coaster ride of legal drugs began. I was later diagnosed as bipolar after the tragic, accidental death of my second son at 12 years old. The merry-go-round of prescription drugs ensued while I voluntarily continued my addiction to smoking and a few illegal drugs for added misery. I joined the ranks of poor souls admitted to a mental facility and was tossed around from one diagnosis to another.
Eventually, I decided to stop the madness but not before I learned that I was entrapped in the worst kind of addiction… benzodiazepines. I was the host to several different types of the legal poison including KLONOPIN, XANAX, ATIVAN and RESTORIL. Enhanced with several other glowing additions of drugs for added spice I ignorantly embarked on a cold-turkey withdrawal that produced the very worst kind of misery and torture known to mankind. I went for literally weeks at a time without ANY sleep and my body was in turmoil to say the very least. I searched high and low for answers and tried every natural remedy and supplement known to man with no success. Still I was determined. With my faith in Jesus Christ and my eye on freedom I pressed on.
In April of 2007 my life changed forever. I found the POINT OF RETURN website. I had been conducting the exact same search on the web for months but had come up empty. On that day I found my answer. With a guarded heart I sent my inquiry in via the website and within THREE MINUTES my cell phone was ringing. The voice I heard on the other end was the softest, most loving and understanding sound I had ever heard. FINALLY, someone understood and had a clue of the private living hell I had been enduring. Alesandra Rain became my friend and partner in the quest to be free. She immediately sent me the program by over night delivery and when I hung up with her that night I fell down on my living room floor all alone with God and I cried. Finally, I was crying tears of relief and not tears of pain and frustration. For some reason, Alesandra had given me hope and I had no doubt that I had found the answer.
I was a poster child for the program. I followed it religiously and strived to make every day count toward my success. Within a few weeks I was feeling better. Every time I thought I couldn’t feel any better I learned I was wrong and it just kept getting better. In mid-November of 2007 I took my final dose of prescription medication and I have been drug free ever since! The nutrition on the program was the answer to my prayers and assisted with the restored health to my brain and my body. As Alesandra and her loving team continued encouraging me to be patient I regained my health and most importantly I regained my joy and my zeal for life. I don’t remember feeling so good. I now sleep like a baby and live every single day to its fullest. I live in a small town and people have known me for many years. Not many days go by in recent times that someone doesn’t comment on how good I look and seem to feel. I am so overjoyed that my health shows in my attitude. I am enjoying my marriage of 23 years and also my youngest son who at 16 is the light of my life. I am pursuing bible college and will be certified within the Assembly of God Church as a pastor very soon. It will be exciting to see what God does with my life as I grow to spread the good news of all that He can do with a little faith and determination.
I was recently blessed to meet Alesandra in person and the experience can hardly be described. Needless to say we were destined to cross paths. My passion for telling others of the horrors of prescription drug use and abuse is huge and I am delighted to help others to find the peace and freedom that I have found. It is my hope that God will continue to allow me the pleasure of sharing the story He has given me for the sole purpose of encouraging others.
Wendy H. (Texas) - Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Restoril
I just wanted to thank you both for the wonderful program you have developed. I thought I was at dead end and had no other options to successfully quit XANAX. After 2 seizures and no health insurance I didn't know where to turn. Someone told me about your program and once I spoke with Alesandra I wasn't as scared anymore. Your program helped me more than I thought it would. In a few months I was able to wean myself off completely with little or no withdrawal symptoms. It has completely gotten me back on the right track with every department of my life. I feel better than I have in years and being only 23, I have a long, happy life ahead of me. . I was young and wasn't aware of the dangers of benzo abuse until I tried to stop. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I will forever spread the good news about your program and the dangers of benzo abuse.
Rachel D. (Connecticut) Xanax
I just have two words to say about it "Thank God! I started the program!"by Janet M. Xanax, Prozac, Dalmane
I don't even know where to begin. I do know that I would not be where I am today if it had not been for POINT OF RETURN. I was at my lowest, not knowing what to do, and about to lose everything I had because of the medication I was on. I was taking 11 pills a day, having seizures, blacking out, in and out of mental institutes and emergency rooms. "What was wrong with me? " That seemed to be a million dollar question. Test after test, bronchitis, ear infections, diarrhea, vomiting memory loss, insomnia and depression plagued me. My husband and family were sick with worry and completely frustrated with me and I did not know where to turn. The doctors just kept prescribing me more meds, and I was sick with worry about my health. I woke up one morning, covered in blood, because I had passed out in the shower and did not remember a thing. I got on the computer, as a last resort, and found the POINT OF RETURN website. I just have two words to say about it "Thank God!" I started the program, and with MUCH support from the staff, Terry and Alesandra and any other poor soul that answered the phone, I made it! I have laughed and enjoyed life more in the past three months, than I have in the past 7 years. I have my life and family back. I have been working at a job now for 5 months, and I love it! I am the receptionist and answer more than 1,000 calls a day. It seems like a dream some days to feel so good, but I will never take life and people granted again. Life is good! Good luck on your path back to happiness!
Janet M., (Texas) Xanax, Prozac, Dalmane
You have given me that hope. It is tangible, it is reachable. Each day proves that and with that a new better life emerges. I am returning to health.
by Kathy Xanax, Ambien, Lexapro, Depakote, Zoloft, Lithium
I am sure you are thanked often for your help. Personally, my own thanks seem like shallow words. If I were financially independent, a fat check would be enclosed. I am left with the only means I have to extend my heartfelt thanks and that is to acknowledge the depths of where I was and without you, where I would have remained. We all have a story to tell and it could fill volumes. Without going into all the details, I wanted you to realize how you have saved my life. During my years on multiple medications my physical health deteriorated. I had two back surgeries and brain surgery and still was in constant pain. I was even told by one psychiatrist that I was suffering from multiple personality disorder. What a joke! I was a sleeping zombie without one personality let alone several. I truly thought I was dying. I was alone. Yet somehow through fogged mind and depleted energy the raw instinct of survival kicked in.
In mid-May I called Point of Return and spoke with Andrea. She was the first ray of hope I had received in months. She understood and assured me that much of what I was experiencing was due to the prescription drugs I was on. She offered hope. She was patient, willing to help, kind and not pushy. By this time I had contacted other programs and none offered the type of genuine kindness she presented. I must admit that I had no faith in the products she offered. But amazing things began to happen immediately. I was sleeping through the night and not having any narcolepsy during the day and by this time I was on no prescription drugs for sleep. My family and friends that had been on guard for failure, recognized my vast improvement and began to embrace the positive results of the program. The reality is that each day improvement is seen. I cling to the first conversation with Andrea, there is no quick fix from this. It has taken years to get to this miserable condition from prescription drugs and it will take time to get away from them. BUT there is hope. As she has promised, our goal is to be able to live our days while gaining complete health to their fullest.
You have given me that hope. It is tangible, it is reachable. Each day proves that and with that a new better life emerges. I am returning to health. Your light, but a pin prick months ago, now fill my days with its brilliant glow. I thank you for that hope, for my life and for your selfless mission to reach out and help us through kindness, understanding and dignity.
Kathy G. (Illinois) Ambien, Xanax, Lexapro, Depakote, Zoloft, Lithium
You saved me and I'm forever grateful for the work you put into this so people like me can have a quality of life during the taper and off the drug! I just can't thank you enough!by Gretchen Xanax
I am very happy to report falling asleep easily last night for the first time in 6 months. I was just on day 2 of Step 1 on Method 1 and your products are nothing short of a miracle. I woke up feeling great and knew for the first time in 6 months that I was going to overcome this nasty withdrawal from Xanax. My stress & anxiety has gone down and my mood is GREAT. You told me I might be feeling better soon, but it's so hard to trust again after being mislead by doctors. You were right and I am very excited to continue on the program because after last night's successful sleep, I now have the confidence that I will just keep on feeling better and better. After 6 months of misery I have myself back. Me, my husband and my 2 children are so grateful! You saved me and I'm forever grateful for the work you put into this so people like me can have a quality of life during the taper and off the drug! I just can't thank you enough!
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Well I am just letting you know, that on Dec. 11th. at 10.04pm, I took my last dose of poison, now I am finally able to bid it goodbye after a very long struggle. I am now free from this BENZO MONSTER that took possession of my body and paralyzed my mind. FREEDOM! I can't have a better Christmas present. First it was XANAX then ATIVAN. Words cannot express how grateful I am for your valued support, your encouragement, a shoulder that I could lean on. Only God knows what may have become of me, if it were'nt for you and your staff at POINT OF RETURN. Saying thanks is not enough. May God's blessing be upon you. Continue to do what you are doing. I can remember my helpless cry when I first called your office and the assuring words you spoke to me, has finally come to pass. I hope that some day, I may actually meet you in person and give you a great hug. I have since learned so much about staying healthy. FREE at last, FREE at last, thank God almighty I am FREE at last.
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Roderick (ST. CROIX) - Xanax, Ativan
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Xanax (Alprazolam) was first released 1976 and became a blockbuster drug in the United States. Xanax has a fast onset of action with 90% of the peak effect achieved within the first hour. The time-released formation reaches full peak effect in approximately 1-1/2 hours. This short action also contributes to issues of tolerance, where the calming effect diminishes within shorter periods of time. For some, tolerance can occur within a couple of days, necessitating a dosage increase. Rapid withdrawal of Xanax can lead to the under activity of GABA which in turn causes the nervous system to become hyper-excited. Xanax is considered to be more toxic and have a higher overdose risk than other benzodiazepines, leading to more emergency room visits than other benzodiazepines. Insomnia and extreme anxiety are common during a rapid Xanax Withdrawal. An abrupt or rapid withdrawal can be life-threatening due to the seizure and high blood pressure risk. Xanax must be tapered slowly to minimize withdrawal symptoms.
In the late 1960s Xanax was created to be a sleep aid with muscle relaxant qualities, but when Dr. David Sheehan became involved Upjohn Pharmaceuticals presented the initial Xanax drug application to the FDA as an antidepressant to compete against Tricyclic Antidepressants, stating that Xanax was a safer and less toxic drug. The FDA initially approved the application, then changed their minds and told Upjohn they had to release Xanax as an anti-anxiety medication versus an antidepressant. Xanax was released in 1981and within two years became a blockbuster drug.
Pfizer Pharmaceutical entered the list of the largest mergers after increasing its global market share to 11% when Xanax was brought into their portfolio. Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States and between 2004 and 2008 there was an 89% increase in emergency room visits due to Xanax addiction. Michael Jackson was consuming between 30-40 Xanax a day prior to his death.
Xanax has a fast onset of action, reaching peak blood levels in 1.5 hours. Xanax is metabolized very rapidly versus other benzodiazepines therefore its effects are felt but also diminish quickly. This short half-life causes a rapid onset of tolerance, where the body calls for higher doses of the drug in an attempt to achieve a calm state.
Xanax should only be prescribed for very short periods of time (7-10 consecutive days) and yet too many are given Xanax for months or years. Xanax use and abuse has reached epidemic proportions among college students and recently the University of Alabama implemented a no-drug policy that includes testing for Xanax.
According to the FDA "Seizures attributable to XANAX were seen after drug discontinuance or dose reduction in 8 of 1980 patients with panic disorder or in patients participating in clinical trials where doses of XANAX greater than 4 mg/day for over 3 months were permitted. Five of these cases clearly occurred during abrupt dose reduction, or discontinuation from daily doses of 2 to 10 mg. Three cases occurred in situations where there was not a clear relationship to abrupt dose reduction or discontinuation. In one instance, seizure occurred after discontinuation from a single dose of 1 mg after tapering at a rate of 1 mg every 3 days from 6 mg daily. In two other instances, the relationship to taper is indeterminate; in both of these cases the patients had been receiving doses of 3 mg daily prior to seizure. The duration of use in the above 8 cases ranged from 4 to 22 weeks. There have been occasional voluntary reports of patients developing seizures while apparently tapering gradually from XANAX. The risk of seizure seems to be greatest 24-72 hours after discontinuation (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION for recommended tapering and discontinuation schedule)."
" Risk of Dose Reduction
Withdrawal reactions may occur when dosage reduction occurs for any reason. This includes purposeful tapering, but also inadvertent reduction of dose (eg, the patient forgets, the patient is admitted to a hospital). Therefore, the dosage of XANAX should be reduced or discontinued gradually (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION)."
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION PER THE FDA:
To discontinue treatment in patients taking XANAX, the dosage should be reduced slowly in keeping with good medical practice. It is suggested that the daily dosage of XANAX be decreased by no more than 0.5 mg every three days (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION). Some patients may benefit from an even slower dosage reduction. In a controlled postmarketing discontinuation study of panic disorder patients which compared this recommended taper schedule with a slower taper schedule, no difference was observed between the groups in the proportion of patients who tapered to zero dose; however, the slower schedule was associated with a reduction in symptoms associated with a withdrawal syndrome.
As with all benzodiazepines, paradoxical reactions such as stimulation, increased muscle spasticity, sleep disturbances, hallucinations and other adverse behavioral effects such as agitation, rage, irritability, and aggressive or hostile behavior have been reported rarely. In many of the spontaneous case reports of adverse behavioral effects, patients were receiving other CNS drugs concomitantly and/or were described as having underlying psychiatric conditions. Should any of the above events occur, alprazolam should be discontinued. Isolated published reports involving small numbers of patients have suggested that patients who have borderline personality disorder, a prior history of violent or aggressive behavior, or alcohol or substance abuse may be at risk for such events. Instances of irritability, hostility, and intrusive thoughts have been reported during discontinuation of alprazolam in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder.
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