Zolpidem Withdrawal and Tapering Help
"Indeed I have arrived at my point of return . I am truly so grateful! - Nomusa (Zolpidem)
If you are looking for Zolpidem Withdrawal Help or how to Wean Off Zolpidem then we can help you. Our nonprofit takes a holistic, natural approach to control Zolpidem Withdrawal Symptoms to promote calming and sleep while you Taper Off Zolpidem gently. Our program has been used in 78 countries over 15 years and our mentoring approach and individualized approach is unmatched.Zolpidem was initially used in Europe in 1988 and Searle Pharmaceutical collaborated to bring Zolpidem to the U.S. market under the trade name Ambien then going generic in 2007. Zolpidem is a powerful sedative initially marketed as nonaddictive but was shown to cause severe Zolpidem Dependence issues in as early as two weeks of use. Zolpidem Addiction can cause both a physical and psychological dependence and tolerance to the effects of Zolpidem occurs rapidly and interruptions in sleep patterns become more pronounced. Many need Help to Get Off Zolpidem in order to calm the nervous system and continue to promote sleep. Stopping Zolpidem needs an expert approach. If you are looking for Zolpidem Withdrawal Help, Contact our Prescription Experts to see if our at-home program is right for you.
How the Program and Tapering Process Works Zolpidem Dependence
Our Zolpidem weaning program is a slow taper that allows you to safely step down from Zolpidem under the guidance of our Prescription Experts; your Physician and Pharmacist.
The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not wean Zolpidem until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical.
Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help minimize Zolpidem 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 Zolpidem alone, with with our Prescription Drug Experts. Start on your Point of Return today!
Imagine being Free of Zolpidem Addiction
- Proven Program completed At-Home with Expert Guidance
- Our secret is a Slow Taper combined with Powerful all-natural Nutraceuticals to help ease Zolpidem withdrawal symptoms
- Your program is customized for your specific situation
- Professional information on 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)
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Zolpidem Withdrawal Success Stories
I tapered successfully off of Zolpidem (Ambien) and today I am entirely drug-free and I fall asleep every night! more...
Bianca (South Africa) Zolpidem
By utilizing the experienced, capable, and highly informed assistance
available through Point of Return I have enabled my body, mind and
spirit to recuperate. more...
Trudee (Australia) Zolpidem
Thank you Point of Return for your never ending words of encouragement, advice, love and new found friendship. I am forever grateful to all of you. more...
Becky (North Carolina) Zolpidem
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At Point of Return, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we have spent the last 15 years helping people come off Zolpidem correctly. With customized taper rates and all natural nutraceuticals, our program allows you to taper off Zolpidem, once and for all, from the comfort of your home. Read program FAQs
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I am incredibly grateful to God for leading me to Point of Return. I couldn't have done it without any of you!
by Bianca (South Africa) Zolpidem, Lexamil
I’ve always been a light sleeper, but looking back now I can trace my sleep problems directly to when I stopped taking the contraceptive pill. I had never done well on the contraceptive pill (I think I tried about 8 different kinds because of the side-effects that I experienced on the PILL) and once my husband and I made the difficult decision not to have kids (I have Friedreich’s Ataxia), I had my tubes tied and quit the contraceptive pill.
After a few months of insomnia and other hormonal issues, I heard about the Integrative Medical Centre (which is affiliated with one of South Africa’s leading nutraceutical companies - SOLAL) and made an appointment with one of their doctors. My desire was to explore bio-identical hormonal treatment as an option to deal with my insomnia and hormonal issues. I really wanted to do things naturally. The doctor prescribed GABAtropin (amongst other vitamins etc.) and my insomnia vanished. The only write-up that came with the bottle said: “A superior form of GABA – cycle 2 weeks on, 1 week off, to maintain effectiveness.” That’s it. I’d researched GABA and thought it was safe because it is an amino-acid and I trusted SOLAL, so I religiously took it for four years without qualms. Roughly two years ago my prescription ran out and I phoned the pharmacy at SOLAL to order more – just to discover that they’d discontinued it. No worries, I thought ... I went to the health shop and bought another brand of GABA. This didn’t seem to help at all though, and after not sleeping for more than 2-3 hours a night for a week, I suddenly stopped sleeping entirely. I was absolutely beside myself at this point and I made an appointment with my GP. I am extremely sensitive to medication and, therefore, very reluctant to take anything, but my GP frightened me by telling me that I could die without sleep. She wanted to put me onto small doses of Lexamil (in the morning) and Alprazolam (at night) to help me sleep. “They’re perfectly harmless,” she assured me, “I give it to all my patients who are senior citizens (i.e. sensitive like me) and they do just fine!” I was petrified of taking those drugs, but even more petrified of dying so I agreed to take them. I started sleeping again, but over the next few days other strange symptoms started appearing - nausea, an upset stomach, blurred vision, extreme anxiety, oversensitivity to light and sound, and extreme day-time fatigue. Once again, I was not coping.
I started researching benzodiazepines, antidepressants and the elusive GABAtropin, only to discover, to my horror, that GABAtropin was NOT an amino-acid but actually a benzo-type drug called Phenibut originally manufactured in Russia! My abrupt onset of insomnia suddenly made sense and I contacted SOLAL's pharmacy immediately – informing them about what had happened to me and asking them to explain themselves. They eventually replied via email saying:
“We do NOT advise GABAtropin (Phenibut) for long term use as a tolerance can build up making the risk of rebound very high when stopping. This may make symptoms worse over the long term. For this reason it is VERY important to cycle GABAtropin. The recommended way of cycling is 2 weeks on, 1 week off. Do NOT exceed the recommended label dosages unless on the advice of your healthcare provider. Please note the difference between GABAtropin (Phenibut) and GABA. GABAtropin readily crosses the blood brain barrier and enters the brain where it has anti-anxiety and calming effects. GABA however, very poorly crosses the blood brain barrier, and very little enters the brain. GABA is mostly destroyed by enzymes in the blood stream long before it is able to enter the brain.”
... yet they happily gave it to me for FOUR YEARS years and no-one had ever breathed a word about the dangers to me. And now, thanks to their highly unethical behaviour and lack of transparency, I was completely unable to sleep without chemical assistance and was taking yet another benzo and an antidepressant WITH A WHOLE NEW SET OF SIDE-EFFECTS! I remember feeling so angry and so utterly helpless. Where to now?
About two weekends later my husband brought me home early from church because I couldn’t handle being surrounded by people and was having panic attacks. With tears running down my cheeks and a prayer of desperation in my heart, I turned to the Internet for help and God led me to Point Of Return (POR). Alesandra answered my email within an hour and for the first time in weeks, I felt hopeful again ... I could get my life back without having to resort to taking drugs indefinitely!
I tapered successfully off of Lexamil and Zolpidem (switching from Alprazolam to Zolpidem at night for my taper) and today I am entirely drug-free and I fall asleep every night! Not only that, but I have discovered that my body absolutely loves SUPPORT and it has helped with my FA-symptoms too! I am incredibly grateful to God for leading me to POR two years ago, for Alesandra and Andrea and Terry who tirelessly give of themselves to people like me – people who feel hopeless and helpless and stuck – and for the incredible support and encouragement from all of my fellow “PORRIERS” on the Forum. I couldn’t have done it without any of you!
Bianca (South Africa) Zolpidem, Lexamil
I am proud of my accomplishment, completely and entirely due to you, your team and your program.
by Dene H. (New York) Zolpidem (Ambien), Zoloft, Lorazepam (Ativan), Temazepam, Klonopin
Hi Alesandra. Although it has been many months, I hold you close to my heart and am forever grateful to you all for helping me on my road to recovery and renewed health! I LOVE THE NEW PODCAST SERIES!! It’s GREAT to see you in person (almost). You are incredibly beautiful inside and out. God Bless and keep on spreading your healing. Love to the gang - with many thanks!!
PS I’m off everything for many months now and doing well! Still have some sleeping issues but am working on it with strong exercise, meditation, good nutrition, vitamins, herbs and have come a long way….but more to go. I am proud of my accomplishment, completely and entirely due to you, your team and your Point of Return Program. Especially so when Medical doctors told me I would never be able to get off Ambien/Zolpidem! I am thrilled that I proved them wrong!!
I simply cannot recommend Point of Return highly enough for people whose bodies have become dependent on medication(s)… They know, they understand, and they are there to help you.
by Joel C. (Washington) Clonazepam, Zolpidem (Ambien), Celexa
At the time I contacted Point of Return (POR) my whole life had recently fell apart. I was going through a painful divorce, lost my job, house and community, and my health was going down the tubes as well.
Over the recent couple of years, I had been put on various meds to help me cope with my situation. Literally, I hadn’t been able to sleep without medication for years! My meds included: Clonazepam for anxiety, Zolpidem (Ambien) for sleep and Celexa for depression.
My body had become dependent on all three of these meds. I was in bad shape- so bad in fact that it scared me. I contacted Alesandra at Point of Return, after my counselor had recommended the program, and she gave me great hope. She too had gone through tragic circumstances in her life, so we could easily relate to one another.
This was huge in my world. I began taking the recommended nutraceuticals in March of 2018. At that time, I also saw my doctor and he prescribed me a titrating supply of Ambien (Zolpidem), as recommended, and I began the titration process. It was a slow and gradual process to reduce my bodies dependence on Ambien. However, within 6 months I began being able to sleep on my own. It was amazing!
Next, I titrated off Celexa, and finally Clonazepam. The Clonazepam was a bit difficult, and I do want to say that I had some dark days during this process. Doubt crept in, and as brain chemicals are forced to change and adapt, my thinking sometimes was off. It was at those times that I would often call and speak with Alesandra. Her counsel was a reassuring voice to me when I felt I was in a desperate place….
I am proud to say that as of 1/1/19 I have been off all meds. I am now finishing up my program but am essentially well again- and so thankful for it! I simply cannot recommend Point of Return's withdrawal program highly enough for people whose bodies have become dependent on medication(s)…They know, they understand, and they are there to help you. May God bless you as you seek to restore your health and freedom.
I want to CELEBRATE!! After almost 38 years on psychoactive drugs, I am now totally fee of them with Point of Return's help, which aided me greatly through a too-rapid w/d of Asendin (which left me with Tardive Dyskinesia) and Ativan, I was able to also successfully withdraw from Lexapro and Ambien as well. The last drug I took was Trazodone, which I'd taken since 1991, but I am now free of that drug as well. So I now take NO psychoactive medication of any kind and am much the better for it. I believe you wonderful folks at Point of Return did a good deal of the heavy lifting for me as I went through some of the worst years of my life (November 2012 - September 2017). Yes, it took a long time, but it is SO worth it!! Thanks so much for your help!
God put you on my LIFE MASTER PLAN as His agent to restore and change my life and arrive at my point of return. Indeed I have arrived at my point of return . I am truly so grateful!
My Point of Return My life has been great,my family, my job and career. My job opened many doors for me and my family. I managed to educate my children who are independent now. I am retired Praise be to God !!
Along the way I was not spared of life s stresses, pain and loss. All this had its emotional toll on me and I found myself unable to sleep , tired the following day and simply unable to function. I spoke to my doctor who said " I can help you" and that was unknowingly the beginning of the biggest emotional ,psychological and health challenge I was to face 14 years later.
In the beginning it went well Zolpidem (Ambiem) the doctor prescribed worked well. This drug is not supposed to be used for more than 2 weeks but my wonderful doctor never mentioned it and I also didn't question because after all the doctor knows better (then I believed that, not NOW).
Down the years I did begin to realize that this wasn't right because inspite of having slept I still felt tired during the day. I tried to stop on my own and I found I couldn't stop. At that point I had began to question the use of sleeping pills but my wonderful doctor said " Medical science has proof that there is more health damage resulting from poor to no sleep than the health damage from sleeping pills.
At this point I became desperate because I was having reduced sleep inspite of having taken the this drug. I resolved I will stop taking it. I remember one time I stayed on my bedroom chair for 5 days without feeling drowsy and staying up without sleep. During the day I suffered from headaches ,bodily pains all over and was quite tearful.
I spoke to my wonderful doctor about this and requesting that I really want to stop taking this drug, can he please help me. He brushed me off and told me not to worry nothing bad was going to happen to me. He referred me to a sleep clinic. The doctor there gave me a machine to take home to attach to myself at night and to bring it back to him the following day which I did.
When I met him the following day he stated that all was well I shouldn't worry. I told him that I am truly worried what the long term impact will be on me continuing with this drug. His response was " This drug is absolutely safe you can take it for 99 years without any problems" Considering my years then I thought yes I probably I won't add 99 years any way (lol...) but I didn't stop worrying that I can't fall asleep without this drug. I was literally a slave to it.
Having failed to get help from the sleep clinic I continued to use this drug. My sleep became reduced more and more. I began to fear going to sleep. I feared the night . It was just horrible. All this I didn't understand. I prayed to God to help me.
One night I just couldn't sleep the fear was overwhelmingly strong. I fell on the floor and cried my lungs out , I asked God to please rescue me from this mess. I spoke to my wonderful doctor again telling him about this fear that was engulfing me, now not only at night but also during the day.
My wonderful doctor said I have ANXIETY and that he would help me. At that point I was really a mess. Fortunately I live alone and my adult children did not witness this terrifying episode of my life. It became obvious I needed help. My wonderful doctor prescribed a drug called Urbanol . He told me after my many persistent questions that it was safe and not addictive. I had little or no choice I took it. Yes I immediately felt better no fears , no worries about the pending night and I began to sleep like a baby !!!
I felt lucky and began to believe things were finally working out. Little did I know the worst was still coming. A few days later I began to have sweats before sleep time and I could again begin to feel a distant fear creeping back.
The 2 most astonishing experiences I had were that I would sleep walk to the kitchen eat and not be aware of it. In the morning I would either find the fridge open or some plate on the table.
The second one was that sitting on my bed at night being awake I would feel the presence of people standing around my bed talking to me and me talking back to them. A good friend of my really believed I was anointed with a gift of some kind ( lol.....)
Reading more on this drug I was petrified that these two experiences were actually side effects. I spoke to my wonderful doctor about this and he said " I am moving you to something else that will help you." He gave me a drug I think called "Dormonoct."
When I got home a powerful soft voice said " just don't take this , just don't take this " indeed I didn't I flushed them away. I knelt down and.prayed , prayed calling to God to help me because clearly no one was capable at that point to help me. I googled it and found it was not different from Zolpidem and it's side effects and withdrawal symptoms were even more terrifying. Clearly I was in trouble and my life taking a spirruling downturn.
The following day I was on Google on my iPhone. As I was reading, another site just popped up and I closed it , continued to read , it popped up and the third time. When it popped up the 4th time I decided to open and read it. Guess what ? it was the Point of Return website !!!!!!
I read everything contacted them . They gave me hope, told me about the program. I was determined , I did everything they told me. I cleaned my diet, took my supplements religiously . 11 months later I am completely drug free and my healing has truly started !!!
I thank God who brought Point of Return (POR) to me. The welcome was heartwarming and the support was out of this world. Thank you to all at Point of Return !!
Terry your support was great my friend !!!! You went all out to make sure I get my parcels.
Alesandra you were and still are my heavenly given angel. God put you on my LIFE MASTER PLAN as His agent to restore and change my life and arrive at my point of return. Indeed I have arrived at my point of return . I am truly so grateful!
I am really really happy to be free of meds and very grateful to everyone at Point of Return for what they have done for me and so many others.
by Cynthia, N. (New York) - Zolpidem (Ambien)
When I had a bilateral total knee replacement at age 67 in April 2012, I didn’t want to take oral painkillers, so I got a 25mg Fentanyl patch and supplemented that with some Tylenol and Hydrocodone. After about 7 weeks a PT said to me that Fentanyl becomes physiologically addicting at about 6 weeks. I certainly hadn’t been told that by anyone prescribing it for me. And I’d never before distinguished between psychological and physiological addiction. ( I wasn’t concerned about addiction because I knew that I wasn’t psychologically addicted.) At around the same time, I told the surgeon that I was still having a lot of pain, so he increased my Fentanyl dose to 50mg. This made me sick. So I went back to 25mg but by then I was starting to have other symptoms—feeling as if my muscles were closing in on me, making me want to jump out of my skin. Also tachycardia, chills, sweats, itchiness and feeling just kind of crazy.
I’d already learned about POR from a friend and started thinking it might help me deal with this. So after helpful conversations with Andrea and Alessandra, I started the program. My doctor didn’t want to write the script for tapering, so I got off Fentanyl her way—by going from 25 to 12 mg patch and then leaving it on for progressively longer periods, all the while taking Tramadol to help step down. She said I should feel awful for a week or two and then I’d be OK.
But I wasn’t OK in 2 weeks or 3 weeks or 4 weeks. I was afraid of the Support because of something someone said to me and because at first I thought I got worse after taking it. Finally I started the regular dosage. I got to the therapeutic level sometime in September and that is when I started getting relief from the awful symptoms. So then I realized that the Support was really the thing that had gotten me out of my withdrawal misery. ( In my desperation, one of the things I did was to talk to someone who manages the drug withdrawals at the local prison. He told me that when prisoners come in who are withdrawing from Fentanyl they don’t treat them because they aren’t at risk of dying from the withdrawal. This was actually somewhat comforting.)
In the meantime, it was so difficult to sleep with the jumpy aches that I started (or re-started) taking Ambien. It did help me through the worst of it, but once I was through that I thought that the best way to get off the Ambien would be to taper off, so I stayed on the program for the Ambien taper. By then it was clear to me how much I’d benefitted already and that there was no one else that I was getting care from had any idea how to help me with what I was suffering from. Also I had developed confidence in the wisdom of making very gradual changes. That’s one of the things that I’ve learned and will continue to apply when making other changes—nutritional or otherwise. The body adapts incrementally.
I finished my Ambien taper on Feb. 28.
I knew going in that knee replacement would be hard, but no doctor and no one who’d been through it gave me any idea how hard. I think people forget. I know I’ve forgotten to some extent what it was like when I was suffering so much. But I know that Andrea was always there for support and she steered me toward understanding or doing the right thing on many occasions. It’s stunning to realize how misguided, misunderstood and harmful the use of meds is in our culture. It is fantastic that this organization exists to help people affordably get meds out of their lives.
I appreciate the research that Point of Return has put into the issue of drug withdrawal. The understanding of how glutathione works with our receptors, and all the other understandings they have gained are filling a hugely needed gap in the area of medicine and health.
I am really really happy to be free of meds and very grateful to everyone at Point of Return for what they have done for me and so many others.
Cynthia, N. (New York) - Zolpidem (Ambien)
By utilizing the experienced, capable, and highly informed assistance available through Point of Return I have enabled my body, mind and spirit to recuperate. Point of Return's effective nutritional products alongside their unsurpassed support have given me a second chance.
by Trudee H. (Australia) - Avanza (Mirtazapine), Stilnox (Zolpidem), Imovane (Zopliclone)
The 28th of April will forever be one of the most significant days of my life, and I write this testimonial on the anniversary of the day God led me to Point of Return (POR). What was meant for evil, God has turned to good because one amazing woman decided to dedicate her life to save the lives of those (mine included) who’d all but lost theirs to the destructive grip of prescription drugs. My torment of despair weakened in the presence of the hope that came from pouring over the testimonials on the POR website. And now, with a joy I thought would be denied me for the rest of my life, I willingly share mine. I will never forget the day that light shone on the darkness that had descended over me like a permanent shroud. I wasted no time in contacting Alesandra; who quickly became my angel-my mentor-and my friend. My first email, simply entitled, “HELP!” was answered within hours and thus began my journey back to , normality, health, joy, laughter, and fulfilment. 23 years ago I was doing night shift in a nursing home. I couldn’t sleep. My blood pressure hit the roof and despite my abhorrence of drugs, I resorted to sleeping pills after all the natural remedies proved ineffective. I needed to work, and therefore I needed to sleep but the pills only gave me an average of 4 hours sleep per day. My stress levels doubled, tripled and quadrupled as financial, health, and relationship challenges got on top of me. Antidepressants were prescribed and it was a downhill slide from there. I lost count of the many times I tried to come off the drugs. I suffered a few cold turkey withdrawals; the most traumatic one was a period of 21 days without sleep. I didn’t understand about rebound insomnia and depression then. I didn’t know that our bodies reach tolerance levels soon after ingesting the poison of prescription drugs and I had no idea that it would be virtually impossible to be drug free until I found the answer in the form of a safe, slow rehabilitation program that I could do from home. Following the guidance of the wonderful staff at Por I can now look back on this past year in awe and give eternal thanks to God for this miracle. I am now writing my story in the hope of helping others who, like me had nowhere else to turn. It may only be one small ripple in a gigantic pond, but I vowed that if I regained my freedom (which I now have) I would tell anyone who would listen. This is my prayer. That one more pebble, reinforced by the weighty words of truth and thrown into a drugged sea of despair will cause a tsunami of ripples. Avanza (Remeron) and Lunesta (Imovane) systematically stripped me of my personality, energy, passion, clarity, health and drive and exchanged them for agoraphobia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, memory loss, brain fog, hypertension and hopelessness. This does not equate to a fair exchange in my book. Our bodies are wonderfully and fearfully made but we cause every system to shut down by resorting to the myriad of quick fixes glamorously advertised and successfully marketed around the world today. By utilising the experienced, capable, and highly informed assistance available through Point of Return I have enabled my body, mind and spirit to recuperate. Point of Return's effective nutritional products alongside their unsurpassed support have given me a second chance. Alesandra, Andrea, Terry, Wendy and Rachel, you not only changed my life you gave it back to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Trudee H. (Australia) - Avanza (Mirtazapine), Stilnox (Zolpidem), Imovane (Zopliclone)
Between my faith in God and the help of Point of Return, I am Ambien and Xanax free.
by Jeff F. (Arizona) Zolpidem (Ambien), Xanax
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) - Zolpidem (Ambien), Xanax
I am finally on the road to complete physical, emotional and mental healing. I am forever grateful to all of you.
by Becky W. . (NORTH CAROLINA) Zolpidem (Ambien), Klonopin, Valium, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone
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) Zolpidem (Ambien), Klonopin, Valium, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone
I am now drug free! I sleep better than ever, and I am back as good as new, with a few extra miles.by Alex B. (CALIFORNIA) Zolpidem (Ambien)
I started Ambien about 6 years ago due to high-pressure job anxiety that woke me up around 3:00 a.m. every morning thing about work. Asked my doctor what I could do, and was introduced to Ambien. I thought I found miracle drug. I had never slept so good, and immediately went to daily dosage of 2.5mg which I thought was safe and small. Doctor told me no worries, he's got patients on 50 mg and they are doing just fine… Every year or so after that, the dosage needed to be increased. Well ok, I still have a long way to go to get to 50 mg.
After about 4 years, I started to realize these may not be working as good as they started out… I started taking mental steps to go cold turkey. Doctor said no problem. This was after they tried to put me on Trazodon, Halcion or anything else that I may have preferred. Thanks to the internet I could see how dangerous these drugs really were. We had planned our vacation time around my withdrawal just to be safe. Based on what my doctor was telling me, I should experience no more than minor discomfort.
Ambien bet me to the punch and stopped working before I had a chance to prepare. It turned my whole world upside down. Coincidentally, I had a complete physical right around the same time and was considered in perfect health. The first thing to happen outside of no sleep, was anxiety attacks followed by blood pressure issues so bad I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Then my blood sugar went over 200 pretty much every time I ate, and I had no ability to concentrate or focus. A mental meltdown that is very difficult to describe. I was instantly handicapped and not feeling healthy. What was happening to me? The doctors had no advice other than additional drug options.
My wife hooked me up with an acupuncturist here in town. She had a PhD in Internal Chinese Medicine with over 30 years experience. I had over 20 visits, which I really enjoyed, but no step down from Ambien was in sight and there was no clue when I might see the end of the tunnel. I was given Chinese herbs and some pills I could not pronounce, and I thought I may be on my way to a slow recovery. Little did I know that these herbs were slowly compounding my problem. My mental anguish increased and I was getting desperate.
A client I have known for many years suggested I try Klonopin, because it was his miracle drug. Reading about this drug was even scarier than the last. In checking it out I accidentally discovered "Point of Return." Discovering this website and seeing the Testimonials of people in similar pain literally brought tears to my eyes. I called and spoke with Alesandra, received the starter package and within 24 hours and was on my journey to recovery. I was skeptical at first, wondering who these people were that gave so freely of themselves. I quickly discovered that everything they did and said was for real. The supplements worked just like they said they would, and if I had any doubts, they were always there for me, providing encouragement.
Ambien did its job while it was working, and then it turned into a nightmare pretty much overnight, affecting my family, job, social life and my mental stability. For a while I thought I was losing my mind and on my way to insanity. The experience was Horrific and I am so very grateful that Point of Return was there for me. I am now drug free! I sleep better than ever, and I am back as good as new, with a few extra miles.
- Alex B. (California) Zolpidem (Ambien)
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) Zolpidem (Ambien), Cymbalta, Xanax
Dear Alesandra – Vitality, Enthusiasm for Life, Energy and Joy – thanks to your wonderful Organization. I have recovered my zest for life after a very short time of following your Program and taking the wonderful all-natural products. Four months ago, when I was experiencing depressive symptoms and writing suicide notes due to the side effects of ZOLPIDEM (AMBIEN) the sleeping medication to which I had become addicted and tolerant, I was only getting 2 hours of sleep per night. I ended up in a psychiatric hospital where I was given MIRTAZIPINE (REMERON). I was already aware of the warnings on this drug and as soon as I was discharged, I withdrew too abruptly from both drugs – I now know from your literature that ‘tapering’ would have been a safer option. This led to very unpleasant withdrawal; nausea, panic, disturbed sleep, loss of feelings in my legs below the knees and extreme fatigue. It was at this point that I found your website POINT OF RETURN. I knew my prayers had been answered when I phoned and heard your voice of encouragement Alesandra. I instantly knew that I would find my way back. Your comforting words gave me hope and confidence.
Within 3 days of commencing the Program, the feelings had started to return in my legs and the nausea and panic had subsided. The fatigue lasted a little longer but each day I noticed a difference which gave me so much hope. Now I have the energy to engage with my 4 grandchildren, walk and play 18 holes of golf and have resumed my professional working life in a part time capacity and all this within 4 weeks of using the supplements. I now wake after wonderful restorative sleep each night ready to face the next day.
I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful support and kindness and wish you all at POINT OF RETURN continuing success in helping people worldwide to be released from the shackles of these terrible drugs. Yours very sincerely,
Eileen, (United Kingdom) Zolpidem (Ambien), Mirtazapine (Remeron)
After several months of using the POINT OF RETURN program I have never felt better, and I am sleeping without the use of medication for the first time in years.
by Pastor Stephen (Illinois) Zolpidem (Ambien)
POINT OF RETURN's products have revolutionized my health, which had been compromised for years due in part to the use of prescription sleep aids. After several months of using the POINT OF RETURN program I have never felt better, and I am sleeping without the use of medication for the first time in years. Not only have I experienced great success with these products, I have recommended them to many who have had the same results. I highly recommend the entire line!!
Pastor Stephen, Illinois - Zolpidem (Ambien)
Somehow, with the help of God, your story "Deeds of Trust" and your products and support - I made it through, bar none, the most difficult experience of my life. It has been 4 months since I last had a pill enter my body. I am still trying to get my sleep cycle back but my symptoms are now manageable. I am so grateful to have had you as a role model to help me get through the darkest times of my life. It is so unbelievable to me that doctors hand these drugs out like antibiotics, they are literally poison. After accomplishing (as you put it) the single most difficult task of my life) I feel like I can do anything, nothing phases me anymore. I am back working as a Fire Captain and enjoying every minute of my drug free life from Klonopin, Ambien and Lexapro.
Thank You - Chris (California) Zolpidem (Ambien), Klonopin, Lexapro
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.
by Kathy G. (Illinois) Zolpidem (Ambien), Xanax, Lexapro, Depakote, Zoloft
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.
Zolpidem history and info
Zolpidem (Ambien) was launched in 1992 for the treatment of insomnia and subsequently the DEA classified Zolpidem as safe compared to Halcion, which had demonstrated serious concerns. The danger of Zolpidem surfaced when reports of night driving or eating, strange behavior and addiction were reported at an alarming rate. Zolpidem should only be used short term due to the risk of tolerance, drug dependence, rebound insomnia and central nervous system related adverse effects. Once tolerance to the sleeping pill has occurred it is recommended to do a gradual dose reduction to minimize symptoms that resemble benzodiazepine withdrawal.
Sales hit $1.8 billion by 2005 and Ambien (Zolpidem)was prescribed 40 million times in 2011 alone. The patent expired and the FDA approved thirteen generic forms of Zolpidem.
In 2001 Peter Buck (guitarist for R.E.M) went crazy on a British Airlines flight and nearly went to jail – he blamed Ambien (Zolpidem). In 2006 Patrick Kennedy, driving on Ambien (Zolpidem) had a terrible auto crash that made headlines. Shortly after, the FDA added multiple warnings on Ambien's (Zolpidem) label stating that the drug did cause people to drive, have sex or eat food without remembering. In 2013 the FDA lowered the dosage recommendations in half for Ambien (Zolpidem) for women stating, "blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving."
The number of emergency room visits involving adverse reactions to Zolpidem have jumped 220% in a five year period, according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). 74% of the patients were age 45 or older and 68% were women. The adverse reactions include daytime drowsiness, dizziness, hallucinations, agitation, sleep-walking, strange behavior without awareness and daytime drowsiness.
Zolpidem is classified as a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic however its effects are similar to those of benzodiazepines. And while Zolpidem showed effectiveness in initiating sleep, it did not adequately demonstrate effectiveness in maintaining sleep.
Zolpidem binds to a subtype of the GABA receptor. GABA is a
neurotransmitter that primarily works to inhibit the activity of neurons
and calm nerves. It basically counters too much stimulation on the
nervous system. When Zolpidem binds to the GABA receptor, it slows and
stops activity in certain parts of the brain thus its classification as a
hypnotic. Zolpidem diminishes activity in parts of the brain that are
responsible for processing thoughts. As tolerance to the drug occurs the
nervous system become hyper-stimulated, increasing anxiety, insomnia,
pain, cognitive impairment, and other symptoms.
Zolpidem should only be used short term due to the risk of tolerance,
drug dependence, rebound insomnia and central nervous system related
Once tolerance to the sleeping pill has occurred it is recommended to do
a gradual dose reduction to minimize symptoms that resemble
5.4 Withdrawal effects
Following the rapid dose decrease or abrupt discontinuation of sedative/hypnotics, there have been reports of signs and symptoms similar to those associated with withdrawal from other CNS-depressant drugs [see Drug Abuse and Dependence (9)].
Physical dependence is a state of adaptation that is manifested by a specific withdrawal syndrome that can be produced by abrupt cessation, rapid dose reduction, decreasing blood level of the drug, and/or administration of an antagonist.
Sedative/hypnotics have produced withdrawal signs and symptoms following abrupt discontinuation. These reported symptoms range from mild dysphoria and insomnia to a withdrawal syndrome that may include abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, tremors, and convulsions. The following adverse events which are considered to meet the DSM-III-R criteria for uncomplicated sedative/hypnotic withdrawal were reported during U.S. clinical trials following placebo substitution occurring within 48 hours following last zolpidem treatment: fatigue, nausea, flushing, lightheadedness, uncontrolled crying, emesis, stomach cramps, panic attack, nervousness, and abdominal discomfort. These reported adverse events occurred at an incidence of 1% or less. However, available data cannot provide a reliable estimate of the incidence, if any, of dependence during treatment at recommended doses. Post-marketing reports of abuse, dependence and withdrawal have been received.
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