“Unless you’ve been through it, it’s impossible to know how bad it is.”
I’ve posted this video before and am posting it again in the interest of letting yet more people learn about the grave risks involved in starting to take benzos.
What Matt Samet talks about in this video is sadly the truth. Those of us who get protracted withdrawal issues come to know an alienation and isolation that no one should know is even possible. If you are someone who has found themselves in that place I’ve written quite a lot about it: The isolation and sense of abandonment many people deal with when sick with protracted withdrawal illness. While it’s a very painful and lonely process one can work with this in many ways and people do come out the other side of it.
Since I last posted this video Matt has published a book: Death Grip: A Climber’s Escape from Benzo Madness
He also now has a blog at Mad in America
For a long list of information and resources on benzo use and safer withdrawal tips see here: BENZO INFO
See also: “The biggest mistake I ever made was…going to see a psychiatrist” (Stevie Nicks) a benzo story
It’s possible to minimize illness upon withdrawal by tapering very slowly. Cold-turkey or any sort of abrupt withdrawal can make any potential issues much worse. For more information about withdrawing from psych drugs in general as well as information on withdrawal syndromes. See here: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
If you’ve never been prescribed a benzodiazepine I strongly recommend considering natural means of healing first should the occasion ever arise. For information and resources for alternative methods of healing and self-care check the drop-down menu at the top of this page. It is not an exhaustive list but it can get you thinking about the vast array of possibilities your doctor might not be familiar with.
Warning: do not withdraw from benzodiazepines without first educating yourself on the very real dangers involved. Dangers can be mitigated with safer practices.
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