Friday, July 10, 2020

Comments by Wynne

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  • I’m pretty sure everyone finds meditation challenging at the beginning, especially when we suffer cognitive damage as is the case with those of us here. Just staying with the awareness of the breath is difficult as the ‘thoughts’ keep intruding. Just notice them and let them pass – don’t allow yourself to get caught up in them. Keep returning to the breath, as often as necessary and it WILL be often! It’s like exercising a muscle; the control improves with use.
    Good luck with both the mindfulness and the recovery!

  • I guess everyone’s body chemistry is different. I had no problem stopping Celexa after a few years use. Effexor, on the other hand, was hell for me to get off I pretty much ‘cold turkeyed’ after maybe 6 years, even though by that time, I had learned a lot about supplements that help. NON PRESCRIPTION supplements, mostly nutritional, especially B vitamins and Omega 3, but also THC (don’t start it if you’re not already a user – the Raging Paranoids can hit, but CBD might help). Also, a beer or 2 seemed to relax me and sleep is the great healer. I obtained my info from an online forum from a former user who had had help from his dad, a pharmacist who knew a fair bit about neurology and brain healing. There’s probably a lot more medical help out there now than there was when I did it 5 or so years ago. Best of luck! Most of all, don’t give up!

  • I’ve been there too Cathy – over 30 years on opiates, sporadic varieties of antidepressants, and 25+ years on benzodiazepines for General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), all doctor prescribed and never abused, also taken with alcohol since I was never told they didn’t mix well. I changed doctors when I entered my 70s, and was finally educated on iatrogenic illnesses (those caused by the medical profession). The alcohol was never a real problem, though it seemed to be, because of the combination with the drugs. I conquered the opiates and antidepressants myself and am now on a doctor assisted but self-directed long term tapering program using Valium. Because of its long half life, withdrawal is easier – but definitely not easy. After a year and a half, I’m only down by 30%.

    What really grabbed me about your story though was the effectiveness of meditation. My new doctor directed me toward practicing mindfulness, that led to meditation and I have also been studying Buddhist philosophy. Interesting that we both found the same path toward peace. I also relocated but in my case, it was because I lost EVERYTHING in a fire this summer. A couple of weeks of trauma and pain followed that but I’m now happier than I can ever recall feeling before! You’ll find tons of stuff on UTube if you can’t afford retreats – I can’t as a pensioner. Namaste!