My key to “success” so far – I have successfully withdrawn from 4 mg ativan 2 years ago and am currently at 0.5 mg klonopin having withdrawn from 1 mg total – is liquid titration. If I didn’t have that, I NEVER would have succeeded and continued to be successful. For klonopin for example, I currently dissolve one 0.25 mg pill (the lowest pill dose available) in 100 ml of water every night, let sit until dissolved, mix well, and immediately remove 2.5 ml increments at a time and drink the rest. So I am withdrawing from 0.625 mg (almost 1/160th of a 1 mg pill) at any one time. I hold this drop for 4-5 days depending on how I feel, and then I do it again, and again and again, at about that rate give or take. As you can imagine, there would be no way in the world I could cut a pill into a 1/160th of a portion, and that seems to be the maximum I can drop at any one time and really maintain my functionality. Even if I drop double that at one time (1/80th of a pill), I start to get deeply depressed, anxious, aggressive, irritable, and my moods really swing. Even at this low a dose drop, it is definitely not easy, but at least I do have good days and bad, not just all bad. But what I prefer about this method is there is fairly instant feedback about dose drops and how you feel. With ativan, because it was an even shorter half life, it was even easier to know when you drop too much, I would drop, I would stabilize from that drop within 4 days max, and I would be fully clear to drop again if I felt good. With clonazapam, because of it’s longer half life of closer to 2 weeks it seems, I have been caught dropping too much in a row on occasion and only “feeling” it 2-3 weeks later – when I am in real trouble. And I really don’t like to updose, so I just hold in utter misery. It has taken 1 year to drop 0.5 mg of klonopin, and it will take me another year to drop the other 0.5 mg. With ativan, it took me one year to drop 4 mg, but I was only on the drug for about 8 weeks, and I was taking klonopin while dropping ativan. My doctor thinks I am a freak of nature for not being able to get off it all within a month or so, she claims I am the only person in 30 years of her practice not to just quick withdraw. Well, I assure you, if her other patients did it in a month or 2, they would be dealing with unacknowledged intolerable symptoms for months or years later. Symptoms that I am sure my doctor would just re-prescribe a new benzo or an antidepressant…not realizing they were withdrawal symptoms…and so the cycle continues. I am very familiar with Dr. Ashton methods as that was the basis for my liquid drop. But I am scared to use valium for 2 reasons. First, the 1/2 life is SO long, I don’t want to be caught over dropping and only feeling it 3 weeks later and doing updose corrections and so forth. That is too long for me to wait to see what my reaction is to the drop. I know it is removed slowly from your system, but still, I just like to drop more frequently I guess, but slowwwwly. With liquid dropping at 1/160 of a pill every few days, I am dropping very slowly, kind of valium-esque. And also, I have heard that Valium can cause depression more than klonopin or ativan. I did not have much depression with ativan during dropping (more anxiety) but klonopin for me is terrible for depression. If depression is somehow correlated to half life, I would not like to switch to an even longer half life benzo. I have a harder time handling deep depression than anxiety, depression is insidious and gets deep into your soul in a way that anxiety cannot, at least for me. And before all of the post partum insomnia I had in 2010 and all of these drugs, I had never had a mental health issue in my life, no anxiety or depression ever. Very even keel and mentally healthy (as much as any of us are). It’s not like I have a baseline anxiety or depression problem peeking through.