Melissa: thank-you for sharing your personal journey so thoughtfully. You have a refreshingly positive and strong perspective which have been contagious to me. It is because of writers like you that I began tapering off after only (thank the Lord) 71 days of benzo use. I am on my first week drug free, and struggling through an intense withdrawal. After 2 weeks with nearly no sleep, God carries me through the nights, and my little son carries me through the days. I would love to know how you are, and if you were able to establish sleep without medication. Lots of love to you and your family.