I am stuck on 1mg of klonopin. I am 33 years old. I was put on Ativan 4mgs in 2006, I was switched to Xanax because I thought my stress was increasing. Little did I know it was just tolerance. They told me it was harmless and I could take it forever. They told me the same crap they told you. Nice letter I often wonder this myself. How can they legally give these drugs out long term with clinical trials that last several weeks and tell you its all good and there is no withdrawal. I found a heroin clinic to withdraw from. Honestly they were the only ones to do it. I went from 6mgs of Xanax to tegretol and 3 Mgs of klonopin. I was weaned to 1mg , .5 every two weeks. I couldn’t stabilize after 30 days from 1 to .5. It can’t be done. They kept telling me to go back up and wait then try again. I can’t do it. They told me I need a psychiatrist. I went to an addiction specialist instead. I brought the Ashton manual. He dismissed it. He tells me I don’t want to do it, the withdraw could last years, I have a fast nervous system, I have a neurotransmitter off. I’m treated like a drug addict. I never took anything illegal. They look at me weird when I pick up my klonopin at the pharmacy. After 5 years I drove 3 hours to a benzo expert and was switched to 20mgs of valium. The guy switched me and I tapered to 16mgs. I was feeling better little by little. Then I was accused of taking too many pills and thrown out. The front desk called in like 90 tens during my taper I tried to return them, I swear. I was dismissed no letter nothing. I had 14 days left of medicine. No doctor would take me except my original doctor, the klonopin jokester. I’m forced to cross over to 1mg of klonopin again. Last week this happened after 4 months of tapering and crossing over to valium. I’m back at square one. My parents think I’m nuts, I’m not “strong enough” to stop. My wife believes me a little I forced her to read testimonials and the ashton manual but she’s still skeptical. I now know I am on my own. I am going to cross over to my klonopin for 30 days and lie to the doctor and say he was right I need it for life. I am going to shave the pills by a quarter one .5 at a time reducing by .125 until the end where I’ll reduce the .125 for another 30 days in half. A ten month plan .125 less a month. I can’t get anyone to do the valium taper or believe me. I’ve been in the “psych ward” the Er mass doctors I know th deal. I’m constantly told this is a low dose this is a low dose. Low dose my ass. There is no such thing as a low dose of this crap poision. I hate this country, I hate doctors, I hate psychiatrists. I’m sorry but I hate them all. Your letter is very good, from a woman’s point of view. I want to take a shotgun and blow the doctors head off or worse shove lock him in a room and shove benzos down his throat for a year or more and than let him out and say go for it jerk off. Sorry and I’m very religious I would never do anything like that but I’d be lying if I said that’s not how I feel. They know and its all about money. It’s all money. Plain and simple. The drug companies, FDA, and doctors would owe billions. And what’s better than a 200 doctor visit for a refill and quick “fix?” They know they have known since the early 80s, they might not know like we know but they know I’m convinced off it. There’s articles everywhere, in psychology today, everywhere. I love the stats a “minority of people can’t get off or will develop withdraw.” Blow me if you use it long term it will happen plain and simple. I can bench press 300 pounds, I wasn’t that anxious by nature, I don’t have an “anxious personality, I bodybuild and barely ever get sick. I’m pure muscle with low bodyfat and eat a healthy diet. I have been playing sports and lifting weights hard my whole life. I excel at academics. I have a Masters Degree with a 3.93 GPA. I’m happily married and 33 years old. I’ve never had an operation, allergy, or hospital stay in my life except when I was cold turkeyed off benzos. I took percocets a long while back before the benzos 6 Percocet 10s a day for a year stupid I know. I col turkeed in 14 days and never looked back on my own. I’m not bragging, but if I can’t come off 1mg of klonopin easily who the hell can?