Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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  • Robert,

    You make a great deal of sense. I went to a talk given by Robert Whitaker in the fall where he spoke also about the “guild” interests of psychiatrists. There is a lot of blame to go around and the good ones need to speak up more forcefully.

    Others have spoken about http://www.benzobuddies.com. For me, finding this forum was a true godsend. With over 20,000 members now from all around the world, there is a collective wisdom on this site regarding all things benzodiazepine and increasingly z-drugs. You can find out how to safely taper, what withdrawal side effects are most common and there is collective support for anyone embarking on this journey. This should be the first place you go if you are on either the z-drugs or benzodiazepines. I do hope you find your way there to share your wisdom and gain support.

    Like many others on this site, I will never again be silenced. I have undiagnosed myself and have been well now for many years without psychiatric medications. The z-drugs were the last remnants. I’ve recently started a group for people coming off benzodiazepines and/or z-drugs on Meetup.com and look forward to spreading the word throughout my community. We are not alone and our collective voices are growing and powerful.

    I know you will continue to heal, as so many have before you. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal, given the right conditions and basic building blocks like good nutrition, exercise, adequate rest and sleep and managing stress levels. We are the sane ones here – we’ve woken up to the madness and taken all the right steps to regain our health.

    Best of luck and keep us posted. Look forward to hearing more of your thoughts!

  • Thank you so much for this article Robert. A heart-felt and visceral read.

    You’ve been through so much. My heart goes out to you. Recovery from benzodiazepine or z-drug withdrawal is an odyssey. I came off a z-drug almost 3 years ago and have suffered greatly through protracted withdrawal. The World Health Organization considers the z-drugs (zopiclone/Ambien/Lunesta) to be, for all intents and purposes, benzodizepines.

    The truth is that this is a very difficult journey for a small minority of us – approximately 10 to 15%. The prescribing physicians do not know much about discontinuation syndromes or even the proper way to taper and withdraw from these medications.

    I hold out much hope for your healing though and am here to tell you that it does get better. I’m almost healed now. I too have uncoupled from psychiatry in my bid to regain my health.

    I do hope that you continue to update us as you heal and I look forward to your next blog post. You write beautifully.

    Finally, I am very sorry for your recent loss. I am no stranger to loss and grief and that too is a long and difficult journey for many of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Vancouver