Posted by Bryn B. on May 10, 2012, at 17:05:25
In reply to Re: They Make it Sound So Easy... » herpills, posted by Dinah on May 10, 2012, at 9:16:03
I seriously feel for you. I took benzos (Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, etc) for over ten years and had a serious dependence/addiction to them. IMHO, they are the HARDEST drug to withdraw from--worse than opiates. (I have experience with addiction here!) I had to medically detox (inpatient) from benzos six different times; their fast (7-12 day) taper never worked, and I always got hooked again.
Here's what does work: a longer taper using Valium. Work with your doc and switch to Valium--it will take several months, but it works. And of course, never go cold turkey!
I suffered from severe anxiety for years, but now all I take is Lexapro, and very infrequently, a 5 mg Valium ONLY if I really need it. Now that I'm off benzos, my anxiety is pretty much gone.
Check out this link too: http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/