Coming Up For Air

Coming Up For Air

I’ve always been an over-achiever. Maybe it’s just my DNA—the drive to push, push, push to get things done. Or, maybe, it’s a reaction to my childhood trauma driving me to get everything done, and done well (perfectly?) as quickly as possible....
Is It In Your Head?

Is It In Your Head?

I don’t mean “Are you imagining it!” I mean it literally. Do you have withdrawal symptoms in your head? Boy, I sure did! And they can be really scary. Let’s take a look at some of the “usual suspects” so we can not be afraid of...
When Hope Fades

When Hope Fades

I thought it would be so easy. Happy hour had become a habit over the years, in part fueled by interdose withdrawal from the clonazepam I took as prescribed. I didn’t correlate the buzzing and burning inside of my chest, or the increased pulse, or...
Coming Up For Air

Mornings With Jenn

The video support group starts today! I’ve been so busy with my big move from Nevada City to Healdsburg, that I don’t have a blog for today’s post. So I thought I’d use this time to remind everyone that the video support group, Mornings With...
Do You See What I See?

Do You See What I See?

Good timing. Winter is my favorite time of the year. Life slows down and we turn toward each other as the holidays come into view. Every year I fixate on one Christmas carol, humming it over and over. This year, it was “Do You Hear What I Hear?” sung by...
The Power Of Positivity

The Power Of Positivity

Love creates. Fear destroys. There are two states we can be in— love or fear. Everything we feel resides somewhere on a spectrum of either one. Most often, we don’t have a choice as to how our nervous system reacts to perceived threats. (Those threats are...
Coping With Triggers.

Coping With Triggers.

At first, I had no clue. Even though my taper was fairly brutal from the get-go, I didn’t understand triggers. Not at first, anyway. I remember reading a post from a woman on a benzo website who was nine months out and suffering from a lot of triggers. She wrote...
Coping With Intrusive Thoughts

Coping With Intrusive Thoughts

*Warning, this post could be triggering for some.   The day I lost my mind. I can’t recall the exact day. Was I just home from the hospital after my cold-turkey, or was it before I was carried into the emergency room and admitted? No matter. What I do...