It is turning into a blue sky morning as the sun chases away the soft grey clouds that left a thin layer of snow over everything last night. The air feels sharp and clean in my lungs as I walk Shakespeare. The sound of crunching snow under my boot delights me.
I’m still in Tennessee, resting at a benzo buddies summer house, nestled here in the Smoky Mountains. I’m taking advantage of the downtime to rest ( a sudden flare of body pain and muscle tension has reared its ugly head) and to write. I’m working on The Benzo Withdrawal Survival Guide. I’m writing about tolerance withdrawal presently.
If you would like to add your thoughts or experiences to the book, please comment here or send me an email to drjenniferleigh@ gmail.com. I will use only first names and happy to change yours if you so desire.
My own medical issues with tolerance withdrawal were many and costly. What about you? I’d love to hear from you.
Jennifer…is this the way to contact you? Marjorie Meret-Carmen
God bless you Jenn. So delighted to read of your joy and peace.
Really awesome to read except for the body pain. I saw the Tennesee snow on a friends FB and wondered how far you were. Good job!
JENN REALLY HAPPY TO HEAR THAT YOU ARE NOW PROSPERING AFTER BENZO WITHDRAWAL. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE REST OF US HERE COMES OUT OF THIS AS FORTUNATE AS YOU…. YOUR FRIEND IN BENZO WITHDRAWAL. ..
It’s hard entering the world. Birth is no picnic. Same on the other end. Hard to leave the world. Pain and agony on both ends. But in between the great two eternal infinites is joy and laughter. To waste even one day is a tragedy. And to continue to suffer is insufferable. You are still in the tunnel but you see some light. Let’s hope it is not a mirage.
My name is Levi and I am a firefighter from Texas… 2 years ago I was prescribed clonazapam (1mg) for anxiety and sleep issues. It didn’t cross my mind at the time but now I understand that the majority of my anxiety was related to work.. (PTSD-go figure) …. never would I magine what I would eventually have to endure… I did not ween myself from this medication ( def not recommended) and after the 1st week I was pretty sure that i was gonna end up in the psych ward.. BENZO WITHDRAWAL IS NO JOKE.. I Am 3 months out and still fighting….My wife and I are expecting our 1st child in August (good timing, I know
Welcome to tn. Monteagle is about 30 min from me
I am in my tapering phase of Clonazepam from original dose of 0.25mg (valium euivalent is 5mg). I have been taking this med for 7 years for problems with dizziness/feeling of falling while going into sleep. I am now on 0.125mg (after 2 months of tapering).
I have been journaling my symptoms daily. My strongest symptom is brain fog, lack of concentration, memory and extremely intrusive and strong obsessive negative racing thoughts. My current personal life circumstances are also not the most supportive since I am going through a divorce, don’t have a job (cannot work due to concentration/memory problems- I am an Electronics/Computer engineer). I feel strong symptoms on the third day after tapering which continue to peak for the next few days. I have had brain zaps, tingling, breathlessness, high palpitation, racing thoughts, interrupted sleep, jumpiness, jerks, pain everywhere all through these two months.
I am following a routine of meditation (mindfulness and concentration), yoga and pranayama, walking/running daily, using some positive self affirmations to create positive thoughts (book: ‘You can heal your life’) and spending good time with family (as and when I can).
Your blog is very inspiring, helpful, supportive. Hope you have a wonderful vacation with your family and may this journey bring lots of joy, peace and wisdom to your being. 🙂
Also, I live in the bay area close to 101. So if you plan to travel this way on your way back and want to spend a night or just take a break or rest, I’ll be delighted to meet you. 🙂
(Please feel free to publish some, all or none of this, I want my email hidden)