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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 3:33 am 
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I found this on the Beyond Meds website, which is written by an awesome lady who has been tapering off a mess of psych meds for the past FIVE YEARS. That's how long it's taken her to safely wean off all of the medications she was taking to treat a mental illness - which makes me feel pretty silly for even complaining about my sub taper, yanno?

Anyway, this is written for withdrawal from Benzos, which is notoriously difficult, but when I read it I thought it could apply to a Sub taper as well. Or pretty much any psych med taper for that matter.


[font=Georgia]I may not understand this complex withdrawal process, but I accept that positive changes are taking place.

I trust that the outcome will be full recovery of my nervous system.

In the meantime, when a symptom persists, I surrender.

I know that resisting will only increase my anxiety and make me feel worse.

And so, I acknowledge what is happening without struggling or questioning why.

I know these symptoms are only present because I am on my way to being

benzo-free and fully recovered.

I accept any discomfort or other sensation as a necessary path to my recovery.

I know that when this process is complete – right on schedule – I will be well again.

With this knowing, I take control of my recovery by completely letting go.

I am able to exhale. I breathe deeply and relax into this moment.

I release all concerns about my symptoms,

trusting that like other benzo survivors before me,

I WILL recover. I cope well, today, and every day until then.

I am grateful for my healing. This too, shall pass.[/font]



I do find it helpful to remember that this is a temporary stage that I just have to get through, and that many of the symptoms I experience are signs of my body attempting to adjust. There is definitely something to be said for just accepting where we're at and realizing that all the struggling and wishing it away really does nothing. Just putting things in perspective is a good idea. It's easy, especially for us addicts I think, to lose sight of the big picture when we don't feel well. But this is doable, many of us have survived far worse experiences, and hopefully we'll all look back on this someday and laugh about whay wussies we were :P

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I find that your mental outlook and where your head is at when going thru WD's directly
effects how hard the symptoms hit me or not....

When I've intentionally quit, I almost "got off" on the feelings of withdrawls since it was like
I was telling my body to beat me up and each pain was a symbol of the toxins leaving....
Yet, when I would go thru WD's cuz I ran out early and knew I'd be getting them on Day "X" or later that night,
my WD's were WAY worse cuz I was so pissed I had to go thru it and was counting the minutes until I got back on....

What you tell yourself can definately make it worse or more manageable....that person's words are very wise.


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