Further Updates from March 2018
Withdrawing from benzos must be one of the most confusing experiences that we will ever have to face in life. One day we can feel ok and more or less normal while the next we face a multitude of symptoms that leave us bedridden and in severe pain. This roller coaster ride can continue for months and, in a few cases, for years until final recovery brings endless good days.
Some of the most important learning in life comes out of our bad experiences and teaches essential lessons. The learning experiences of benzos are those that will help us live a new, calm and productive life with a strength and maturity we will never have realised by dampening ourselves down to drift through on the back of a pill. Celebrate this and don’t let those bad days lead you to believe the confusion that causes you to look for answers. That confusion can be compounded by searching here, there and everywhere, asking the same questions and getting a multitude of different and sometimes very damaging advice. This is your journey, nobody else’s and there are no sure answers for everybody. I sincerely believe that once you have learnt all you can and decided on what is right for you then the only way towards true recovery is to stop searching, accept all that happens for you and to surrender to the experience. Confusion will cause stress and the belief that something else is wrong and compound this with unnecessary suffering. Nobody knows you, and there are hundreds of reasons why you’re different from the next person, totally unique, totally wonderful and beautiful in your own body.
Please don’t add confusion to your Benzo journey. Listen to your own body and what it’s telling you then accept and recover as you will. Joy and happiness still exist deep inside you and are going to surface again for you, they are not lost forever. ❤️
A Post Written on Beating Benzos Facebook Group.
Please remember this is a support group and one for as much positive input and hope as possible. I am continually saddened by the amount of suffering amongst our members but I also ask for you to post about your positive achievements as well however small. Negativity and misery is going to pull others down, this is a fact and the more members are exposed to negativity the more they are going to soak it up and suffer themselves. Before you post please remember this as it’s nobody’s intent to make things worse for others. We appreciate the awful suffering that some are going through and support them as much as we can at all times with truth and understanding. Think about this......
‘Downward spirals are one possible direction a group can take, it’s also possible to have an upward spiral of energy that propels a group’s interactions. That happens when: 1) a structure is in place, 2) participants are specific about their needs and 3) the group meets challenges with an intentional mix of compassion, brainstorming solutions, collectively solving problems, identifying individual agency and/or organizing for change.’
I think we have the structure in place in our Guidelines and all the Announcements here. Most people are specific about what they are asking from the group but must remember the Trigger label if they think any of the content of a post could hurt another. Perhaps the most difficult to fulfil is point 3 but if we just think of the word ‘compassion’ at all times that will go most of the way there. Helpful discussion, no sweeping statements unless absolutely proven, working out a problem together and pointing the poster in the right direction with informed opinions and knowledge is going to get this group back on track.
Let’s aim for that upwards spiral towards hope and positivity. There’s a wealth of knowledge about benzodiazepine drugs and their damaging effects amongst members here so let that all shine through as we show compassion towards those suffering. My Love and Support to everyone 💖
I want to write a few words today about those that are subjected to further drugs by their doctors when suffering the symptoms of Benzo withdrawal. Sadly this happens all too often. You go along to the surgery in all ignorance and suffering a very real problem only to come away, after a ten minute appointment, clutching a piece of paper for yet another prescription. It’s your choice whether you fill that prescription or not and not your doctor’s. He is doing what he knows and sadly for the everyday GP this is to suppress symptoms of any illness as they appear. That way he can bring his patients relief quickly. This is how physicians operate because that’s what they’ve been taught in medical school. They rarely have time to read the guidelines for the drugs they prescribe and even more rarely do they understand the side effects and withdrawal procedures for those drugs. I emphasise that they can do marvellous things and save lives but they also have the power to do a lot of harm and reduce the quality of lives.
I’m not doctor bashing here I want people to realise that health lies in your own hands not those of your doctor who may have hundreds of patients to deal with. You know your body, you have the wonderful power of the internet to research and you have social media to ask questions. There’s really no excuse these days for anybody not to understand what their prescribed drugs can and can’t do and what the effects of taking them could mean. I urge nobody to take a prescribed drug or even a supplement when in Benzo withdrawal without in depth research on how any further chemicals can influence the brain and possibly make things much worse or prolong the recovery time. ‘The pill for every ill’ formula doesn’t exist, it’s a myth and something that has to be left behind in your learning process as you recover. The body wants to heal, it’s fighting hard to do this but if you use that formula and stop the symptoms from resolving the issues then you could be stopping or slowing recovery. Always be aware our natural state is full mental and physical health and a pill won’t bring us back to that state when we’re suffering the effects of benzos.
I continue to do well and will resume my Blog posts whenever anything new occurs to me. I want this website to be as useful to those recovering as possible. Always remember recovery is happening on the time line that is right for you. Even long protracted people like me at six years off do eventually get better. Symptoms that came with benzos will go with your recovery.
If there is any subject concerning benzos or their withdrawal you would like to have more information about and it’s not on this site then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime a Very Happy Christmas 2018 to all those reading this.