Make a Plan
Recovery from benzos isn’t easy for many people but it is doable with understanding and with a good plan in place that will guide you through. Without an action plan to follow you may lose your way and return to square one which is something to be avoided.
Here’s what I feel is of most benefit when constructing this plan…..
…Relaxation Skills. Learn how to relax your body and mind before you start your taper so that when you hit a sticky patch you’ll have something that may help a little towards calming those intense symptoms. There are many therapies out there so choose something that works for you and maybe more than one. Ideas are Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), different slow breathing techniques, Yoga, Mindfulness, Grounding and so on…..
…Watch those Negative Thought Patterns. Most therapies we are recommended for anxiety all come back to one idea and that is that our thinking can create our reactions. Keep well away from those ‘What ifs’ and the suffering of others and be true only to yourself. Watch your thinking and when you pick up the negative thoughts such as, ‘I am dying’, ‘I will never heal’, immediately tun to something in your environment to distract you and turn away from any destructive patterns like these. A funny TV show, a pet, or using a proven therapy such as Gupta, Somatic healing practices, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and any of the recommended anxiety help books. If you have Faith then this will always be there for you as well.
…Educate. Before you embark on your taper learn all you can about what is happening in the brain at this time. Also knowing what to expect may reduce some of the fear. There’s a lot in our Guides now as well as many websites concerning benzodiazepines which can help you. Don’t add fear but do add learning to take away that fear. Avoid any sites created to sell you therapy or expensive unproven supplements as these have no foundation in true knowledge and are mostly just money making organisations profiting from your suffering, sad but seen too often now.
…Put Strong Support in Place. It doesn’t matter who this is or whether they have knowledge of benzos or not, just somebody you can trust who is there for you and willing to learn themselves. This may be a partner, family member, close friend, doctor, counsellor, an internet support friend… Talking out problems helps.
...Join a Trusted Support Group. Again make this a group you trust to give you the correct information and understanding. Maybe one or two of these but be very wary of those confusing, opposing answers you can get to a simple question as again these can do more harm than good. Keep to your own learning as you make your way through knowing that everybody else is following their own path which is not yours.
…The Taper Plan. When you feel ready and everything else is in place then it’s time to start tapering and setting yourself free. Get a plan in place that suits you and what you feel you can cope with. Be wary of doctors who try to taper you off too fast and turn to those with knowledge of how to do a slow and even taper by your preferred method. Once started try and keep to your plan and adjust only with help and advice to do this safely.
Of course as you move forwards there may be sticky patches and this is where any of the above can be helpful but most of all talking and understanding with good support will help you reach your ultimate goal of Freedom from Benzos.