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Just a quick question about withdrawal in general - how do you know when it is over?

I have had an afternoon where I am feeling grounded and more like myself - I had a terrible night sleep (a horrible nightmare that woke me up and then led to a few hours with horrible thoughts and things) but I managed to ground myself in the afternoon. I am feeling a bit more like myself and grounded today in general - though I have had a lot of tinnitus all day, and it is also leading up to that time of the month so hormones may be affecting how I feel (I also spent 6months tapering and have only been off it since March).

I don't know if I will have more dissociation and things in the next few days, and I often have challenges with my anxiety anyway, but just because I am feeling more like myself for one afternoon I am not naive enough to believe that I am free of all the withdrawal symptoms... has anyone found other ways that they can mark themselves as being more healed and things?

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I knew without a doubt the day I recovered, I felt it and celebrated it but my experience is different than others here because it happened as soon as I stopped taking Ambien cold turkey, 14 months after I stopped Klonopin cold turkey.  The Ambien was keeping me sick and I didn't realize it so as soon as I stopped that, all of my symptoms disappeared.

 

I think you'll know when it happens, I felt peace and euphoria at the same time.  Even if you have some remaining symptoms once you get to that point, I believe the difference between what you're feeling now and what you'll be feeling then will be noticeable and you'll gain more and more confidence that you're there.

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For me it wasn't so much an absence of physical symptoms as it was the being involved in my day-to-day life and not having benzo withdrawl taking up so much head space.  Benzos/benzo withdrawl became small and insignificant in my life and other things moved into that space and this was my indicator.
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