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Hi Rich ... everyone is different so really no one can answer this question.  Some people don't even get w/d symptoms.  Where are you at with all this?  Did you taper or c/t?
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I ve been taking 1.5 mg xanax for almost 2 months. I notice that within 12 hours from last dose i begin to feel a bit manic, anxious...vision issues...uncomfortable.
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Hi Rich,

 

I just read your previous posts and the responses you received.  At least now I know your story and understand why you would ask this question on this thread.  Hopefully you will be able to come up with the commitment and determination to get free of this drug after researching the harm that they can cause if continued long-term.

 

Have you stayed off the drug for more than the 12 hours, once the w/d kicked it?  Where are you at now with your decision making about this?

 

I wish you all the best of yourself.  Dig deep for your courage and strength at this most important time in your life.  :)

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I ve been taking 1.5 mg xanax for almost 2 months. I notice that within 12 hours from last dose i begin to feel a bit manic, anxious...vision issues...uncomfortable.

 

Hi Rich,

 

I understand that you had over 6 years clean time and then you started taking Xanax and have been doing so for the last 2 months.

 

My understanding is that you would like to get clean again, but are having interdose withdrawal symptoms.

 

You could benefit from the knowledge of a benzo wise doctor who also deals with the disease of addiction who can assist you in getting off of Xanax.

 

Do you have a sponsor in AA or NA?  If so, have you been forthright with your sponsor about your use of Xanax?

 

I realize that this admission of your using Xanax constitutes relapse, but I also know that relapse is part of recovery.

Would you be willing to start your recovery today by having an honest discussion with your doctor and your sponsor?

 

None of us can do this alone - addict or dependent.

 

Your best support will be from your benzo wise/addiction specialist and your sponsor if you are part of a 12 step recovery group.

 

I assume you have made the important discovery that benzo use, even taking 1 pill a day, is unlike any other substance that you have ever used and/or abused in the past.

 

You can recover.  Millions have - addict or non-addict alike.  Talk to your doctor.  Talk to your sponsor.  Talk to us.  You matter. We care.

 

Hugs, Laurie

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for some seriously good advise!

Difficult advise and very painful for me to think about relapse. But I know my option are non other than to be clean.  I feel chemically altered..I hate this feeling. I have fallen away from the rooms and my sponsor 5 years ago. I have recently started attending co-dependency meetings which is another 12 step based program. I believe my codependency issues are the base of my addiction issues....The irony of why I fell out of AA meetings is because of anxiety....public speaking, GAD. I was always uncomfortable....My first coda meeting 6 weeks ago I did clean. I was highly anxious, wanted to run, sweaty,heart racing. etc. I work as a sous chef and my boss, the executive chef is addicted to opiates...and speed. I asked for some xanax for my anxiety. ( I never like valium or benzos) so I took .5 mgs....felt tired.. and crappy..but not anxious, slept well for the first time which felt like years. felt better in my own skin. Went to my coda meeting, I was able to read aloud, speak in public and I felt good about making good changes in my life. lol....In the back of my mind was the relapse issue..But as an addict I am my own doctor and in denial. I am well versed in recovery. I try and be honest with myself. after only 2 weeks I started to feel different.. my attituded toward recovery was changing.. I was quickly slipping down and thoughts of using other drugs seemed like not such a bad idea. I got some vicodin and percocets and did some of those. Opiates..heroin is my doc  and I knew that I wasnt far from a syringe of dope..and death. I wont survive another bought with the needle, I am sure of that. my defense was weakening. I quit smoking 3.5 years ago.....and I smoked almost a pack in 2 days...I smoked for 28 years..thank God I was smart enough to stop I didnt start again. I stopped the opiates..and had some withdrawls..to make a long story short....I relapsed, I am an addict and I have to get off this shit too. I work out and try and run several times a week...but that too is different. I feel my brain is different......ughhhhh. So, yes I need to reconnect to a meeting....and recovery. I am embarrassed.. I was very proud of my time. I am also very anxious of getting off this xanax..I  only took .5 mg today and my skin is tingling and my head is foggy, short tempered and just feel off.

Thanks for listening...lol..hard to put my thoughts together...

Rich

 

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Dear Rich,

 

I am praying for you.

 

I want you to make it. You matter.  Your life has great meaning.

 

You deserve a life worth living.

 

Get back to AA/NA.  Get a sponsor. Work the steps. Find a doctor.

 

I have every faith that this experience will only strengthen your commitment to your recovery.

 

(((((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))))), Laurie

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