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I’ve been taking Valium for 4 years

by Titania

I lost all my emotions 2 years ago. I feel less pleasure. I lost all my motivation.

I know it was the drug (Valium) that caused this.

But I can’t stop it, withdrawal is unsustainable. I can’t go to a mental hospital. I’ve been there before and they give neuroleptics. They’re not helping, they’re hiding the problem.

Who’s been taking benzodiazepines for years?

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clipped-wings 8/25/2018 - 10:51 am

I took clonazepam for years. We just kept increasing the dose so it would be effective. Eventually I decided I didn’t want to increase anymore so I slowly weaned myself off.

Titania 8/25/2018 - 12:23 pm

I congratulate you. You weaned yourself at home?

clipped-wings 8/25/2018 - 2:47 pm

Yes. It took about four weeks.

muspelhem 8/25/2018 - 4:30 pm

I have never taken Valium, but I was on quetiapine (an antipsychotic) for almost a decade. Every time I tried to quit, I started to feel massively unstable. It was horrible.

What worked for me was when I realised how important patience is to the process. Your body really needs you to be gentle and patient with it, and it is unreasonable to expect your brain to just adapt from one day to the next. I ended up spending a year slooowly weaning myself off of the drug. And even after that, it has taken many years to adjust. I am STILL adjusting, rediscovering who I was (or a pale imitation of that person, anyway) before I started taking it.

So yeah, I believe you can do it if you lower your dose a tiny bit and then give yourself ample time to get used to that. When you feel comfortable on the new dose, lower it a bit more. And so on. But don’t rush. It isn’t worth it.

Good luck! 🙂 Also, you might want to look into something called Metacognitive Therapy (MCT). Looks very promising.

elliecats 8/25/2018 - 4:49 pm

I have not for long periods. However, I did try it and it helped me sleep. Not wanting to get addicted and not wanting any damn doctors in my life (I am very anti-western medicine, no offense meant to anyone who uses it) I looked for an alternative.

I want to be clear that I’m not a doctor and I am not giving advice. However, I did research it and it works quite simply: Valium affects the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is the non-essential amino acid that affects calmness. So, instead of valium, I started taking GABA, which is over the counter. I’ve taken a gram a day (1,000 mg) ever night for the last 11 or so years and it really helps. I have never needed more – my body did not “get used to it” and then it would not work. No, it has always worked. Am I addicted? Probably. Do I care? Nope. I can sleep, I have no hangover, I have not needed to increase the dosage, it’s cheap, and does not require doctors. Oh, and it’s helped with my anxiety during the day, too, but I only take it at night. Works wonders for me.

Good luck 🙂

Yikrens 8/26/2018 - 4:53 am

I rather took other stuff like morphin, amphetamines, cocaine, midomafentamin, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, JWH, Spice, Narcotic and Modafinil.

All just for quitting Cigarettes.

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