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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    I’m so sorry Todd to be able to offer no help, but I send a huge hug and all my best wishes that you find what you need.
    Thank you, that’s so kind of you.


  2. #12
    Funklab,

    It’s amazing the clarity I’ve received not being at my peak of use, even if used properly and prescribed, these drugs change you. Not being at such a peak on my benzodiazepine use, I do reflect on some of my past here. �� I’d like to believe I brought people joy and laughter here, even if I got too mouthy and combative. I take accountability, of course, but when your brain is full of medicine that releases you of your inhibitions, you become so reactive.


  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Le Todd View Post
    Funklab,

    It?s amazing the clarity I?ve received not being at my peak of use, even if used properly and prescribed, these drugs change you. Not being at such a peak on my benzodiazepine use, I do reflect on some of my past here. 😆 I?d like to believe I brought people joy and laughter here, even if I got too mouthy and combative. I take accountability, of course, but when your brain is full of medicine that releases you of your inhibitions, you become so reactive.
    You are going to be just fine. You have accepted, asked for help and you see your mind clearing up. Honestly as Phil said AA is available, besides except for a tiny donation a dollar or so each visit it is free, effective and takes newbies.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Le Todd View Post
    No, I?ve always taken as prescribed by one provider at a time. Sadly, it can still be deemed addiction, even in judgmental ways. I find myself just as dependent on antidepressants, even if not as addictive and severe. Psychoactive substances are awful when you need to come down.

    In fact, at my peak, I was taken 4mg of Xanax a day. Now I?m just on 10mg of Valium. It?s a drastic difference, but my doctor is insisting to put me off.
    If you?ve just been taking it as prescribed you?re not addicted. Addiction requires some kind of maladaptive behavior and negative consequences due to YOUR actions. If you don?t have that and you try to get into drug rehab (not sure that?s what you?re looking for or not), that would explain why you were getting denied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funklab View Post
    If you?ve just been taking it as prescribed you?re not addicted. Addiction requires some kind of maladaptive behavior and negative consequences due to YOUR actions. If you don?t have that and you try to get into drug rehab (not sure that?s what you?re looking for or not), that would explain why you were getting denied.
    Oh, no! I’m not getting denied. My psychiatrist last year tried to detox me in conventional setting. Then tried to find me inpatient care when I was having trouble adapting to the changes in my regimen. This year, she wanted to put me in an inpatient facility so I’d have more support fully coming off. All times she was unsuccessful in finding places that could accommodate me or she told me she wasn’t being given sufficient answers when asking, so she didn’t want to send me some place far off, only to find myself unable to make due.

    However, drug rehabs and mental facilities are used for people who are iatrogenically dependent on medications and needing help either with withdrawal or adapting to life without them. Google benzodiazepine dependency and read the horror stories.

    https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2019/02...-rejected.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by nonoise View Post
    You are going to be just fine. You have accepted, asked for help and you see your mind clearing up. Honestly as Phil said AA is available, besides except for a tiny donation a dollar or so each visit it is free, effective and takes newbies.
    Smiles.


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    From my experience reading SCI forums 10 mg/day is far from excessive and this particular doctor may be one of the thousands who has suddenly gone FDA correct and trying to wean all patients from benzodiazepines, weather it is best for the individual or not. So the main problem from YOUR point of view, I assume, is the Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety (with occasional panic attacks), and PTSD, for which in-patient care could be a help. I hope this psychiatrist is focused on those problems.

    This Psychiatrist certainly sounds concerned to see you in an appropriate setting. Whatever you do, Todd, I hope you find meaningful help along your path. Your set of challenges is difficult to sort through.

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  9. #19
    Hey Todd,

    Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. Always been a god guy and have been through a lot, not of your own doing.

    You got this.

  10. #20
    Todd, You have been much missed, old friend!

    First, know you are taking a first, strong step in acknowledging your dependence on benzos and co occurring mental health issues of depression, PTSD, and anxiety. That takes guts and strength to do so.

    I was turned down when I first tried to enter inpatient treatment for addiction to benzos, sleeping meds, and opiates, all prescribed by my doctor. I was deemed "unsuited" for a nonspecific reason. I pushed on and made a stronger case when I asked for help later that week. I was admitted.

    I went cold turkey in the A and D treatment center where I was and it was under medical supervision. While I was miserable due to sudden med cessation, I lived through it. I had a non dis roommate (no problems), and a roll in shower, shower chair, reasonable access. It was not perfect in terms of access, but it was doable.

    You should have the same options as any other person in terms of treatment. I will be more than happy to share where I went for treatment with you via PM if you wish. There is another facility that is even better and is accessible. It is in Nashville. I'd have gone there if I had known about it as it is great in terms of treatment centers. I know a man who is a para who went there and it has "good" access according to him.

    Lest anyone thinks recovery is a one and done stint in a 28 day treatment program, au contraire! It is just a start.

    It took me two rounds in treatment for me to better understand I had and have the disease of addiction. The second time I went, I knew my life was on the line. I decided to go from treatment straight to a sober living facility. I paid good money to live with other women in recovery. It could be chaotic at times, but it helped me set a good foundation. I went to at least one 12 Step meeting daily (usually two), was held accountable for my actions, began to learn to live a sober, clean life.

    I learned I have depression and began to address that, too. Like you, I have a resounding case of PTSD. I work on and with these issues just as I do my recovery and sobriety. Life is still one day at a time in only the best of ways. Those days begin to add up when taken 24 hours each. It has been fifteen plus years for me of being sober and clean.

    If you have any questions, ask here or hit me up via PM.

    I'm proud of you for acknowledging the benzos are an issue in your life as well as the depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Let me know if I can help.

    Sending love and only good thoughts your way.

    ~~~ M.E.

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