My experience only here. Once we've done cold turkey, the memory causes fear because we know EXACTLY what is to come. The last time, and the time that appears to have finally worked for me, was to just face that fear. Was it hard? Yup. I however, had tried the taper method so many times and I finally recognized that tapering simply wasn't going to work for me. I also knew that my addictive personality had me terrified of the other methods (sub, etc) that worked so successfully for others. For me, that left one option: Cold turkey and face it head on and without fear. My family, smarter than we ever give them credit for, witnessed my many attempts at cold turkey so I got no sympathy from them. I knew I had to get thru this on my own and try to "appear" as normal as possible. No comment was made by anyone so I suspect they knew something was up. No one asked what was wrong with me. In their opinion, it was a "here we go again" scenario. This reinforced a stubborn streak that I didn't even know I possessed. I faced cold turkey fearless, stubborn and determined. Knowing I was only days away from never pill counting again was my motivation, only second to proving my family wrong and proving that I was strong enough to do this. I had put them thru enough. I WILL NOT put them thru it again...at least for today.
I own one pair of Nike's and my motto is, "Just do it!". Do what is best for you otherwise it won't work. "Just do it!".
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." Kahil Gibran (1883-1931).