... my highest dosage at 3 mgs per day. I thought I had "kicked" it before I was discharged, only to come home and feel completley overwhelmed, extremely sensitive to sound, anxious, agitagted and wanting to be left alone. Having 2 teenage boys, this is next to impossible. I have new symptoms now; insomnia and chronic itiching. How long does this process last? I have read it can take as long as 3 months? I was also self medicating to compensate for when the Xanax dropped off with Wine. I will say this; my withdrawl has been fairly "easy" thus far all things considered. I was in a hospital setting for 5 days with medical and emotional support. However, now that I am home, I feel like a newborn having just entered the world trying to adjust to all this stimuli that seems to coming at me at a rapid pace. Things that never bothered me before (like the noise of my teenage boys) are putting me on the edge. Will life be "normal" again? I am aware that I am more aware of my feelings... more in touch with myself. I can almost say this has been a kind of awakening. But the physical symtoms are somewhat overwhelming. Anyone that has walked this rode before me, if you would be so kind as to share your exp with me so that I might walk this rode in your wake... I will gladly pay it forward when I complete my recovery.
I must enourage you to seek addiction's counseling such as attending Narcotics Anonymous. You can google this to find locations near you. They will give you the support you need and teach you the tools to deal with the temptations to use again. You can also try a site called benzobuddies.com. This is a website for supporting people addicted to and recovering from benzodiazepine addiction like Xanax.
It will get better, but it is going to take time. Please seek support near home so you can have face to face contact. We are hear for you too.
I have been in your shoes and it really does suck. I was addicted to Soma for gosh 4-5 yrs. taking at the last year about 12-15 a day, i was out of my mind, I would get up in the middle of the night drive around town naked, I got a DUI. and i don't drink alcohol ever. One day my new husband who didn't know about this addiction had enough of watching me go through this and made me stop cold turkey. Talk about HELL, i was in it. The withdrawls were worse then my many back surgeries, it was hell i felt my whole world falling apart, everytime my husband would speak my girls would come in the room i would fall apart, get angry, yell, just want to be left alone. This lasted a good two weeks before i started to settle down a little.
As the weeks went by it seemed to get easier to deal with, but when your addicted to a medication for that long and taking so much of it, it messes with your body physioligy, (spelling?) It seriously took about 6 weeks to get through it ,it's been five yrs and i still feel like taking a soma if i could. Like any addict it's always in the back of your mind, you just have to remember what it did to your life and how much better off your life is now. I'll friend you so if you want to private e-mail me do so anytime.
Your friend in addiction
I've been in your shoes - for me, it was klonopin, which is just the next door neighbor to xanax. They are both in the "benzodiazepene" class of drugs, and they are a nightmare to overcome. BUT - it is do-able - and I promise you, it is worth it!
I did the in-patient detox thing too, but the real "panic" hit me upon returning home - good god, I thought I was going to lose it completely. I went through a series of endless panic attacks (and I had NEVER had one before!) - every little thing unnerved me. I didn't know - at the time - if it would ever end. No one had the answers for me.
Here's the things that helped me. I went to the health food store and bought up kava kava - mostly the kava tea - and leaned on that to relieve anxiety. I didn't want to sleep alone - strangely, even though I had been quite used to it - so I had my youngest daughter sleep in my bed beside me. I tried silly ways to occupy my thoughts - this is odd, but it helped - I watched silly sit-coms with my 9 year old daughter, and just tried to focus on the ridiculous humor and story lines, and believe it or not, it eased some of the anxiety.
The only place that I found that my anxiety would come to a complete stop - believe it or not - is at AA or NA meetings!!! It's almost like my body/mind KNEW that's where I belonged. I'd sit down and listen - and within a few minutes, my racing heart would quiet down, my profuse sweating would abate, and I could breathe again.
The full detox, including the in-patient part, was 21 days. On the 21st day, I woke up with NO symptoms, and danced with joy! I am soooo grateful to have done it - and gotten past those dreadful drugs - and it's a pleasure to have a clear head and full range of emotions. Hang in there, hon - it's awful to get through - but it DOES end - and there really is a bright light at the end of the tunnel.
God bless - and yes, please do pay this forward! Others need our encouragement going through the battles we've been blessed to overcome.
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