I have been taking lorazepam for over 20 years and weaned myself to .5 twice a day for the last 2 years but just can't seem to get any further. According to the Ashton taper method, by the time you get to where I am there shouldn't be a problem just stopping. Perhaps I'm not understanding this. Any ideas?
Hi AnnieP14, congratulations on getting this far! You are doing fantastically well, are you weaning off alone or with the help of counselling/gp? I've been dependent on Ativan/Lorazepam for 33 years now, and over time my tolerance and dependency crept up so much that for the last 10 years I've been taking 15mg a day, every day. Of course, like you, I've tried to wean myself off many times, and managed to get to where you are now back in the 80s when I had weekly counselling. Unfirtunately, as ever, funding ran out for the service so once again I was left to self-medicate. I'm telling you this because I firmly believe without support from someone who really understands your situation it's very very difficult, you don't mention what support you're receiving? I think you are almost there, be patient, and be very proud of your achievements. It's mind over matter now, for you, as always, so you must keep positive and go for it, I'm sure you will. Best of luck to you, I myself am resigned to being on these things the rest of my days, but it maintains me stable and permits me to function normally, so I no longer worry. Take care, and let us know when you get there!
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