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Re: Interesting?
Jan 31, 2004
Sammi and Lynn
I have just written a long post to you and it has disappeared! Bummer.
Sorry - I have misled you - above is part of an article by "Rik" - I was constrained by space - its only about 1/4 of the article - if you want me to post the rest in sections - let me know - wont do unless you ask - might bore the a** off other people! If you want to know more about Rik - he is very knowledgeable on the subject - just type in benzodiazepines and Rik into google - you will find!
I was on ativan for 2 years - just taking 1 mg at night for sleep - as prescribed by my doctor - therapuetic level - gradually worked up to 2 mg - decided to stop and ended up in full florid withdrawal - had to re-instate and taper off using valium - 8 long, depressing, anxiety ridden, debilitating months! The truth about benzos is that their benefits are only felt for 2 to 3 weeks and very soon tolerance sets in - then the user experiences the side effects of the benzo itslef- and they are listed as anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia.......... and many many more. And so the benzos actually produce the very symptoms for which they are actually prescribed! They are truly drugs from hell! There is an interesting thread on the Depression board - called something like "can benzos be managed?" - worth a read. A man at the peak of his career discovering he is dependent on xanax...... and his struggle trying to get off. A woman who talks about a clinic in her town - totally dedicated to users of xanax. Powerful stuff!
Lynn - your poor dog - hope she/he recovered from being stood on! Doggie sleep? I understand that dogs' brains are simply awash with serotonin! LOL Well - they sure have a good philosophy of life? Eat, sleep, walkies......... not bad! Well - my dog is spayed so she doesnt think of "the other"!

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