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Good Evening :)

I am doing fine and dandy, thank you. Hope you are also.

LAOStanno, my friend, why would I beat you up. Silly. Especially since you did such an awesome job of that your very own self. Chuckles.

There were a few times as I tapered off Xanax that I took my dose an hour or so before I was due because I felt like I was losing control. Not often, but it did happen. Benzos are [U]very [/U]hard to withdraw from for all of us. Torturous at times for sure. You took a slight, ever-so-slight, step backwards and are already moving forward again. Nothing to criticize there. Instead, I applaud you that you "nipped it in the bud."

We are all works in progress in all we do in life. In the particular area of your life concerning Ativan, you are determinedly making progress for sure. Take a peek backwards, Sweetpea, and see how far you have already come. It is quite impressive. Your dose is down and you are prepared to do the necessary aftercare. This is called [B]progress[/B]! I think I wrote to you in an earlier post that coming off a benzo, in particular, we need to measure in progress and not time. Yes? Well, it is true. Stay at 1mg for as long as you need to stablize. There were times I was ready in 7 days, sometimes ten, sometimes 14 and a couple of times I actually needed 3 full weeks. I tried to keep it at 10-14 days, but it just didn't always work like that. Force yourself to remain slowly tapering as you near the end and don't get antsy.

There were a few times as I tapered off Xanax that I took my dose an hour or so before I was due because I felt like I was losing control. Not often, but it did happen. Benzos are [U]very [/U]hard to withdraw from for all of us. Torturous at times for sure. You took a slight, ever-so-slight, step backwards and are already moving forward again. Nothing to criticize there. Instead, I applaud you that you "nipped it in the bud."

We are all works in progress in all we do in life. In the particular area of your life concerning Ativan, you are determinedly making progress for sure. Take a peek backwards, Sweetpea, and see how far you have already come. It is quite impressive. Your dose is down and you are prepared to do the necessary aftercare. This is called [B]progress[/B]! I think I wrote to you in an earlier post that coming off a benzo, in particular, we need to measure in progress and not time. Yes? Well, it is true. Stay at 1mg for as long as you need to stablize. There were times I was ready in 7 days, sometimes ten, sometimes 14 and a couple of times I actually needed 3 full weeks. I tried to keep it at 10-14 days, but it just didn't always work like that.
Force yourself to remain slowly tapering as you near the end and don't get antsy.

You asked about an addictionologist. I think they can serve a great purpose for some. My honest opinion for you is that I don't think it is really necessary. It would not be my opinion for everyone, but it is for you. I think this because thus far you have remained strongly commited to doing what needs to be done. I think an addictionologist's greatest help would be working to uncover the reasons why you have abused Norco. If you were not already seeing a therapist, I would say run to the addictionologist. Maybe it boils down to whether or not you fel your therapist can help you discover the underlying issues or not. Now I sound like I am on the fence here. Maybe you should ask your therapist outright why she suggested this. :-)

Okay, I am going to bid you goodnight now. Off to a relaxing bubble bath. Take care, talk soon.
Nighty-night
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