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If it works...is it still abuse?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by Jane, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    I would advise against switching to another benzo. My experience with Klonopin was a nightmare, and it was in no way easy to stop taking it. Benzos are horrible drugs and my personal opinion is that people should avoid taking them unless it's absolutely necessary. And then it should only be for a very short time.
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  2. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Nicoleforrest28 i'm glad you got off Xanax and are now feeling better or more normal now. i also think switching from one benzo to another may not be the way to go.... always consult with a dr. before making any changes....
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  3. Josh111187

    Josh111187 Community Champion

    It's definitely not the best way to go. When I was abusing Xanax and klonopin, my GP at the time swapped me over to the highest dose of valium he was allowed to prescribe by law, and also gave me a prescription for temazepam to help me out with insomnia. He told me when I felt like I was ready to start experimenting with the dosage of diazepam and drop to whatever felt comfortable. This doctor no longer has a license and I am starting years later to finally wean off with a competent addiction specialist.
    I remember needing Xanax and I also remember when it stopped working. Taking benzodiazepines long term will backfire on you and CREATE ANXIETY!!
    I strongly recommend that anyone who has a dependency for them to seek help now and don't wait until you feel the need to up mgs. Get a copy of The Ashton Manual, by Dr. Heather Ashton, it will change the way you feel about these drugs. Benzobuddies.org
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