When I first wrote about my Klonopin withdrawal, I knew I was in for a long road. What I never expected was how many comments that post would get. I was really struck by the sheer number of people who are struggling through benzodiazepine withdrawal.
I found a new book that may be help. Stopping Anxiety Medication Workbook (Treatments That Work) is written for people with panic disorder who want to get off their meds safely and effectively.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal is very difficult, causing rebound anxiety, sleep difficulties, ringing in the ears, flu like symptoms, and more. I had 2 major flare ups of my autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) during my Klonipin withdrawal, and they had me literally on the couch with joint and back pain. Yesterday I got an email from a reader who is also having a flare up of her autoimmune disease.
The nasty withdrawal symptoms do eventually pass, but you certainly don’t feel this way when you’re going through it. I know I didn’t.
Stopping Anxiety Medication Workbook (Treatments That Work) is meant to be used in conjunction with therapy. I think it’s useful if you are thinking of benzodiazepine withdrawal to know what lies ahead. The hardest thing about my Klonopin withdrawal was the fear that my panic disorder was coming back, and that I would be this way forever. The author calls this “discontinuation-related sensations,” and helps explain how these feelings trick us- and what you can do to feel better.
This book helps you examine your thoughts about what you’re going through- and what to do about it. I listened to a podcast by the author of the book, Michael Otto, PhD, and he likened benzodiazepine withdrawal to having the flu. Like the flu, you will have really bad symptoms. You will feel like absolute crap. And after awhile, you will start to feel better again.
I wish you peace,