Being diagnosed with Panic attacks and Generalized Anxiety disorder, I was prescribed Klonopin as the anecdote for my disorder.
What I didn’t know was that if taken long term they are a bitch to get off of.
Tried cold turkey one time, not knowing this was not advised and after two weeks the walls looked crooked, I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. I had a headache from hell. I had a hard time talking.
So I started taking them again
They worked great for some years. Took all my problems away, alleviated my anxiety, and all seemed well
The Doctor forgot to tell me about a thing called tolerance to benzodiazepines. So naturally I needed more, to get the same therapeutic result.
Of course the psychiatrist didn’t see it that way and would not prescribe more. I began slowly using more until years later I found myself taking double the amount prescribed. To me I was doing nothing wrong
So now, no fault of my own I had a prescription drug problem. I tried to get help by being honest, but sometimes that doesn’t always work.
Doctors would run from me, because they didn’t want to have anything to do with someone not compliant with a controlled substance.
I tried detoxing in a rehab, but most rehabs will take you off benzo’s in a week. This is not possible, at least not for me. It’s to hard to come off that quick, a slow taper is the most successful way and the healthiest way.
Stevie Nicks the lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, called Klonopin the drug from hell. She was prescribed it to help her with her 10K a day cocaine habit. Then she got addicted to Klonopin and it took her 8 years to get off it.
I eventually got it under control with the support of others. We need to be honest with people and more often than not they will understand.
So in the end, be careful with benzo’s there very helpful for anxiety, but use only on a short term basis, because long term use not only is difficult to stop but they cause other health problems including cognitive impairment and have been linked to Alzheimers disease