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BENZO STORY: Wendy from Canada

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

Summary


Wendy’s story of withdrawal from Ativan, Klonopin, and a Z-drug includes various attempts including the Ashton Manual and detox. A link to her video is included.

 

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  1. Key Topics: Anxiety, Benzos, Dependence, Withdrawal, Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Doctors, Symptoms, Detox, Yoga, Natural Healing, Massage, Rapid Detox

 

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Wendy’s Story


Hello D,


A brief clip of my Benzo situation is on YouTube, “Benzos – A Cautionary Tale” (see video below). I tried the Ashton Manual to taper off quite a few years of a Z-drug for sleep, Ativan, and then Klonopin. By the 5th week on Dr. Ashton’s schedule, I couldn’t bear it anymore, and a local doctor sent me to detox.

…I couldn’t bear it anymore, and a local doctor sent me to detox.

I was there nine days, shaking and crying, given phenobarbital to prevent seizures. I mention about Rehab after that in the video. I’m very grateful I’ve had no pain during withdrawal, for maybe a couple of reasons.


I’ve had a yoga practice for about 30 years. And as a massage therapist specializing in craniosacral therapy, I’ve learned how to invite my body to move spontaneously in any position. Early on, when I explored this, I checked my pulse before and after the 15 minutes or so of this “unwinding,” and it went down by 12 beats per minute. I have a few physical symptoms — brief jelly legs, jitteriness, a feeling of wobbliness — but most are mental, the worst being agitation, anxiety, and repetitious thoughts.

I’ve had a yoga practice for about 30 years.

It’s clear that food sensitivities aggravate my withdrawal symptoms. I try to notice when my gut isn’t relaxed, and do belly breathing, hoping to enhance digestion.


I REALLY like your conversational style in the book! I’m an English major helping my 87-year-old partner write a book about his growing up in the rugged mountains of British Columbia.


Many thanks for what you do, and your manner of doing it. Wendy

 

Wendy’s Video

Benzos — A Cautionary Tale

 

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