Klonopin is Dangerous

I believe 25 years ago, the horrific and catastrophic effects of Benzodiazepines, like Klonopin, were not yet known. They are more aware of it now, but are not doing much about it.

They need to. Everyone that is taking Klonopin or similar medications must get off them quickly and never start using them. That is my warning to you.

It seems to be a slow invisible killer. If you are taking Meth or other street drugs there is a much quicker and obvious decline and appearances are greatly altered. My demise was slow and my behaviors, which included numerous suicide attempts and self-injurious behaviors for over 20 years, were life altering. I never had a suicidal thought or engaged in self-injurious behaviors, before I started taking Klonopin and I had mental illness, such as anxiety and mild depression my entire life. My mental illness was not life altering until I started taking Klonopin and the adverse reaction began to set in.

In fact, I graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education and even won the Who’s Who Among college students. The Special Education Professors only select one student per year and they selected me. I was on my way to a successful career and life. I did what you were supposed to do to have a good career and money to live comfortably on.

I taught Special Education for over ten years until my symptoms of bipolar became too severe, actually it was the symptoms of Klonopin addiction and dependence.

I had onset postpartum bipolar with all of my children. My scary, life changing, roller coaster ride of a life began after I gave birth 25 years ago.

After I was diagnosed with bipolar, the medication cocktails and ECTs began. Then I spent nearly 20 years trying to figure out how to survive with a brain that was trying to kill me, basically. The professionals were trying to figure out what was wrong and were trying to keep me safe from harming myself.

The answers were always under their nose, but they just couldn’t smell it. I couldn’t smell that little monster pill either, even though it’s odor was more pungent and stronger than a skunk’s spray.

I had over 100 ECTs that made my brain seizure, while taking a medication that would prevent seizures. Wow. That is messed up.

Benzodiazepines are used to control seizures and anxiety mostly and are made to slow down parts of your brain. No matter what I did, even overdosing on Klonopin, for over 20 years, Klonopin was always part of the equation, part of my medication cocktail and treatment plan. Klonopin and Sue went together. I liked it too. Of course, I was addicted and didn’t know it. I thought it was helping me, when it was essentially slowly killing me instead. Klonopin lost and God was victorious over this monster pill. Praise God for saving my life again and again and again.

Please read the next two articles. Thank you in advance.

Love you all. Have a happy, healthy and fabulous weekend. Love, Sue

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Everything You Need to Know About Why Klonopin Is Dangerous

Klonopin is the trade name for a drug called clonazepam, which was originally introduced to treat epileptic seizures and panic disorders. Approximately one in three people who use this drug for four or more weeks become dependent on the substance. Klonopin is considered one of the most dangerous prescription drugs on the market, and it is dangerous for the following reasons:

  • Depression and suicide – Klonopin commonly changes a user’s brain, which can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts. Suicidal thoughts are fairly common among Klonopin abusers, especially if the user has a history of depression or other psychological disorders.
  • Deadly interactions – Klonopin causes problems with over 170 medications and substances, and some of those interactions are deadly. For instance, mixing alcohol and Klonopin is one of the most common mixtures that can be fatal. Both substances are central nervous system depressants, so they can intensify each other’s effects. When alcohol and Klonopin are consumed together, they can slow a person’s heart and breathing rates to a dangerous level. When the breathing rate reaches a certain low point, the person can lose consciousness, slip into a coma or die.
  • Dependence and addiction – One in three Klonopin abusers becomes dependent on the substance and experiences dangerous withdrawal symptoms if she goes long enough without a dose. When someone goes through Klonopin withdrawal, they typically experience psychosis, irritability, increased aggression or rage, anxiety and hallucinations. If a drug user experiences sudden withdrawal, she may develop a life-threatening condition known as status epilepticus. This problem is characterized by a constant state of recurring seizures sometimes lasting 30 minutes or more. Status epilepticus has a 20% mortality rate, and those who survive often experience severe brain damage.
  • Organ failure – Kidney and liver damage can occur due to long-term Klonopin abuse as the organs work to eliminate the substance from the body. Consistent doses of the drug can cause it to build up in the kidneys, which causes them to shut down. If kidney damage is left untreated, it can lead to permanent organ failure, which can be fatal.
  • Psychosis – The unpredictability of Klonopin abuse can cause several psychological problems, such as psychosis or depression. People may experience vivid hallucinations, become increasingly aggressive towards others, attempt suicide and even develop homicidal intentions. The brain sends and receives various signals throughout the body that control thoughts, actions and emotions: when the brain gets a dose of Klonopin, it starts sending abnormal signals that make people think, do and feel abnormal things.

Seeking out and receiving professional treatment from a licensed rehab facility is essential to avoiding the dangerous risks of continued Klonopin abuse. Professional inpatient rehab can provide the best recovery results.

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If you or someone you know struggles with Klonopin abuse and needs help, then call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day to help you find a treatment program that will help you overcome drug abuse. Do not let Klonopin ruin your life, so call now.

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Please read the next article. It might save your life…

America’s Most Dangerous Pill? Klonopin.

~written by Christopher Byron

It’s not Adderall or Oxy. It’s Klonopin. And doctors are doling it out like candy, causing a surge of hellish withdrawals, overdoses and deaths.


You could argue that the deadliest “drug” in the world is the venom from a jellyfish known as the Sea Wasp, whose sting can kill a human being in four minutes—up to 100 humans at a time. Potassium chloride, which is used to trigger cardiac arrest and death in the 38 states of the U.S. that enforce the death penalty is also pretty deadly . But when it comes to prescription drugs that are not only able to kill you but can drag out the final reckoning for years on end, with worsening misery at every step of the way, it is hard to top the benzodiazepines. And no “benzo” has been more lethal to millions of Americans than a popular prescription drug called Klonopin.

Klonopin is the brand name for the pill known as clonazepam, which was originally brought to market in 1975 as a medication for epileptic seizures. Since then, Klonopin, along with the other drugs in this class, has become a prescription of choice for drug abusers from Hollywood to Wall Street. In the process, these Schedule III and IV substances have also earned the dubious distinction of being second only to opioid painkillers like OxyContin as our nation’s most widely abused class of drug.

Seventies-era rock star Stevie Nicks is the poster girl for the perils of Klonopin addiction. In almost every interview, the former lead singer of Fleetwood Mac makes a point of mentioning the toll her abuse of the drug has taken on her life. This month, while promoting her new solo album, In Your Dreams, she told Fox that she blamed Klonopin for the fact that she never had children. “The only thing I’d change [in my life] is walking into the office of that psychiatrist who prescribed me Klonopin. That ruined my life for eight years,” she said. “God knows, maybe I would have met someone, maybe I would have had a baby.”

Nicks checked herself into the Betty Ford Clinic in 1986 to overcome a cocaine addiction. After her release, the psychiatrist in question prescribed a series of benzos—first Valium, then Xanax, and finally Klonopin—supposedly to support her sobriety. “[Klonopin] turned me into a zombie,” she told US Weekly in 2001, according to the website Benzo.org, one of many patient-run sites on the Internet offering information about benzodiazepine addiction, withdrawal and recovery. Nicks has described the drug as a “horrible, dangerous drug,” and said that her eventual 45-day hospital detox and rehab from the drug felt like “somebody opened up a door and pushed me into hell.” Others have described Klonopin’s effects as beginning with an energized sense of euphoria but ending up with horrifying sense of anxiety and paralysis, akin to  sticking your tongue into an electric outlet, or suddenly feeling that your brain is on fire.

When benzodiazepines first came to market in the 1950s and 1960s, they were prescribed for a range of neurological disorders such as epilepsy as well as anxiety related disorders such as insomnia. But over time, a loophole in federal drug-control laws known as the “practice of medicine exception” has permitted psychiatrists and other physicians to prescribe the drugs for any perceived disorder or symptom imaginable, from panic attacks to weight control problems. Much in the same way, Valium became infamous as “mother’s little helper,” a sedative used to pacify a generation of bored and frustrated suburban housewives.

Alcoholics and drug addicts are most likely to run into Klonopin during detox, when it is used to prevent seizures and control the symptoms of acute withdrawal. Klonopin takes longer to metabolize and passes through your system more slowly than other benzos, so in theory you don’t need to take it so frequently. But if you like the high it gives you, and  keep increasing your dosage, the addictive effects of the drug accumulate quickly and can often be devastating. The drug’s label clearly specifies that it is “recommended” only for short-term use—say, seven to 10 days—but once exposed to the pill’s seductive side-effects, many patients come back for more. And not surprisingly, many doctors are happy to refill prescriptions to meet this consumer demand. In the process, countless numbers of people swap one addiction for another, often worse than the initial addiction they were trying to treat. Although benzodiazepines are rarely reported to be the cause of single-drug overdoses, they show up with great frequency in deaths from so-called combined drug intoxication, or CDI. In recent years there have been thousands of deaths caused by this lethal combination. The drug has also help hasten the death of a wide list of otherwise healthy celebrities.

In 1996, Actress Margaux Hemingway committed suicide by overdosing on a barbiturate-benzodiazepine cocktail. Weeks later, Hollywood movie producer Don Simpson (Beverly Hills Cop) also died from an unintentional benzo-based overdose. Klonopin was one of 11 different prescription drugs—all written by the same doctor—found in the body of Playboy centerfold model Anna Nicole Smith, who OD’d in 2007. Thereafter, the well-known Los Angeles author, David Foster Wallace, who was suffering from a profound depression when a doctor prescribed him Klonopin, went into his backyard on a September evening and hanged himself with a leather belt he had nailed to an overhead beam on his patio. Klonopin has been striking down more than just troubled celebrities, however. In 2008, reports began to surface of soldiers returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder who were dying in their sleep, the victims of a psych-med cocktail of Klonopin, Paxil (an antidepressant), and Seroquel, an antipsychotic that is routinely prescribed by VA hospitals.

Hospital emergency room visits for benzodiazepine abuse now dwarf those for illegal street drugs by a more than a three-to-one margin. This trend has been increasing for at least the last five years. In 2006, the U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published data showing that prescription drugs that year were the number two reason for ER admissions to hospitals for drug abuse, slightly behind illicit substances like heroin and cocaine. But a survey released by the agency earlier this year claims that benzos, opioids and other prescriptions meds are now responsible for the majority of drug-related hospital visits.

Scientists can’t say for sure what Klonopin does when ingested, except that it dramatically affects the functioning of the brain. This much we know: If your brain is on fire with electrical signals—like, say, you’re having an epileptic seizure—a dose of clonazepam will help put out the flames.  It does so by lowering the electrical activity of the brain,  specifically which electrical activities it suppresses is something that no one really seems to know for sure. And therein lies the reason why clonazepam, like nearly the entire class of benzos, causes such unpredictable reactions in people. Put simply, the brain is just too complex a structure for its owners to understand—and when you start monkeying around with the way it functions, it’s anybody’s guess what is going to happen next.

Here’s how the respected neurosurgeon Frank Vertosick, Jr., describes the brain in his book When The Air Hits Your Brain: Parables of Neurosurgery:“The human brain: a trillion nerve cells storing electrical patterns more numerous than the water molecules of the world’s oceans.” So, if clonazepam is given to a patient with a history of epileptic seizures, it is likely to bring the symptoms under control. But give the same drug to a person suffering from a completely different problem (an eating or sleeping disorder, for example), and it might actually cause an epileptic seizure.

Clonazepam has wreaked such havoc on people partly because it is so highly addictive; anyone who takes it for more than a few weeks may well develop a dependence on it. As a result, you can be prescribed Klonopin as a short-term treatment for, say, insomnia, and wind up so hooked on it that you’ll begin frantically “doctor shopping” for new prescriptions if the first physician who gave it for you refuses to renew the prescription. As with all benzos, use of Klonopin for more than a month can lead to a dangerous condition known as “benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome,” featuring elevation of a user’s heart rate and blood pressure along with insomnia, nightmares, hallucinations, anxiety, panic, weight loss, muscular spasms or cramps, and seizures.

Along with Klonopin, here are the three other benzos that, by general agreement, have made it into the top ranks of the world’s worst and most widely abused drugs: temazepam, alprazolam, and lorazepam.

Temazepam: Sold in the U.S. under the brand name Restoril, this benzo was developed and approved in the 1960s as a short-term treatment for insomnia. It is basically what is commonly called a “knockout drop.” Taken even in relatively modest dosages, temazepam can produce a powerfully hypnotic effect that numbs users and makes them extremely compliant and susceptible to control. But thanks to the “practice of medicine exception” physicians can prescribe it for anything they want.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union reportedly used temazepam extensively to keep political dissidents in a drugged-out state in government-run psychiatric hospitals. Both the CIA and the KGB are also said to have also used the sleeping pill in prisoner interrogations and in research into mind-control, brainwashing and social engineering.

Temazepam is sometimes referred to as a “date rape” drug, and it figures frequently in drug-related crimes of violence. In the drug world underground, where it is often sold as an alternative to heroin and crack cocaine, it goes by such street names as “tams,” “Vitamin T,” “terminators,” “big T,” “mind eraser” and “Mommy’s Big Helper.” Common side-effects include confusion, clumsiness, chronic drowsiness, impaired learning, memory and motor functions, as well as extreme euphoria, dizziness and amnesia.

Alprazolam: Brand name Xanax, this benzo now accounts for as many as 60% of all hospital admissions for drug addiction, according to some research. What’s more, violent and psychotic responses to Xanax are not limited to humans. In May 2009, a 200-lb chimpanzee being kept as a house pet by a Stamford, Conn., woman went on a rampage after being dosed with Xanax, escaping into the neighborhood and ripping off the face of a friend of its owner.

Lorazepam: Brand name Ativan, this drug has figured in an array of well-publicized homicides and suicides by those using it. Ativan surfaced in the 2000 divorce case between Washington, D.C., socialite Patricia Duff and her husband, Wall Street billionaire Ronald Perelman. In deposition testimony, Perelman acknowledged taking Ativan as an anti-anxiety drug during his separation from Duff and the commencement of divorce proceedings. The period was marked by numerous outbursts by Perelman and at least two physical assaults on Duff. In 2008, news reports revealed that Ativan was being used by the U.S. Customs Service to keep suspected terrorists sedated while deporting them to detention facilities abroad.

You can buy any of these “feel-good” drugs without a doctor’s signature by simply typing the name into any Internet search engine. Instantly, you’ll be presented with dozens of websites, both foreign and domestic, where you can make your purchase, no prescription required. (Most of the websites accept all major credit cards.)

Why has all this happened? In large measure you can thank the 47,000 members of the American psychiatric profession for this dreadful state of affairs. Neither the pharmaceutical industry nor the psychiatric profession would be anywhere near as lucrative as they are today without their mutual support system. Together they have created a marketing juggernaut that over the last 20 years has spawned a seemingly nonstop gusher of profits that is only now beginning to slow—and probably only temporarily.

The scholarly journals of the psychiatric profession were filled with early warnings, beginning almost 50 years ago, from those who could see where the encroaching influence of the drug companies was destined to lead the profession. Now, even the medical journals themselves have been corrupted by the hidden hand of Big Pharma. In 2008, the New York Times reported that a survey of the six top medical journals showed that on average almost 8% of the bylined articles published in their pages were ghostwritten by freelance writers, then published under the names of cooperating doctors and researchers to give the pro-drug messages contained in the articles the appearance of impartiality. The scheme is bankrolled, of course, by the company that makes the drug.

Consider Dr. Joseph Biederman, the world-renowned Harvard University psychiatrist and father of modern psychopharmacology for children, who, it now turns out, has been taking secret “consulting fees” from drug companies for years. Biederman is widely credited with legitimizing the concept of “bipolar disorder” as a chemical imbalance in the brain that can be corrected with psychiatric drugs. But documents uncovered by Senate investigators probing ties between the psychiatric profession and the drug industry, which have resulted in an explosion in medically approved uses for psychiatric drugs for children, show that Biederman received more than $1.6 million in undisclosed payments since 2000 from the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the drugs he was encouraging parents to give to their children if they appeared to be “bipolar.”

No surveys that I am aware of have ever been conducted regarding the public’s impression of what psychiatrists actually do. But from pop culture media characters such as the fictional female psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi in the HBO series The Sopranos, the general belief seems to be that psychiatrists are learned and humane professionals who counsel their patients through hour-long “talk therapy” sessions in their offices once a week, and more frequently than that if necessary to help them resolve their conflicts.

In fact, many do nothing of the sort. It may be only a patient’s first session with a psychiatrist that lasts any meaningful amount of time. In this initial consultation the psychiatrist relies on the DSM manual as the diagnostic tool to decide precisely what the patient suffers from. Once that is established, the psychiatrist can begin prescribing psych meds as therapy, free of fear about the danger of a medical malpractice suit lurking down the road.

The follow-up sessions (weekly, monthly, etc.) that come after the initial consultations—that is, the sessions that are portrayed on The Sopranos as the occasions when Mafia killer Tony Soprano sits down in Dr. Melfi’s darkened office and pours out his guts about his troubled childhood—usually last as little as 15 minutes. During these so-called “med checks,” a psychiatrist typically charges $100 or more for asking the patient little more than how he or she is responding to the prescribed medication—a question that can usually be answered by a quick glance at the patient’s demeanor.

At the end of such a med-check, the psychiatrist may decide to renew the patient’s current prescription, substitute or add a new one—or even offer the patient a free sample of some new psych-med, courtesy of a sales rep from a pharmaceutical company. At four med-checks per hour, a psychiatrist with enough patients to fill up his workdays can easily make $120,000 annually from his med-check practice alone and still take a month-long summer vacation.

It’s obvious that this system incentivizes doctors financially to keep prescribing drugs in order to keep patients returning for med-checks. But Big Pharma offers a whole host of additional income opportunities. Last year, ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize–winning public-interest investigative website, did an extensive report on the financial compensation drug companies shower on physicians. Well-titled “Dollars for Docs,” this series included a database of more than 17,000 doctors who accepted “speaker fees” and other money from eight drug companies in 2009 and 2010 totaling $320 million.

That accounting is only the tip of the iceberg, however, as most pharmaceutical companies have refused to disclose their physician payments. Not surprisingly, most doctors interviewed by ProPublica denied that their medical decisions and prescribing habits were influenced by drug company payments. The new healthcare reform bill calls for greater transparency, requiring all drug-makers to disclose all fees paid to all doctors by 2014. Until then, you can type your doctor’s name into the database to find out if he or she is on the pharma take, and for how much.

Christopher Byron is a prize-winning investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author. His columns and articles have appeared in a dozens of major publications, including New York Magazine, Fortune, The New York Times and The New York Post. He has also been a regular guest commentator on CNN. Fox, and CNBC. This article is exclusively excerpted from his forthcoming book, Mind Drugs, Inc.: How Big Pharma and Modern Psychiatry Have Corrupted Washington and Destroyed Mental Health in America.

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  1. Oh my gosh, Sue, that is just awful! A lot of depression medications can cause suicidal thoughts etc. , but this is horrible. I never had any psycosis or anything in my life until I did hypnotherapy eith my family dr. Who was just starting out. Hypnosis is dangerous if they dont know what they are doing. After 2 sessions of hypnosis, thes econd one being the one that instantly gave me psycosis, within 8 hrs. We uncovered something my subconscience didnt like and he didnt help me deal with it. It took me a year to confide in anyone. The worst eyar of hell in my life. I finally went on medication for a chemical imbalance and have been on it ever since. It is not the drug you were taking, as I am not bipolar. So much more needs to be told to the public about this stuff. Do you follow “The bipolar writer? Edwardjamesskye.com. You could be a guest writer maybe on his blog.

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    • Wow! Sorry that happened to you. That sounds scary. I hope you are doing well today. Unfortunately, too often the medications used to fight depression and bipolar can increase suicidal thoughts and suicide and increase anxiety. Benzodiazepines like Klonopin, are used often to treat anxiety and panic attacks etc. I just peeked at Edwardjamesskyes blog. Wow! Thank you for sharing his blog with me. He is amazing. I would love to be a guest writer on his blog if he was interested. He is very talented. I am not sure if he would be interested in my writing or not. I would love to collaborate with him if he was interested. Thank you again for everything. I am feeling better and am trying to catch up. I am behind on my reading and commenting. Sorry. I am happy I will be able to read other posts and blogs now finally. I can sometimes shoot words better than I can take them in when I am not doing well as it is harder for me to comprehend info. at those times. It is much easier to spew out my thoughts. Thank you again and again and again… You are so awesome. Hugs, Sue

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      • Send the Bopolar Writer an email, ask him if he is still interested in having guest writers. I think I just saw a post, hew as searching again, but I could be wrong. I don’t know how guest writers work. Does the person that runs the blog interview the guest, the. Write the post, or do the guest bloggers write a whole post, and then it gets posted on the other persons sight? Have you ever done a guest post? Anyway, he has over 4000 followers now, is writing a memoir and is doing schooling for a bachelors degree I think. Just shoot him a message and invite him to read your blog or attach a link to yuor favourite for him to read. He might really be interested in one of the ones about that addicting drug you talked about.

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      • Thank you. I am not sure how it works either. I probably need to contact him and see if he would be interested in any of my posts. I would love to have him post something of mine. He is an amazing writer and is very talented. I just started reading his posts. Thank you for sharing his great blog. I am very impressed by his writing, blog and talent. I think I read one of his posts that is titled “the little white pill” which is Ativan I think which is also a benzodiazepine but is not as bad as Klonopin as far as addictive properties. etc. It is still a benzo. He might not want to hear that news. It is hard when a med. seems to be helping you at first. I don’t think Ativan is as addictive as Klonopin but would still be good for him to know. There was a reader that was offended by my post by saying I was making generalized statements about a med and that it wasn’t fair because it helps her. So I am a little bit more aware and need to remember not everyone is going to want to hear this. I am just sharing my story and what happened to me but it was good for her to make me more aware of that and how I am writing about it. I still feel the need to preach about it though… I can’t help myself. I will look at his beautiful blog again and try to contact him as soon as I can. I don’t know which ones to share. I would have to look at them… Thank you again. You are so helpful and good to me. I appreciate it greatly. Hugs, Sue

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      • He may want to interview you, ask questions maybe in an email and you can answer them. He then turns it into a post and of course shares yours. About the meds, you may have generalized it and it helped you for 25 years or so you thought. You can still write how it affected you and add that everyone reacts differently to medication. Still, awareness is everything. Did she mention how long she has been on it. She might look back a few years from now and say, Suew as right! Anyways, yes, we always have to be careful how we saythings. Everyone is a critic.

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      • Thank your for your help and encouragement to see if I could be a guest blogger on his site. I just shot him a very short email and and a link of my post from today. We will see if he is interested. I would love it if he was. That would be a great compliment to me because he is soooooo…… talented. I am so impressed with his style, story and talent. I wish I could write amazingly well like he does. I just have a story – not so much a writing talent, but I try. Thanks again, as always, Sue

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      • He takes courses in writing, part of his schooling. This is what he does. You are a great writer, I have told you that before, quite some time ago now. I would not say such a thing if I didnt believe it. Your style is very different than his, it would be no good if he had guest bloggers who wrote thes ame as he does, right? You’d be great as a guest.

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      • Gosh. I love how kind you are. Thank you for your constant kind compliments and always making me feel better. You are so awesome! Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank.. did I say thank you??? Just kidding. ox Sue ❤😇❤😊

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      • I wish there was something more I could do, I would visit if I lived close by, when you are feeling down. It is such a lonely feeling, feeling down and helpless, worthless. No one should ever have to feel that way. I have been there too, not quite the same of course, but everyone needs someone. Thank YOU for your posts. They are amazing.

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    • Thank you for sharing. Did what almost happen to me almost happen to you? You do not have to share in detail if you do not want to. I am just curious and learning everyday how often this withdrawal is and am unsure of how long it will take me to get this drug out of my system. I am still trying to educate myself and others about this drug. Did you taper off of it slowly or cold turkey like I did? How long did it take with your withdrawal symptoms? Dogs are definitely better than many things. Thanks Teddy. Much love and hugs, Sue

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      • At first the meds helped. And then they helped too much and I was popping them more than I should. Then I took a bunch with a bottle of wine hoping to not remember the childhood abuse I suffered. I was trying to drown myself with klonopin and booze. My husband found me and managed to get me to throw up. I survived. I quit cold turkey and wished I had gone through the taper but I was scared. When I quit, I experienced brain zaps where I could barely take care of myself. It was about a month of symptoms before I felt like myself again. And even then I had to find another med that would help. Lexapro was the one for me with yoga and meditation. It’s a battle and it always will be but the dogs will always be there for us. But there are times when I feel like marching the both of us in front of a car. I know it’s not me — it’s the depression and PTSD and the lack of unconditional love from my partner. He seems to be sick of supporting me through my challenges. And so that’s why I depend so much on my canine friends and my wordpress friends like you 💜💜💜💜💜

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      • Thank you so much for your sharing your story with me. I am sorry you had to go through that and that you have continued battles. It helps so much to know that you are not alone. I am happy you have Teddy. That is awesome you got a therapy dog. How do you get a therapy dog for mental illness? I think I could use one. I am not sure if they have such a thing in this area. I have two cats. They help but dogs are better with showing their love and keeping you safe and taking care of you more. I am looking forward to having more time to read other blogs and write more etc. It is about all I can do right now. I am with you at not being able to take care of yourself. That is what I am experiencing. The doctor at the hospital gave me hydroxyzine for anxiety which is not a benzo and is not addictive. I am not on anything else. I couldn’t get an appt. to see a pdoc until the middle of April. I do not have a Pdoc and have not had one for about 3-4 years. I got my Klonopin filled at the county building. I was trying to do this alone after my Psychiatrist retired because I have not found a new one and thought I could manage myself. Well obviously that is not true. So, I am giving that Pdoc another try and I know now I should have listened before. I didn’t want him taking my Konopin away. Now I know why. I was addicted and totally dependent on this medication. Why on earth would my doctor or anyone not tell me the dangers of this med??? and the addictive qualities of this medication? So stupid. I know the new Pdoc I am going to see is familiar with Klonopin withdrawals etc. He is young, a new Pdoc and I think they are coming with new knowledge of the problems with Klonopin and the new info. is that Benzos are BAD NEWS and dangerous. So, I look forward to new information. I saw him one time. After I had the one hour interview to talk about my history. He said at the end, as I was walking out, that he knew how to get me off of Klonopin. We didn’t talk about as it was kind of an afterthought right before I walked out the door. After I left, I
        thought I do not want to go off of it and I do not want to see him again. I had no idea I was addicted. I knew I loved my Klonopin and I have popped my Klonopin like candy many times . I have been on it for years. Why do I want to go off of it? I do not. I have overdosed on it before and my Pdoc always gave it to me anyway. Obviously that was a mistake. Wow. Sorry, I just started writing and realized how much I wrote. Sorry. Thanks again for sharing your story. It helps me a lot. Take care. Hugs again, Sue

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      • Thank you for your other comment Teddythedogtalks. I read your comment and then as I was typing a reply back, it got deleted somehow. Hmmm…. hopefully you will see this one. Thank you for your comments. I am a little familiar with that dog breed and they are the most beautiful and sweetest dogs. I love that kind of dog. I would love a pup. I think I need one… I need a Teddy. Maybe someday I can get one. For now my kitties will have to help me. I hope you are doing well.

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