STOPPING VALIUM COLD TURKEY. ANY ADVICE PLEASE?

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I'm having to stop taking valium cold turkey, as my psych has not mailed me a script for it. I've been waiting 2 weeks, rang her office a few times, but still no script in the mail. She did this to me on another occasion too. I have been weaning off this and was down to 3 and a half 5mg tabs per day, from 4. Luckily, I'd been taking less than she prescribed while tapering or I'd have none at all in the last 2 weeks. It's now Saturday and I have none left. I had to also quit zopiclone ct for the same reason. She did not mail me my script. They were both well and truly due! Went through excruciating, agonizingly intense withdrawals, with 6 sleepless nights, when I stopped the zopiclone. Got through it, with much prayer, and received great comfort and the strength to cope with that. Now, this has happened to me. I don't know why she didn't mail me my script and will be ringing her up 1st thing Monday morning. I am cancelling my next appt with her. I am done with her. She told me zopiclone is non-addictive. I trusted her. That was nearly a year ago. Have since researched it, printed out the latest research that show just how HIGHLY ADDICTIVE it ks. Gave it to her at my last appt. She actually had a quick look at it, kept it, but said she's never had any other of her patients complain or say they had withdrawal symptoms when they stopped taking it. Well I said I did. Anyway, that's not my question here now. I have already been experiencing severe anxiety, nausea, shakiness, sweats, all that comes when in withdrawal, as I sure know the symptoms by now, having experienced it before, because of cutting down too fast. Now with none left, I'm very frightened! I've done some research, found a link to click on to take me to Professor Ashton's weaning off valium plan. Everything I've read, says it is very dangerous to suddenly stop taking valium (diazepam). I'm trying not to panic. I'm praying constantly, as I have a great faith in the power of the Lord, as He certainly came through for me when stopping zopiclone. I'm asking if anyone has had to go through the withdrawal symptoms of coming off valium, their advice, support and encouragement and what can I do that may be of help in easing this painful withdrawal period? In the past 4 days, I've been taking only 1, splitting it into quarters, but still suffering rather badly. I will gladly suffer longer, if necessary, to finally be free of this horrific addiction, where it was no longer working for me anyway. I have been addicted to it for 3 years this time round. I'd stopped needing it 4 yrs ago, after being addicted to it for about 20 yrs. Stupidly went back on it for another medical problem, not anxiety. (Long story). Got addicted again, when I should have known better, but...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

THANK YOU!

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    I've been using diazapan 2mg and zopiclone 7.5 for about 3 years. Some doctors re-prescribe, some fiercly tell me it must be recuded and is temporary. To be honest I am so tired of having to go to the surgery every week and a half and get a prescription I think I will drop the diazapan. My terrible insomnia is another issue. Ive been on computers since 9 as a programmer, and past 40 I remember I just changed, always alert and concentrating. So I feel this might be awkward. I am ready to do this I feel, I must focus on my daily routine, and even in simple things around the house allow as much movement and buisiness as possible; litle by little also taken into note. I've yet to do this, so you are not alone. I feel I am the kind of person who will not wean off this stuff, and might need to just stop. i think though it might be necessary to on some days to do what you need to do. Especially with not being able to sleep and so on. The best of hope to you

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    You should not stop cold turkey. Very dangerous. You need to slowly tapper off. Withdraws from benzo can be deadly if stopped cold turkey.
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    Hello christine my name is Rami , first off sorry to just barge in like this .

    Im jut a little nearvous and im looking for support im on the same rollacoster you where in valium 30 -40 mg for about one year ive tried tapering only to always to start all over even tied taking opiates to help what i understand is that quiting c/t is the besy way to go any advise on what to stay away from how to manage for 1-2 weeks untill the w/d s are gone

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      Hello Rami, I'm with you also in this, I've tried cold turkey and almost every single medical professional speaks against it. It is stick to a routine, keep a med taking spreedsheet or whatever you aught to do. I've been on 2mg Diazepam x2 per day (sometimes 3 if someone does my head in (my trigger I guess); and Zopiclone 7.5mg 1-2 per night for 2-3 years. When I ran out I didn't sleep for 3 days, but I got an emergency appointment and was re-prescribed. In my view controlled usage for a certain time is the way to go, until such a point you are happy to lessen it over time. Everyone is different and even finding the right councillor if you go down that route can take time too. Stick in there. A friend once said you need to get used to yourself again if you have to stop excess. I have to say I made the mistake of having a friend who could get 10mg's diaz illegally. I did this for 2 weeks and have cut it out and gone back like it or not to my medically prescribed quota. I find for me diversion is a good help, like gardening or being busy, little and often. But indeed I am still unable to cold turkey and use them still.

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      Hope it's going well mate, I've had times I run out sooner than the GP's would like me too. All I can say is seek help from your support network or local services if you need to. Mad thing is about this drug, is we all worry or get overwhelmed anyway; sometimes with or without it. A friend who has been through all this before and now works hard again said, you need to get use to yourself again.

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    Hello, Christine! I also am a very strong believer in the Lord Jesus Christ! I have a son who is addicted to Some nasty Valium type medication that he got over the internet. He has yet to find a doctor that will treat him by prescribing Valium and tapering him. They want him to go into a rehab. He has to work and help care for his son while his wife works. My son was delivered from idolizing mj now he has this problem. He’s also a believer and wants to be free from all drugs. (Me as well! 🙏🏻wink. Do you live in the UK? We are in the states so...he is on Medicaid and he doesn’t have many options.  We are praying for answers. 

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      I'm on these things too, but I must pass on the work of Professor Heather Ashton regarding very detailed study and withdrawal regimes - it is indeed confirmed abrupt cessation is highly dangerous.

      The web site is https://benzo.org.uk/ - from there at the top of the page go to the link The Ashton Manual.

      This is indented for medical professionals and doctors who may not had access to this resource of decades of research and may be very happy indeed for a source and medical guide to help you and others.

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