I have been on ativan, then clonazepam and now valium for 14 years. I have never stopped. I ran low this past month. I am prescribed 20 mg per day. Some days I take more. The last two weeks I ran out and could not get a refill until yesterday. I was hoping I could just stop, go through a little discomfort and I would be done. The past two weeks were so horrible I picked up my new script yesterday. I can't do it. Reading all these posts gave me anxiety. I am 64 years old and can't afford to spend years sick with the debilitating withdrawals so many describe. I can not stand the thought feeling panic and excruciating anxiety for months or years. I am envious of your strength and wish you all the best. I don't like being an addict, but am too weak to feel inescapable anxiety. I guess I felt the urge to tell you in my pea brain I can't fathom going through the painful withdrawals so many have/are. The lucky ones that have made are truly fortunate. Thanks for listening.
Why should you quit and suffer? I take clonazapam for years it does not make high or act stupid. Why suffer withdraw, if you need them for what ever purpose you and your dr agree to I say stay on the drug. It does not make you weak and it most likely keeps you from having horrid panic attacts. If you were A diabetic I would not tell you to go off insulin, the same with any other disease, don't beat yourself up because you can't quit or not ready to quit.
never cold turkey or stop from ativan or any of the others if you can avoid it especially from that size of dose, even for a few days or a week, you will have withdraweal You need to taper off valium real slow, it has a long ½ life in the body. like from 20 mg take 2 mg off every 5 - 10 days or so, if your happy when you get to 10 mg or even 5 mg just stay on it.
only come off it your absolutely sure get the 2 mg tablets and start by missing 1 mg every now and then, then more often untill your down to just 2 mg. Then carry on miss 1 mg every other day for a few days, then more often untill your on just 1 mg then miss it every other day for a few more days untill you stop. it can be done this would take anywhere between 50 -100 days at that rate but you have to do it at your own pace
Also make sure you eat well maybe take 1/2 a multivitamins and minerals pill 3 - 4 times a week. Eat lots of green veg like broccoli, and those salad packs rocket, spinach and watercress for magnesium and peppers, toms and orange or other citrus for vitamin c and potassium, also have a banana lots of potassium and never add salt to your meals.