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Hi all out there,

I wonder if anyone has been in a similar situation as myself.......

I have been weaning off Diazepam very slowly under the care of my local addiction specialist and my GP. I have been doing well but as you would expect, there are good days and bad days.

Feeling very positive yesterday having come down from 19mg to 12 mg per day. a long way to go but progress is good......

UNTIL, in their infinite wisdom the UK government have sent me a "work capability assessment form" I have not worked due to health problems for some 20 years, many related to the prescription medication Diazepam. Trying to help myself, now I feel severely knocked back, fear losing what little benefit I get and feel stressed beyond bearing.

Has anyone else gone through this and how did you cope. I fear that my withdrawal may well be put on hold while I tackle this harsh, cruel system. Some stress you can cope with but we are talking about existence here and facing the merciless system of the UK DWP???

Any help and feedback gratefully received..........

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  • Posted

    i think maybe if ur assessed fit to work maybe u should give it a try? might b enough to help you through the withdrawal

    • Posted

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your reply but I am 63 years old and nobody would employ me and enable me to earn a living wage.

      I am trying to get off diazepam so my older years will be better.

      Fit for work? NO...........I can hardly get out of bed some days

      Can understand your thinking but more worry will not help. This government is making savage cuts in the benefit system.

    • Posted

      i know they r if u dont mind me asking do u have other health conditions

  • Posted

    Hi Shane,

    Thank you for most useful reply. I now know how to deal with my rehabilitation.

    Your answer has summed up the very perfect solution. Yes I will rush my job applications off without delay and perhaps by the time I take my pension I may land a job.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your day

  • Posted

    I'm rather shocked by the savage replies to this thread. Some people go into tolerance withdrawal when on Diazepam, me included. This is very debilitating. When tapering, it can be almost impossible for me to work or even leave the house.

    The idea that someone should just get a job is very cruel and doesn't take into consideration

    A) The OP's stated circumstances

    B) The fact that tolerance withdrawal exists

    C) The difficulty some people have tapering from this most dire of medications.

    I'm self employed, tapering down from 30mg which was prescribed for no good reason, now down to 23mg and I fear for the future of my business and livelihood as I taper into next year.

    If you guys don't understand that you shouldn't post.

    • Posted

      Hiya Sheneedshelp,

      I am so delighted to get one useful response to my post, thank you so much.

      I must say that I really regretted posting at all but I was in a sheer state of panic at the time, getting WCA form from the UK government when you are doing everything you can to help yourself is truly horrible.

      I am pleased to say that my addiction specialist and GP have given me a lot of support in this and I await the results in the New Year. Thank God there are people like yourself who can identify and understand my situation, I sincerely hope you manage to keep your business going while you are withdrawing.

      Unfortunately some forms of what you can only describe as below "pond life" post on here.

      Where are the moderators at such times?

      Well rising above such comments is the only thing you can do, perhaps some people who post on here could do with a reality check. The UK DWP are carrying out savage and inhumane cuts, mostly hitting those who are vulnerable.

      Like yourself I was prescribed these evil pills, I did not go out and buy them for recreational use and they have effectively destroyed 25 years of my life.

      Thanks a lot, wishing you all the best of the season, you are doing great, just don't rush your taper.

      Kind Regards

  • Posted

    I sent you a PM Anne. Wishing you the very best and I do understand your suffering.

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