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Friends

The following are just ideas that some members have found to be especially helpful for dealing with the problems encountered in withdrawal.

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"You'll quickly find out who are your true friends and who are mere friendly acquaintances during benzo withdrawal. Your true friends are the ones who listen to you complain for the 124th time that you are too tired to walk and are struggling to breathe, but that you're also too agitated to sit still. They'll listen to you, say, "I'm sorry you're hurting," then drag you out the door and make you sit through a movie or take a short walk, because they genuinely want to see you get better. The friendly acquaintances? They'll get a glazed, far-off look in their eyes when you mention your horror, then they'll quickly change the subject.

My friends and family have helped me immeasurably through this." - Matt

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"I made a conscious decision to "not" constantly barrage my friends and family with all the gory details of what I was going through. I kept most of it to myself for a couple of reasons: 

(1) Most folks like to surround themselves with positive people, and if I were constantly moaning, groaning, and bitching about my lot in life, I could easily have driven them away.

(2) Many of my friends would have wanted to help in ways that would have actually hindered my recovery. Such as trying to convince me to go see yet another doctor or take some newly released medicine they had heard about.

I actively "metered" what I would tell friends and family as I did not want them to be in benzo withdrawal "over load". I was "suffering" yes, but they did not have to suffer too. What I needed more than 'empathy" was help. I did not wish to drive the "help" away." - Cookie

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 22 July 2015