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Reinstatement

All data must be read in conjunction with the survey limitations.

One hundred and seventy-two (172 or 50%) out of the 346 people who completed the surveys had withdrawn from their benzodiazepines. Of the 172, thirty-one (31or 18%) had reinstated at some point during their taper.

Forty-five percent (45%) of respondents rated their experience with reinstatement as successful and 29% rated it as unsuccessful.

Fifty-five percent (55%) were able to find an amount of benzo on which to stabilize. Forty-five percent (45%) were never able to find an amount on which they were able to stabilize.

The majority of people (64%) reinstated to the benzodiazepine that they had been taking previously.

The majority of people (66%) reinstated within 3 months of stopping their benzo. Seven percent (7%) waited for more than 12 months before they reinstated.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of those who reinstated had tried a cold turkey compared with 68% who didn't reinstate.

A greater percentage of the reinstated group eventually got off most of their benzos by using the Valium cross over, a rapid direct taper using dry cutting of pills or a slow taper using direct cutting compared to those who didn't reinstate during their taper.

A greater percentage (29%) of the reinstated group eventually got off of their benzos by using a Valium cross over compared to those who didn't reinstate during their taper (22%). 
 
The predominant methods used for withdrawal, after a reinstatement, were:  Valium cross over,  rapid direct taper using dry cutting of pills, or a slow taper using direct cutting.

 

 

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Last updated 22 July 2015