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This forum is for success stories about recovery from withdrawal syndrome.

 

If your withdrawal syndrome is completely resolved -- you've been off ALL drugs for a year -- please open a topic for yourself here.

 

Summarize who you are (age, medications you quit, your taper strategy) and, looking back, the pattern of your recovery, including how long each stage took, what helped you heal, and what you've learned from the experience.

 

If you have a topic in the Introductions forum, please include a link to your topic. Then a moderator will close your Intro topic.

 

This is so important for others still on their way: Please come back and visit every once in a while and add to your success story topic here. We'd love to celebrate your return to normal life with you.

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ang

Wonderful new site, well done.     Got brain back, toxic moulds prolonged my recovery.    Nice to see so many recovery stories now.  Yes, we do recover.     Thanks again. I hope I will have time in future to help with your site.  If I get financial (and I think I just might) I will donate to your wonderful site.  Keep up your great work, you will become a legend.

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bhasski
On 11/29/2017 at 9:46 PM, ang said:

Wonderful new site, well done.     Got brain back, toxic moulds prolonged my recovery.    Nice to see so many recovery stories now.  Yes, we do recover.     Thanks again. I hope I will have time in future to help with your site.  If I get financial (and I think I just might) I will donate to your wonderful site.  Keep up your great work, you will become a legend.

 

Toxic molds.. How had you treated it ?

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peng

Alto & mods:

Do we have to take it that "success" means total withdrawal?

 

With SA info, for which I am most grateful, I have reduced from 225mg (the maximum outpatient dose in the UK) to 62.5mg in 2 years.  Having been on the notoriously difficult Effexor since 1999 - longer than I had initially thought.  (For my own research, this week I acquired my prescription records from my health centre under Freedom of Information.)

 

I feel this is success as I may have reached an (at least initial) minimum therapeutic dose for myself.  Of course, I may relapse tomorrow, but for the time being I feel very satisfied with my 74% reduction of the toxic organic chemical.  Especially at the age of 73, when the known, e.g, cardiovascular problems of Venlafaxine will, already, a few years ago, have become more significant for me.

 

Maybe there is too much focus and obsession with "getting to zero", coupled with the, at times, unreasonable loathing of the well-intentioned prescribers who are merely ignorant through no fault of their own (just my personal view)?

 

Clearly, the fault, in the main, lies in their inadequate training, education, a lack of funding and the ignorance of the powers-that-be who appear to sideline AD problems for their own, apparently uncaring, reasons.

 

PS. - Our NHS is 70 years old this month and very negative stories are in the media every day about some shortcoming or other.  The most recent being the possible premature deaths of hundreds of elderly patients due, in the opinion of an inquiry, to a cavalier overprescribing of opioids at a hospital in douce Hampshire in southern England.  

 

 

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peng

Anyone?

Had to updose to 75mg on 1 July.  Back where I was in December.

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Shep

Hi, Peng. This is a great question to ask. Defining a success story really is up to the individual person. For some people, lowering their overall drug burden without completely coming off is a success. It really depends on each person's individual goals and life circumstances. 

 

However, it looks like you are still working on finding that golden lower dose that will let you live a quality life. Please continue to post on your regular intro thread for now.

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JackieDecides
On 7/7/2018 at 1:11 AM, Shep said:

Defining a success story really is up to the individual person. For some people, lowering their overall drug burden without completely coming off is a success. It really depends on each person's individual goals and life circumstances. 

this is beautifully put.

 

one of the things I am doing this winter is deciding (get it?) what I want my success to look like. so I'll recognize it when I get there! 

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