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Message Board > Other Addictions > Anxiety Disorder Addicted To Benzos

Posted by: Issabelle11 May 11, 2016, 4:40 PM
I have had a severe anxiety disorder for 15 yrs. I started on benzos 8 yrs ago. I decided to try and quit so I went to detox, got out went to meetings everyday and none of it was working for me. I could not get into the 12 steps. Its so irrational to me. So 6 months clean and Im in the worst shape of my life. My anxiety/depression along wit chronic pain is killing me and has me totally disabled and have no quality of life. So I wonder, whats the problem with being addicted to a benzo if medically I need it. I am asking my doc to put me back on the meds because I cant take it anymore. Please help! I don't know what to do. I have a severe autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, fibromyalgia, bone and spine disease, osteoporosis and RA. Im only 43 and have struggled with these conditions because they are the source of my anxiety. Theres no cure for any of it so what do I do??? Suffer and have no life miserable and in pain

Posted by: marykat80 May 11, 2016, 11:48 PM
Isabelle, this is how I look at it. You were taking the meds for eight years. six months off, while something big accomplished, it is minimal time in amount of years taking. Everything is going to feel worse for awhile. I am on anxiety meds too, I want off as I feel they no longer do their job..I've been slowly tapering and take breaks from the tapering when I feel I'm not up to it. did the medication still work for you? (And as prescribed) if it did and that's what you choose to do nobody can tell you there is anything 'wrong' with that. For myself even when I upped them they did little and have been on couple years less then you. I guess you have to weigh out the good and bad and figure out what's best for you. -Mary

Posted by: Papa Bear May 12, 2016, 8:26 AM
My symptoms didn't cause my anxiety - my anxiety caused my symptoms.

Anxiety, fear, helplessness are root attributes of our addiction/alcoholism.

Millions find treatment, relief and growth daily in The 12 Steps of AA/NA.
It might be just the ticket for you as well.

All the best.
Bob R