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Old August 24th, 2017, 10:05 AM   #1
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Hi,
I was in depress for 3 years then I know this drug, Diazepam. It helped me with my sleep, reduced my dreaming, relieve my stress a little bit. I've been using it to overcome stress and now I can't survive a day without Diazepam.
Am I abusing it? How can I get back on my feet without it?
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Old August 24th, 2017, 11:22 AM   #2
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Thats Valium, which a benzo, so you have to be REALLY careful with them. Benzos in general have a pretty big addiction potential, and have some seriously nasty side withdrawal that can be life threatening. If you do think you have a problem, and are determined to quit, taper off of it instead of quitting all at once. Quitting alone is definitely not recommended tho, and best case scenario, you should see a professional

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Old August 24th, 2017, 11:33 AM   #3
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Welcome to VT, Dana

I would recommend that you if you do try and quit, taper it off and gradually reduce the dosage you take. Cut them up into small pieces if you have to. It's better than the nasty withdrawal symptoms from going cold turkey (which are nasty, as the above poster said). It would be more beneficial if you do go and see a professional though, maybe they can give you lower dosage prescriptions so you can taper off slowly and surely.

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Old August 24th, 2017, 05:34 PM   #4
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Was this prescribed for by a doctor? If so I would go back to them and tell them how you feel and see what they can do for you. If not you could take @devotionnel advice.

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Old August 24th, 2017, 07:30 PM   #5
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I would HIGHLY discourage self-weaning/etc. Talk to your doctor.

If you feel like it's helping you, and you're not abusing it in ways that could be harmful (e.g. crushing and snorting for a high, ODing for a high, etc. I don't know about the recreational value of this particular drug) honestly don't feel bad about continuing its use. I understand wanting to feel like you can do things independent of a crutch like a medication (I'm personally so fucked in the head I can't go without meds, but I've learned to accept it), and the solution you're looking for here is to develop healthy coping skills that you can use in place of the drug. Finding a good therapist or even looking online for solutions can help with this.

So, to summarize:

-Don't go off/reduce/change your usage without a doctor's help, PLEASE.
-It's ok to be reliant on a medication so long as you're not abusing it for a high/etc.
-If you want to rely on something other than the med to help you get through things, develop coping skills you can use instead.

Hope this helped!

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Old August 24th, 2017, 07:50 PM   #6
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if a doctor prescribed it they will give you a better plan at getting off it. that can be some very powerful stuff so be very careful. even if it was important/useful for a time, you should address any concerns you have with your doctor

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Hi there, first you need to reduced the dose of your drugs. You should meet your physician and get the things work.
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