February 23, 2016

  • Addiction

    Many of us have addictions.

    Drugs, alcohol, food, love, sugar....

    We use the term literally and figuratively.

    "I'm addicted to books."


    "I'm addicted  chocolate."


    "I'm addicted to Game of Thrones."

    I probably have several addictions that I'd like to kick. Others that I wouldn't mind having. Right now, for the past 3 days, I am working on kicking a bonafide, serious addiction. I didn't really know I had this addiction until I googled my symptoms, which lead me to my meds, which lead me to their side effects. Yes, I'm a (retired) nurse. Funny the things that do not really occur to us when we're the patient.

    So, as I've mentioned before, I have a pretty severe anxiety disorder for which I take a medication called an anxiolytic- which basically means anti-anxiety. It's in a category of drugs called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are bad and should not be used long term. My doctor saw fit to keep me on them for, oh, 7-8 years. I must admit, there have been some terrible storms in my life during that time.

    But now things are calmer and more importantly, side effects have come to the fore, namely, memory loss. I don't know if I can regain any of it by weaning off the medication, and have no idea how to control sometimes debilitating anxiety once I'm off the med and have an anxiety attack, but that's getting ahead of myself. For now, VERY SLOWLY, I have begun the taper. I am going extremely slowly, hoping to mitigate withdrawal.

    Wish me luck.


    (Yes, the irony of being addicted to a drug is not lost on me.)

Comments (4)

  • Wishing you luck in stopping the meds. Not fun being dependent on them! :( God bless.

  • I was just commenting on RighteousBruin's post about anxiety! I have been fortunate to have evaded clinical depression though I am very familiar with the effects. I have a couple relatives with anxiety disorders. It is a tough situation. Kudos to you on weaning yourself off the meds. Have you considered talking with a counselor to work on coping skills or strategies in place of medications? Some of the techniques work!! (I can speak in front of large groups without nary a tremble - just saying)

  • @mcbery: thank you!

  • @murisopsis: I'm starting to thinking anyone who can get through life without some depression or anxiety is either lucky or has great genes. Yes, I do have a therapist who I've seen for years, on and off, from twice a week after my son died, to a couple of times a year during calmer times.

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