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to the generous donation of a mysterious
contributor , identified only as "J.B.", we
now have a Guide
to Withdrawal. Please be advised that
although I find the report extremely informative and
very well written, it should not be used as a substitute
for medical consultation. Still, I am very impressed by
the amount of work and detail that went into this
The following is only a list of some things to
consider before and after starting the withdrawal
e-mail me, if you have other suggestions.
- decrease your dosage slowly (check with
- if possible, book a couple of weeks off
from work and send the kids to camp.
- don't be afraid to inform your friends
and family if you find that the symptoms are noticeable to others.
- eliminate as many possible stressors in
your life as you can, (e.g. finances, duties, chores) before starting withdrawal.
- find some kind of pleasant memory or
thought which you can call on in the darkest moment. This helps to
provide context and hope to the struggle when it is most needed.
- surround yourself with means to distract
yourself from the symptoms, e.g. books, films, games etc.
- if possible, engage in some physical
activity (golf appears to be an efficient aid
according to at least one visitor))
- stay away from any other drugs,
- realize that there is an end to it.
- be in touch with your physician, if only
- to help you objectify the experience
keep a written account of your the process.
is based on personal experience and should not be substituted for
consultations with your physician.