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Hi everyone, I've been coming here for several months and posted once or twice. I really need some encouragement. I tried to quite my hydro habit a few months ago and it went a little something like this: Physical wd not so bad, took xanax and ambien to basically knock myself out for the first 3 days. But by day 4 my level of anxiety was through the roof. I couldn't function at all. I couldn't go to work and I couldn't take care of my 1 year old daughter. The stomach problems were also so bad, even with the immodium, that I lost 5 lbs. in 5 days. Are there any people on this board who have quit ct from a 120 mg / day habit? can you please share your experience with me? how long until the anxiety subsided? how long before the stomach problems went away? and how long before you felt "normal" again? I have been useing for about 1 1/2 years and I want so much to be done with this! I feel so ashamed of myself, that I have let this go on for so long. I have a medical problem that does cause me a lot of pain sometimes, so I have been able to get the pills quite easily, but I know that I can live without them. I can take advil or alieve and function just fine. I am an adict. I need to quit. Please help.

Thanks,
Amy
Hi everyone. Thanks so much for your support. I think I should clear something up. I am currently still using. The detox attempt I was referring to was back in November. I made it 5 days then I just caved and started taking one in the morning and one in the afternoon, just to take away the anxiety and stomach problems enough to go back to work. That lasted about 2 weeks and I went right back to popping like a crazy woman. But I want so much to try again. I just need to take a week off from work or something. Like I said, the physical wd (sweating, RLS, nausea) wasn't all that bad. It was the stomach problems and the DEBILATATING anxiety that through me off the wagon. Every morning I would wake up with my heart pounding out of my chest. I had a good supply of xanax, and taking .25 mg would get rid of that, but I was still very anxious all day. I was afraid to cary my daughter down stairs, I thought I would drop her. I was shakey and paranoid all day, every day, to the point that I couldn't even have a conversation with anyone cause they would see my bottom lip quivering uncontrolably. I was parylized by the anxiety, and I couldn't work or take care of my child in that state. I know I was so close to the end, I wish I hadn't given up, but I did. I want to try again. I was just wondering if anyone else had so much anxiety and if anyone knows how long it takes for it to go away.

Thanks everyone, I'm so glad you are all here.
Amy