Good morning! I made this short film to express my current feelings this morning w/ #schizophrenia and detox off of benzodiazepines for the first time since 1988 when I was 12. As a user, I developed a tolerance to benzodiazepines, or benzos, after taking high doses for 28 years. My capacity to endure continued subjection to clonazepam became stronger; and I needed higher doses of it to feel its effects over the years. Gradually I've reduced my dosage from 20 mg per day prescribed in 2002, to just 1 mg now. I have been titrating down under doctor supervision, withdrawal symptoms began to emerge, I breathe into the uncomfortable feelings and sensations, even drastically changing moods, anger, bliss, and Madness (the title of my small film.)
Withdrawal symptoms affect most people who were prescribed benzodiazepines as much as those who were abusing them without a prescription. Many doctors are hesitant to prescribe benzodiazepines for long-term use because of their addictive nature and intense withdrawal symptoms. But that was long ago. Thank you for your support. I detail Klonopin dependency in my literature, primarily in Sex Drugs, and Schizophrenia, and I have faith that I am stronger than Klonopin; it's a real killer, and I want to live! I am proud my efforts have paid off so far well into the detox. I've got this!
-- Jonathan Harnisch