Protracted Withdrawal


Protracted withdrawal is also referred to as post-acute withdrawal syndrome -- a cluster of symptoms or persistent impairments that occur after a rapid withdrawal from Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills, Alcohol and Opiates. Some Antidepressant users also complain of Protracted Symptoms after reducing or stopping their medication too abruptly.

Protracted withdrawal symptoms may adversely affect every aspect of daily life and cause symptoms ranging from tremors, weakness, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal issues, neuropathy pain, electrical ‘zap’ feelings in the brain, cognitive cloudiness, depersonalization, transient hallucinations or illusions, and many others. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and generally persist for 2 -12 months. A minority of people may experience symptoms for years.

Every chemical works in the body by attaching to receptors. As opioids attach to the opioid receptors, benzodiazepines and sleeping pills attach to the GABAa receptors while antidepressants attach primarily to serotonin but can also affect norepinephrine.  This is the reason many people have long-lasting pain coming off a painkiller and also why there can be long-term effects from the protracted use of antidepressants, benzodiazepines and sleeping pills.

Benzodiazepines are most notable for inducing prolonged withdrawal effects after continued use and a rapid reduction. Severe anxiety and depression are commonly induced by sustained alcohol use and abates with prolonged abstinence. Even moderate alcohol consumption can increase anxiety and depression in some individuals, and drug-induced psychiatric disorders may fade away with continued abstinence.

The benzodiazepine protracted syndrome is due in large part to persisting physiological adaptations in the central nervous system; disturbances in neurotransmitters and resultant hyperexcitability of neuronal pathways. Benzodiazepines, painkillers and alcohol all act on GABA, and chronic use down-regulates and modify the GABA receptors. With continued use, the calming effect of GABA is diminished while the excitatory neurotransmitter Glutamate is increased. The symptoms of post acute benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome occur because the brain's ability to react to stress naturally has been weakened by long-term use (longer than 14 consecutive days).

All behavioral medications alter the nervous system and the natural production of critical neurotransmitters including GABA, Serotonin, Norepinephrine and Dopamine.  The brain and nervous system need time to regain normal neurotransmitter levels and to reverse the alterations cause by the drugs. Using a slow, gradual reduction in dosage can minimize the concern of protracted withdrawals.

The medications also cause the body to lose valuable nutrients. The medical name for this is ‘drug induced nutrient depletion’. Prime examples are potassium loss from diuretics, and co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) depletion from statins (cholesterol medications). Psychiatric medications deplete selenium, melatonin, B vitamins, Glutathione (the master antioxidant) and other nutrients.

The knowledge that many drugs lead to nutritional deficiencies has been documented by a vast number of studies over the last three decades. It was shown conclusively that drugs deplete by both interfering with proper absorption and by inhibiting the transport of vitamins and minerals throughout the body. This depletion may impair system metabolism, and most people are unaware that they may become severely deficient.

Regardless of the addictive drug ingested and rapidly withdrawn, protracted withdrawal symptoms can occur. Healing from protracted withdrawal does not just include the elimination of the drug from the body, but also involves the repair and healing of the neurotransmitters.

Proper nutrition, hydration, proper supplementation, exercise and sleep can dramatically shorten the time for healing and recovery. Drug-induced nutrient deficiencies are not the only source of people’s medical problems, but they can certainly compound symptoms.

If you are concerned about protracted symptoms, the Point of Return program can be a valuable ally. We use specialized Nutraceuticals (food-based nutrients that provide medical benefit) to ease the lingering protracted symptoms. Whole food supplements are absorbed more readily than synthetic vitamins, so energy is not wasted on digesting and processing supplements when it is needed for repair and regeneration.

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How Our Protracted Withdrawal Program Works

  • Purchase the Protracted Withdrawal Program appropriate to your medication.
  • While your program is in route to you, a confidential form will be emailed so our team can begin guiding you properly.
  • Our team informs on the elimination of possible items to alleviate symptoms.
  • You will be provided immediate access to our private discussion board that is available 24/7 for tender support and a focus on healing.
  • You begin the Point of Return nutraceuticals to help ease symptoms and to make you more comfortable.
  • Completion of the program.

Included in Your Protracted Program

  • WORKBOOK - outlining nutrient schedules, items to avoid and step by step easy-to-follow instructions on how to implement the program.
  • SUPPORT - specialized formula specifically developed to ease drug withdrawal. A pharmaceutical grade microfiltered undenatured whey protein isolate that promotes glutathione and immune health.* (570g)
  • MOOD - omega-3 fish oil for cognitive function and brain health.* Supercritical technology for purity and potency. (90softgels)
  • RELAX - all-natural protein containing a bioactive decapeptide that has clinically proven anti-stress properties to help reduce tension.* (120 capsules)
  • SLEEP - natural Montmorency tart cherry sleep remedy*. (100 tablets)
  • PHYSICIAN'S GUIDE - To give to your doctor to engage his help. (free)
  • JOURNAL - to track your progress. (free)
  • SHAKER CUP - A 12 oz. cup for mixing the SUPPORT. (free)
  • FREE ACCESS TO SUPPORT FORUM - a private discussion forum afforded access for POR cilents only - Available 24/7.

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