ABOUT

 

If you are looking at this site you are probably wondering who I am and who am I to offer any kind of advice to you.

To my horror, I realize that I am going to be 66 this coming February, 2016! But I am getting healthier and stronger every day….I’m pretty sure that it might be hard for you to find someone who actually improves as they age but here I am!

I was very lucky to have the assistance of two wonderful doctors during and after my withdrawal.  I met one of these doctors at a weekend workshop when I began to get very sick. I saw him again recently as his patient and he described me as a ‘miracle’. He said ‘Coby, when I first met you, my prognosis for you wasn’t very good but now I can see a wonderful future for you.’ He talked about the many changes that I had implemented that brought this miracle about. It was such wonderful confirmation that my program works!

I’ve recently married a wonderful man whose name is Lewis. My life now is so very different to the total dysfunction that I lived around 8 years ago. I told myself that things couldn’t get much worse and that there was only one way to go but up and that is how things have gone – up!

February 14 2016 marks 5 years of me being benzodiazepine free after a 35 year dependency mainly on Mogadon but later Halcion and Valium.  Along the way I have struggled with adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, PTSD and debilitating migraines in addition to the usual long list of benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.

 

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I’ve been an Art teacher and middle school administrator for most of my life and I am also a qualified Life Coach.For various reasons, I decided to retrain myself so I went back to university (while I was withdrawing) and this has enabled me teach English to migrants and refugees. My working days are very long but I love the work and I love my students… and I think they love me in return.

 

I was a moderator on a website called The Tranquilizer Awareness and Recovery Place (TRAP) before it closed down. TRAP helped me through my own withdrawal and through my work as a moderator I was able to help nurses, pharmacists, teachers, doctors and other people just like you and me in return.  It was a very rewarding experience and I was very glad to be able to help.

 

I hope that you know me a little better now and realize that I understand the hell that you have been going through. I understand because I have been there. I have experienced loss of livelihood, family breakdown, and my home and life savings. It is never too late to turn your life around. I am a living example of that.