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The Tranquilliser Recovery and Awareness Place TRAP The Tranquilliser Recovery and Awareness Place

The Tranquilliser Recovery and Awareness Place

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Has now CLOSED

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Unfortunately The TRAP online community has closed down. The Tranquilliser Recovery and Awareness Place (TRAP), was a community discussion forum, that was launched at the start of 2006. TRAP was never going to be an endless thing; the fact that it lasted just over six years is longer than we could have imagined it would last; is quite surprising we got to be this old and we think is quite an accomplishment! People often wonder and ask how and why TRAP came to be. TRAP was started initially to act as a support service for UK residents as well as for UK healthcare practitioners to refer their patients. However, it quickly became apparent that our services were in world wide demand and we decided to make the free support service available world wide; subsequently our membership and volunteers came to include people from a staggeringly wide range of countries and cultures. The model the TRAP support board operated on was the evidence based model, where volunteers utilised existing scientific evidence and best practice policies and combined this with the unique knowledge they obtained through experiencing benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal themselves; their volunteer time then added to their knowledge from working with people addicted to benzodiazepines and Z-drugs.

From managing the support board, which had over a quarter of a million posts and over 5,000 members, from all over the world and all walks of life, the volunteer staff over time came to posess an exceptionally unique and professional level of insite and understanding of benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal. This knowledge they posess came after selfless dedication to people who they had never met before who were suffering from benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal. The support service we offered was recommended by many medical practitioners and healthcare agencies and we even gained recognition within the peer reviewed medical literature, with our support board being recommended in a scientific publication.

Over the six years that TRAP support community existed we had over 50 people who went on to become volunteer staff to give back to the community and to help give people back the gift of life which freedom from benzodiazepine dependence brings. TRAP was born out of pain and suffering and served as a community to alleviate pain and suffering; a concept of turning a negative into a positive, to help and to heal. We hope that TRAP was able to act as a light to our community members to carry on that concept in their lives, using the concepts of healing, compassion, truth, love and wisdom to make the world, a better place. The concept of TRAP is not unique to benzodiazepines but is a philosephy that can be used for almost any problem. We all have a choice, to serve ourselves or to serve a cause greater than ourselves; it is sometimes referred to love thy neighbour. We hope our members who have utilised our services go onto live a productive, wholesome, healthy and fun filled life. For those of you who are still suffering from benzodiazepine addiction and withdrawal, we want to let you know that you can recover and regain your life like the many thousands of people who walked through TRAP's doors.

The reason that TRAP forums closed was several fold. After serving a community of over 5,000 registered members who made over a quarter of a million postings for six years, volunteer staff began to burn out. Several of the core volunteer staff expressed wishes to spend more time with their friends and family or needed to attend to other 'real life' issues and move on from 'the internet'. With volunteer staff increasingly spending less and less time on the forum and the forum increasing to grow in size, it became increasingly obvious that the time had come to close down the TRAP support community board. Running a forum of this size and scope, means sacrificing, and sometimes sacrificing quite significantly.

Every volunteer staff member are very sad to see the forum close, but all accepted that it was for the best. We are all sad for the people who were benefiting from the forum and benzo people out there looking for help but we have done our bit; it is up to others to stand up to the plate and take over, fresh blood with the enthusiasm that volunteers of this forum had that initially drove this forum to where it reached.

TRAP volunteers are all so sorry for any inconvenience that the closing of TRAP community may have caused many of our members. We wish you all the very best in your recoveries and you will remain in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you all a speedy recovery from the effects of benzos. For those of you who are looking for information and support for benzodiazepine or Z drug drugs dependence and withdrawal, please browse the links on the left hand side.

We, the volunteers appreciate the lovely comments of thanks from grateful forum members prior to completely closing down and also feedback we have received and published on our feedback page. Again sorry for any upset that the closing of TRAP community down caused you. God Bless you all! Goodbye!

TRAP The Tranquilliser Recovery and Awareness Place

A closing Poem (suggested by one of our volunteer staff)

A Reason, a Season or a Lifetime

by Misty Hall

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support,
To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are..
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
This person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
Things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson,
Love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant
Thank you for being a part of my life,
Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.


The Tranquilliser Awareness Place

Welcome to the Tranquilliser Recovery and Awareness place. We offer information and support for those who wish to safely withdraw from benzodiazepines or the non-benzodiazepine Z drugs and for individuals who have withdrawn but are still suffering withdrawal symptoms. We look forward to meeting you on The Tranquilliser Recovery Awareness Place support forums.

If you have got unexplained symptoms such as agorophobia, unnatural anxiety, depression, social phobia, memory and concentration problems, muscular problems for no logical reason, it may very likely be the benzodiazepine pills! Or if you are experienced bizarre and severe withdrawal effects when you try to reduce your dosage you have found the right place. The Tranquilliser Recovery and Awareness Place is a place to free yourself safely and as comfortably as possible combined with mutual support from others who have gone through the same experience as you.

Benzodiazepines and Z drugs are extremely potent drugs which effect the GABAa receptors in the brain and body to produce sedative-hypnotic effects similar to alcohol and the barbiturates. Benzodiazepines are prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms and seizures and are also misused as part of the illicit drug scene. The withdrawal symptoms can include both physical and mental health type symptoms and can lead to a misdiagnosis of a medical or mental health disorder. The adverse effects of long-term use and the withdrawal symptoms experienced are often misdiagnosed by friends, families and doctors; from our forum we have seen misdiagnosis of withdrawal symptoms and adverse effects ranging from anxiety, bipolar disorder, epilepsy right up to and including schizophrenia and dementia, which reversed with abstinence. Medical guidelines state that these drugs should only be taken for 2-4 weeks as they have very high addictive and toxic properties. Many people however, find themselves taking benzodiazepines for a prolonged period of time and this in turn causes a tolerance effect requiring increasing doses to achieve the original effect of the drug. This will cause your body to have withdrawal symptoms when reducing the dose. Some people may even experience withdrawal symptoms even though they are still taking the drug as the body craves more and more of the drug to feel normal which can sometimes lead to dosage escalation. Withdrawal symptoms come in many forms and can be very unpleasant and are typically worse than the origional reason that you went on the pills in the first place.

Benzodiazepines should never be stopped abruptly due to the risk of severe and potentially life threatening withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, psychosis and acute suicidal ideation. If you wish to stop your benzodiazepine drugs you should taper slowly in gradual steps at a rate that you personally decide and can tolerate. This approach will help to significantly minimise the intensity withdrawl symptoms.

It is very possible to withdraw from these drugs and here on TRAP we will support you as you progress. We are a very friendly forum where you will find sound information as well as support and reassurance.

TRAP Forum

Benzodiazepine Equivalent and Half life Table

Below is a benzodiazepine equivalence and half life table by Professor Heather Ashton including common benzodiazepines and the nonbenzodiazepine Z drugs which have similar effects to benzodiazepines.

Benzodiazepines, 1 Half-life (hrs), 2 [active metabolite] Approximately Equivalent Oral dosages (mg), 3 Market Aim, 4
Alprazolam ( Xanax ) 6-12 0.5 anxiolytic, 4
Bromazepam ( Lexotan ) 10-20 5-6 anxiolytic, 4
Chlordiazepoxide ( Librium ) 5-30 [36-200] 25 anxiolytic, 4
Clobazam ( Frisium ), 5 12-60 20 anxiolytic, anticonvulsants, 4
Clonazepam ( Klonopin, Rivotril ), 5 18-50 0.5 anxiolytic, anticonvulsants, 4
Clorazepate ( Tranxene ) [36-200] 15 anxiolytic, 4
Diazepam ( Valium ) 20-100 [36-200] 10 anxiolytic, 4
Estazolam ( ProSom ) 10-24 1-2 hypnotic, 4
Flunitrazepam ( Rohypnol ) 18-26 [36-200] 1 hypnotic, 4
Flurazepam ( Dalmane ) [40-250] 15-30 hypnotic, 4
Halazepam ( Paxipam ) [30-100] 20 anxiolytic, 4
Ketazolam ( Anxon ) 30-100 [36-200] 15-30 anxiolytic, 4
Loprazolam ( Dormonoct ) 6-12 1-2 hypnotic, 4
Lorazepam ( Ativan ) 10-20 1 anxiolytic, 4
Lormetazepam ( Noctamid ) 10-12 1-2 hypnotic, 4
Medazepam ( Nobrium ) 36-200 10 anxiolytic, 4
Nitrazepam ( Mogadon ) 15-38 10 hypnotic, 4
Oxazepam ( Serax, Serenid D ) 4-15 20 anxiolytic, 4
Prazepam ( Centrax ) [36-200] 10-20 anxiolytic, 4
Quazepam ( Doral ) 25-100 20 hypnotic, 4
Temazepam ( Restoril, Normison, Euhypnos ) 8-22 20 hypnotic, 4
Triazolam ( Halcion ) 2 0.5 hypnotic, 4
"Non"-benzodiazepines with similar effects 1, 6      
Zaleplon (Sonata) 2 20 hypnotic, 4
Zolpidem ( Ambien, Stilnoct ) 2 20 hypnotic, 4
Zopiclone ( Zimovane, Imovane ) 5-6 15 hypnotic, 4
Eszopiclone ( Lunesta ) 6-9 3 hypnotic, 4

All these drugs are recommended for short-term use only (2-4 weeks maximum).

Half-life: time taken for blood concentration to fall to half its peak value after a single dose. Half-life of active metabolite shown in square brackets. This time may vary considerably between individuals.

These equivalents do not agree with those used by some authors. They are firmly based on clinical experience during switch-over to diazepam at start of withdrawal programs but may vary between individuals.

Market Aim: Although all benzodiazepines have similar actions, they are usually marketed as anxiolytics, hypnotics or anticonvulsants.

In the UK clobazam (Frisium) and clonazepam (Rivotril) are licensed for use as anti-epileptics only.

These drugs are chemically different from benzodiazepines but have the same effects on the body and act by the same mechanisms.


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