ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS ON FB
It is widely recognised, even by the medical community, that online support groups provide the best information about using and tapering psychotropic medication such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, anticonvulsants, stimulants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers.
All groups are private, unless mentioned otherwise. You will have to apply to be able to join; most groups ask you to fill in some questions beforehand.
If you don't want to go on Facebook, visit one of the support and information websites that offer a Forum.
This list is by no means exhaustive but it can help you on your way to finding the most suitable group for you.
ALL PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION
“A group for anyone suffering withdrawal syndrome from any kind of psych medication; focused on helping you heal and giving support during the process.”
“Have you been on antidepressants for years and feel it’s time to wean yourself off? Join the group as a support group, to help support each other as to what to expect weaning yourself off antidepressants. Share your stories, guidelines and positive life changes :)”
PLEASE NOTE: This group is currently on hold.
Founded by Adele Framer. Offers excellent information and online support.
The Inner Compass
Offers information and support.
Let's Talk Withdrawal
“We discuss issues around psychiatric medications such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines, with a focus on withdrawal. We’re not a support group and we don’t offer medical advice, though members do have plenty of experience of taking and coming off these medications. We’re not anti-meds or anti-psychiatry. We’re pro-informed consent and pro-evidence based healthcare.”
Everything your doctor does not know and drug companies hope NO ONE ever learns about serotonin and Serotonergic medications (all antidepressants, atypical anti-psychotics and some pain killers)
Also contains information on safe and successful withdrawal.
“This is a safe space to discuss, ask and support anything to do with the taking of sertraline.”
Lithium Withdrawal: Peer to Peer Support
"You are welcome to join if you are planning to withdraw, are in the process of withdrawing or have successfully managed to free yourself from this drug. In fact, if you have been able to come off Lithium, please, do join us and share your wisdom and give us some much needed hope."
“This group offers positive support, information and inspiration.”
“This Symptoms Support group is only for members of Beating Benzos, to discuss symptoms.”
Benzo Warrior Community
Designed as a learning space, the Benzo Warrior Community offers loving, healthy support to members around the world withdrawing from benzodiazepines. We research and provide information on side effects, iatrogenic dependence, withdrawal, recovery, and more. To assist members on their journeys, we guide them to develop and practice healthy coping skills and distractions. Our large and experienced admin team fosters a safe space where members can find accurate information, encouragement, and community. Support is provided online and via Zoom meetings.
ANTICONVULSANTS PRESCRIBED AS PAINKILLERS
Gabapentin & Lyrica Withdrawal Support
The purpose of this group is to provide a peaceful healing network for those who are seeking and/or would like to share information and support in relation to tapering and quitting Gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Horizant), Pregabalin (Lyrica), and other gabapentinoid drugs.
This group is for people who have either used gabapentin themselves, or know people who have used this drug, and we are looking to discuss our stories or/and share information or/and support each other through it all.
PAWS: WHEN THE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS DON'T STOP....
Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome from Benzodiazepines and Anti Depressants
"A support group for those unfortunate among us who have discontinued all benzodiazepines and anti-depressants and cross tolerant drugs and are still suffering withdrawal symptoms 18 months after the last dose.
This group is mainly for those, for whatever reason, that have continued problems after the aforementioned 18 month period, although we accept membership after 12 months off all psych drugs. We offer each other support of a practical nature, tips and above all, encouragement and hope."