“Students immediately connected to Renée through her story and experiences. Many wanted to talk to her one-on-one afterwards; they wanted to be heard and they wanted to hear her. One student connected so powerfully to Renée’s story, she attended class twice – and brought her friend to hear the message. Renée speaks about the importance of making good choices and listening to one’s intuition. She talks about her accidental addiction, the horrors of withdrawal, and she focuses on moving past set-backs & rebuilding after trauma. I’m so glad my students were able to hear her today.” • Katie Santelli, Teacher, Greece Athena High School
It’s become part of my mission to educate the public – parents, students, teachers and health care professionals – about the dangers associated with the long-term effects of drugs which impact brain chemistry.
As a person who never drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes, or took anything stronger than Advil, people are surprised to learn about my accidental addiction to prescription medication and the horrifying withdrawal I was forced to endure.
What people need to know is that I am not alone.
Thousands of individuals just like me have been injured by psychiatric drugs, and it can happen to anyone.
Because the withdrawal symptoms are severe, debilitating and long lasting, most people find they cannot take care of themselves the way they way once did. In pain and often without emotional or financial support, many people choose to commit suicide, which impacts those who are left behind.
Prescribing doctors are perplexed and often offer bad advice, insisting patients’ symptoms are proof that of a “chemical imbalance” and telling them to reinstate the very drugs that have caused the damage in the first place. Patients often feel hopeless and worry that their brains will never heal.
I am here to say that – with the right support – the human brain can and will heal.
When I share my experience, I talk about how anti-anxiety drugs stole four years of my life, but I also talk about how I live now. I talk about the importance of making one’s own decisions rather than looking to others for validation. I talk about handling trials, tribulations and trauma; about making mistakes and starting over; about triumphing over the past & becoming the best one can be. I can even teach people to connect to their higher power, and I talk about a vast array of coping mechanisms that I use in lieu of drugs.
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