Coping Techniques A to Z
This section is a curated list of tips, techniques, modalities, practices, exercises, and activities that people in the layperson withdrawal community have reported to be effective for coping with psychiatric drug withdrawal. Discovering these ideas and resources has been a vital part of what’s helped us to reconnect with our bodies and their tremendous capacity for healing. Along the way, we’ve also rediscovered our potential for growth, change and transformation, and cultivated a deepened relationship with the inner compass that sits within each and every one of us.
Keep in mind that what works for some people can feel unhelpful or even harmful to others. When exploring ways to navigate difficult psychiatric drug withdrawal symptoms, it's always important to do supplemental research, consult well-informed practitioners and healers, and listen to one's body and one's "inner compass" each step of the way.
- Many of the coping techniques are linked with specific withdrawal symptoms for which people have found the techniques to be especially helpful. Others are linked to a ‘General’ category, meaning that people have reported them to be generally helpful for coping with many aspects of the whole psychiatric drug withdrawal journey.
- There are three types of resources provided: lists of layperson ‘quick tips’ for particular withdrawal symptoms; descriptions of relatively ordinary but often very helpful activities that can be done on one’s own; more ‘formal’ modalities that require some sort of involvement or assistance from a paid practitioner.
The layperson-reported symptoms of psychiatric drug withdrawal and the coping techniques listed on our website are intended to provide general information and to enhance understanding. However, during withdrawal it’s possible to develop unrelated and possibly serious health problems that produce symptoms that only appear to be similar to withdrawal symptoms, and withdrawal itself can also sometimes cause serious physical problems. If you have any physical health problems that are causing you concern, it’s always important to consult a well-informed health practitioner.