Counting and Making Cuts with Beads
1. Take one capsule and carefully open it up by holding each end between thumb and forefinger and twisting apart at the middle.
2. Gently pour out all the beads onto the surface, keeping the beads contained to one area.
3. Using the counting implement, count the beads. Some people do so by pushing the beads aside in small groups of 5, counting aloud, and/or making hash marks on paper as they count.
4. When done, place the counted beads back into a half of a new capsule, being sure not to lose any beads in the process. Many people do this by using a pair of tweezers to push the beads into the open half of a capsule, and then individually putting the last beads into the capsule with the tweezers. Others count on a piece of paper creased down the middle that they then lift up and use like a funnel, or stick the beads to the tips of their clean fingers and then gently slide them back into the capsule half.
5. Secure the two halves of the capsule and place the capsule back in the pill bottle.
6. Rather than counting the number of beads in each and every capsule every single time, many in the lay withdrawal community find it easier to count the number of beads in 4 or 5 capsules, and then calculate the average number of beads in a capsule. Then, they make calculations and cuts from beads based on this average. (They will recalculate the average number of beads if the prescriber switches the dosage amount, or the pharmacy switches the manufacturer-source of the drug. Some people recalculate the average number of beads in the capsules every time they pick up a new refill.)
Laypeople in the withdrawal community have used many different methods for counting and making cuts with beads, and for putting beads back inside a capsule, beyond the particular approach described here. You may wish to do a web search to learn about other methods.
In this section
- Step 10- Get Informed About Your Psychiatric Drug
- Step 11- Ensuring that a Drug is Relatively ‘Taper-friendly’
- Step 12- Interactions, Reactions and Sensitivities
- Step 13- Taper Rates
- Step 14- Taper Schedules
- Step 15- Taper Methods
- Step 16- Preparatory Decisions
- Step 17- Gather the Gear
Step 18- Essential Skills
- Counting and Making Cuts with Beads
- Diluting Powder When Using a Digital Scale
- Understanding the Limits of a Digital Scale's Accuracy
- Using an Adapter Cap
- Using a Digital Scale for Weighing and Making Cuts
- Using a Mortar and Pestle for Pulverizing Tablets
- Using Syringes
- Doing Calculations for a Taper
- Special Tips for Calculations and Liquids
- Step 19- Setting Up a Taper Journal
- Step 20- Implementing a Taper