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Are you dealing with prescription drug withdrawal and/or high stress levels? Are you looking for support, direction, and a plan? Message me for more info. if you are struggling with Antidepressant Withdrawal, Benzodiazepine Withdrawal, or issues related to chronic stress. There is a way forward.


(Sessions conducted via Skype, phone, & WhatsApp)

"Because of Michael I feel supported and not so alone. It's comforting to talk to someone who has gone through the same ordeal and actually healed from it. The feedback he sends after our talks is very useful and encouraging, and I would definitely recommend his services."

 Kathy, CA

"Michael's Personalized Progress Plan and session notes are extremely helpful; not many coaches online do that sort of thing at all. I would absolutely, 100 percent recommend his coaching services." 

Brooke, OH

"Michael is very encouraging and motivating, and his follow-up notes are invaluable. I would absolutely recommend his services to anyone out there who is going through tapering or withdrawal." Brett, CA


March  2020  at The Lovely Grind

The Winning Formula of E.G.G.S

(Exercise, God, Goals, Support)

This Month = GOALS

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February 28, 2020

Antidepressant withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal can leave a man searching for connection. Also, periods of financial, professional, or interpersonal stress have left me feeling adrift and scared at various times. However, there have been other stressful situations in my life that actually seemed to bring increased clarity to my thinking and a...

February 19, 2020

Excessive stress is the enemy of good health, and too often the stress in our lives comes from complications of our own creation. Whether it be a hectic schedule that can be pruned back, an unhealthy relationship pattern that can be tweaked or eliminated, or a general problem with thoughts or behaviors or beliefs, we all have areas that can be improved...

February 10, 2020

Determination can take you far in this life. It can, more than most any other factor, ensure that you meet your goals, both small and large, and it can set you on a path to eventually contributing in a big way—contributing both to the lives of others and to your own happiness and legacy.

So, what is determination? Well, let’s first begin with a list of...

February 3, 2020

I don’t know too many people who’ve gone through antidepressant withdrawal or benzodiazepine withdrawal and who weren’t struggling against some form of guilt or regret regarding their situation. How can those things not be a part of the experience?

January 22, 2020

For the first part of this new year at my Lovely Grind website, I am focusing on the formula of E.G.G., which stands for Exercise, God, Goals. That is a formula that has served me well over the years as I worked to heal from SSRI withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal after quitting Paxil and Xanax, and it is an easy to remember formula that I think...

January 16, 2020

Running is my particular exercise elixir, and it never ceases to amaze me how different the world (and my brain) can seem after a good run. Things that were causing me anxiety no longer seem so worrisome; my perspective on my past, present, and future finds needed optimism and clarity; and problems that once seemed confusing or overwhelming often find...

January 1, 2020

And furthermore, other scientific studies and reviews have concluded that “regular aerobic exercise has consistently been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms compared to placebo or no treatment.” This holds true even when people with a chronic illness such as heart disease or cancer begin exercising (and I would posit that it also holds true for people wh...

December 18, 2019

Christmas assures us that light and love prevail, that they are the guiding forces both in this larger existence and in our daily lives. Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “love conquers all,” and nowhere is that truth more apparent than in the redemptive narrative that begins with a birth in Bethlehem and concludes with an execution and resurrection. This...

December 13, 2019

When we are sick, what do we want from the doctor? A quick cure would be nice, but ultimately, we are looking for a little hope. Just tell me that there’s something I can try. Just tell me things will get a little better. And when we go to see lawyers and bankers and psychiatrists, aren’t we seeking more of the same? Just tell me there’s a way out o...

December 6, 2019

While time will do some of the heavy lifting in the process of healing from antidepressant withdrawal and benzo withdrawal, there is an active component to the process as well: one that not only cares for our physical health, but for our mental, emotional, and spiritual health as well (and after all, these aspects of well-being are intertwined oh so cl...

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