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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, or e-mail)

"“Michael helped me in a way that no doctor or therapist has been able to! His personal experience combined with his optimistic, constructive input and guidance is priceless. I highly recommend his coaching sessions to anyone going through withdrawal.” Shelly, Ohio

"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

August 2020  at The Lovely Grind



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July 29, 2020

A few years back, when I was walking through the difficult and dark nights of healing and personal transition, I was raw. And because I felt uncovered and rather unprotected, the world hurt. My nerves felt exposed, my soul felt heavy, and everything was able to affect me in dramatic fashion. But as painful as that feeling of newborn bareness was, it w...

July 13, 2020

What does it mean to be free? Does it mean simply living in a democratic country, one that offers all citizens inalienable rights like voting and the freedom to worship as they see fit? Does it mean living in a capitalist country, one that ostensibly provides everyone the opportunity to be upwardly mobile and perhaps even rich?

Does being free simply m...

June 22, 2020

Fast forward a number of years, and I’m the one providing much-needed support to others through my coaching sessions, which often focus on helping people survive and heal from prescription drug withdrawal involving antidepressant and benzodiazepine medications. In those sessions I listen, encourage, and offer thoughtful perspective and useful feedback...

June 10, 2020

About seven years ago I was suffering through the first portions of my protracted withdrawal from the SSRI medication Paxil (as well as navigating the beginnings of my taper off the tranquilizer Xanax). I was in a lot of pain (mentally, physically, and emotionally), and motivation and locomotion seemed nearly impossible to come by. I was overweight, de...

May 19, 2020

Percentage of American Population that has tested positive for the coronavirus: .0047% Chances of full recovery if the virus is contracted: somewhere between 94 to 99.7%, depending on what numbers a person believes. Number of people living in America: 328,200,000 American deaths that have to date been attributed to coronavirus: About 91,000 Number of A...

May 13, 2020

For example, if two of your large life goals (from Step One) are getting into better physical shape and taking fewer prescription medications, and one of your trouble areas (from Step Two) is work stress, then an item on your upcoming weekly action plan might say: “I will walk outdoors or workout at the gym four times next week.” Such a fitness plan, i...

When I stopped taking my medications, I was immediately hit by withdrawal. At first SSRI withdrawal, and later by benzodiazepine withdrawal. The body, the mind, and everything in-between get used to these pills—that’s the kind of reaction they are designed for—and when the dosages get cut or cease altogether, the body, the mind, and everything in-betwe...

April 8, 2020

So what is the most important thing that any of us can do during these uncertain times? If we truly value our existence—if we value our breath and the people that we hold dear and the eternal love that we share with those people—then what is the most important thing we can do? Is it bleaching those packs of paper towel and soda before bringing them in...

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...

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