i am new to this site and suffer from depression, panic and anxiety disorder, agoraphobia and diabetes among other things. i recently moved cross country to be near some family but they have all since abandoned me as they don't "get'" my illness and never will. i have been sick for about 15 years. i never could tolerate AD's and became addicted to ativan. i am currently tapering off it using valium with the help of my dr. i am so sick and lonely in this new city, with no friends, no family now and no car not to mention this hell of detoxing. could use a few kind word and would like to know if anyone here has tapered off benzos and survived.