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Going from 30mg to 25mg a day is in some respects easier than going from 2.5mg per day to no pills at all.
When you’re stepping down, you’re still taking a pill everyday.
Even when you’re down to 2.5mg/day, the placebo effect of taking that pill every morning still matters.
When you’re ready to go without the pill entirely, even if you’re barely taking any as it is….it’s still a big step, psychologically.
When you choose the step-down method (over cold-turkey), it will take longer to be totally sober, but if you can do it successfully it will be less damaging to your immediate environment (work, relationships, etc), and more healthy in terms of your brain recovering its ability to produce your happy juices on its own.
Really, the step-down method is a great way to go if you can do it successfully. My problem with the step-down method is not that it’s not healthy or not “purist” or something like that — it’s that so few people seem to be able to do it successfully.
Go as quickly as you are comfortable with (but note: some discomfort is part of this).
As I and other readers have said in the comment threads: The step-down method is not without its flaws.
And that, I think, is the essential problem I have with the step-down method: It requires several successive acts of will, several opportunities to fail and screw the whole attempt to hell.
Generally, I’d advise cutting your dose 10% per step, rounded up (to the nearest dose you can make by breaking your pills up) Depending on where you start, 10% could be anywhere between 2.5 and 5mg. If it gets too hard, go down only 2.5mg (do not step back up).
It takes your brain 2 weeks to a month to recover from a chemical addiction (Adderall, Prozac, Heroin — doesn’t matter).
Once you’ve stepped up once, your boundary has decayed and it will be so much harder not step up in the future.
When you go cold turkey, it’s binary: success is not taking a pill; failure is taking one. There is no past success with which to rationalize current failure (e.g., “I’ve made so much progress…taking an extra 10mg today is still well within the bounds of success…I’m still way down from where I was”) — that doesn’t happen as easily with cold turkey.
Keep cutting that pill into smaller and smaller halves as much as you have to until you just feel silly, then create an on/off schedule. Then take it down one day at a time until you’re totally off it.