Hi Rooster, It sounds as if you have been through quite a bit. Though I have not had an addiction to alcohol or prescription medications...I have had quite a few clients of mine who have. Also, alcoholism seems to run in my family...But anyway, I agree with Janet who stated that you should seek out the guidance of a Psychiatrist. The reasoning behind this would be that they can help get you off the Benzo's and are the physicians that are most current on what medications that are effective for anxiety. There are many antidepressants on the market that also work as dual receptors in suppressing anxiety symptoms. I don’t think I would suggest cutting them out on your own as it could potentially cause you to relapse which would be extremely disastrous for you, especially with the legal troubles.
Rooster, In 1994 I went into treatment for alcohol/cocaine addiction, I was also taking Xanax to take the morning after "edge"off. They automatically put me in a very cold room to help me de-tox, actually they were more concerned about my Xanax (by the way my doctor prescribed) use, more than my cocaine and alcohol because as they explained to me, if you suddenly stop taking Xanax you are at risk for seizures and I was only taking 2 (0.5mg) a day. They put me on Fenna Barbitall, (that is spelt incorrectly) to help me de-tox off of the Xanax. I thought it was sorta ironic, I was doing a 8-ball of coke a day, and drinking a large bottle of Jaegermister a day and they are worried about something my own doctor prescribed. I spent 30 days in re-hab, and other than a few slips with the alcohol, (no cocaine for 12 years),(no alcohol for 5 years), life is much better, its no fun going through life a drunk. I still have to take a half of Xanax (0.5) in the mornings for panic attacks.My suggestion is get some support if you really want to quit, it will work if you work it....good luck!