What to expect: need to detox from Xanax avg 2 2mg tabs a day and 2 10 mg tabs Ambian.....

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Rooster Cogburn
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   Posted 7/6/2006 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Im going into rehab for drinking and I have to get off the pills. Im a nervous wreck some days. Some days ill take 1 mg in the morning and 1 in the evening.(xanax) When im really nerved Ill sometimes take a 2 mg tab in the morning then split anoother one in the evening for a total of 4 mgs all day.

I take one 10 mg Ambian to go to sleep, then pop up 4-6 hrs later wide awake and take another. I wkae up like 4hrs later.

Any thoughts on how to go about detoxing with the least amount of pain. I know to wean myself off but how much, how long and any other info will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

els
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   Posted 7/7/2006 3:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rooster,  Welcome to healing well forum, we are happy to have you.  Rehab now a days can help with a variety of addictions not just drinking.  If your going in for alcholol addiction and they find that your having a problem with your Xanax then they can most certianly help with weening you off of them in there.  The best bet is to slowly cut your doses down each time you take one until you finally arnt taking them at all.  There are people who have addictive personaity disorders who just cant take xanax or have any kind of alcholol as they do become easily addicted to them.  I dont know if this is the case for you or not...but then there are also others who have drinking problems, who can continue taking prescription benzos without problem if they have some sort of anxiety disorder.
Did rehab tell you that you cant have your Xanax?  Sometimes they give Benzodiazepines to help with the withdrawl symptoms..I found this article and hope it helps...good luck
 


 


Rooster Cogburn
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   Posted 7/8/2006 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
atedogs said...
Are you physcially going to a place to rehab or going to try it yourself. I checked into a hospital and was given valuim to keep from freaking and hurting. If you are doing it on you own go really slowly or it will make you physcially and mentally sick. Best thing to do is ask your doc or councellor. Good Luck Im clean 14 years and best thing I've done.


Im going to do it myself.
I just got a 4th offense DWI.(hadnt had a ticket in four and a haldf yrs then bam!
I was in a holding cell that was freezing and grossly overcrowded. I was detoxing from alcohol(20 yrs of drinking regularly, like every other day and detoxing from the xanax and ambian)
I was inthe holding cell for 8 days. Their detox cinsisted of 4 days. for two days they gave me a whole valium in the morning and evening for two days then the last two days they only gave me a half in the morning and night. It wasnyt enough at all. They had to rush me to the Emergency medical and give me a shot of Thorizine because i started hearing things. They then started giving me a valium in the morning and night plus a klonopin too. It helped a lil but i was still a wreck being in an overcrowded jail. Im clean cut, educated and am not jail type at all. I can hold my own but people can see the nervousness

I want to get myself off these meds in case I have to go to an inpatient rehab. I have severe anxiety but they said no Benzos. I attribute my depression to the circumstances ive put myself in....not a chemical imbalance. I could be wrong but when life goes smooth Im one of the happiest people you'd ever meet.

I havent had a drink in 38 days but do have cravings. More now than when i first started going without a drink. I dont understand that. Seems it would get easier.
Im exxtremely anxious because i have to depend on everybody around me...im forced to go to an AA meeting everyday but they took my licence, my girlfriend is getting agotated more easily(I know because of the situation) And my dad had to come out of pocket with $13,000.00. $3000.00 to get me out and 10,000.00 for a lawyer so i dont go to jail.
I need that Xanax. After 8 yrs of not having insurance and getting non-narcotic meds(Elvil) that just knock you out...finally I have insurance and a doctor that recognizes that xanax enables me to relax and function. Granted i went overboard on them and thats why the detoxing is so hard.

Thats my story, sorry so long but sometimes i just feel like the world is caving in on me.

Thanks so much for the concern.

Rooster Cogburn
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   Posted 7/8/2006 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
els said...
Hi Rooster, Welcome to healing well forum, we are happy to have you. Rehab now a days can help with a variety of addictions not just drinking. If your going in for alcholol addiction and they find that your having a problem with your Xanax then they can most certianly help with weening you off of them in there. The best bet is to slowly cut your doses down each time you take one until you finally arnt taking them at all. There are people who have addictive personaity disorders who just cant take xanax or have any kind of alcholol as they do become easily addicted to them. I dont know if this is the case for you or not...but then there are also others who have drinking problems, who can continue taking prescription benzos without problem if they have some sort of anxiety disorder.
Did rehab tell you that you cant have your Xanax? Sometimes they give Benzodiazepines to help with the withdrawl symptoms..I found this article and hope it helps...good luck

http://www.aafp.org/af /20040315/1443.html

Thanks for your open arms. I summed my story up above and tI thank you for your response.
Problemm is....once i ween myself off im still going to have anxiety. The nurse that was detoxing me when i got picked up for the DWI said that she knew i would still have anxiety after the detox, just not as bad.
Is there any hope that there is something I can take to help with the anxiety that is non addictive, that wont cause a dependency that really works. All of the ones ive taken that are non dependant dont work for me. Elavil and Seroquel just knocks me out and trazadone helps a lil and a little with sleep but gives me horrible nightmares.

Thanks for your welcome once again and i look frwd to getting to know you're board members. Who knows, after all Ive been through, maybe I can help some out.

A huge thanks in advance for any advice, pointers, opinions or whatever.

This may be better in the anxiety forum....I'll let you be the judge....thanks again.

janetlee
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   Posted 7/8/2006 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rooster!
I'm not able to give any personal experiences as to what you're going thru, but I have to say this. You honestly need to talk all this over with a psychiatrist. You are doing so well and you need advice from someone that knows about these meds AND about your alcoholism. A shrink should be able to help. Please get professional guidance before making any concrete decisions about your meds. I wish you all the best and keep up the good work! My dad used to drink and he quitin the mid-80's. Although he passed away in 1998, the years left of his life was healthier because he stopped drinking. I hope you will continue to fight the cravings. You will be happier in the long run! :)
I wish you all the best!
janet
"If you watch the stars at night,
And you find them shining equally bright,
You might've seen Jesus
And not have known what you saw...
But you would notice a gem
In a five & dime store."
From-"Mary Was An Only Child" by Art Garfunkel


els
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   Posted 7/9/2006 3:26 AM (GMT -7)   

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. 

You are more then welcome to post over in the anxiety forum, I am sure they would love to hear from you.  But keep in mind that all medications work differently for everyone so you most likely wont be able to get a concrete idea of what would work best for you.  Please do continue to post and let us know how things are going.  Take care

Elisha

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Rooster Cogburn
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   Posted 7/10/2006 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I will take your advice and sek out a Psychiatrist. Maybe I can get an anti depressant that will supress the anxiety as well.

Ive been on so many but never really stayed on em long enough. Seems like Effexor had the least sides. Lexapro literally made me lose my equilibrium at times. As was stated, everyone is different.

Xanax helps so much at first with quelling my anxiety but then im lethargic yet not tired in a way that I would take a nap. I havent found anything that comes close other than other Benzos yet, like i mentioned I havent stayed on the anti depressants long enough for them to be fully effective.

Sorry so long on my post and it means alot that people are willing to read all that I have written and are willing to give advice. That in itself is an anti depressant.

Thank you all and I hope I don't offend but if you believe....God Bless.

I look forward to getting to know all of youn and maybe contributing as well.

els
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   Posted 7/11/2006 4:11 AM (GMT -7)   
That would be great Rooster,  we would love to see more of you on the forum.  There are many great antidepressants that could help...and yes, the trick is staying on them long enough for them to become effective... :-) .  God bless

Elisha

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ilovebeth
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   Posted 7/13/2006 2:47 AM (GMT -7)   

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!


els
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   Posted 7/13/2006 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ilovebeth,  I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to healing well forum.  Congratulations on staying clean and sober!  It is always great to hear success stories.  I hope you continue to post here, we would like to hear more from you.  Take care


 

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