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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/25/2007 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I'm a newbie
Last year, I hit an all time low and was drinking like a fish. I ended up taking myself to see a shrink who prescribed me Lexapro. After a few months of taking the drug and magically abstaining from alcohol, I was feeling fine and stupidly came off the medication.
I started to consume alcohol once again, at first in moderation and then in excessive amounts and once again hit rock bottom.
Went back to see the shrink who then presribed me a whole cocktail of drugs: Zoloft, Lexapro, Xanax and Alnax.  While being on these meds I continued to drink socially but would end up smashed.  I would not consider myself to be a big drinker but over the last three months my mental health has been severely affected. I was sexually abused by members of my family as a child and come from a broken home. During my teens and early twenties my 'life' never bothered me that much. Now I am in my late thirties and when I am down the 'past' comes back to haunt me, the drinking starts's like a vicious circle.
I recently went to see another shrink for a second now just taking Lexapro once a day and have been given some sleeping pills, which I will only take if I have difficulty sleeping.
I live in Thailand so access to professionals is limited especially where I am. Anyway, this particular shrink seems genuinely concerened and although his English is not fluent, he would like to start 'talk therapy' which I think is a great idea. The only problem is when I am sober, I find it very hard to talk about my inner thoughts. 
I have only one English speaking friend here who does love her drink and when we get together we do like to party...However, I end up getting smashed and even more depressed.
While I appreciate the dangers of mixing alcohol and drugs...I can honestly say that every now and again I do like to drink. I see two choices here, completely knock the booze on the head or strictly limit my intake of booze to a few drinks only.. The big question is..can I do that? I don't know the answer but would hope that I am strong enough to control my intake if and when I do drink.
I have read accounts of people abstaining full stop and others drinking as normal. Personally, I think everyone's different and the effect of alcohol while on Lexapro will differ from person to person, depending on their level of depression, their resistance to alcohol etc.
For me it will be one step at a time...I am fed up of this 'dark cloud' hanging over me and want to enjoy my life without feelings of depression coming back.
Anyway, sorry for rambling on. Your thoughts and feedback most appreciated!   

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   Posted 11/26/2007 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there and Welcome to HealingWell,

Firstly I wanted to congratulate you on your previous successes to abstain from drinking and in seeking help for the depression. Alcohol is a drug. FACT. The active ingredient in alcohol is Ethynol and it affects the body just like other drugs. Alcohol is a depressive drug and therefore cancels any effect AD meds have. It is also dangerous to mix some AD's with Alcohol so ths is something you should bear in mind. I am glad to hear that you are back on just Lexapro as this worked for you before and hopefully it will work again. As for talking therapy, it sounds like a good idea but I am skeptical of its usefulness in your case since the therapist doesnt have a fluent grasp of english. Are there NO english speaking therapists in Thailiand? As for abstainance vs. social drinking... it is a very personal choice. My personal opinion after reading what you have written is that abstainance is a better option but it is entirely up to you.

Best of luck


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   Posted 11/26/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I too want to welcome you to the forum,we are very glad that you found us and I hope you will find the support that you are looking for.

It is a huge step knowing and admitting that you have a problem. Darren has given you great advice,and I hope you are able to find the options that you are looking for.

Therapy is a good thing,mostly because in order to treat the depression you have to figure out what caused it in the first place. If you do not feel comfortable with the talk therapy then I hope there are other options that you can find.

Please keep us posted and good luck

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/26/2007 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for welcoming me to the forum and thanks for the advice.

Yes, there probably are some English speaking therapists in the country but where I am the choice is limited. Anyway, the Doctor I saw the other day seems genuinely interested in helping, that's a good sign for me despite the fact that he is not fluent in English. I can understand some Thai, so hopefully the language barrier won't be a major issue.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
honestly what, and this is just my humble opinion knowing nothing about you really. I've heard too many stories and cliches and bad jokes of the person who is just going to have "a few" to really think it ever works. Just dig deep, kick the habit totally. Its going to suck, and honestly you will probably relapse a handful more times. Its probably going to take months if not years. But in the end, you sound kind of unhappy where you are at, and its not going to change as long as drinking is in your life.

Just my 2 cents on it though. Your life ultimately.
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