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gilly-love
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   Posted 1/9/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   

 

Forgive me...I am new to this site and have no idea what I am doing, so please be patient. I think just sent this same message to a poor stranger looking for direction and support....I dont have direction and definatley no support. 

I guess this is when I say hi...Hi. I just wanted to maybe put my dirty little secret out there for the someone to hear. Maybe you have a similar situation or story??

I was perscribed Valium for a panic disorder a couple of years ago and became quickly hooked and I soon doctor shopped for them...Crazy crap I know, but i got help and got off them. Since then I have become an alcoholic due to a marriage breakdown and have been perscribed Valium again....Bad move I have only been off the piss three days now and I am straight into munching the benzo's. I am so scared. They arn't even calming me down now, they are making me very hypo. It is 3.10am her in Australia and I have had atleast 40mg..I cant believe how the addiction can stay with you so long. I think i will have to get off the piss cold turkey. I have been drinking a cast of red every two days and it could be dangerious but I dont need the stress of having another addiction. Does anyone have a similar situation ao any ideas why the benzos are having an oppisite effect on me now?

Gill. x


Nanners
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   Posted 1/9/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gill,

Unfortunately I personally don't have any experience with what you are going thru, but I am sure someone will be along soon. Welcome to Healingwell, there are alot of wonderful people who will love you and support you thru your fight with panic/anxiety. Just also wanted to let you know I deleted your duplicate post.

Again welcome, and I am sure someone will be along soon, with their thoughts.

Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
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Aries8
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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know for sure, but maybe higher doses of Valium, your drinking problem and anxiety together are causing you the hyperactivity. I suggest you get professional help immediately. Find a really good therapist who can help you with your addictions and personal issues. This can't go on. It's not good for you and no doubt is affecting your life. Get help and feel better!

Hibee
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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gill

First of all welcome to healingwell this is a great forum. I know what you are going through I have and still am having problems with Benzo & Alcohol abuse, I had stopped drinking totally but recently I have started drinking again but I am doing my hardest to stop as i know it is not doing me any good, I am finding it hard but i will make it, members here have given me great support and advice. It sounds as if you have been through a rough time recently with your marriage breakdown and in some ways i can relate to why you have turned to alcohol i quite often do this if things are going wrong in my life, but please think what you are doing to yourself. In the long run you are making things worse for yourself i know how quickly these addictions can take over your life. Is there a local alcohol support group in your area were you could go and speak to a counsellor? just a suggestion please know that we are here to listen and support you through this so keep posting here.

I have taken Valium and it is very addictive, I now take Tamazepam which is in the same class of drugs as Valium but only take this when i really need to as it is also addictive even more so if you have had dependency problems in the past with drugs as i have. 40mg is a high dose and I would not recommend that you go cold turkey as this can lead to other problems. As Aries8 said mixing Benzo with alcohol could be causing your hyperactivity so please be careful and also agree you need to go and speak to a medical professional about these issues.

With regards to your anxiety have you had any kind of therapy from a pdoc? Such as CAT/CBT i have had CAT and found this form off therapy really helpful for me and I am due to get some CBT soon, Could be something for you to think about.

I really hope things start to sort out for you Gill and as i said know that we are here to listen and support you, it is like a family here and i know there are members here who will relate to your problems and will be able to give more advice and support.

As i said this is a support group and we can only tell of our experiences and strongly advice you to go and get the professional help, you have made the first step by coming here and telling us your story and we are behind you all the way.

Please keep posting to tell us how you are getting on, you can do this.

My thoughts are with you.

Ben

Green Grove
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   Posted 1/9/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gilly-love :)

Nice to meet you and welcome. You have such great advice from all that I don't know what to add but good luck and have fun here at HW. The people are great and there is many resources available here :) As far as the benzo's go, you need to speak to you physician about how you are feeling so you can get straightened out.
Take care and have a wonderful day! . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
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gilly-love
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow ...Thankyou to all the wonderful support and advise I have recieved. Its is day four and I did finally fell asleep after yet another valium. My body is aching so bad and I have the shakes...This week I did see a Gp and he perscribed me Naltrexone...i took it for two days and felt very ill and strange so I sort help with ATODS since, which is (alochol, and drugs rehab support place) The Neltrexone should never have been perscribed untill I had gone through the withdrawl process. ATODS wanted to admit me to hospital straight away so they could watch and monitor me through the withdrawl period, as I knew I was unable to cut down slowly. I am an all or nothing type of girl. After a long and helpfull meeting they finally decided to allow me to do it at home with the help of benzo to keep me calm. It had been along time since i used benzo and didn't think it would be an issue. I have continued to be sober but have quickly started abusing the valium.....I guess u live and learn....After all this I now know I will NEVER be able to drink again and i will NEVER be able to use any type of benzo. I will get through this Guys, I know I will. I am seeing the Atods again in two days as it is the weekend here. Thankyou for all your support!!!

Gillxx

stkitt
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   

gilly,

Hi this is Kitt...................You must not be taking large amounts of valium and drinking or you will wake up dead.  Is that plain enough.  II have worked with the people in detox and what you need is to go to a rehab program and get off both the alcohol and the benzos as you are using both for the wrong reason.

I do not mean to be  judgemental but what you wrote scares me.  Often people under the influence forget how many pills they have taken and Valium is a depressant and well as alcohol.

Benzodiapines are tranquilizers, depressants. All alcohol is considered a depressant.
Get help from your physician or a inpatient treatment program is my best advice.
 
Take care and keep posting.
Kitt

 

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Green Grove
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
After re-reading your post I also have to agree with Kitt. Your life is more valuable than risking your health like that. Please seek some help and take care of yourself!
Take care and have a wonderful day! . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
 ~Co-Moderator Anxiety & Panic Forum~
  "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt~
Not a professional.  Seek your physician's advice before making changes to your meds or lifestyle.
 


gilly-love
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   Posted 1/9/2009 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou and i will continue to get support!!!!

percycat
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   Posted 1/10/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Gilly, and welcome!

I'm so glad you're trying to get support in your battle against the alcohol and medication addictions. No one should have to fight that alone, and I'm happy you've found us. There are lots of members here with really valuable experiences in defeating their own alcoholism or addictions, or in supporting friends and family who are struggling with it.

Try searching through some of the older threads for other insight too. I've brought up one of them for you: "My Story of the Bottle I Was In."

Good luck, and we're so glad you're here!

percycat

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Green Grove
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   Posted 1/10/2009 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
That is great Gilly :) Get the support you need because you are worth it. Love yourself enough to take care of you :)

You also have a great peer support group here at HW too!
Take care and have a wonderful day! . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
 ~Co-Moderator Anxiety & Panic Forum~
  "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt~
Not a professional.  Seek your physician's advice before making changes to your meds or lifestyle.
 

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