Alcohol Habit Got Worse-Going to try to Taper Down the Xanax

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raze
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   Posted 8/28/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so basically I was so scared of getting addicted to xanax and building a tolerance towards it that I would take days off and during these days off I would drink too much.  Some crap happened and I got a huge red flag when I ended up sexually harrassing someone.  Thank God I didn't get into serious trouble.  I could have gotten in serious trouble with my college.   So, my plan is to abstain from drinking alcohol/partying cold turkey.  No more alcohol for me because I just can't handle it anymore.  I realize that it's getting worse and I need to stop before something bad happens. 
 
I might get put on new medication because I feel that the zoloft isn't affective much anymore although I'm not having panic attacks, I still have good days and really crapty days where I have bad anxiety.  
 
I'm taking 1.25 mgs of xanax nightly to help me sleep because I do have insomnia.  I'm a very hyper person.   I'm going to start tapering down because I think that 1.25 is too much and I don't want to get to the point where I'm taking 2 or 3 mgs daily.  So, tonight I'm quitting alcohol for good and tapering town to 1 mg.  I think I can do it.   If I get tolerant towards the xanax, I'm going to let my doctor know.    I think zoloft is just making my insomnia worse, so I'll have to talk to him about that. 
 
Wish me luck!  I'm going to do the best I can to improve myself before I hit bottom.  
"Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something."  -E. L. Simpson
 
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) with Agoraphobia
Zoloft (100 mgs) daily
Trazadone (50 mgs) nightly
Xanax (1.25 mgs) as needed at night
 
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Mazfire
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   Posted 8/29/2009 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
raze said...
Wish me luck!  I'm going to do the best I can to improve myself before I hit bottom.  
 
good luck! great that you have recognised your problem and are taking a serious approach. With Zoloft in my personal experience, it is one of the few antidepressants I have been on that DONT make me an insomniac. strange how the same med can have such different side effects in people.
 
All the best, we are cheering you on,
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/29/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on your wise decision. I would like to advise you to talk with your physician re the drinking issues.  Perhaps you should hold on your xanax at the current dose you are now taking and again talk with your physician about tapering. 
 
I am not sure it is a good idea to cut both the alcohol and the Xanax at the same time.  You do not want to go into withdrawal from both. 
 
Wishing  you much luck and proud of you for taking positive steps in your life.
 
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raze
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/29/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I was able to successfully taper down to 1 mg of xanax with no side effects. Now, I just need to work on the alcohol part.
"Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something."  -E. L. Simpson
 
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) with Agoraphobia
Zoloft (100 mgs) daily
Trazadone (50 mgs) nightly
Xanax (1.25 mgs) as needed at night
 
Raze
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Dark
                                        Wolf                              

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