Ciprlaex and quite a night

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realdeal123
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   Posted 4/19/2011 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, I wish I would have found this forum sooner to look into the effects of alcohol and SSRI's. I have been on cipralex for 4 week for anxiety and depression. This past Friday, I was feeling so good, had a good day at work and flew home to the family. Me and my wife had a birthday party that night so I thought I would have a few drinks. Well, I dont remember anything pas the 4th drink. I guess I was being very violent with people, my wife was severely embarrassed and to top it all of, I guess I started to rub my best friends wife's leg in the taxi when we were all headed home. He called me the next day and said we had to chat as I made his wife a little uncomfortable. Now I can not forgive myself for this. I spoke to him and his wife together and explained the medication and they were wondering as it was extremely unlike me. I have told my wife about it and she laughed it off but I still cant get over that I acted like this and my depression is back to square one.

I highly recommend to anyone while on cipralex to have a few drinks at home before going all out as It has put me back in the situation I was in before.

Codename Wallaby
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   Posted 4/19/2011 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that recommendation can go out to anyone on these kinds of meds. I drink a lot. I love drinking. Where I'm from it's a social norm. I've passed out, blacked out, screamed at and physically abused friends, and had 'intimate moments' with people I really shouldn't have.

Beware!!

Hope you're OK now realdeal, and I'm glad that you've managed to see what happens (when medication of this kind and alcohol are mixed) so quickly. *hugs*

realdeal123
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   Posted 4/19/2011 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much, it helps just to talk with someone. When I first started on the pills my wife did not understand and just told me to pick myself up. It sure was a scary experience to not remember anything from a night out with friends and even scarier to almost lost my best friend. I actually saw a counselor today and we I am going clean on the booze, I just hope I can make it last as all of my friends drink heavily. I will be much better husband and father to my family.

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   Posted 4/20/2011 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
good on you, jamie :-)
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realdeal123
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   Posted 4/20/2011 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the positive feedback and support. I could crawl in a hole and cry right now. Everyone has forgiven me but myself. I hope I can return to the happiness that I had before my drinking episode. I miss it and only had it for a few days as the meds must have started to kick in. I will keep you updated on my quitting drinking and the progress that I have made.

realdeal123
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   Posted 4/21/2011 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Well< i ate lunch for the first time this week and feeling better today. I have lost 18 pounds in the last 4 weeks so I need to feed myself. It looks like I am heading into the right direction. I am heading out for Easter Weekend with the family and really looking forward to it (of course alcohol free). I will touch base late next week when I am back and let you know how I am doing. I hope soon I will be able to offer support to people battling depression as well as addiction through proving it can be done.

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   Posted 4/21/2011 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My first husband and I lost a lot of friends when he quit drinking. But then we found out they weren't really our friends. Just people that liked free beer. Don't be surprised if this happens, but as IG said, they will be substituted by other people who don't drink. So don't let this transition get you down. You will be up again. Take this one day at a time and go easy on yourself.

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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 4/22/2011 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
your on the right track rd. proud of ya, jamie
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realdeal123
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   Posted 4/29/2011 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, I had a great week with the family. Was able to abstain from alcohol over the holidays but it was tough with all the questions, why arent you having a drink etc. I did feel better than ever and it sure does feel nice to wake up with some energy. I am however starting to put on the 20 lbs I lost but I will take that over feeling like crap.

I am going to a poker game tonight (the same friends that I made an ass out of myself a few weeks ago). I know their will be drugs and alchohol there so I am debating if I should even go or just toughen up and abstain. This group does not have a drinking issue or drugs but like to dig in a few times a year. I don't want to lose friends but I also dont want to be tempted. I think I have enough will power to say no.

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   Posted 4/29/2011 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that you will have the willpower. Besides you have to be able to be around it without being tempted. I am glad that you are feeling better from not drinking. I know that it is very hard. Alcoholism is a disease, not saying that you are an alcoholic, but it runs in my family, so I stay away from it for the most part. I have an occasional beer, but don't drink daily. I don't miss it either. I was gaining weight from it anyway.

Best wishes to you. Let us know how the game goes. I hope that you win lots of money!

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realdeal123
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   Posted 5/2/2011 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Well. I did okay, I was tempted by the drugs but pulled back with minimal usuage. I also had two drinks on Sunday, couldnt hold back with the nice weather and had a few beers but again stopped myself. I am still feeling better than I have in a long time, no HANGOVERS. woo hoo.

realdeal123
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   Posted 5/5/2011 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Fell off the wagon, went on the road. I think I need some more in depth help.

realdeal123
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   Posted 5/5/2011 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I am beyond help if I cant even help myself, how can i get better.

realdeal123
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   Posted 5/6/2011 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I am just being very hard on myself and realize a slip is one step back and I need to take many forward. It had been three weeks without a drink and I thought what would it hurt to have a few. A few lead to many more which is a sign that I have a problem. Thanks again, I am going to take a break from posting and get myself sorted out for another try.

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   Posted 5/6/2011 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes to you Realdeal123.

Hugs, Karen

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   Posted 5/6/2011 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello RealDeal,
 
This is Kitt.  I have taken care of many patients with acoholism as well as come from a family of many acoholics. You are absolutely right, my friend,  this is something you must do for yourself and we are here to support you in any way we can.   
 
I would really like to see you join an AA group if there is one in your area. I am sure your Doctor could advise you.  Yes, you have had a set back but get back on that horse and start moving forward again.
 
The co-founder of AA was Bill W.  You will often see a sign or meeting room with a notice "Friend's of Bill" on the door.  Trust me, there are nearly 17.6 million adults with alcoholism in the United States so you are not alone.  The total AA membership is estimated at over 2,000,000 as many of the members have belonged for years to help then stay sober. 
 
I know just thinking of giving up your crutch ( alcohol ) is frightening but it is worth it.  When you have just stopped drinking, you think about it very often, but these thoughts disappear gradually. It is hard to say how long that will take. It's personal, but it is clear that having your life in order certainly helps. Not being dependent on alcohol means, among other things, that you are not looking for the effects of alcohol anymore.
 

In many cases, after an alcohol-free period, you will  want to drink alcohol again. This can have several reasons: stress, don't see alcohol as a threat anymore, feel that you are back where you started when you have used again.

STOP - before you ever take that drink.  Tell yourself you will be OK without it and make sure you attend as many support  meetings as you want to - that will help you remember that you want your life back.
 
Despite all of the focus on drugs such as cocaine, alcohol remains the number one drug problem in the United States. You don't want to be part of this group. 
 
Here they are - The Twelve Steps of AA
 

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

I hope this helps you in some small way and remember we are here to support you so jump on that wagon.


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It's Genetic
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   Posted 5/6/2011 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill's published work is called "Alcoholics Anonymous" or"The Big Book". I learned today that it is still in publication. It has so much to add to each of the 12 steps alcoholics learn to follow, and the additional information supports each of the steps.

The Hazeldon Foundation also has published a work on the 12-Step Program for Alcoholics. It's both encouraging and inspiring in its effort
to persuade the alcoholic to walk away from alcohol forever.

Take Care, Real Deal 123

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realdeal123
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   Posted 5/6/2011 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank stkitt, I did believe that I was fine to have a few drinks again but I was wrong. I am going to try and join AA but it is tough to admit I have a problem. I would only drink on weekends before but it did cause problems. A few drinks at the hotel and sleeping in having my patio door wide open tells me that the alchohol takes over after one or two. Thanks for the kinds words all and its genetic, your words are not harsh.
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