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10 years ago when I stopped drinking. I remember going to the Dr. and freaking out because I could not sleep...and I kept having panic and anxiety. I didn't know of the brands of medication for anxiety..but my father (who is so anti drug)...I was visiting one day and having a bad panic attack. He couldn't handle the condition I was in....so he said here - take one of these very mild pills..you will feel better. I took it...It was a 0.5 mg Lorazepam. Within a 1/2 hour I calmed down significantly.
I slept there that night. I slept well. HE DIDNT want to give it to me...but I was pacing...not catching my breath...crying...and he did. So I told my Dr. and I said if I didn't get something like that....I was going to drink...and I knew I was going to drink!
After much conversation as to how Drs. don't like prescribing those meds to known (alchys)...because the drug works on the same part of the brain as alcohol and she was afraid it would lead me to relapse. She gave me a chance....she gave me 30 pills...1x day...and I never abused them or asked for more.
As the years have gone on....all therapists and psychiatrists...have agreed to raise this med for me to 3x a day. Last week I saw a new psychaitrist...who has seen me since I left the hospital on Jan 31. The first time I saw her (prior the hospital)...she wanted to bring the dose down to 2x a day. Last week...(I don't know what hospital papers say)...but she wanted to RAISE me to 4x a day.
I said NO...I am fine on 3x and "just grateful that you are not lowering to 2x". And she asked me if I was SURE? Yes, I am sure.
I just want to say...for anyone struggling with anxiety or sleep deprivation if you can get a Dr. to prescribe an anxiety med...slowly and monitor your use they could save your life and help you live happier.
In the last month (since I have not been drinking). I have had to take a daily dose of 1 pill during the day. I wasn't taking them before...but being away from the alcohol...my body is going into anxiety fits occassionally. I was taking 2 at night with my Melatonin for sleep. Now I take one for sleep and one during the day...but I still have that 3rd one for the day if I need it.
There were and have been times in sobriety...that the anxiety is so terrible...the mind goes to...a drink...but now it goes to ..just take this little pill...and things usually subside for me.
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