Found out

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Well, I've been hiding my alcohol intake for a couple of months now from my OH. He finally found out yesterday that I'm drinking two bottles of wine upwards a day. I didn't get an ultimatum, but I did get told that I need to control my consumption.

My friend has given me some valium so I'm considering a valium detox but I have no idea how much to take.

I work from home, look after my family. I still cook, clean, make sure my child is looked after and my husband.

I know that if I take the recommended 10 miligrams three times a day I will be a zombie and not able to function normally.

Just wondered if anyone else had done a valium detox and not had to take the recommended amount?

Any help is appreciated. I'm starting it tomorrow. Thanks

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  • Posted

    Hi there

    Go to your GP for support as you say that you've been 'hiding' the truth about your intake which indicates a problem.

    Please seek professional help!

    Good luck


  • Posted

    Rachel is correct, dear

    You need to see your GP. Profession assistance for the correct way forward.

    Never, ever take meds prescribed for someone else! That's dangerous apart from meds/alcohol mix might have a serious effect

    I wish you all the best

  • Posted

    As always, I will give different advice to the others, from a purely pragmatic point of view. As our resident qualified professional, Paul, always says, without knowing your medical history and without monitoring you, it is impossible to advise you.

    Right, disclaimer coming and then on to advice. I am not a medical professional, but I have home detoxed on Valium, twice.

    I don't think you will zombify on three lots of 10mg per day. You only need that amount for the first two days, after that, halve it and four days in total will probably be enough. Watch how you feel with those amounts and use your judgement, the other thing to watch out for, is on the first night, you may need 5mg just before you go to bed, to carry you through the night.

    The advice to get help from your GP, would be good if he is likely to help you. In my experience, nearly all GPs don't want anything to do with people that have an alcohol problem. It can also go on your health records if you speak to him.

    The choice is yours, I'm not advising you either way, just giving experience from someone who has been there.

  • Posted

    Are you in the UK or US (Europe, Oz, etc)? It can have an impact on the particulars about the advice you get. 
  • Posted

    The problem is, what if that amount of valium isn't enough? You could find yourself suffering physical withdrawal symptoms and needing to drink. Drinking with valium can cause breathing problems. You really need to do this with professional help. When I treat people with an alcohol detox, they are not allowed to be left alone, they need a person to act as their 'supervisor.' They have to have their blood pressure and pulse checked before each dose of medication and they are closely monitored all the way through the detox.

    The only advice I can give is to go and see your GP or find another qualified person who can treat you. Those pills were not prescribed for you, they might be totally unsuitable for you depending on your current medical situation.

    I do see where RHGB is coming from and I know that alcohol detoxes are very difficult to get on the NHS.

  • Posted

    HI ther Jojoess..lots of good replies and we need more detail in order to help. Good reply from RGBH and Paul for certain. I have never taken medication but have "been found out" many times and had to give it up since it was destroying my family and very tiny children...guilt helps you to realise what is going of luck!! Robin

  • Posted

    Jojoess, Hi,

    Do you have a alcohol and drug recovery service in your area, such as Lifeline Project?

    You don't say whether you are in the UK. I am and was referred to the Lifeline Project by my GP. Not because she wanted to fob me off, quite the contrary, she was extremely understanding of my plight and told me it was an illness but also said that specialist recovery centres such as the Lifeline Project were more experienced in helping people through addiction and supervising detox programmes. I completed a 7 day supervised detox with my local centre 3 weeks ago and was prescribed. Acamprosate straight after my last day of detox meds - which were not Valium I hasten to add. This has been the best thing I have done and I'm really pleased my GP referred me. She remains very supportive of me.

    I agree with everything that has been said about taking medication which has been prescribed for someone else it can be very dangerous. What works for one person can cause devastating and potentially life threatening side effects for another. It isn't the way to detox. It needs to be monitored and done safely under supervision.

    Good luck

    • Posted

      Wonderful response !

      I wish you well in your recovery

      hang in there and well done

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