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I suffer with anxiety which I've learnt to live with. However about 3-4 times a year I have what I call 'episodes' which can last up to a week, which is when I start drinking. My family and GP have always said I'm not alcohol dependant, but anxious and use alcohol rather than other and better ways to deal with anxiety.
Several years ago I used to have acupuncture which I swear by. However to see a counsellor and start acupuncture again, the quickest way was to have an assesment at the nearest substance abuse centre. There's a six month waiting list to be assessed for anxiety management.
i had to keep an alcohol diary and had my assessment today. I've not drunk at all over the last 3 weeks. Based on that, they said apart from acupuncture they didn't think I'd gain anything from them and they'd refer me to the after care services for anxiety management in a couple of weeks.
ive been on Trazodone for the last 6 years and have been convinced that I've become tolerant to trazadone, which is why I'm getting more anxious and drinking more. They agreed with me today, so I've got to go back to my GP, cut down my dose of trazadone gradually and start on a new drug.
Today made me wonder how many people get mis diagnosed as alcohol dependant. I know from personal experience that some drs hear the word alcohol, don't really listen to you and just refer you to substance abuse. Does anyone else agree with this?
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