Weird

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I am taking Campral for cravings...and it is weird. 

I don't think about drinking.

​An event happened that would usually send my thoughts immediately to drinking...and that DID happen but my thoughts didn't stay there...I went immediately into a panic attack. 

I'm still having a panic attack (over a1/2 hour) and usually when they last that long and are this strong...I think there is nothing that will hold me back from drinking. 

But I am not thinking of drinking...weird.

 

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    That's kind of how RHGB described it. I think he said something to the effect of you can have a row with your OH and it won't make you want to drink.

    Sorry you have to deal with the panic attack! 

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      I did want to drink...but it was brief.

      ​I never saw that post from RHGB....it must have been included in a thread or maybe it was a topic....Typically if I'm not taking something and someone posts about it...I don't read cause I won't have anything to add.

      ​I was against taking anything..but my Dr. really wanted me too...so I said I would try it....and that led to many other pills she had wanted me to try...well (not really) 2 other pills....

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    Hi

    Funny as I tried Campral and it did nothing

    for me!!! Maybe I wasn't in the right mindset or my surrounding influences weren't right??? Tell me has anything else changed whilst you've been taking Campral?????

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      I really don't know sandie...because I am taking so much new medication....All I know is I DID crave alcohol...but it wasn't as strong.

      ​And when I see commercials on TV regarding alcohol?  I think it looks gross....and I don't know if you know anything about ME...but I am someone who over the last two years should have been dead at least 2 x out of about 10 trips to the hospital from drinking alcohol.

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      As I recall he said it takes a couple of weeks to really kick in.

      This is a good omen, Misssy! It sounds like it will help you not care about alcohol. 

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      One thing's for sure - the one way or the other, I don't think you have to worry about the threat of craving hanging over you anymore. That's going to be a huge relief right there. Your habit management tools that you already know will make it that much easier. The meds and the therapy for other issues and conditions will work much better without the alch in the way, so you'll likely see good progress there as well.
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      ADE!!!  Chrome is working wonderfully with this site.....THANK YOU SO MUCH...

      As you know - early in recovery a person is very apt to jump right into stress and anger...and me not being able to type freely my feelings on any website is a deal breaker for me...and sends me into a fit of rage, panic....etc.   Sounds stupid...but it really happens with me and it is not a good way to start a day...cause I tend to drag that anger with me all day.

      Thank you!   

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      You're quite welcome, Misssy! Glad Chrome did the trick for you! 

      I'll shoot you some more suggestions via PM so your thread doesn't get filled up with tech stuff.

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    Wow! I am delighted to read this, Misssy.

    It shows what you can achieve with the help of campral - not that I've ever taken it as I'm a diazepam addict, not an alcoholic, but my husband is an alcoholic, and it boosts my ability to help him when I read good things about campral.

    All I need to do now is get him to the alcohol advisory service - easier said than done, but I'm going to try.

    I'm thrilled that the campral is working for you. Keep at it. Love Tess.

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      Hmm..I wonder since they say that alcohol works on the same part of the brain as the benzo's...if Campral would work for your cravings.  You should ask your Dr?

      ​Your not a diazepam "ADDICT"....you are addicted to to diazepam.  Don't let that word "addict" define you.  I don't. Addict just sounds bad...alcoholic...doesn't bother me.

      ​Thank you for being happy for me.....hope you get some help too...to me...and addiction is an addiction alcohol or a drug.

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      That's an interesting point - about cravings for diazepam and campral. I'll ask my specialist doctor when I go next week.

      I understand what you mean when you say to me that I shouldn't let the word 'addict' define me.

      Hopefully in a few months I'll either have stopped, or got down to 10 mg a day. \my doctor thinks that with my history, he'd consider it a success if I got down to 10 mg a day and then just stuck to that. That's what he's going to recommend to my GP, anyway. Of course, if I want to carry on until zero, he won't be stopping me, but really, Misssy, the amount of benzos and Zs I was taking was astronomically high - I should, apparently, have been dead a long time ago.

      But as you see, I am very much alive. I'm so glad campral is working for you. Keep at it. You can beat this. Love Tess.

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      What are Z's?

      Even thou you came here on this site for your husband...i think many of the topics....apply to other addictions as well (including yours)....just insert benzo or Z's when there are chats about alcohol related problems...and you will see the shoe very much fits for YOU here.

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      Zs refers to zopiclone and zolpidem and another couple which begin with Z. Doctors efer to this group of drugs The Zs. They were supposed to non-addictive ha ha ha ha ha

      They're very addictive, as it happens.

      I quite see your point about topics relating to alcohol also relating to drug addiction, and I agree with you.

      Hope things stay good for you. Love Tess.

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      Thank you for the clarification...by the way...my computer is working great right now...I did what ADE suggested...try different "browsers".  Chrome is working the best!

      Do you go to any meetings? AA or NA?  I know when I was in AA...alot of people addicted to other substances where there because they like the AA format better...AND...in our area....

      UNFORTUNATELY....it seems many that are attending NA are forced to do so thru courts or prison and some people are afraid of these types.  Some people are forced to go for alcoholism as well but it seems that the people addicted to other substances....are looked down upon more sad and honestly I have been to some NA meetings (just out of curiousity) and the people around here in those meetings can look kind of "rough" and scary at times.....

      I enjoy helping everyone...AA.....NA....but most importantly right now...I have to learn to HELP MYSELF.

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      One of the guys on the Options Save Lives forum mentioned that while he was in AA, they referred to benzos as "Chewing your booze". I think it's because benzos act on the GABA receptors, although alcohol goes rather further than that.
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