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Should I go to Rehab?

answered 03:48 PM EST, Mon December 30, 2013
anonymous anonymous
I can’t sleep unless I get drunk first so I have been having at least 7 to 10 alcoholic drinks per night for about 2 years ever since I developed this really bad insomnia problem after a difficult emotionally gut wrenching end of a relationship. My life has gone wrong in so many ways I just want to hit the restart button and start all over again. I am all alone and I don’t know what to do. Should I go to rehab?

Anna Deeds Says...

Anna Deeds A. Deeds
MSED, NCC, LPC

Thank you for your question. Alcohol addiction can cause severe withdrawal symptoms if you try to quit without medical attention. You could have a seizure which could be fatal from the withdrawal. Because alcohol withdrawal is so dangerous, you need medical treatment to quit drinking. I think its clear from your question that alcohol is causing a lot of problems in your life. The only way to successfully stop drinking is to get help. Rehab is the help that you need. You have to go to a rehab with a medical detox. When you are looking for a rehab, be sure to tell them you are drinking that much everyday. In detox, they will give you medications to make you more comfortable as your body adjusts to not having alcohol. One of the symptoms of withdrawal is insomnia. Since this is the reason you began drinking in the first place, it's important that you treat your insomnia to prevent relapse. Ask your doctor about taking Melatonin for the insomnia. Melatonin is a natural supplement for sleep. Your body already makes it so it shouldn't be a problem to take it but it's always a good idea to ask your doctor first.

I hope this answers your question and good luck with your recovery.

   
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