Self-Medicating with Alcohol and Xanax
Dr. Karl Benzio Says...
Great to hear you recognize the coping strategy you are using is not protecting you at all. In fact, it is actually destructive to you. Xanax detox, along with alcohol, are the only medically dangerous, read - life threatening, detoxes, so supervision is highly recommended.
Assuming you are going to try to do this as an outpatient, a couple important items:
- pick the easiest one for you to stop, alcohol or xanax.
- you need your prescribing doctor to write you out a slow tapering schedule of reducing the easiest one over time. while you are tapering this one, you can not increase the other one even tho you might be tempted.
- now do the same thing with the hard one.
- go to www.puriphyte.com and order this to help ease some of the withdrawal symptoms, type in 'Light' to get a 5% discount. watch the testimonials on the website and call the owner - rob lunny with questions.
- you need to work on the underlying issues and get better stress mngmt skills- go to www.LighthouseNetwork.org and get WITHIN REACH: Disciplines for Real Life Change. It turned my life around and can help yours also.
- go to support meetings in your area for help and encouragement.
- get a sponsor at the meeting
- give up any caffeine and tobacco
- if you can't kick it as an outpatient, call our helpline 877-562-2565 ext 101 and we will find you a good treatment center
- find a psychiatrist to put you on better meds for your anxiety and panic
- get a good therapist to work on coping skills
Page last updated Sep 22, 2011