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Alcohol Abuse while withdrawing from medications

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Jules5

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I am tapering off two powerful meds right now and use alcohol to help with the withdraw effects. I force alcohol down me and feel awful for doing it. I start drinking early in the morning and drink all day due to the fear of side effects from withdraw of meds. It has been 4 months now. I decided to go off some of my meds due to terrible side effects taking them for a long period. Like developing Parkinson or Tardive Dynasia. Also my psychosis started coming back after reducing meds. Alcohol seems to kill everything but now worried about drinking to much. I definitely do not want to go back on those medications. I hate having mental illness.
 
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4 months is a long time and you may not be having side effects now but wouldn’t know because of the alcohol. maybe a trip to the ole Doc and share this with them. I hope you feel well soon.
 
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Nawaaaa Can not tell doctor about alcohol as I am on other medications. All my meds say do not use alcohol. I am self medicating on the alcohol-try to keep the noise down in brain. The meds I am getting off of just suppressed the voices but the meds have serious side effects. I just saw my gp and I spoke to her about the voices coming back. She upped my meds again. So now I realize the alcohol just suppresses my feelings too like the meds. I sure wish I could feel on my own again. Lots of hugs Jules
 
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Hugs to you too. Sorry you are having a tough time. I do know it is better to be honest with the Docs, they are trying to help, but understand it can be hard. I’ve learnt the hard way by not being honest, I wasn’t getting the help I desperately needed and just became more unwell, and by opening up, I now am on new meds. I was using drugs on top of my meds and of course I had side effects from it all. I was adamant I wasn’t ever going to tell the doc about that but I wasn’t getting better and became more unwell. I went with a friend in the end who supported me whilst I opened up. The Doc wasn’t cross which I think I was expecting, but he did have to transfer me to another team. I’m so glad he did because I’m not lying any more and that alone made me better about myself. Jules, you deserve the right help. You didn’t ask to be like this. I hope you can move forward. All my love and support xx
 
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Jules; Have ye ever read ye own Medical Records? The shit ye Doctor writes up, when ye there, or after ye walk out the door?

I have. (Mine. Not yours) " Been drinking. Smells of alcohol. " was one such entry. I was probably pissed as a hand cart.

These people aren't completely stupid, ye know? But, they're not there to call ye out and argue with ye either. Calling ye a liar isn't in their remit.

Ye want ye Doc to help ye? Be straight with them.
 
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I am tapering off two powerful meds right now and use alcohol to help with the withdraw effects. I force alcohol down me and feel awful for doing it. I start drinking early in the morning and drink all day due to the fear of side effects from withdraw of meds. It has been 4 months now. I decided to go off some of my meds due to terrible side effects taking them for a long period. Like developing Parkinson or Tardive Dynasia. Also my psychosis started coming back after reducing meds. Alcohol seems to kill everything but now worried about drinking to much. I definitely do not want to go back on those medications. I hate having mental illness.
Are you kidding us? You have said elsewhere you are an alcoholic! You need to fess up to your Doctors. If you are genuinely mentally unwell - and that is not at all clear until you can clear alcohol from.your system for at least 6 months - you are just making everything so much worse for yourself. I have been there so I do understand. Honesty is required for recovery I am afraid. Recovery feels great.
 
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Yeap-I am alcoholic and have not told my doctors. I was sober for so many years with the same life I am not sure how much it will change by telling the doctor.

I am not on meds that are addictive right now. I am not sure why I do not just tell them I guess I am afraid they will end services-as alcoholics are helpless.

Is alcohol my real problem? I do not think so as I have had many years sober without alcohol.

But you are right I need to be honest. Which means I will have intervention to keep me away from alcohol. Is this what I want?

Just utterly confused have no idea what I want or need. Love Jules
 
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My team know I am taking meds and also drinking. I said I am trying to quit and they are supportive. They prescribed me different meds finally thanks to that. They said I absolutely can't take these new meds with alcohol and I will comply. I was afraid of being in a database for alcoholics though, so I wouldn't mention the alcohol but they knew to ask sometimes. I wanted all of my job options open to me. I didn't want to be restricted for things because of Alcohol treatment. I do not think they will end treatment with you. I think that they will probably add it to issues that they will help treat with you.

I hope it works out Jules!
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Jules you could be doing more damage to yourself by taking these meds with alcohol, when some of them are not meant to be mixed with alcohol. There are not meant to be mixed for a reason.

It will be hard, and it may cause you world to shake a little bit - but you need to be honest. For your doctor, so they can treat you correctly. For yourself so that you can ensure that you're getting the best treatment, help and support you can get and mostly for your kids, so they can see that their mum is doing everything she can to be the best mum she can be.

Many meds just stop working if mixed with alcohol. They end up being no help what so ever. That could be the case here. If you get meds that cause awful side effects, speak to the doc to find out ways to either counteract the side effects or change the med completely.
 
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Oh I did it all too. The Lithium and the vodka. The antabuse and the vodka (a bottle of it - I don't know how or why I am still alive really). Valporate, to which I was allergic - gave me drug induced hepatitis - and the drink. In about my final year before stopping alcohol they were fully aware of the problem. These days this is all me, and yes there is still a mental illness underneath but life is not so tough. You need to be really smart to survive as an alcoholic - all that trying to deceive, get money for drink, feeling physically ill, placing yourself at risk. So much better without alcohol. But what is true is that you will not stop drinking unless you are ready too. You have to have had enough.
 
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