i use drugs. i have been sober for a month now, but not a day goes by i dont think about getting hi to keep from feeling fatigued, hungry, achy, is there anything i can ask my psych to give me to help before i relapse wich i worry about.? i am taking 150mg zoloft, 2mgxr xanax, 5mg abilify,
22 Sep 2012
Hi foxchic. First I am proud of you for not using for a month! That is great news. I hope you have an appoinment with your psychiatrist soon. You need to tell your doctor exactly what you have told us here, & let him be your guide to the right medication, & not need the use of any other drugs to get by through your manic states. I know my hubby is bipolar & had to have wellbutrin added to his zoloft to help him, & it has done wonders, but everyone is different, & reacts differently to different meds. Sometimes it takes several different meds to find the right combination to make you feel better. I feel your doctor is the best source for this. Just be as honest as you can. He/she can teak your meds to where you can feel better. Wishing you the best...
22 Sep 2012
You might benefit from being on a higher dose of Abilify so to keep from getting manic. I have taken 15mgs for years and have done very well. Abilify not only enhances the effect of the Zoloft but also helps to control the mania. Let the doctor know of your fears and see if you can't elimninate the mania. I also recommend a support group such as Narcotics Anonymous to teach you the tools for staying clean. It can be very useful especially during those rough times.
22 Sep 2012
When I was depressed, I self medicated with alcohol. Three months after being on Zypreza... same class as abilify, I now have no desire to drink. I know the depression and anxiety was taking over. The new med combo is good for me now. It took about 3 months for the med to help fully . I am not depressed and my mood swings are not bad... sure I have bad days, but it could and has been worse
22 Sep 2012
Rather than look to more drugs for solution, may I suggest you get on with a recovery group? There are many out there such as AA NA Teen Challenge (all of which welcome anyone) and many more. The meetings will offer you support, fellowship and even solution which are the best tools to guard against relapse, and a month is a small drop in a big bucket. By adding this vital resource to your circle of care you may find a more progressive synapse along to the way of better and stable. Hope this helps.
22 Sep 2012
There are lots of online NA or AA meetings - some via Phone, some by Skype. If you can't get out to a meeting there are even ones during the night. Good for you being sober for a whole month! I've heard that Provigil helps with the cravings - your doctor would know if that would fit with your other meds. It is a "wakefulness" medication - not a stimulant, but helps you be more awake, able to concentrate, etc. hope this helps - ElizaJane
22 Sep 2012
Hi foxchic. I've been in your shoes and know exactly what drug your body and mind wants.I also am bipolar1,rapid cycling,manic depression,Generalized anxiety disorder,borderline personality disorder,eating disorder,sleeping disorder, and post Traumatic Stress Disorder.I self medicated for 25 years,but have been sober for 15 years.I'm glad to hear that you are already with a psych,as that can be a huge step,but the biggest step is HONESTY in your relationship with your Dr.Think about these things for a moment.
Why did you stop the drugs? How will you feel if you do it again?By that I mean,after you come down,how are you going to feel about yourself?I know the answer to these questions,because I did it.Hang on baby!!! It's not a fun ride,but it will get easier and easier.And as you deal with your issues through therapy,you will find the reasons for WHY you did them to begin with.And perhaps,you will even find yourself in a place one day where you can help others that are going through the same situation.
On Monday morning,call your Psych, let them know what is going on with you and how close you are to crashing.Ask to see them immediately,as no one other than one that's been there, understands the crash and burn like a Psych does.I don't know if your Dr. even knows about your prior drug use or the short time period that you have been clean.If not, then it's time to talk about it,and if the dr does know,they will likely get you in immediately.
I won't say go to group meetings,as I know that at this point you won't go.I will say,Be Strong for yourself,stay away from anyone that has anything to do with it!!! Try to use your mania to your advantage in some positive way. Something you could do is write down everything you are feeling,everything going through your mind,Then,you can take this with you when you go to see the doc.Sometimes when we are manic we can't express everything and writing all of this down will help your Dr get a true picture of where you are at.If you need a friend to talk to, just friend me. day,night,anytime you need to you can talk to me.tejas129
23 Sep 2012
Hi foxchic. This is a direct answer. When I was in the state of mind that you are, It would have been excellent if I asked my Dr. to admit to a hospital where I could try meds that will work for me AND at the same time, the hospital staff will be able to observe me and get a clear picture of how the medication is affecting you. I have medicare, so, of course it's important that you have insurance. I didn't ask my Dr. to admitt me. I was committed. I hated it for a few days, but then I got in the groove. I was there for six weeks before I stabilized. It was probably one of the best things that could have happened to me. My attitude towards life was a lot different when I left the hospital. I felt balanced again. There's a lot more to this experience, but were not talking about me. We're talking about you. I'm delighted that your seeking wisdom from drugs.com. Your in a sensitive situation and maybe it ought to be handled as such.
I'm sure you know you need help. We all do, don't ya think? That's why were all. We help each other. You can do this. You can find a way to escape. Your strong enough to fight this and win. There are tons of us who have been in your situation, and it hurts. It's not one bit funny. You need support, I believe. Do you have friends or family that could stay with you and help you get through this? I know it's difficult to find a person who understands you and that's why we pay for Psychiatrist. We need a friend, so we pay for one. Millions and millions of people pay for friends. There's nothing wrong with it. Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Counselors all hold you up when were on our way down. I have to tell you that at Christmas time I was having a terrible episode, and all our friends here on drugs.com reached out and they were more helpful than a ton of Drs.. Just wanted you know that we're here for you and how much being on drugs.com has helped me. I have prayed for you and God always hears my prayers, so expect to find your way of escape. May God bless you with strenth and direction and much love. Anna
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