I know that Benzo's and alcohol work on the same receptors in your brain, and i've heard that Librium &/or Diazepam can help alcoholics to recover & stay off the drink. I've taken Librium at very short courses before when i've detoxed. Does anyone know the recommended dosages when Using Benzo's for this reason? Anyone have experience in this area, or know someone who has? Any help very gratefully received : )
Hi all, has anyone used Benzodiazepine's to quit drinking?
- 8 Feb 2013 by Delila
- 3 August 2018
- librium, depression, alcoholism, diazepam, addiction, alcohol, borderline personality disorder, benzodiazepine, brain
Added 9 Feb 2013:
Hi, sorry i should have added, i am in therapy for this and my doctor is helping me also. I would take the Benzo's instead of drinking, not at the same time. I have used Antabuse in the past and have some at home which i'm hoping to get back on following a short period of sobriety. It is a very long ongoing problem for me : (
It really depends on your level of dependency. If you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms it is important that you seek medical attention. Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous and is rarely successful without follow up treatment. Medications used to treat the withdrawal are Serax, Librium, Antabuse but for long term sobriety Alcoholics Anonymous has the only proven long term success rate.
Hi Delila, I was a bad alcholic for many, many years. The whole time I was taking Klonopin.(a benzo) I did attend AA and I got alot of negativity from
members who knew (mainly the few people I made friends? with). Now thru the Grace of God the taste of alcohol has left my mouth. A miracle... Even 'tho
I knew I had Hep C, I just couldn't or wouldn't stop. Only when a beer started
ruining my day did I finally stop. But I do not go to AA anymore, or count
my days sober. With that said I am sober about a year, still taking Klonopin.
Amen. Good Luck to you, I'm so happy your Dr. is on board!~DD~
Hello Delila, I first want to commend you for going forward, Congratulations for leaving the alcohol for good. I know you have your dr on board so that's a good thing and he/she can help you with the dosage. I have never been through what you are dealing with benzos in exchange for alcohol. What I know is what other friends have told me, that the benzos that they used was Librium and Valium right before going into detox withdrawals, then follow up with AA... A lot of people dnt like A.A, but some say it saved their life. I am sure you're aware of the addiction of long term benzo use, so u know to taper slow when time to stop... I wish you the best on your journey of being alcohol free...
God bless you.
I don't know the answer to this one. I use to drink alot. Then stopped for awhile and then started back. I do drink some in the early evening, around 6:30 pm to 8:30pm. It's what I do for my time, even though, I know it's not good. It does make me sleepy around 9:00pm or so. Then, after an hour I am wide awake. I know this could be part of my depression. My family does not understand how I can get so depressed and if I think alcohol has anything to do with it, why I can't just stop. With taking care of my mom, it's my release. I have a cousin that turned to the bible when she went thru trials and it got her thru. Her faith is tremendous. I have faith, I guess I just don't use it enough. It is hard to talk to a doctor. I found that when you did, they didn't want to give you medicine anymore. Thinking of you with love.
Delilah : congrats on making the choice to stop drinking ! That alone is a huge step and should be VERY PROUD of that ! I have heard of doctors using benzos to help with the withdrawal effects of alcohol ! But they usually don't stay on the benzos long term ! I've heard of people being on them just enough to get over the hump ! Then it's a stable program after that ! Any program that fits you it could be AA or religion anything that works but most importantly get a sponsor someone u can call confide in whenever u need and keep the lines of communication open with your doctor they will help u more than u know
Take care be well and let us know how u are doing ! Everyone in here seems very helpful and care
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