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Alcohol and/or cannabis use after xanax addiction

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by Xtrm, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Xtrm

    Xtrm Member

    I know I know, it's bad. But since stopping Benzos I have continued my drinking. Reduced it massively, at roughly 6 beers a night.

    Being that they both "attack" the GABA receptors will alcohol use likely mess with my brains recovery. Any publications on this?

    I'm at least 6 months off xanax and still have noticeable side effects.

    One of which is I can't drink much at all and I end up losing memory n getting drunk really quick.

    I guess it's a stupid question. I obviously need to give my poor GABA receptors a rest.

    Thoughts on good ol MJ during recovery?

    Do recovery programs have any tolerance towards medical use?
  2. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    For people with multiple addiction's detox and the path to sobriety becomes even more difficult, BUT IT CAN BE DONE.If I remember correctly from you're other post,you weren't ever addicted to opiates,in fact I think you never messed with them at all even after the shoulder injury.Is it possible instead of opiates for pain you use alcohol?Just curious. I too was super addicted to Xanax and when I went cold turkey off them I hallucinated worse than I did on shrooms or acid and it lasted for A LOT longer,however in the beginning YES in my opinion medical marijuana can help greatly, I tried that for awhile and it if nothing else allowed me to eat and sleep which fuels the body and gives the mind time off so to speak,or heal if you like while you sleep.With multiple addiction's please be aware of the risk,and it sounds as if you are, taper slow....not to slow but safe slow.The mind will recover,the physical effects for me took roughly 6 month's however I am coming up on 1 year I have been reaching out and "Reprogramming"my way of thinking and every day my mind feels clearer.Stay Strong and know you can and will beat this
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  3. Xtrm

    Xtrm Member

    Nah I don't use alcohol for pain I mostly tough it out. In my mind another addiction would be worse. I have always had a great respect for drugs and their risks, unfortunately xanax caught me off guard and I lost respect for everything.

    I've always been a heavy drinker but since quitting xanax I'm an absolute lightweight. Still after 6 months I go from tipsy to blackout drunk really quick. You get that?
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  4. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @True concern thanks for sharing that. great insight there!

    @Xtrm hello. glad to hear you're off benzos... that's great! i'm not sure i can give any medical info... seeing as how this is not my specialty. i think we can all agree the booze won't really be helping anything in the long run. my personal opinion is mj is better than alcohol in the way that it's less addictive... though some may differ on that opinion.

    best bet is to keep weaning off the alcohol and not substitute with anything else (drug wise) do you see an addiction specialist?
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  5. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    I absolutely get that.There was a time I could consume a bottle of Jack and a 12 pack and still function,I was young I guess college age up to about 28 then the other addictions ran ramped and after I cut them out even to this day I'm the same,if I drink 6 beer's I am a sloppy,wobbly drunk looking for food and a place to pass out.I don't drink at all anymore because alcohol invites all the other substances back and before I know it 6 beer's turns into 5 day's awake on meth,30 Xanax gone in 3 day's too many pain pills to count and a mind scattered like a flipped upside down scrabble board soo for me I had to give it all up .Today I tried to run first my knee felt fine then I hit sprint mode and had to hit the stop button on the treadmill after 1 mile,it was a push I probably shouldn't have tried but last night as I visited my step kid's and grand kid's my step daughter told me my oldest granddaughter may have bone cancer or tumors spreading throughout her legs....she's only 8 year's old and she is such a sweetheart. I nearly lost my stepson to cancer 14 year's ago,he beat it...His baby,my fourth grandson unfortunately did not,he died from the very cancer my stepson survived and now maybe my granddaughter......You talk about wanting to drink it away...YA I would love to...but I won't. I will cry,pray,and hope for the best...i tried to run the hurt away but physically my knee just won't yet so for me I am back in lean mode,I try to help other's with advice and deliver courage when it appears there is none so for me,them,you.Today I will stay sober,but I may post some sadshit
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  6. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Xtrm... I'm with @True concern on this one. "Progress, not perfection." You're off the benzos, and that's a fabulous accomplishment. Next step: Get off the alcohol. Either wean yourself off or get some professional help. As far as pot goes, I agree with @Dominica: I think weed is much safer than alcohol, but that's just a personal opinion. I am not a medical professional, so don't take my opinion as gospel. And, of course, no drugs of any kind is the safest thing of all, so I think that should be your ultimate goal.

    We're here to help and support you anytime you need it.
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  7. RSH85

    RSH85 Member

    If you are having strong alcohol cravings, naltrexone might help you out, at least for a couple of months until you get a little bit more used to being off booze. I would stay away from benzos, they are just as bad if not worse than drinking. CBD oil may be you real life saver.
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  8. Joshstillclean

    Joshstillclean Stupidity Exists - Fact.

    Worse way worse IMO. And ive been a bad alcoholic...