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Re: Am I copping out by asking for a Benzo

Posted by Noa on November 27, 2001, at 17:01:37

In reply to Re: Am I copping out by asking for a BenzoJudy/Kat, posted by jay on November 27, 2001, at 15:40:29

Kat, I don't think taking a benzo is necessarily a cop-out. I think framing the question that way might not be so helpful--it becomes a choice between suffering and self-flagellation, no? Perhaps it would be more helpful to ask whether a benzo would be likely to help you meet the goal you are after (which I think is something about not being alcohol dependent, but addressing your anxiety problem, yes?). And if not, what would? Or, if a benzo would help, would it be sufficient to address the problem adequately or could it be part of a more comprehensive approach?

The only concern that I feel when reading your post, is, to put it simply, about putting all the eggs in one basket--the benzo could help the anxiety, but I'd monitor for whether it addresses the alcohol issue adequately, and if you seem prone to developing increased cravings for the benzo, etc. It might be what works, though, who knows.

Each of us is different. IMHO, some people seem more prone to transferring an addiction from one substance to another, while others can and have been on benzos for years without increasing the dose much or getting addicted.

Do you have a good relationship with your pdoc so that you can discuss these things openly? IMHO that is a key to good treatment.




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