Posted by pablo1 on July 28, 2004, at 9:48:24
In reply to Re: Effexor and Alcoholism, posted by lorily on July 28, 2004, at 9:11:29
Doctors do sometimes recommend (or approve of) a drink in the evening for anxiety. Alcohol is a good drug in moderation. I know it's bad in excess.
Yes I like to get high. Ideally I could do that without drugs, or at least with less harmful drugs. Alcohol is better than pot because it doesn't make me a space cadet and doesn't stay in my body for weeks. Lots of these psychiatric. medications do get you stoned and that's a fact. Something people dance around and try not to admit in our puritanical culture.
Self medicating is a real phenomenon. Lots of people take drugs to feel better and successfully alleviate the unpleasant workings of a troubled mind. At least for a while it takes away the nasties and can make you feel 'normal'. Sometimes I drink heavily and it's just simply relaxing and lets me think at a comfortable pace, not necessarily sloppy drunk. I've tried other depressants and stimulants and they don't do much for me. So it's not just that I like to have my mind jumbled by drugs but there are real benefits from some. I'm aware that alcohol has some major drawbacks also. I've seen my best friend destroyed by drinking and meth. Now he's in AA & I really feel he's like a brainwashed person and don't care for that but it's certainly better than before... but not a direction I'd like to follow.
I've also seen people that drink and get by OK. I'd really rather not drink so much. I'd rather find a better answer. Alcohol is not that great but it works on a certain level.