Benzo Buddies member laments having to give up booze

no more social drinking!! makes me sad
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:09:37 am »


My insomnia is just as bad as the beginning (end of april 2017) when I quit Temazepam.
My insomnia was moderate to mild when I started the Temazapam, but got severe after going on those pills.
It has an effect on all aspects of my life: work (concentration, not being so happy and ergetic anymore), social (going out a lot less), relationship (not the energy to do fun things), self-esteem (nobody feels good with only 2 hours of broken sleep a night) etc.

The think I did enjoy was my weekly going out with friends, I would drink two glasses of wine, sometimes even three. I feel like a normal person and forget about this benzo horror. Still, I could never ever sleep after a night of drinking (not even the two hours), but it felt like worth it in the sense that at least I felt like a normal person one night a week.

Now, these Christmas days, I drank two glasses of wine on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. I am awake now for 4 days already. I guess it is time to let go of that part of life also. It is stealing away my social life also.

Ofcourse, I should be able to enjoy nights out without wine, but I found it difficult!

So, from now on… No more wine for me in 2018 (from now on).
Anyone else struggling with giving up social drinking?

Alcoholic tapers with Vodka at online Ashton shrine

Question about alcohol
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:53:39 am »


Thinking about trying this but I’m worried about how it affects gaba receptors. But If I do try it, I’m using 175 mls of liquid. Do I put 2 mls of Vodka and 173 mls of water?


Scared of the effect bc I’m an alcoholic.

Brainwashed Benzo Buddies members check soap, deodorant, perfume for alcohol

I have a theory...
« on: July 14, 2017, 07:39:22 am »


Considering that any tiny bit of alcohol on things like deodorant, soap, perfume can cause a noticeable effect on me. Should we use GABAA Antagonists to balance things out? Or does natural glutamate from food already helps? Like, when people drink Alcohol and they have a flare up that last for days, they heal that flare up from eating???

what do you think?
« Last Edit: July 14, 2017, 05:50:53 pm by [Buddie] »

Re: I have a theory...
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2017, 07:51:11 pm »


I think you should look for soaps, and deodorants that don’t contain alcohol. Read the back of the products and look. Or call the 800 # listed on the back. And give up the perfumes since most do contain alcohol. Maybe some do not, but I don’t know since I don’t wear any myself.

And for heavens sake, don’t take any gaba a antagonists “to balance things out.” You’re off the benzos and gabapentin, so just get on with life. “Gaba antagonists are drugs that inhibit the action of gaba and produce stimulant and convulsive effects. They”re used mainly for counteracting overdoses of sedative drugs.” (Slight paraphrasing from Wikipedia; you can read this yourself.)

Natural food with glutamate is a good thing no matter what the circumstances. And many people who have withdrawn from benzos can never drink alcohol again while many others can. It depends on numerous factors-genetics, how hard withdrawl was, number of withdrawl attempts, number of “brain meds” involved and more. It’s really an individual thing as we’re all different people with different Central Nervous Systems.

So your “theory” is what exactly?

“May I please have a glass of wine with my Klonopin?”

A glass of wine while Tapering
« on: October 26, 2016, 03:00:36 pm »


Hi All,

I am down to .25 a day of klonipin (.125 8am and .125 8pm). My psychiatrist said it’s okay for me to have a glass of wine at this point if I want to. I have a date this Friday, and would like to have a glass of wine, no more than that because I don’t want to get awful side effects.

My question is, if I have the wine before my 8pm dose, do I still take the 8pm dose? My doctor doesn’t seem to think there’s an issue as it’s only .125, but wanted to know others’ opinions/experiences.

Thank you!