Well - after about a year and a half on NAL - 50 and 75 mg. I saw some signs of hope: was able to delay, would occasionally stop at less than usual, pretty much hate beer now. BUT my wine drinking just doesn't seem to budge much. A couple of months ago (right before the holidays) I was notified that my doc (an addictions specialist!) could no longer prescribe controlled substances. I was already driving about an hour to see this guy. So, I kinda just stopped taking NAL. I didn't see much difference, but have noticed my drinking has ticked up to its old levels. (about a bottle to a bottle and 1/2 a night). I'm so frustrated.
Any ideas anyone? Thoughts?
Has anyone stopped and started again? I just feel like if a year and a half doesn't do it.....
Also, is NAL a controlled substance? I saw that it is "Unscheduled". Maybe I can keep getting a script from this guy?
It is not a controlled substance - but I think "unscheduled" basically means you don't need an Rx (i.e., ibuprofen) and that's not the case either. I would try to get it again from your addictions specialist if you're interested in restarting! Others here have done it more than once... maybe someone else can weigh in about their experience.
But my understanding is it's not something we take for a while and are fixed, it's ongoing. If we plan to drink, we have to take nal. What it (hopefully, longterm) gives us is control over that decision - to drink or not and the ability to be more tempered on the days we choose to drink. Like "normal" people...
tencat9 Nal is not a controlled substance and is classified as unscheduled.. from what I understand "unscheduled" means any doctor can prescribe it.. that is really strange that your doctor that is an addiction specialist wouldn't be able to prescribe Nal.. maybe he/she wasn't referencing Nal and just letting you know that they can not prescribe controlled substances in general.. Its really easy to get thru a teledoc. I used MDproactiv .. piece of cake and is pretty cheap IMHO..
Thanks everyone! You know.... I think I'm going to give it another shot. It did do some things and I still am benefitting from it (even though I'm not taking it). Like I said - I can delay and wait - waaayyyy longer than I could before and I absolutely HATE my favorite beer now. So, I think I'm getting back on the NAL train. Will also give the teledoc a try. Thanks again!
Hey Everyone - Thanks for this. I am actually starting the 30 day experiment by (Annie Grace). I woke up this morning (after drinking a bottle and a half of wine) - I did take my NAL! But I just felt ill this morning - so done with it. So - I do have a prescription for Xanax and I'm going to try to take it if I get crazy. Hopefully I won't go into bad withdrawal - after about a bottle and bottle and a half a day. Any thoughts? I'm scared!
Post by joesixpack on Feb 28, 2019 11:24:52 GMT -5
That's the kind of thing that we have to leave to professionals, Tencat. Your doc should be able to advise you on what to do and it would be best if you have someone to check in on you. Just make sure you don't drink on the Xanax!
tencat9 I don't want to over step my bounds.. but I was a 2 bottle of wine drinker for a long time and never had serious WD's when I stopped.. I mean I felt crappy but not the shakes and vomiting.. anxiety was pretty high which the Xanax would help with.. but I don't know how you feel about something OTC but benadryl worked especially good for me.. I mean I still felt like crap but it lessen the effects but not so much that I wouldn't identify with the fact the AL made me feel that way.. might take a few days for you to level out but if you stay mindful and expect that- I think you will do just fine.. be careful on the Xanax tho.. that's addicting too.. watched some of my friends go thru that.. I have a script for it too.. I chickened out and won't take it- I felt safer with benadryl.. one of my friends is a doc & suggested that. Benadryl will also take care of nausea if you have it.. might be worth a try.
And also for the first week or so I would stay away from caffeine as that will heighten any anxiety you are feeling.. and not sure what your schedule is like but sleeping if you can is great recovery too.. I even try to get naps in now. I find that resting my body helps with cravings and hangovers..
Keep us updated and if you need talk- come here and vent if you want.. we are here for you.
for the ones who continue, failure becomes impossible. And success becomes inevitable..
Thanks so much for chiming in! I'm now 72 hours in and really doing just fine! (amazes me actually). This is the longest I've gone without drinking in - wow - I wants to say - 10 years!!!!! Have had very minimal withdrawal symptoms. VERY minimal. Mostly anxiety. I do take the 1 mg Xanax at night right around the time I used alcohol to put me to sleep. I'm hoping I won't get addicted. It really just knocks me out. Benadryl is a good idea as well. Every craving I get and temptation I get, I just tell myself to ride it out. The pride and good feelings I get in the long run are sooooo much better.
Ok, one last thing. I'm going to see my boyfriend tomorrow who is heavily drinking right now - he KNOWS he has a problem (some of it is circumstantial) and I am trying to get him on the NAL train. Anyway. I told him I need him to not drink around me - at least keep it to the basement etc. I'm so scared I'm going to CAVE - bc I love hanging with him and having a few drinks. Any suggestions? I've been around ppl who are drinking wine lately, and I've done fine, but I like to relax with my bf and well, feel like I'm in a nice happy, relaxed "stew" with him haha! I bet AA people would say - cut him off! You both need to get sober and blah blah blah. Maybe that's wise? Ugh - how the hell do you cut off people for non-preferred behavior. We all are f'ed up in some way.
So strategies? What if I do drink? Should I take my NAL just in case? I would just hate to ruin my 30 day experiment streak. But I want to see my dude!
tencat9 I hope russ can chime in here, because I know little about Annie Grace other than it involves 30 AF days. However, I do remember that he drank some of those days. If that's what you want to do, I don't think you should avoid it just for the sake of white knuckling 30 days.
My thoughts, don't take the nal pre-emptively. Go hang out with your man, bring your nal, make sure he understands that if you're going to drink with him, you need to wait an hour after taking it. If you feel like drinking, take it and wait the hour. A) it will delay your start time which is always a good thing. B) it will show him how committed you are to TSM being helpful for you and may entice him to give it a shot. C) you may find you don't feel like drinking.
Also, consider having something to sip on if you decide to drink with him. It sounds like he goes for it pretty hard, and you can still drink with him even if it's not at his pace. Just my 2¢.
That's some great advice. Going to do just that. Taking my NAL and my Xanax. REALLY going to try to avoid alcohol at all costs. But if I do decide, I'm hitting the NAL. Just an FYI. This Annie Grace thing is amazing. She is a godsend - so nonjudgmental and so so informative. Gives me strength everyday.
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