addressing cause for drinking is important
Thanks for writing again.
Motivation is the most important thing you need in order to quit. If you have done it previously it is likely that you will do it again. Be firm in your decision. Once you begin the diazepam
, do not slip back to drinking. If the binge drinking
had a cause, if you are experiencing symptoms of depression
, it is advisable you reveal it to your psychiatrist
so that he/she can address the actual cause of your drinking.
It is always advisable that your psychiatrist assesses you and then prescribes the required dose of diazepam. The drug should always be taken under supervision of a doctor. If 10 mg is not sufficient one could try 15 mg first instead of 20. Once it is begun, it has to be taken only for a week or so before it can be tapered off slowly. Long term use of the drug is not advisable since they have dependence potential.
Keep up the motivation for quitting!
I hope this helps,
Dr. A Rao Kavoor