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Thanks Phil... I thought the same...very dangerous. I contacted this Rehab called 'The Bridge' In Christchurch as I have limited funds and I am on a sickness benefit. It was very daunting to hear that I have to go to a detox unit first. Seems so unrealistic to expect me to do this. I may to look at other rehab centres. Do you know of any in New Zealand that are not to costly?
Thanks... I will check that out. I really want to succeed with the battle of my problem drinking. Had a liver function test done and quite high... 414. Scaring me enough to do this. Thanks for your help
Hello again... Thanks for the 7 day free advice. I tried to contact you but at that time communication errors were a barrier. Anyway, further to our conversations regarding my alcohol/rehab issues I have further investigated in regards to rehabs that will accept you into rehab but the big barrier is the benzos in acceptance to these places. Only two in New Zealand will accept me with the benzos and the are way out of my league due to the costly fees. I have a family friend who has been lucky enough to go through Capri hospital on benzos and has succesfully been abstinent from alcohol and benzos but was treated with an alternative treatment called quetiapine to help her through this and still takes 25 mg at night to sleep. She come down from the North Island of New Zealand to help with my problem and we went to Dr together but he was not satisfied that she could treat me with this drug (apparently non-addictive) and wanted to further investigate it but unfortunately he will be away on holiday for 3 weeks. He is happy for her to stay with me to be free of alcohol, stay on benzos for now but my concern is no rehab will accept me (even abstinent from alcohol) til I am free of benzos. Sounds crazy to me and the Dr that this has to be the case (unless you are very wealthy) Please give me some advice as I don't know where to go from here. It's the alcohol that will kill me before the benzos
No, Dr wouldn't prescribe quetiapine as he wants to further investigate this drug and he will be on holiday for 3 weeks. For what reason I don't know. He is a good Dr but not sure why he has said this. What are your experiences with this drug? Is it an alternative to benzos? Most importantly does it work?
That is what my friend said and still takes it after going through her own issues with alcohol for years. If prescribed to me, will Dr take me straight off diazepam or taper?
Ok. In your opinion is it addictive? Research of my own online, some say it is but most say it's not. Getting back to the rehabs, do rehabs in America admit you on benzos or is it similar to new Zealand...detox before admission?
Thank you Dr Phil... I need to ask you more questions later. Will be in contact with my friend who will be pleased you are in agreement with this med