Ok, I think I get the picture now.
I'm sure you already know this and I acknowledge that you plan to stop drinking but I still have to mention this:
The alcohol will could make the situation much, much worse. While alcohol is very effective in reducing anxiety in the short term it makes it worse once it wears off and exacerbates anxiety problems over the longer term. That is the anxiety will become more intense once the alcohol is processed from your body. It also disturb the sleep cycle.....and lowers mood.....and has potential dangerous interaction side effects with Cymbalta.
Enough said on that.
As far as getting the proper treatment for Depression you should have also been receiving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in conjunction with antidepressant medication.
The recommended sequence of treatments to try is:
1) Self-help using a CBT based program
2) CBT with a therapist
3) CBT & an antidepressant medication (usually a Selective Serotonin Re uptake
You can confirm that this is the correct order by checking these treatment
So, as you can see you haven't really been provided with the full and proper treatment approach.
CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic
procedure. Treatment is technique driven, brief, direct and time-limited (normally 10-12 sessions). CBT is used in individual therapy as well as group settings, and the techniques are often adapted for self-help applications. I would strongly encourage you to consider CBT as I would expect you get great benefit from this approach.
Start by working through this excellent CBT based self-help program here. It should take several weeks to complete, is completely free and will teach you everything you need to know about Depression and what you can do about it. Alternatively, you could take a look at a book which will teach you some introductory techniques for dealing with Depression at home. I can recommend a well known manual titled Mind Over Mood and another book titled The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression; A Step by Step Program as good places to start. You can find them
If you find you aren't making the kind of progress you would like using a self-help approach I would then recommend you consult with a CBT trained therapist. CBT is usually offered by Clinical Psychologists (although not exclusively) and you can contact the American Psychology Association (APA) for assistance with locating a Psychologist; take a look at the APA locator service here. You can use this to find Psychologists in your area and there is a phone number you can contact if you want a referral arranged for you. Also, take a look at an article published by the APA here. It's an interview with a senior Psychologist and covers some of the things you should consider when you looking for a Psychologist.
It is entirely reasonable for you to request continuation of antidepressant medication at this time and hopefully you will be able to reduce the need to use it as you begin to use CBT effectively.
I'll pause at this point and wait for your response to what I have written here.