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help me with valium problem

Posted Aug 14 2009 6:01am

I have been using valium for about 8 years.  I find that it helps relax me, but I am in a situation that is  not good.  The 10mg dose does not do for  me what it once did.  In order to deal with that, I find that I take 2 tabs [ total=20mg ] on a given day and then skip days.  However, the real problem now is that I have needed the 20mg almost every day [ several issues are causing me anxiety ] and I run short of pills.  For example, now I have been without valium for a few days and feel like I am going to jump out of my skin.  It is only 9 am in the moring and I have my mind on getting to the pharmacy tomorrow and getting my script filled.  But, worse than that, I want to get home at the end of the day and drink to take off the edge. 

I know I need to get things under control.  I do check in with a therapist, but I think it is jsut to make sure I am ok to his eye.  He has told me that I should get into psychotherapy and given me to names,  but my schedule is busy and my wife is 'pick yourself up by the bootstraps' type.

I do like to exercise and wonder if I get off the valium, if I will feel like doing even more if it?  I have read about tapering down.  I am very fearful that I can't live without this drug.  I also feel like I have some form of attention deficit, but that could come from the drug.  I take Wellbutrin also.

This is not a well put together message, but I hope someone has a bit  of advice based on a similar experience.

Thanks.

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