My story as short as I can make it without writing a whole book. Been a heavy drinker for probably 10+ years. Beer and Spirits in combination. Not so much a pub person but at home “professional” drinker / alcoholic. Finally took the deepest of looks at myself and started to change. Went the tapering method over the last month down from 8 beers and 4 or 5 shots of hard liquor a day to now only 4 x 4% alcohol beers a day(usually between arriving home from work prior to going to bed, 1 beer an hour / hour and half. Still feel quite “poopy” most mornings but it is manageable.
BUT, now stress and anxiety are setting in BIG time. Have found a new place to live, my dream cottage in the country, surrounded by forest and next to a lake. Paid for it over 2 months ago but paperwork and permissions to put on a new roof and cladding are taking forever. Am selling the place I own due to rowdy and unruly neighbours that have NO respect whatsoever for other people living in the area. Found a buyer and again paperwork and so on is taking forever. Never sleep normally, tired and stressed out to the max. Have not resorted to drinking more yet and want to get down to zero but all points taken into consideration are just building up. Everyday am waiting for the possibility to move and get on with trying to have a normal life and then anxiety kicks in to boot. I have also maximum stress at work as I am a production manager with 160 + / - employees under my supervision. Holidays do not exist and, if I get one, am still on call all the time in case of problems, big orders and so forth. Even have had to sort out calls whilst on a cruise. It feels like I am getting to the point of just saying I GIVE UP or am going to hit BURNOUT. My doctor prescribed Xanax but after reading all the pros and cons i decided not to take it. Should I seek a physciatrist? My doctor seems uncaring and not really attentative to listening.