A good friend of mine has been a heavy drinker for about 10 years, and her life hit bottom about 1 1/2 years ago. I won't disclose her personal
trials, but it has been a long hard road for her.
She finally decided she had enough but she refused the embarrassment of the doctor or professionals time and time again.So, this last Friday night we
sat down together at the computer looking for a home remedy.
What we found was Valerian
This herb's chemical compounds have a sedative effect, soothing the nervous system. These chemicals, called valepotriates, occur in the highest
concentrations in the herb's roots, according to Michael Castleman, author of "The Healing Herbs." The sedative effect of valerian root may help
tame feelings of anxiety during withdrawal from alcohol. Read more: www.livestrong.com...
People use valerian to relieve anxiety, depression, and poor sleep, and also to ease menstrual and stomach cramps. Valerian has a mild calming effect
that does not usually result in sleepiness the next day. As a sleep aid, valerian seems to be most effective for people who have trouble falling
asleep and who consider themselves to be poor sleepers. It also has had good results for people who wake up during the night. Some studies show that
valerian may provide quick relief for poor sleep
Valerian has been compared to anxiety prescription drugs. Valerian affects the same nerve receptors as benzodiazepines. The most popular of these
tranquilizers is Valium, which doctors have long prescribed to relieve symptoms of anxiety. The drug is also used to lessen the anxiety, agitation
and tremors that occur during alcohol withdrawal.
So Saturday morning we went to the health food store and purchased Valerian.
She decided to have 2 strong drinks, one at 11 and one at 2, and a beer in between the two.
After she was done with the last drink, I asked her if she was ready to let me haul the alcohol away yet. (She was afraid of the wasted money, so I
agreed to stash it safely for her in case she got the trembles or withdrawal symptoms that could lead to something more dangerous.) So I hauled the
About 5 o'clock she called and said was buzzed earlier and didn't mean it and wanted the alcohol back. I went over to her house with a VALERIAN
Capsule, and talked her into taking that instead of the alcohol around 6pm.
We talked about various things for about 45 minutes, and all of a sudden she said "wow, I'm feeling better"
About an hour after taking the capsule she said her cravings were pretty much gone, and decided she would go to bed soon. She reported having trouble
falling asleep even though she was tired, but slept through the night really well once she did fall asleep.
Sunday, day 2, by noon she was a bit agitated and wanted a capsule (but couldn't have it till evening). We walked and talked and went grocery
shopping later in the afternoon. She made it through the day and took her capsule about 6 pm again.
She reported again that 45 minutes later, the cravings were much better and that an hour to 1 hr 15min after taking the capsule cravings were very
tolerable, and had confidence she was going to make it. Had a hard hard time falling asleep again, but slept through the night.
Today, Monday, she was calling me at work by 2pm, crying. Heavy cravings, but she could make it till I got there. She had the Capsule about 4:30 pm
this time, but she was making it.
She again reported the same time framed for reduced/diminished cravings.
This is the longest she has been alcohol free for a long, long time. I can't tell you how many times she has wanted to be alcohol free and not even
made it through the day. She has not had any tremors or angry outbursts.
I thought I'd share the success so far, and I have high expectations that she is going to make it through this, after all the other failures. This
natural herb seem to be helping TREMENDOUSLY.
Medical professionals should always be consulted of course, as alcohol withdrawl can be very dangerous or even fatal. But some people just refuse to
seek professional help.
It's time for me to go check on her again soon, to make sure she's home, sober, and hopefully asleep. So I will be leaving this thread for a while.
But I will be back!