Our expert says:
Its more common than people think, for alcoholism and/or addiction to prescription or over-the-counter meds to arise from people trying to self medicate for social phobia and other anxiety disorders. And for social phobia in particular, of course, though AA can be very useful in giving up alcohol, the structure of the program and its meetings are not at all ideal. So youve done admirably well so far.
Medications of the sort also used to treat depression, can help to reduce the anxiety very usefully. But I think CBT, as a therapy specifically suited to changing the behaviours and automaic thoughts underlying this condition, is especially to be recommended.
It'll also enable you to attend AA and indeed any meeting, without freaking out, and to enjoy taking part and speaking freelly whenever you wish to do so. Its also an adaptable method which could help with self-confidence in the broader sense. You would surely not be wasting your time !
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