Our expert says:
I hope you are also consulting one of the helpful agencies like POWA which are designed to help abused women, and help them to find legal and other help and to arrange safe exits.
Yes, you're right, drinking alcohol and taking tranquillizers and sleeping pills is especialyl unhelpful in a situation like this ( and it also removes the benefits of taking antidepressants and other meds !) Each of these, and their combinations can indeed lead to dependency problems as well as the physical health problems you recognize, so help in coming off them, such as a good rehab program, would be a good idea.
I hope that your psychiatrist recognizes that such complex real life problems are rarely solved by drugs alone, and that he/she will also arrange for you to see a good psychologist counsellor to work through your problems and options.
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