Dr. Stuart Gitlow on using Benzodiazepines in Alcoholism
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 2, Number 3, March 2004
Stuart Gitlow, M.D.
Medical Director, Family and Children’s Service
Author, Substance Use Disorders
Lipincott, Williams, and Wilkins 2001
Dr. Gitlow, let’s get right into the issue of benzodiazepines. A typical scenario for many of us in office practice is that we will see a patient recently out of detox who will say, “Well doctor, I have always had terrible anxiety whether I have been drinking or not, I have tried this and I have tried that, and if I can’t take something that will help my anxiety, I am sure I am going to start drinking again.”