Depression /witching hour

Old 12-22-2016, 06:17 PM
  # 1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sunny Florida
Posts: 304
Depression /witching hour

I was diagnosed with depression years ago and am taking antidepressants and see my dr regularly. I have tried many times to quit drinking; this time is 30 plus days and I'm feeling pretty good.
I have ,in the past, usually started drinking around 4 pm and either gone out and about or just stayed home and drank but usually until I passed out.
Since I stopped drinking I have noticed that at about 4 pm I get very depressed. The emotional stress I have been going through seems insurmountable and just horrible. I don't really want to drink at those times but I just find it odd. Within about 2 hours I seem to be fine. Clearly, I need to busy myself at that time. I began drinking heavily about 10 years ago. Just wondering.. Was I drinking to cover depression ? Chicken or the egg?? Thoughts?
pooky is offline  
Old 12-22-2016, 06:26 PM
  # 2 (permalink)  
FenwayFaithful's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: South Boston
Posts: 547
Hi I live in Florida too =) moved there a couple of years ago.

Anyway... times of day are a HUGE trigger for a lot of people. I mostly drank after work so for a long time, that time of a day was a HUGE trigger for me. What I found helpful was establishing a different routine for that time of day.

Some good ones suggested to me are:
-going to the gym
-reading aa/na literature
-going to a meeting
-meditation (I still haven't quite gotten the hang of this one)

There are I'm sure tons of others. Have you read the Living Sober book? They sell it at AA meetings and they have a chapter about this. I found that book really helpful and easier to read than the big book.

I also struggle with depression. I had to wait a bit to see if it was the alcoholic causing the depression. In my case I was attempting to self medicate with alcohol because of my depression which was only making my depression worse. Make sense? For some people tho they find their depression is eliminated once they stop drinking. Mine certainly improved but even in sobriety got bad enough that I wasn't really able to function that well so I saw a psychiatrist instead of picking up the bottle again./
FenwayFaithful is offline  
Old 12-22-2016, 06:38 PM
  # 3 (permalink)  
Sobriety is Traditional
Coldfusion's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Orcas Island, Washington
Posts: 8,645
My drinking time was more like 5:30 PM, which is the time for all the local AA meetings. Have you thought of seeking an activity at that time which promotes sobriety?
Coldfusion is offline  
Old 12-22-2016, 06:43 PM
  # 4 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,981
Many of us would get into a groundhog day style routine that would repeat itself over and over every day, often times for years. Breaking free from that at first can seem foreign, but just replace that time with another activity, or like mentioned, make that your going to AA hour.
Forward12 is offline  
Old 12-22-2016, 07:01 PM
  # 5 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 2,950
It IS a chicken/egg question in that it doesn't really matter. Both are conditions that need addressed, in most of us here.

I'm struggling lately.. I have about four months of sobriety.. for the first time, I am starting to doubt how strong I am..

Just so you know, you're not alone.. Just because I have doubts, doesn't mean I have to drink today, tomorrow, or ever
BrendaChenowyth is offline  
Old 12-22-2016, 10:58 PM
  # 6 (permalink)  
Do your best
Soberwolf's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 67,043
I think the important thing is what your doing now not then Pooky ?
Soberwolf is offline  
Old 12-23-2016, 08:48 AM
  # 7 (permalink)  
Forum Leader
ScottFromWI's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 16,945
Alcohol is actually a depressant of course, so it's basically going to counteract any antidepressants and possibly cause even more bad side effects. And of course drinking to cover up depresssion is kind of like putting out a fire with gasoline, right?

But sure, a lot of us drank to try and escape a whole host of problems - pscyhological, social and physical. Glad to hear you have 30 days sober, that will definitely help in moving forward on your depression issues. Are you still seeing a counselor/therapist and/or taking the anti-depressants?
ScottFromWI is offline  
Old 12-23-2016, 09:15 AM
  # 8 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,095
For the last 27 years I always opened a beer as soon as I got home from work. It was always my "reward" for making it through the day.

I quit drinking 10/24/16 and I haven't been back to work yet. I go back in January; it will be strange not drinking after a day's work.

I seem to find I have more time on my hands now that I am sober. I was so out of it all the time when I was drinking - time just slipped away.
Doug39 is offline  
Old 12-23-2016, 11:40 AM
  # 9 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sunny Florida
Posts: 304
I am still on antidepressants. I understand that alcohol negates any benefits they might have. I just thought it interesting that my depression is at its worst when my usual beginning of drinking time is near. Guess I need to busy myself at that time. No 4 pm meetings around here.
pooky is offline  
Old 12-23-2016, 01:26 PM
  # 10 (permalink)  
12 Step Recovered Alcoholic
Gottalife's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Thailand
Posts: 6,594
There was a report on this site, of a study that showed alcoholism can cause depression, but not vice versa. If you can deal with the alcoholism, you have a much better chance of resolving the depression.
Gottalife is offline  
Old 12-23-2016, 01:51 PM
  # 11 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 2,950
It can be dangerous to mix alcohol with medications.. Alcohol and clonazepam gave me heart palpitations with tachycardia.. I had suicidal thoughts when I drank on prozac (fluoxetine). Please, just don't do it. It's more than simply canceling out the anti-depressant effect, it can hurt you.
BrendaChenowyth is offline  

Currently Active Users Viewing this Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:17 PM.