As other posters have sensibly pointed out, it's essential that your friend consult medical professional on this matter. Z-Drugs
are not suitable for alcohol
withdrawal, especially as, compared to Diazepam
, they have a relatively short half life and it would be nigh-on impossible to structure a dosing regime that would safely eliminate the risk of convulsions.
Further, another poster correctly asserted that Z-Drugs can reinforce alcohol-seeking behaviour, which in the event would make two problems instead of one. I do not recommend what I am about to say to say for a moment but in theory it would be safer that your friend continue an alcohol intake rather than mess about with Z-Drugs in such an unstructured and unsupervised manner.
My best friend died of alcoholism. Once, on a visit to his house, I found him on the floor on the verge of a convulsion. I telephoned his brother who was a doctor and he ordered me to get some spirits from a neighbour, which I did and he drank this from the bottle with a straw. The ambulance took forty minutes to arrive. The paramedic said that his brother's advice may well have saved my friend's life. He then went in to rehab, but relapsed again shortly after.
Having to give my best friend the very thing that was killing him was a horrible experience, but it taps into the theory that giving him a Z-Drug
will be an incredibly short-term and unreliable fix - taken to stave off convulsions or DT's, which paradoxically alcohol would do anyway. This is why it is absolutely crucial that this person receives immediate and complete care from medics and doctors who can put in place a detoxification plan that will mitigate the risks associated with abrupt withdrawal