I've had trouble getting to sleep my whole life. Well, it would come and go in phases, but some periods would be better than others. I've struggled from anxiety my whole life as well, and the two are generally related.
When I turned about 20 or so, I got a prescription for clonazepam. I started using that to sleep. Although eventually I stopped, I replaced the benzos with marijuana and alcohol. Ambien sometimes too. Sometimes all three. Eventually I started on clonazepam again, and I would make myself horrible cocktails of alcohol, clonazepam, and benzos. Usually I didn't mix the benzos and ambien together, as that was never necessary.
Anyway, I've only recently finally taken the effort to kick drinking down to moderate levels. No more than two drinks a night, I keep journals, and take breaks. I went a full week without a drink recently, and the only thing left is to kick any sleep aid whatsoever. Right now I depend on diphenydramine at the very least (I also use valerian, although I don't know how much it helps -- fun dreams though). I just can't sleep without anything at all. I work an 8-5 job, five days a week, so sleep is important for me. I can't afford to suffer serious insomnia. How do I get back to regular, unmedicated sleep?