- My dad has been an alcoholic for a very long time now, but sometimes he quits for a week and Gets terribly ill and cannot keep anything down and i t scares me so much. He has no money for a doctor and refuses to get treatment but I get scared when he has withdrawals! I don't know what to do. Please help
- —Guest remmus
- I go without drinking 3-4 days and then I drink again. The insomnia is what gets me. I'm already taking Celexa and a mild benzo called Serax, I still don't sleep! I started drinking wine almost daily 2 years ago when my company went bankrupt, went from 1 to 2 small bottles of wine after a car accident this past October. After 3 days of not drinking I had a 6 pack of Amstel light yesterday and today. I don't care for beer so I'll try to taper that off by drinking 3 tomorrow, 2 the next and stop completely. Is a 6 pack of Amstel light equivalent in alcohol content to a bottle of wine? Hmmmm...
- —Guest Blue
Started drinking after 2yrs sober
- The symptoms are scary..I just came back after 2 yrs of job loss and other losses that threw into a deep depression. Now I have a job...things are going better and I started drinking again. Why ?
- —Guest Claude
- I have made the decision. Today is the first day of a new beginning. my son will be so happy! Ive recently have shown all the signs. One day at a time. I have developed enlarged red blood cells. Thank God he gave me a sign.
- —Guest guest
- Yes going cold turkey can kill. Seizures can cause heart attacks. It is a fact. Surf the web, you will get information how to stop drinking safely. If you have decided to go cold turkey, my only advice is, if things get bad or worse, seek medical help. I suppose you have read posts here from people withdrawing and the physical suffering that can occur. I went cold turkey last year, I ended up in hospital vomiting blood non stop. I could have died if I had been on my own. I wish you the best in your recovery. Read as much as you can here, there are a lot of advice shared by many of us about withdrawals. Yvan.
- —Guest Yvan
To James Duffy
- Im sorry to all those I scared with the grim story of withdrawal. It is a complex process that can be life threatening when done without medical treatment. It depends on many factors, how long you have drank, your medical history, your age, gender, etc. The chances of having life threatening withdrawals while under medical supervision are reduced dramatically. I am not a doctor but I have done a ton of research, I learnt a lot from my own personal experience and from others. Any concerns, talk to your doctor. It sounds like you have made the right step by coming onto this site. It has given me inspiration numerous times and it will be a source of inspiration to you also. Any problems you have or if you just want to vent we are all here for you. Good Luck.
- —Guest Marilyn
- I'm so sorry to read you are still battling .. I read a quote today "Life is way to short to spend another day at war with yourself" and it reminded me of you. The war with addiction is wearing, destructive and ultimately futile. Feeding the beast makes me stronger, this is what I constantly try to remember when tempted more than 5 times a day to pick up. Come on Fighting, you want your life back, take it, say NO - the only things waiting on the other side are GOOD things, no sweats, no shakes, no anxiety or self loathing. Just say NO to the voice. Hug
- —Guest Louise
It is Painful
- Wow, I have been an alcoholic for over thirty years, binge pattern. Withdrawal? My symptoms are extreme anxiety, fear, panic, unless it's the weekend and I can snuff this out with a half pint of vodka. I work with people and computers, people are easy but the shakes hamper my typing.
- —Guest statman
Just realized i have a problem
- I was sure I was dying 3 days ago... I thought I had this under control. I am 33 yrs old and a foreman of a roofing company. I always thought I had it under control... worked hard and maintained for the most part. I take care of my elderly father (76) and my disabled brother. I have no control at the moment! and not sure I ever did, I went through something 3 days ago that scared the crap outta me. I drank for 4 days straight, with only eating for 1 day during my rampage, when it was all over.... it is hard to explain how I felt. I had no control over my body even though I was sober, I was seeing objects on the walls and in my carpets, I had the worst case of vertigo ever and couldn't lie down for about 2 days, I had convulsions and twitches which I had no control over, I was fading in and outta of consciousness for about 6hrs, my skin was crawling, panic, fear, no focus, blurred vision, didn't sleep for 2 days. I need help and I know it now! TY all for posting.
- —Guest trying
- Started drinking when I retired. All day with people I got to know. Never used to drink much, now if I quit abruptly I die? do not believe this
- —Guest James Duffy
- I am almost done with day 3. My Dr. asked 3 days ago if I was ready to quit drinking. I said yes. The withdrawals are minimal. I have continued to work out and I believe that helps. No cravings for alcohol. I fill my wine glass with diet 7Up
- —Guest Roger
2,200 days sober - 1 day at a time
- I can hardly believe I am writing this - it doesn't seem long ago that I visited this forum as an alcoholic desperate to quit, but frightened to do it. I didn't even know the sober me. I had drunk heavily for 15 years or more and my life was beginning to fall apart. I am in the public eye, have an outwardly "normal" life but was living a massive lie. It got so bad that I feared drinking with anyone I knew, so I would seek out strangers to drink with - a dangerous past time for a woman. Or drink alone so that I could drink how and what I wanted without anyone challenging me. I became semi-reclusive, paranoid and would often wake up in the early hours with chronic anxiety that would leave me utterly convinced that suicide was the only answer to my pain. Then, one day, I just couldn't take it any more. I read the posts on this forum, gained strength from the struggles of others, and quit. That was 2,200 days ago - and I have NEVER looked back.
- How long do the shakes usually last? The sweating I can deal with, but I work online and I can barely type, no sleep, sore stomach, this needs to stop, I want my life back
- —Guest Fighting123
- I am 37 days dry! Your body aches and feeling very tired will go away. My first 10 days I felt like I had the flu it gets better each day. I just keep reminding myself it took me years of drinking to do the damage but it seems like I am getting better faster than I thought possible. Take care of your self sleep if you need it try to watch funny movies go to library keep busy. Good luck to you Stay Strong! Lucy
- —Guest Lucy
I did it again
- Hi all, new to this forum. I am a binge drinker. 2 days ago I polished off a bottle of brandy. Now I am from terrible withdrawal symptoms. Every time I go through the withdrawals I promise myself never to drink again. I do this about every month or so. I can not go on like this. I need to find the strength to not drink. It is ruining my life!
- —Guest cora