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Readers Respond: What Were Your Toughest Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and How Did You Cope?

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Updated April 10, 2014

To margie

Hi Margie it's Angelina. So glad to hear that you are doing well and are on day 2 . Also doing a cross word puzzle is so awesome. Amazing how the brain comes back. What I would like to know is that you seem to think you will get back to drinking again. Why? When I decided to give up and after reading all these stories I realized that I would never be able to drink again, I know I wouldn't be able to just have one drink, I would have two, then three, and before long I would be back to where I was when I started. I never want that to happen again. I actually have more fun sober when socializing than drunk because I can remember things and don't say stupid stuff like I did when I was drunk. I hated when my husband told me things the next day what I said or did, I would have had no idea, total blackout. I'm 53 and I don't want to be remember as the drunk who did and said stupid things. Why do you go back to it? I would love to know because knowing these things helps us all. Good luck.
—Guest Angelina

To: Louise

Hi Louise thanks for your posting and kind words. I was thinking tonite maybe I am sending too many replies, but it know that I feel for everyone that writes and sometimes just knowing that a total stranger responds to your post is very satisfying. We all need to help each other out, I know you guys keep me going each day and nite. I am now day 18 :) and very proud of that too. Many people have commented on how well I am looking,( that's because while I was drinking I looked so bad). So everyone out there, keep going, if u are new and just started being sober, keep reading this site, send back a reply to someone, it can make a huge difference to them, give them strength to stay sober for the next hr if they are doing it hard, or for the day. ALL of us deserve to be sober and win this fight against the bottle, it's no friend, it's a demon that takes over our lives, and our brain as we don't remember much when we drink. Keep strong. Hugs to all of you.
—Guest Angelina

Extreme anxiety and guilt- day 30

30 days without drinking And this month has been terrible. I haven't felt physically good since I stopped drinking on March 2nd. I spent hours and hours on the internet trying to find out if I have a terminal illness. I actually was sick with a flu but still haven't gotten over it. I have had blood tests done including ALT and everything was fine I am told. However I am sure something is wrong inside my body and because I have abused my body for so long I feel I deserve this. Just wondering if anyone else has extreme anxiety and drinkers remorse like this? I am going back to my doctor to ask for more tests and I think he thinks I am just suffering from anxiety symptoms.
—Guest Former wine lover

To inspector

Hi. You are so right. I am on day 16 and feel great. I started on this site 16 days ago and it has helped me so much, it helped me understand that I had a drinking problem and that I wasn't alone. It also helped me realize that if you give up you can't even have that one drink, even if u think you are strong enough. It made me understand the cold turkey and what I was feeling, without this site I don't think I could have made it. I feel like my life was in the bottle, it wasn't a life, just a waste of time money and memory. I never realized there were so many out there. Everyone who reads these posts know that there is no such thing as just one drink. Good luck to all and keep focused, reading these and know that we are capable of beating thus.
—Guest Angelina

Plantpot, Angelina, Megabeer

You guys are so COOL. Igotaclue is also cool. Particularly Plantpot, our patterns are very similar, I am with you and am glad to read you again. Angelina, your support like Clues is outstanding. Megabeer, I think we are the same :-) I have found humour again despite the relapse, and love and self forgiveness. Guys we are all the same, looking for the same thing, battling the same bunch of demons. Its hell but it can be overcome. Peace and love x
—Guest Louise


Trying to control these urges are the hardest thing, even harder than going cold turkey. I am on day 16 and I have had days that I have cravings for a drink. I go into my room get to this site and read the stories. It does get easier, but it isn't easy, I always have a bottle of sparkling water, or juice with me just in case I get the urge. My mouth gets really dry when I have a craving so having something straight away takes away the edge. Just take one craving fight it mad then the next, it will get easier. Life is so much better without the bottle than it is with it. Everyday I am proud that I made it another day and I can tell u all. I won't drink because then I would have to admit that I caved in. Keep trying but look at it as just one day at a time, and be strong, you know u can do it.
—Guest Angelina

To megabeer

Hi. I am so glad to hear that you have such a loving and supportive wife. You seem to think that you need the alcohol to survive being social. Can u remember what it was like socializing without alcohol? You said u like how it feels when u drink but hate the shackles it puts on you. Not only u but your wife as well. I know that I will never be able to drink again as I would not be able to stop at one, so it's no drinking at all for me. U sound like you are so capable of beating this. Just try one day at a time. I don't look more than that otherwise I know I would freak out. My husband called me an alcoholic, and it woke me up and I had to admit I did. He loves that I get on this site every nite and morning if I don't sleep, as every story makes me stronger. I wish you strength to do this. One day at a time.
—Guest Angelina

To Drew.

Hey Drew, you are so young and have your whole life ahead do you. I am 53 and have a 28 yr old son who is very proud of me. Our relationship has grown and I am on day16. It's not an easy road but it's so worth it. I got onto this site when I decided to go cold turkey and I do it every nite as I don't sleep much, that has been the hardest thing. Don't get me wrong i would still love to have a drink but I fight the craving until it's gone and then I am ok. I thought that drinking helped solve my problems but it didn't it just created more problems for me. I couldn't see that at the time, but now I can. I have alcohol problems in my family for as long as I can remember but to me that is no excuse. When I was drinking I would blame everyone and everything except myself. Drew u can bet this, just one day at a time, be strong, think of what u can have in the future, apart from the bottle. Keep in touch.
—Guest Angelina

To linda

Hi Linda my name is Angelina and I am 16 days tmrw. Don't let the men that have disappointed you let that get in the way of becoming sober. Cold turkey is hard but it is so worth it. I feel great and look better, still not sleeping much so that's why I am on this site so much. I think we all need a response to what we write as it's usually from deep down and everyone here seems to understand. I love being strong and each day is like a great win. My husband is very supportive so I am very lucky that way. I was like u not eating just drinking. Now I am on a health kick, also take vitamins to bring myself up a bit from such abuse. Hang in there Linda, no man is worth taking up the bottle, we are all so much better than that. Try hard to give up and do it for yourself. Good luck and keep posting.
—Guest Angelina

The Sleep Issue

Try Benadryl, take 2 an hour before bed do the trick, try it and you'll agree. Only downside is vivid dreams, not really nightmares, just really "you are there" kinda stuff.
—Guest 3 Week Wiily

300 Days continued

Smoking again reminds me how one ciggy leads to another, then 10, then 20. The old saying about drink comes to mind - "one is too many and 100 is not enough". But I think I will stop the cigs soon. To stay off the drink you have to be committed and determined. To me I know drink is a sneaky poison - I have had enough of it. It is not part of my new life. The 5 D's - Delay - Distraction - Determination - Discipline - Don't pick it up My drinks now are good coffee and sparkling water with low sugar cranberry juice. I used to drink tea but have gone off that. good luck to all and hugs to all Belfast Colin
—Guest belfast Colin

300 Days

hi folks - still reading the site. To newcomers - hang on in there - live is better without alcohol. I'm still adjusting to my mothers death. Feel a bit lost at times. Had a holiday by myself in Malaga - i seen it as a kind of test - out of my comfort zone - all I ever used to really do on holiday was drink. Well i didn't, I just planned each day, swimming, walking, cycling, sight seeing, eating out, reading, lying down and relaxing when tired. Felt a bit lonely but still enjoyed myself. Sunny weather, totally different lifestyle. Anyway, I did not drink. Drinking Alcohol is just not part of my life anymore, I rarely think about it but I still have to keep reasonably busy doing other things, in my case going to work, swimming, cycling, researching stuff online - things that I enjoy doing. I have to fill the time that I used to do by drinking bottle after bottle of wine. I am pissed off with myself as I have began smoking again after having been stopped 3 years. That is a warning to me
—Guest belfast Colin

How to stop the urge?

I have been alcoholic drinking for the past 6 years. I managed a passable life somehow. But the last 3 months I have really deteriorated rapidly, I have powerful headaches by noon time and the urge to drink that I can not stop. And I cave. I have attended AA with the urge and went drinking after the meeting. Caving. I am already on Paxil and Klonopin. I can't see haw an MD would allow more. How do I control these urges? I frighten myself over this.
—Guest GSR

To Angelina

Angelina Well, the main reason for my excursions into the world of drink stems from my social anxiety. Alcohol is a wonder drug for this particular affliction, although we all know what the downside to this is. Not many people know I have a problem with drink so I must hide it well. My partner is very sympathetic, god knows why she stays and supports me. It must be love. Anyway, I recently went through a detox which involved me seeing strange visions, a bit like a shaman I suppose except I’ve got no followers! I haven’t had that experience for a few years and I really don’t want it again but I can’t seem to learn from experience. I love alcohol for the temporary freedom it gives me, but I hate it for the shackles it puts me in every now and then. I shall now try again to shake them off. Thanks for being considerate enough to take the time to write in response to my previous post. I sincerely hope you succeed in abstaining from the wretched stuff.
—Guest megabeer

I think its time

I am a 21 year old and for the last 6 months or so I have been drinking about 6 or more beers a night. I cant exactly understand why I have started doing this but it seemed to just kind of happen. My family history is not good with alcoholism. I found out that many of my dad's side of the family had many trials and tribulations with alcohol abuse. In these 6 months I have noticed my health starting to deteriorate day by day. At first it was really bad but now its almost like my body expects it and it is not as horrible. The worst problems I have seen growing lately is my anxiety, cold and dry skin the next day, and sleeping at night without having a handful of beer. I used to be fit and in great shape only about 7 months ago. I dont know what happened I have just gotten stuck in a rut and dont know how to get out. Please give me inspiration and motivate me to change my lifestyle before alcohol destroys my life and starts to affect the others around me. Its time to quit!
—Guest Drew

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