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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: Dylan

How did the wedding go? You were in my thoughts this weekend. Love and hugs to you. Stay strong
—Guest Harmony

To: StrangeAdventures

This is the 3rd day in a row for me that mindful meditation has come up. From 3 totally different sources. I call this a God wink. I don't believe in God but I do believe there's something greater out there than me. I don't believe in coincidences. Things happen for a reason. I have been practicing meditation and I have also been practicing mindful meditation. It's a very practical way to live. I like to say I live a lifetime in one day. Mindful meditation helps with this. Some examples come to mind. I wish my financial situation would improve. I'm wishing this week or this month away. I want the weekend to be here. I'm not noticing the blessings of today. The love of my dogs, the blooms on my roses, the positive growth that I'm experiencing. Mindful meditation keeps me in the moment, my today, my Now. Thanks for the share. :)
—Guest Harmony


When i quit drinking, my heart about pounded through my chest. No one ever mentions this as a symptom. Did I have something else, like a panic attack?
—Guest catlover

To: late bloomer

Thank you for the kudos to my name. Becoming one with the Universe is a very positive mind set. I like that thought. Last year my drinking was so out of control I rollerbladed very little. I had a fear of the ground and if I drank I knew I would biff! My first thought when I read your post was wow! You were brave to drink and blade. Then I thought of the times I drank and drove. It made me sad. It also makes me more determined to not drink today. I never want to relive that type of behavior. I will leave those behaviors in the past and look at it as the past. Without my rock bottom pain I wouldn't be where I am today. Thank you for the share. It keeps me grounded and in today. Exercise Rocks! Love and hugs to you. :)
—Guest Harmony

20 days

Been about 20 days since I stopped drinking (whisky) mainly after 10 years of 180-200 ml a day. No problem as such, but I feel sleepy the whole day, too much lethargy. Guide me please

To: Jacobs

Thank you for the positive words. Every day I do "sober maintenance." I spent many hours a day drinking, now I spend at least one hour a day not to drink. This is how I spend that hour... I visit this site, go to an AA meeting, call an AA friend, daily readings (reflections), meditate, exercise or write. It's wonderful to hear from you. Stay strong. Love and Hugs to you.
—Guest Harmony

To: Grannyann

Dear Grannyann, you changed your username from oldladyinvisible to Grannyann, didn't you? Forgive me if I am wrong, but, it just has to be you. At any rate, I'm pretty new to posting here, but I've been reading awhile and, while I'm aware that you don't post very often, I gather that you read here right along, so I want to tell you that, you are not invisible! I also want to say (I'm a 39 year old male) that I can relate to your religious upbringing. Mine was Seventh-Day Adventist, where eating meat and watching TV on the Sabbath were frowned upon. Plenty of chastisement there. Common beliefs seem to be what bind a lot of people together. Maybe there's insecurity there? I want to be able to find God through every person I meet. This is challenging, sometimes, for me. All of us here have a common enemy in alcohol, some call it "the devils brew", you've called it a "demon" and "demon wine" before, if you are who I think you are. I called it "a seductive and evil entity" I think, cont...
—Guest late bloomer

To Strangeadventures

Dear strangeadventure, you are so welcome dear. Truth works best. That is cool about the mindful meditation brochure. Give it a try. Being well means no alcohol. We want you to have a happy life. hugs.
—Guest Big Fish

To sterling

Hi sterling, thanks for the shout. I actively made my world small. I kidded myself into thinking I was being selective. Nope. Just isolating. Hugs.
—Guest Big Fish

To Blackbird

Yea Blackbird, you turned that drink down. I don't really care what you told them, you got it done! Whoo hoo! I am happy to hear it.
—Guest Big Fish

To activenomore

Thanks activenomore, I can count on you to cut through it. Righteous anger is correct. Onward we go pal.
—Guest Big Fish

To mary and queen's jubilee

Hi there. The company I work for has a division in the UK. Some people in the elevator were making fun of this "created" holiday. I respectfully asked them if the 80 hr workweeks were really making a difference. They looked at me like I was a freak....no we do not save lives. I hope you have a nice holiday and are relaxing.
—Guest workingonsobriety

To: Big Fish

Some of the stuff people do when driving is just plain wrong. The cell phones and texting I see is just crazy. I was thinking that it looks worse than drinking, and then saw on the news where it was shown people were more impaired in their driving when they were talking on a cell phone than if they were drinking. So, maybe I'm right, but my reaction to what they are doing is what I can control, and I need to focus on that. Sometimes I see my daughter picking up on my righteous anger, and I think to myself, is that what I want her to learn? So I guess I'm looking forward to a lifetime of managing my emotions and reactions to the world around me. Its better than dealing with the world by drinking. Now I am doing things to improve myself. I feel like I'm accomplishing something real now, instead of hiding from the world, or pushing it away. Keep going strong, Big Fish.

To: late bloomer

Active no more - meaning no longer an active alcoholic, but a recovering one. I've thought a lot of people might not know the meaning, and even thought about changing the name, but it's ok - I'll stay with it. Yes, I try be active in general now; physical activities, doing stuff with other people, fixing things around the house. You name it, it's better than drinking. When I drink, it seems to pull me away from everything else. My life gets more and more centered around drinking and nothing else. I liked your comments about exercise. I'm a huge fan of it. These days mostly walking, and doing some "maintenance" type things in the gym. It really helps with stress and mental health in addition to the physical benefits. Keep going strong.

White lies?

Hello all, I got through the weekend very well. I was invited to a barbecue. Many new beers are introduced each summer where I live, and three steps inside the door of the host's home, one was cracked by the hostess. I put up my hands, like a cop was going to shoot me, but she came forward, hugged me, kissed my cheek, and put the open can in my hand. I turned to a pal, and said I was sorry, but I wanted to quit smoking, and had to get used to not drinking first. I explained to everyone who asked that my kids are worried about my tobacco use. I said I knew I could handle life without beer- a terrible lie- but that I had no chance of giving up cigs if I kept drinking. Next, I implored them to, 'PLEASE, UNDERSTAND!' They all did. I'm surprised how easily I licked a problem that consumed me for months. I wish I could've done it better and earlier. All I can say is, I did it. I so had to. Thanks to all who read and post here. You help me, and give me hope. Be well!
—Guest Blackbird

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