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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: Mary

Dear mary, I am so happy and proud for your progress! Whoo Hoo for you! I believe knowledge is power. I read any information about sobriety I can get my hands on. Sometimes I go to AA meetings. I enjoy reading the BigBook and discussing the twelve steps. I made my own plan. This community here is great. I care about all of the posters too. We have a common goal of sobriety. We can help each other. Your husband sounds so understanding. What a blessing. Keep going. You are doing great! Love and Hugs to you, mary.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Aussiechic

Hi aussiechic, I remember you from before too! I am glad you are choosing sobriety. I believe a healthy diet is very helpful to curb cravings and have energy. I wish you the best. We are here to help.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Becky

Dear becky, Your kind words do help me. I am smiling right now! ( - : I am trying to take a negative life and turn it into a positive too. I do understand the "tired of dealing with it" feeling. It will get better. It's a cup half full thing. Try to look at the positive aspects of sobriety. Eventually that will be all that is left. Keep going. Patience is truly a virtue in early sobriety. 3 months is a great start. All your doubts will be replaced by confidence in time. Confidence is knowing. You are not always gonna worry about it. I have such compassion for any who are in the boat I jumped out of. We need to get the message out: Sobriety rocks! Hugs to you, becky.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Sentimentalchic

Dear Sentimentalchic, I relate to the confusion of the alcohol. That is why I'm posting to you. When you are thinking about quitting and in the early days of abstinence. It is confusing. You need to trust someone who's opinion you trust. I trusted my son who said I was a mess. Then take steps to get rid of the alcohol. I am sober 2 years now and it is very clear to me. Life with alcohol is sad and depressing. Life without alcohol is joyful and optimistic. I wish this for everyone. Sobriety rocks! You know that drinking heavily is not good. Whatever problems you are escaping are still there. It is so much easier to deal with life with a clear head. Choose sobriety! I am happy to help.
—Guest Big Fish

Day 5

I finally got over my racing heart and it is day 5 of being sober. I got in touch with a councilor and I start that this up coming Monday the 26 of March. If I can do this so can everyone else.
—Guest LittleOne

Day 7

I can't believe the luxury of sleep! After a really hard time I slept for two nights! Not all night,but great sleep. Grannyann, I am going to watch Melancholia this evening and I will think of you. For me"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was the book/movie that I identified with. A few years ago, I became severely depressed and dropped to 98 pounds and I am over 5'7" so a family member said that since I was "crazy" she had to get "power of attorney" and "write my checks for me" Huh? Anyway, Lisbeth Salanders revenge was a fantasy and then some for me. Sick, huh? Sober, I am reassessing things, Like problems with people don't have to end with a bottle of wine. Maybe I am going to church to be a people pleaser, things like that. I like being sober. We had a huge financial setback. OK Beans and rice in a big cold house but we'll be fine and come out on top. I have always been in such good health and I don't see why I was trying to destroy myself with the two bottle a day habit.
—Guest catlover

How did i let this go so far

Shaking sweating dizzy. scared that Im going to die. vivid dreams not sure if they are real or in my head. fits and waking up on the floor my body is stiff and sore like I've been running all day. I'm never hungry so skinny i dont recognize myself anymore. got myself into a program it was hard at first very hard! i just remembered why i was doing this? my life for one the effect i was having on friends family everyone one who cared about me. keep thinking of them all the time.get strength from that and slowly but surly you will get there.if i can do it. And i pray i can stick to it then so can u. dont do it alone believe me when i say it is really dangerous.Good luck and well done this is the first step!
—Guest james

To: Working on sobriety

Hi, i don't know if you are still reading, haven't seen any posts from you for a while. Just wondered how the blood pressure readings were going. Best wishes.
—Guest mary

To change is good

I am so glad you posted. I know day 4 and 5 were a difficult time for me in the past and when I relapsed. I think it is when you have detoxed your body but not your life or mental health. Very great you are thinking sobriety now in your journey. I too am almost 50 now and want to spend the next decade loving life instead or inside the bottle. I send hope to you on this day. It is possible.
—Guest becky

Realisation

Since the age of 16 i have never gone more than a few days, its just part of everyday life and always has been, i will rarely drink in the day and hold down a full time job but recently i have started to see things are not right, i googled alcoholism and took a couple of tests on this site, now i have been 2 days and all the withdrawal symptoms listed i can relate to, the hardest part for me is the shock of realizing the extent of my problem and the prospect of battling it, can i ask roughly how long it will take before its out of my system?
—Guest Duglasses

To setitmentalchic

Your post has some good questions. I think it is less about what others are doing than what concerns and questions you have for yourself. If you are here on this site you must have a concern about your drinking habits. For me personally I could not just have a few. It just got progressively worse. A little drink always turned into too much. Do you veiw yourself as an alcoholic? And can you control it? I did have a long time drinking just for fun and socializing. I still don't know exactly what the turning point was but then I was drinking alone and trying to hide it. I am not a 12 step person but the first step is the one that means the most to me. I was powerless about alcohol. Please post again and let me know where you think you are. We are all here to help with any questions you may have.
—Guest becky

To: Everyone

I hope someone out there can give me some good advice. I have quit recently, and my physical symptoms are pretty mild. My hands do shake a bit, but sometimes they did before I became a heavy drinker. Also, my hands and face do sweat. I've got insomnia. I'm pretty sure these things are temporary by what I've read here and in other places. I'm very committed to quitting alcohol forever. This is the second place I've discussed this. You see, I told my wife and kids two weeks ago that I'd quit. Here's my problem: I'm quite ashamed of how far and long I've let my problem go. Some of my good friends really have seen me drink too much, but I don't think any of them know the scale of it. Should I tell them the truth? Is it wise to be very open about this now, or is it better avoid talking about it? I know shame is a pretty powerful thing in my mind. I'm quite afraid of what to do because I am going to be offered drinks in future. I'm a little anxious about this. 'Any suggestions? Thanks.
—Guest Blackbird

To: Mary

Thank you for the wise suggestion of waking Jul and giving myself credit for not drinking the day before. I think after I tried and relapsed a couple of times my confidence was shaken. But you are right. 3 months is a big deal when before I couldn't even make it 3 days. I can read again which I lost the concentration to do while I was drinking. And take great comfort in the pleasure it brings. I stumbled around in a haze through the years of being drunk. I also now know the difference between being passed out and sleeping. My sleep is still erratic but when I wake up I remember how I got there and no guilt for bruises or broken dishes not knowing what happened. I guess I still feel some shame about things I remember now that I did. Even though I know I am doing so much better now. It is such a process of healing and rediscovery.
—Guest becky

To: Hopelessmess

I'm sorry to hear about your husband, but you sound anything but hopeless to me. We all have weaknesses, but I believe that determination is a great strength. In the past, I've cut back, or told myself I'd control myself better. I know,for me, that will never be possible with alcohol. My wife asked me to cut back thinking that it would be possible for me to do so. I give up! I'm not going to struggle with this. I am quits, and I accept that I will feel lousy-for weeks/months? Afterwards, I hope sobriety is a manageable thing. For me, drinking will never be. Truly, good luck to you!
—Guest Blackbird

To: Sentimentalchic

Hey, i know your confusion as would most of us here at one time or another. i cant give you a clear right or wrong way to deal with this but if you would like to read through all the responses you will see a common trend. No one tells you exactly what will work cos that so depends on too many variables, the easy answer is, read through, gauge the ideas you wish to try and work with what fits your style. ie, if you have been a really heavy drinker, then tapering may work for you but all reducing depends on mental health, if you wish to try sudden abstinence and you havent been a heavy alcohol user, then try it, either way you may or will get withdrawal symptoms. The many great things this site offers is a total acceptance of whichever way you choose plus if you read through, some ways to assist you through messy symptoms. Nothing is absolute or prescriptive cos we are all different.
—Guest aussiechic

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