- reading your posts right now, so touching and moving to read your words. it makes me cry. i think i am going to fall asleep thinking of you, and will bring me peace and strength to go on sober. today has been as yesterday, physically good, had at the end of the day a sort of oppression, panic attack thinking i am not going to sleep. didn't last long.went to your site, read some posts, felt better quickly. today spent a lot of time outside, in the snow, it was beautiful, like life i said to myself hundred times today.i try to eat, and drank water all day long.i am still scared of remembering how i was a few days ago going cold turkey,it comes back to my memories during the day,i just hope not to have nightmares about it.thank you Mary for your kind words, liftmeup for your strength,and Ssfish65, wish you to feel the same as i am today, happy happy that the withdrawals are leaving me, if i am your inspiration today, be mine as-well the days coming.. big hugs to all,and sleep well xxx
- —Guest yvan
- I am still in the fighting period. went 15 days with only 2 little slip ups. Then thought I could have just a couple like normal people...WRONG! I go back for another follow up with my doc this Friday. The Librium was magic through detox although it was still HELL. I guess being sober for the first time for 2 weeks straight in so many years got the best of me and I got that feeling I deserved just one. NOPE, cant do it. I am completely honest with my doctor especially with the slip ups so he knows this is a difficult journey for me. I see him weekly, so hopefully I can keep gathering up the strength to gain more days of sobriety. I felt wonderful when I didnt drink, played more with the kids, didnt argue with my husband, it is amazing and that was only for a short period so I can only imagine what adding weeks and months to that sobriety would bring. Keep me in your prayers....thank you for all your support.
- —Guest Fighting123
To: Igotaclue and Mary
- Your both such special people on the site. You notice everyone and give non judgemental, thoughtful and heart felt advice and support. Jusr reading your posts gives me so much hope. Keep it up!
- —Guest Plantpot
Testing my conviction.
- He was never a Father to me, but we enjoyed being around each other over the past 30 or so years. My Moms husband passed yesterday @ 77. Liver cancer. He was a heavy drinker until about 40ish. I never saw him have more than half a beer or so. The havoc alcohol can reek on the body and mind is unforgiving and timeless. I have shared my sorrow and loss of late in hopes that the younger folks posting on this site will understand the finality of the effects of alcohol abuse. It took me until my 50's to quit, being indestructable up until a few years back, my booze intake was irrelevent, so I thought. It has been a tough few months. The thought to drink is ever present still, but I ignore it. The last 20 times I quit, any of the emotional distresses I have faced the past month would have caused a good extended binge, all justified in my mind by the booze itself. Like anything in life, to succeed you must make up your mind first, then overcome all obstacles presented. Nothing is easy,nothing
- —Guest Griffey1
- I am happy to see your still trying and have given in to the fact that you have to seek something else besides yourself in getting sober. I know I could not of stayed sober with out support where ever it may come from. AA has been great for me. I now understand more about me and my drinking and where I can end up. I have found that my future is bright, made good friends, am not lonely, wounds healing and regained my self respect back. They really should teach our children more about Alcohol in schools along with substance abuse, at least our kids will have the tools if Alcohol steals their life and it will, where they can turn. It may just help their parents also if their kids call them on their drinking if it is distroying their family. Keep it real and do the steps, you will beat this I promise! Hugs.
- Congrats on your 9 days, be proud of that you have made it farther than most. After the withdrawls pass be aware that your emotions will be running wild. Take each day slow, be good to yourself, when you want to drink go treat yourself with something that is fun, see a movie, take a hike, go for a drive something to get you back out in the world again. One thing I found that will help with your energy is eating healthy and eating small meals often durning the day. Cravings for Alcohol may not be real, you will feel hungry now, thirsty, tired, etc and your are now feeling it. Your mind will need to be retrained to reconize that a drink does not fix the body. You might want to start a journal to write down your feelings, it feels good to get them out and also to look back at your journey. My journal is quite full now and I will never go back to those drinking days and going through withdrawls again. They were horrible!!!! I wish you great success on your journey. Keep posting it helps.
To: fast eddie
- I am also 60 and decieded to put the bottle down. I can't say that life was all that bad with drinking until it finially caught up to me with bad health and family problems from drinking. I am sober now for all most 5 months and I can say that the thought about drinking has gone quite a bit. With the proper help and knowledge about why I drank has really helped. I am healing, my family is healing and life has not been this good in a very long time. Congrats on your decision to stop drinking and taking caring of your self. These should be our fun years, we have worked so hard to get here. Time for us to grow up and leave our childish behavior behind. I hope to see your 30 days here, you will feel so amazing. Wish you great success on you staying sober. Hugs.
To: Fast Eddy
- Hi Eddy and welcome. The good news is that the desire does go away with time. It's great that you are able to appreciate things without the numbing effect of alcohol, it just keeps getting better, I promise.
- —Guest Mary
- 11 days is a huge deal, you should be proud of yourself. All the poison is out of your system now, it's the mental addiction you will be fighting. Stay strong and focused on all you have achieved.
- —Guest Mary
- I hope you never, ever go through that again. I'm so glad that you came out the other end but your withdrawals were dangerous Yvan. Please make sure to treat yourself kindly, you've been through a lot. Eat little and often and keep hydrated. Take care.
- —Guest Mary
- I'm also at day 7 after a week long relapse and I'm using you as my inspiration today. Thanks and keep it up I'm counting on you!!!
- —Guest Sslfish65
- Lesson learned move on unfortunately we (as in alcoholics)think we are in control but in reality the disease will be in control until or deaths.So move on and remember you are an alcoholic today and for ever.
- —Guest Selfish65
- Hi all, i have just returned home after 10 day professional detox(1 week now)was hoping to return to work today but still not ready.I anm on meds prescibed by doctors, ie acamprosate, it takes the urge to drink away, i am still not fully fit, i am getting headaches and still a bit shakeyand depressed, i am going to a meeting tonight(monday)for drug and alcohol dependents hoping it will help, best of luck to us all.keith.
- —Guest keith.
- Hot flashes or withdrawals? Funny, I keep asking myself the same question. Although much diminished, I still get the occasional flush followed by light perspiration; at 33 days of sobriety, I don’t know if this is part of withdrawals but I thought I was through with hot flashes! I did have headaches off and on for a few weeks. Good for you in completing 11 days; your family must be elated. Just take it one day at a time and if the cravings start to weaken your resolve, pull out that video and watch it. We should all have such a recording of our worst drunken moments. I can’t think of any better reminder of what hell lies in wait following that ‘just one drink’ moment. Thank you for sharing this, I myself have had many less than admirable incidents as a result of intoxication. Best wishes to you!
To: Yvan and Fast Eddy
- If there was a way to post a big happy face, you would be looking at it right now! Yvan, seven down and the worst is behind you. Each day will be different, cravings may or may not plague your thoughts, but when they do, just remember what you have already been through and know that the future can only get brighter. Fast Eddy, seventeen days done, awesome! The cravings may (or may not) last a lifetime, but they will lessen in frequency and severity over time. Keep reading old posts, as you will be able to identify with so many of the stories, including what has helped many get through cravings and other obstacles encountered in early sobriety. Sending you both well wishes and good vibes.