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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: Harmony what a miracle

Hi Harmony. So happy you and your loved ones are ok. Wash city has been the true tornado alley for the past few years. This weather is beautiful yet scary. Usually the news is talking tornado safety, not actual tornadoes this time of year. So glad you are safe. God bless.
—Guest working on sobriety

To: Facingreality

Hi Facingreality, welcome! The first few days of withdrawing you may have some of the following symptoms: sweating (good getting toxins out) itching feet and hands (also good getting toxins out) nervousness, jumpy, shadowy vision, muscle cramps, headache, diarrhea, insomnia (try to rest as much as possible first 3 days). On the fourth day, if you feel like it, start exercising like a maniac (this makes you feel better from hormones) and start eating balanced, nutritious meals. I believe the B12, multi-vitamins, calcium with D and magnesium (if you do not have liver/kidney problems) all help to ease the cravings and give a good energy. I take them everyday still. The further you get away from the alcohol, the better. You can do it! We are all rooting for you! ( - : Also google "urge surfing", a technique for dealing with cravings and anxiety.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Dylan

Hi Dylan, thanks for the support! My 2 years day was really great. The further I get away from the alcohol, the better I like it. I am glad you found a group that you like. You are coming along really well. I am happy for you too, Dylan. God bless all the posters.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Becky

Hi becky, You truly believe in your sobriety now. You wake up thinking you will not drink today. Sounds like beautiful progress to me.
—Guest Big Fish

Gaining Sobriety Through Loss

I didn't note when I quit drinking, but Big Fish mentioned that I should just pick a date close to my quit day and use that. It got me to thinking, one of the main reasons I quit was because my mom passed. I know a lot of people *start* drinking when a cherished loved one passes away, but for me it was a beginning of sobriety. I realized that life is short and I was just making it shorter with the wine. (For those who haven't read any of my few posts here, I had a BP scare as my only withdrawal symptom - no emotional rollercoaster, no sweats, but my BP was whacko.) Losing my precious mother, and having a child of my own, I knew it was time to change my ways. So, I guess that was the beginning of my new journey. It's been 2 months or so and each day just gets better and better although I miss my mom horribly & my heart aches without her. As much as you love something, losing it has a way of reminding you how important it actually is. Sobriety, I love you. Mom, I love you.
—Guest GettingFitAgain

Just found out

Back in January I Found out i have diabetes and high blood pressure. Starting taking meds and still waiting for my shakes to stop. 2 months later went to a Diabetes center. After 3 weeks of blood work, I had my final meeting today. I thought for sure I had hyper thyroid. Nope the doctor told me UI need to quit drinking. I am like WOW. I need to change my whole life and I know I need to do it. I am still in shock.
—Guest Terry

To: littleone

Hi littleone, I'm guessing that from your name and the fact you drank 'way too much' one night,' this is not a nightly thing for you. Good! if you have hurt someone you love through drink please take this as a warning of what the future holds if you continue to drink to excess. You will spend (almost) every morning waking up in terror of what you said/did the night before but be unable to remember. You will find your life dominated by thoughts of making sure you have access to alcohol and slowly but surely your life will unravel. Alcohol addiction is a slow progress but progress it will. Drinking will stop being fun or making you more sociable, it will be something you have to do because you are physically and mentally addicted.. Please, before it's too late, stop now. God bless.
—Guest mary

To: Harmony

Sorry, my first post was selfish. I wish I focused on what your town was going through re: tornado. I'm glad you & yours are ok, but I realize that others are not. I will try to focus, not so much on me but on what's going in in the lives' of others who are hurting.
—Guest Grannyann

To: Harmony

Please know that your words are more spiritual to me than any of my truly rigid, orthodox, religious upbringing. Thank you. (Not sure why I'm bring this up, but when I was 13 I had to stand up in front of the church and be grilled by the minister to recite practically the bible -well not the whole bible, but it think I memorized practically all of it) This was to get through my confirmation. And I really was perfect, and created my cross of sins. And I went for one year to a college from my church. Worst experience of my life. Which I guess is why I'm now an atheist and an alcoholic. Not saying there is a cause and effect relationship, but I'm through with guilt. As Popeye said,"I yam what I yam and it's all what I yam"
—Guest Grannyann

Hello to all

I have been away for a bit but needed to read everyone today for strength and perseverance in not picking up that drink. I am trying to find a job and it is so so tough now. I truly believe in my sobriety now and every day wake up thinking I will not drink today. I welcome a day where that is not the first thought that crosses my mind. And I wake up with different a different awakening. Big Fish said wise words to me to not compare your recovery next to others and trying not to do that. But after 3 months shouldn't I be further along?
—Guest becky

To: Big Fish and robert1952

Hi Big Fish and robert1952, congratulations on 2 years. Something for us all to aim for but it will be a hard act to follow. Just shows how all of these "one day at a time" add up. Before we know where we are a milestone. Thats 4 years of sobriety wisdom between you to pass on to others. So to new posters, you are in very good hands here. Well done both.
—Guest Dylan

To: harmony

Hi harmony, you are right about the better weather we should be enjoying shortly, something to really look forward to. Hopefully move on a stage further with our sobriety and wellbeing. I have always thought that step 4, after step 1 when we admit we are powerless over alcohol, is the most interesting. I did it some years ago but as we all know it is ongoing, a lifetimes practice. It certainly raises more questions than answers. With me it was what came first the chicken or the egg ? Have 3 decades of hard drinking given me a few problems today or was there a dark, deep rooted reason why I started drinking in the first place ? Step 4 showed me that it was the latter. I know you will agree this is too vast a subject to discuss in just a few words here. I have never had a sponser harmony and are now happy with just one Sunday evening meeting. Only a dozen people there, very intimate and friendly. Its become like this site, I cant keep away. Take care harmony and lots of love to you.
—Guest Dylan


Hello to all posters. The statistics seem to vary. Generally the relapse rate is 40 - 60%. This means almost half of the people do not relapse. When combined with a support group or some sort of support network, this increases to 90%. You do not have to relapse. The main ingredient for staying sober is to have zero-tolerance for alcohol. Do not allow yourself to go there. Commit to no-alcohol. No matter what. This is what works for me. I wish it for everyone. God bless all the posters.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Clarity (jacky)

Hi Clarity, I'm hoping you are into double digits today! Best to you!
—Guest Big Fish

Day 1

I am an alcoholic & I'm going to stop. Day 1 is March 19, 2012. So many times I've wanted to stop, but just kept thinking I can control it. What started off as a glass of wine a night is now a bottle. How far would it go? A box a night? I never thought I would drink a bottle a night! I'm done. Never been a week without some sort of drink since I was a teen. I just turned 41. It's been an obvious progression with my bad habit and I don't have control anymore. It's controlling me. Thanks for this site. I was just looking for tips on going through detox. Wasn't even looking for a site where people have, are and will be going through the same things I am. I know I can do this! Can't wait to post some time under my belt. :-). Best wishes everyone.
—Guest Facingreality :)

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