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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: 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 :)

To: Robert1952

Hi robert1952, Sounds like a plan. Sobriety rocks! Love to you too!
—Guest Big Fish

To: Blackbird

Hi Blackbird, welcome to the site. I am glad you have decided to quit drinking. Good for you. Life is so beautiful when sober. The withdrawals can be scary but living with the alcohol is scary too. Due to the progressive nature of the alcohol, the sooner you quit, the better. Your doctor can prescribe meds to lessen the severity of the withdrawals. Or you can do what I did: taper down over time. Make a plan. It is freedom with no alcohol. I hope you get going. It is so worth it! God bless you and all the posters. Keep reading here.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Workingonsobriety

Hi workingonsobriety, The reflexology sounds intriguing. We have always pressed the "webbing" between the thumb and index finger with the thumb and index finger of the other hand to relieve stress. It hurts to begin with, but feels better in a few minutes. I want to learn more about this. It makes sense to me. I'm really proud of your progress, workingonsobriety. Good Work! ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

Not sure if any of you remember me, but

Oops well yes I kinda fell off the wagon, big time, I am trying to reduce madly!
—Guest aussiechic

The tornado

A tornado hit my home town Thursday night. It wreaked havoc on the town and just outside of it. Over 100 homes destroyed and lots of damage. As I drove through town to see if I could help, I realized it was a miracle that no one was hurt. It was a miracle to see the community work with neighbors, family and friends to help clean up. For one person to clear a 60' tree they may think it's too much. I can't do it alone. But several people working together, it gets done faster, easier and is much more enjoyable. My point is quitting alcohol is much the same way. To do it yourself you may think it's too much. With the help of others, sharing your story, your struggles, turning the problem over to others and your higher power, seeing your not alone, makes the task much less daunting. Take it one branch at a time, or one moment at a time, one day at a time. Staying strong for me, my family and for you.
—Guest harmony

To: Grannyann

I will pray for you. Even though you are an atheist my higher power still recognizes you as a loving, caring person who is waging a war (an inner struggle) against the bottle. Turn that struggle over to us. I am praying for you what I want for me. The strength to say not this drink, not today. Although it is easier said then done, stay out of your head. From reading your posts I feel we are a lot alike. I lay a lot of guilt on myself for my misdoings. I struggle with depression. This is just a suggestion. Don't think about never drinking again. Just think about not drinking today. Look for the signs of "there is something out there greater than you". It doesn't have to be God as some know him. It can be this site, or your family, kids, the countryside. I say all this with love and affection. I pray you find peace and serenity with your choices. You are not alone! We care. :)
—Guest harmony

To: Johnny

Welcome. The beginning withdrawals can be overwhelming. For me physically it was night sweats, insomnia, loss of appetite, spidery things on my face and arms, numbness in my fingers and feet and shadows out of the corners of my eyes. The insomnia stuck with me the longest. Almost 3 months. I took melatonin for it. When I'm really stressed I take it now and then but not often. What was worse for me was the mental pain. For that I got help. I was in a very dark place. I still think I don't drink today because of the fear of going back to those first 30 days all over again. Plus I love living my life sober. It does get better! You are not alone. We care.
—Guest harmony

To: Blackbird

Welcome to a very friendly and pro-active site Blackbird. We all have one thing in common, to quit drinking alcohol. I could have written your words as that's how I felt. When I decided to stop I was about to race to Find a AA meeting. My husband stopped me and asked me to stay and talk to him instead , so I did I cryed my way through it as I was ashamed of my drinking. As I'm not a very over emotional person he knew I was in a dark place. He has been so supportive but still thinks it was a habit that got out of hand. Some people are not comfortable with the alcoholic label . I know I can't drink in moderation it's all or nothing. I choose nothing as it has given me so much in return, insomnia and Bad dreams will pass, don't let this opportunity to quit pass you. Good luck and god bless to you.
—Guest Clarity

To anyone who wants to hear:

I drank way to much one night and I have been having the worst time trying to sleep. I either get real anxious and wake up or I just don't get to that tired point and I will close my eyes for hours at a time and try to wait it out but my heart just races and my thoughts go wild. I hurt someone special in my life by doing this and I feel awful. I am going to quit and get my life back on track because I did have a great life. Thanx for reading! I just wanted to get this out to just tell someone
—Guest LittleOne

Welcome Blackbird!

I'm so glad you found this site. It has been my support system. I can really identify with you and how the drinking and smoking progress. That was me exactly. What I have realized is smoking kept me drinking and drinking kept me smoking. They went hand in hand. As time goes by, I realize I might not had been a drinker at all, if I didn't smoke. Put a plan in place for yourself. Like Big Fish, she tapered. You need to find something that works for you. A doctor can prescribe something for you to help you through withdrawals. If you decide to quit, it will be the hardest thing you'll ever do. Don't be afraid of this though. Know that you are worth the fight, your family is worth the fight. If the drinking and smoking aren't fun anymore, it's time for you to really live your life. Don't let alcohol steal your joy. Your family deserves a sober you. Life is precious. Don't let addiction hold you a prisoner. So here's a hug! Take my hand and walk with me in sobriety! Om Shanti;)
—Guest ;omgirl

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