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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: Ann82

Don't belittle your accomplishment 10 days is a great start. Don't worry about how long you can keep it up, you can only not drink/drink right now today. I know it is hard to put people off but right now early in your sobriety avoid situations that might put you at risk. Tell the truth you can't drink because it makes you sick, you don't have to provide specifics. You are doing well stay at it. Not this drink not today. Love and hope
—Guest hope1962


I have tried so many, many times to quit drinking, this is so hard. The itching, twitching, sweating, tremors, shakes, etc. are horrible. I am so dizzy. I broke down and poured myself a glass of wine just to calm down and avoid a massive panic attack. Tomorrow is my husband's birthday and what better gift would it be than to be sober and stay sober for him and the kids. I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired. But I get so scared and anxious when I try to quit. The longest I have made it is 5 days and I felt wonderful, then it was Friday, and I drank.....STUPID! I gotta get a hold on this poison, I want to be happy and energetic again and alcohol free.
—Guest fighting123

Thank you all

I just started on the path I should have been on yrs ago, day 2. Day 1 bad with shakes, sweats, no sleep and nausia. But to be expected. I had a dui back in '94 that should have woke me up, but had no incidents after that. I work on boats for extended period of times, up to 2mth. Last Oct I was out for 2 mths but even though beer was available I didn't drink a drop but once back on shore the party starts and I'm back to where I started. Things increased a year ago aug when I got hurt at work and started self medicating but still didn't drink on the boats. Then I was laid off last june and guess I had to much time available. I got up to 2 of the big bottles of wine a day. Hopefully this will be it. Thank you for all your stories and experiences. I just found the site yesterday and have been through ~2000 of your messages. Finding them helpful.
—Guest boatparty

To Mary, Big Fish, Hope and everyone

Thank you all for your kind wishes and thoughts. You guys are the catalyst that holds this site together and we all thank you for it! God Bless
—Guest robert1952

To All

Last week I ran into a guy I went through out patient treatment with. He had a six pack of beer under his arm. And while my heart broke for him, I remembered that drinking is a choice, just as recovery is. I am not a big twelve step person. The only time I was "powerless" over alcohol was when I was drunk. When I made the "choice" to quit drinking, I had all the power I needed to defeat it even though I couldn't see it that way at the time. Every time the addiction says "you can't do this", let your mind say "yes I can". Your own mind, I believe, is the best weapon you have to beat this or any addiction. After going through a medical detox, three times, I went to one on one therapy to figure out why I needed the alcohol. Resolving those issues is a big reason I have been sober over two years now. I had tried many, many times to quit. Always looking elsewhere for the answer to sobriety. I finally found it when I looked in my own head. God Bless
—Guest robert1952

To: Becky

Hi becky, I love that you went on that trip! Awesome! It's a process. Keep going. Me too! I am looking forward to your next post. Hugs.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Hope1962

Hi hope, Many of my family are ministers. I have been a church secretary and taught kid's Sunday school. I guess it rubbed off on me. ha ha I was raised that men are the ministers. However, I do have a successful girl cousin who is a minister. I'm not a minister. And yet it does feel like a ministry here. Thank you. I'm a recovering alcoholic. Anything I can do to raise awareness, I'm gonna do. I can't see any reason not to. If you want to hear a phenomenal minister, get the audio of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. The Power of Positive Thinking. I've got a new one too. Andy Stanley. I saw him on tv, but he's got a website. I highly recommend them both. They have real-life messages. I started taking clothes to the homeless people, it has really snowballed. This will be the 3rd week in a row to take big bags. I love it! P.S. to BaggyG my being in ICU was not about alcohol.
—Guest Big Fish

To: 2mrwnvrcms

Hopefully you are through the worst for many day 4 is the peak. Hang in there yes I wanted to isolate myself and was very irritable getting started but that should pass. Don't let your mind convince you on any variation of "one is ok" it's not. You need to stay away, you begin to think more clearly as time passes. Not this drink not today. Love and hope
—Guest hope1962

To; Scared straight

Good luck with detox. Having a supportive family is helpful, but you are the one who will do this. When you get back come straight here. We will support you. Love and hope
—Guest hope1962

To: CherylGeyer911

Welcome back. Don't be ashamed what you are doing is hard. Hang in there and keep coming back. Love and hope
—Guest hope1962

To: Tiffany

Welcome, hang in there, the start is hard, confusion is part of it. It will get better pretty quickly. Not this drink not today. Love and hope
—Guest hope1962

To; Kenny

AA is like anything involving people, mixed. Most of the people are good as are the groups a few display the worst traits people possess. Churches are the same as are workplaces. I'm sorry you were betrayed. You can't control how people treat/perceive you, you can control how you respond. Not this drink not today. Move fwd with your chosen path. Love and hope
—Guest hope1962

To; Mary/swearing

LOL, it has taken more than a few weeks for the swearing to pass for me. I'm with wholenuworld, I'll take the laugh.
—Guest hope1962

To; Daddytbone

Thanks for the uplifting post, I remember reading one of your past posts, the week I read most of the site in November. Post more often you are obviously doing something right. Love and hope
—Guest hope1962

To: Gray

Way to go on 31 days. I know the irritable part of that milestone, I slipped briefly. Not worth it. The beautiful part comes in fits and starts, one day you will realize at days end that you didn't think about it, it wasn't an effort. Look in the mirror and be proud of what you are doing. I'll bet it took more than 31 days of drinking to get to where you needed to quit? Hang in there, Not his drink not today. Love and hope.
—Guest hope1962

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