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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: Strangeadventures

Hello and welcome, the first couple days were the roughest physically for me. My anxiety was ridiculous. It's a withdrawal symptom and the worse will pass. I still tend to have (not quite) panic attacks but I learned the urge surfing (google it) so I am able to calm myself at the onset and pretty much avoid it. It gets easier. Exercise helps alot for channeling the stress. Sounds like regular withdrawals. Keep going. It will be well worth it friend! ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

To: Big Fish

You are such an inspiration it brought me to tears. My anxiety was so bad just thinking about quitting drinking I cried in the car today with my kids with me. I was shaking so bad, the fear of life without alcohol to calm my nerves is making me a nervous wreck, but I KNOW I CAN DO THIS! It's a brain game and it's a demon playing with my mind. I do believe running and keeping busy is my answer to the squirrels in my head telling me to drink to calm my nerves. Thanks so very much for your help and support.
—Guest Fighting123

To: Hope1962

Thank you so much! I'm at the 48 hour mark and realizing how hard it is to cook without drinking! I usually start while making dinner and continue on through the night until I pass out. Like many other stories I've read here, this is so foreign and I do not know what to do with myself in the evenings now. I'm such an anxious person anyway and sober I feel like jumping out of my skin. My house is spotless though, I'm just trying to keep busy! Thanks so much to all of you, this site is a lifeline for me right now...probably literally.
—Guest StrangeAdventures

...3

...difficult if you're out. Of course before any of these work you must have already reached a point of being comfortable around others drinking. I surely am not there yet. I see here everyday where everyone, literally everyone here dealt with insomnia, except me. I find that very strange. All I wanted to do was sleep. I slept all night, got up and took a nap, then went to bed early. It was ridiculous. I am certainly not bragging; I had never felt so tired in my life; I missed way too much work. It lasted about 5 weeks. I wish I could bless you all with sleep. Melatonin works well and is the hormone which your brain emits naturally to help you fall asleep. There is no leftover morning grogginess, you simply feel well rested and refreshed. My husband takes it for insomnia. You should take it just before laying down. You can find it over the counter with the herbal supplements. Itching, oh yes. Big Fish is right on with the Benadryl. I'm done for now. Stand tall ya'll!
—Guest Wholenuworld

To: Mary

Hi Mary, I'm sorry you picked up again. There's no need to apologize - just forgive yourself and move on. Try to use the experience as a lesson learned and it will help you in the future. Stay strong. You've been doing great, and you can pick up right where you left off.
—activeNoMore

To; mary

Dear mary, You didn't let us down. Don't even go there. Look at it as a temporary setback. The only thing you let down was your guard. Put it back up! Move forward and don't look back. Use your energy to go forward. We are with you dear mary.
—Guest Big Fish

...3

...difficult if you're out. Of course before any of these work you must have already reached a point of being comfortable around others drinking. I surely am not there yet. I see here everyday where everyone, literally everyone here dealt with insomnia, except me. I find that very strange. All I wanted to do was sleep. I slept all night, got up and took a nap, then went to bed early. It was ridiculous. I am certainly not bragging; I had never felt so tired in my life; I missed way too much work. It lasted about 5 weeks. I wish I could bless you all with sleep. Melatonin works well and is the hormone which your brain emits naturally to help you fall asleep. There is no leftover morning grogginess, you simply feel well rested and refreshed. My husband takes it for insomnia. You should take it just before laying down. You can find it over the counter with the herbal supplements. Itching, oh yes. Big Fish is right on with the Benadryl. I'm done for now. Stand tall ya'll!
—Guest Wholenuworld

To: Gray

Hello Gray, 33 days! Yea!~ Whoo Hoowoo! You are doing great! It's gonna get easier. My short-term memory still has hiccups. Far cry from last year though. Still improving! That's great that you want to spread the word here too! I'm all for it. You will get there, I have no doubt. Sobriety rocks!
—Guest Big Fish

...2

Congrats, Hope, on your tremendous success. Now I'm going to ramble a bit about things I've read here and just thoughts in general. I heard a song the other day that resonated with how I'm feeling. It has a positive energy which I am always drawn to in music. "Ordinary World" by Duran Duran. Give it an ear. It is such a basic thing we have all hidden from. My husband quit drinking about 15 years ago. All of our friends drink and he was pressured to join. We discovered that an IBC rootbeer in a coozy looks just like a real beer. There are other ways to disguise as well if you are in home type situation. It's a little more...
—Guest Wholenuworld

So much I want to say

I wish I had another way to read/ post besides this tiny phone. I can't keep separated who said what so I'm afraid I'll usually address to all and hope for the best. I hope you understand. Sweet Mary, just because you drank does not mean the fight is over. The fight is still in you. Look how far you have come. So you stump your toe during your journey, that wouldn't mean it ended there. You'd put a bandaid on it and keep on truckin'. Don't beat yourself up, pick yourself up, brush yourself off and make peace with it. We will be your bandaids. Hope, you are an inspiration. My, what you have managed to put aside, and the pace with which you were obligated to keep in order to get here. You must have the patience of Job, and extraordinary amounts of determination. When I first began reading your posts I had it in my head that you had been sober for quite some time. I was surprised to learn you were still in the process. How utterly thrilled you must be now, and rightly so.
—Guest Wholenuworld

Today is Day 33/Detox Brain

I hope one day to be strong/well enough to give back to everyone who has supported me. Thank you. I met with my therapist the other day and we discussed withdrawal symptoms. I apparently was on the cusp of DTs, did not withdraw well (does anyone?) If I ever go through this again I get to do it in the hospital, so he advises me. Which brings me to my toughest withdrawal symptom. I can't remember the last month. I basically can't remember detox, conversations, anything! Apparently I slept a lot and did not eat (I lost 10 lbs). In fact, I am still forgetting things. I am trying to cope. This involves a lot of sticky notes. Has anyone else had this experience? Thank you.
—Guest Gray

To: Cherylgeyer911

Ma says "well, I thought about saying something, when pa fell out. But ten bucks is ten bucks". ha ha I hope that came across on paper. I think it's hilarious. Tag you are it Cheryl. You owe me a joke.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Cherylgeyer911

Hi Cheryl, I'm glad you liked the urgesurfing. My brother keeps bugging me to get skype so I can talk face to face but I don't have it. I would enjoy talking to you too. I have never been prouder than when you went to rehab. I hope you give yourself full credit for having done that. It was awesome! It takes time. Keep going friend. Ok here goes my favorite joke: ma and pa went to the county fair. They only had ten bucks between them. Pa wanted to fly in the bi-plane but it costs $10 (all the money). So pa asked the ticketman and the ticket man said "no, ten bucks is ten bucks". So pa asked the pilot. The pilot said "I'll make you a deal, you can both fly but if ma says anything at all, you have to pay 10 bucks. If she doesn't say anything, the flight is free." So they went up in the bi-plane (no roof) and did terrifying flips, spins and rolls in the sky. When they got done, the pilot turns to ma and said "wow that was amazing, you didn't say one word." Ma replied "well, I thought con
—Guest Big Fish

To: Guest Big Fish, mary and hope, all

Things are not better here, he is an emotionally exhausting person. he is on vicodin for his back and has been for 19 years but is worse with them now, major mood swings. he works a lot and sleeps a lot. Im alone most of time. Thank you for caring, some how Ill straighten this out. my mom that's in a wheelchair may be going to jail on 30th of may, stressin bad about it among other things. I feel insane. dont know how to handle it all.
—Guest CherylGeyer911

To: Mary

Hi. Yes that is a funny article. ( : I like to watch the tonight show with Jay Leno. On Monday night he has "headlines". It's reading funny ads/articles. You would like it. Hugs dear. ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

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