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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: 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

To: Hope and mary

Thank you both for being so kind, thoughtful and loving. You are very special to me. You help many people including me. Hugs.
—Guest Big Fish

To: 2mrwnvrcms

Hello again. Kindof crabby on day 3? Boy you are doing so much better than I did. As you see from my posts, I was hallucinating at that time. To your credit, you didn't drink as long and hard as I did. You are doing great!! Really great. Keep going. It's gonna get easier. Yardwork was the very best thing for me starting at day 4. The sweating is great for speeding the toxins out. I'm glad you are doing it. Resist the urge to snap at people. Just quietly keep going. It's gonna get better. You are a rockstar!! ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

To: Scared straight

Dear friend, You are going to rehab! Tremendous! That is wonderful news! Don't worry about tomorrow. Focus every bit of your energy on getting well. We are proud of you here. Love and a hug to you.
—Guest Big Fish

To; ChangeisGood

Dear changeisgood, there is definitely a transition time. You've gotten rid of the alcohol but haven't replaced it yet. Be patient. You will. Think about what you used to enjoy. Crossword puzzles, going to a movie, arts and crafts etc. Try them again. It is boring the first few months. You don't feel the joy yet. But you will. Keep going. You don't have to explain to anyone. Say "I'm not in the mood to drinkt today". Say it in a decisive way. They will accept it. If they persist, change the subject. They will get the idea. Don't waste too much energy on it. Keep going. It's a process friend. You are doing great! ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

To: Cherylgeyer911

Hello Cheryl, I'm always glad to hear from you. For the swollen belly get some glycerin suppositories. This will get rid of the constipation and cramps from gas, which is dangerous. High fiber will straighten you out. I eat high fiber everyday. I love it! Urge surfing is a technique for dealing with stress, cravings and panic attacks. Any uncomfortable feeling. Instead of freaking out. Stop. Feel the feeling. Ok, now I feel shaking in my hands, now I feel pulsing in my head. Whatever it is. Feel it, don't fight it. Relax and accept that it's gonna happen for a minute. Like a wave. Here it comes, ok. Now it's breaking over you. ok, stay calm, it just is. In a short time, you feel it receding. Ok, that was that. Now it's gone. Accept it. Let it wash over you. Then instead of compounding the problem, it washes away, just like a wave on the beach. That's the best I can describe it. Try it. It will make sense. You can google urge surfing. Maybe their explanation will help. I love you Cheryl
—Guest Big Fish

To: BaggyG part 3

Dear BaggyG, You should go to the dr for the jaundice. When my son was in the hospital, I saw many babies with jaundice. They put some billirubin lights shining on them and in a few days, they were ok. They can fix it. I saw Dateline last night and the guy who was stuck in a rock had a vision of a little boy. He believed it was his future son. It inspired him to keep going. Now he has that same little boy in real life. I believe it was from God. Maybe your "children" are waiting for you too. I can believe it. I know many may not understand, but I think you do. Have faith in God friend. He will lift the alcohol off of you. I have no doubt. Love to you.
—Guest Big Fish

To: BaggeG part 2

That was on my third day of withdrawal. I'm actually glad it happened. It did give me closure. I'm also glad my withdrawals improved after that because that is dangerous territory. Day 4 I began exercising like a maniac in the hot sun. I think the sweating helps get the toxins out, so I wanted to keep it going. I had a hallucination about my brother. It was beautiful. He was in heaven. He died of a brain tumor. He was the best of the best. As my Christian faith, he was made new. He had a hat on, like in real life. He had lost most of his hair from surgery. So I asked him "what about your hair?" and he took his hat off. His hair was full and thick. I believe this was from God. It made me happy. Still does. I say "have faith in God". That is my saving grace. Since you asked. Others may not believe, but it's between me and God. I wish it for you too. Love and a hug friend. Sobriety rocks.
—Guest Big Fish

To: BaggyG

Hi and welcome! I had sugar cravings too. I drank watered down sugared kool-aid. It helped so much. I still drink it. I agree with your sponsor. Sugar cravings can be a stumbling block for recovery. Also try to rest. Being too tired is bad too. I find exercise helps with the rest part. It also releases feel-good hormones which give a boost too. I like multi-vitamins, b12, calcium, vit d and magnesium. If you have kidney/liver disease skip the magnesium. But it sure helped me. I had a full array of withdrawal symptoms. I'm happy to share with you. Hallucinations: having a dream-type experience, although awake. The ones that you know are not real are ok. Not dangerous. I also had some that I believed to be real. These are bad news. I heard my father. I was in ICU when he passed, so I had no closure. I think our subconscious has alot to do with what we "see". Anyway, my father said "I have to go now". I turned to my family members and said "what?! he can't go, doesn't he know we need him?
—Guest Big Fish

To: Gray

Dear Gray, 31 days! Whoo Hoo! It does take time for the joy to set in. In my opinion, a few months. But the sorrow is diminishing too. Think about how long you drank, it does take time to offset it. I remember feeling so much better at 90 days. My son gave me a card. The best card I've ever received definitely. Keep going dear. I believe exercise will give you a boost right now. Love and a hug to you. You are going in the right direction, hold that thought.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Tiffany

Dear tiffany, welcome! You came to the right place. The paranoia, jumping and nervousness are all part of the withdrawals. I had it so bad too! When the alcohol gets good and out of you, it will pass. Maybe the first 2 weeks. But the first few days were the worst. I was living like a refugee too. Keep going friend. It will pass. I believe sweating and exercise speed the toxins out. Also the exercise releases feel-good hormones that offset it some. One of my friends didn't understand and thought it was funny to sneak up on me. I about jumped thru the roof and they laughed their head off. I would be shaking for 10 minutes later. After a couple weeks, it didn't make me jump anymore. So they quit doing it because it was no longer hilarious. They didn't know I was detoxing and I didn't tell them. I just trudged along. It's gonna get better dear. It's a fact. The further you get away from the alcohol, the easier it will be. Go! Go! Go! You can do it!
—Guest Big Fish

To: Wholenuworld

Hi and thanks for the reply. The main problem for me with the quick fix is that it keeps you from pursuing natural, healthy ways to deal. Now that I am not grabbing up a drink, I learned other coping strategies. Some version of urge surfing is my favorite. Instead of getting myself all worked up and upset, I just take a deep breath, breathe in and out, knowing that it will pass. My overeacting made it go on and on. Now it's just a brief moment. Then done. You are coming along so well in your journey dear. It's a beautiful thing. I thank God for sobriety everyday.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Kenny

Dear Kenny, you're welcome friend. I believe an open conversation is vital. Every post I read speaks to me. I've felt exactly the same way. In my early sobriety, I was angry too. It is the alcohol. Going to the meeting and talking would have taken some of it off of you. It's a process. When I first started, I didn't think talking about it would help either. So I tried it. Why not. I remember posting to BuddyT that it did help. The astounding thing is that so many others have the same experience. You are not alone. Keep going friend. It will get better, I promise. If you do the right thing, for the right reasons, God will bless you.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Daddytbone

Hi Daddytbone, I had your name in my posts from before friend. That is wonderful news. Getting toward that one year mark. I know that being vigilant is the necessary thing for me too. I am so very pleased that my posts help you. I want to spread the word of sobriety, which is joy and life. My faith in God is what carries me. I ask that God give me the right words. Love and a hug to you. You lift me up!
—Guest Big Fish

To: Won'tgivein

Hi won'tgivein, Microbiology! More proof that alcoholics are intelligent! All the alcoholics I know are extremely smart. Really. Yea is right! I believe all good things will come to you without the harmful effects of the alcohol. Put your faith in God. Love to you. That is excellent friend!
—Guest Big Fish

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