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Readers Respond: What Were Your Toughest Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and How Did You Cope?

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Updated September 22, 2012

To: I know I need help but scared

Give a whirl it may not be that bad. Read the old posts there is so much inspiration and information. Post let us know what's going on, we will support you. Love and hope

To: Demommyof5

You are doing great you family is so lucky. I like "Don't look back". Love and hope

To: Better_now

For my part I have caved to having it around. But I look at it like it's everywhere anyway. Just tonight I sat at a stop sign for several seconds thinking that way and I can buy. I went the other way that time. Will I next time? Love and hope so :)

To: For.real

Welcome there are worse places to lurk :). Hang around and let us know how it goes read the old posts tons of inspiration and practical advice. Love and hope

To: Elikay

The realization that someone else has it worse can really help us keep it in perspective. My Sister lost her eldest son to suicide, I can't imagine that pain. My children are my all. we all need to let go of the little stuff. I found myself extremely upset over my 16 year olds Basketball coach, not real important in the greater scheme. Love and hope

To: Catlover

Hang in there. You are doing so much so well. I pry for sleep to come your way. Love and hope

Re: acceptance

Harmony, your post on acceptance gave me chills. A coworker and I were talking. He has been going through some difficult times. He said "the world is exactly how it should be, if I can't change it, I must accept it.". Similar message, different sources, I think I will pay attention.
—Guest sad trying happy

Thanks Hope

Thank you Hope for responding. I don't feel as alone, have you or other posters encountered post acute withdrawal syndrome? From day 9-16, I actually felt human again. The past 2 days have felt like I just quit again. I went for a 2 mile walk but still feel Bleh. Seems like it would be too soon for that to start. Thanks again, love and hope to you as well.
—Guest sad trying happy

Coconut Oil

I started taking a spoonful or two of coconut oil every day this fall when I read that it is really good for your digestive system if you are having problems (as I was). It also helps for many other things, due to the type of fats that it is made of, which can be transported easily into your body's cells and metabolized very quickly, including the brain. I have diabetes and underlying hormonal problems that I am working on and that is how I stumbled on it. I also found it seems to help with headaches sometimes - I'll put a spoonful in some green tea. I use the Nutiva organic, unrefined, cold-pressed oil. There are others that are just as good I'm sure. Good luck!

To: openandwilling

It sounds like you got through the really tough part and are "there". I'm very happy for you! Staying there can be a challenge (at least it has been for me). All it takes is that one slip and it seems like the whole world falls down. So stick with it and be vigilant! Don't let down your guard. Thank you to BuddyT and all of the posters.

To: Harmony

Nice quote from the Big Book! It's a concept I am really trying to embrace these days. Thank you!

To: Wannabeleive

I found it! Dr. Mary Newport Has a book on reversing Alzheimer with coconut oil. I ordered it from Amazon. The website is Alzheimer Weekly. !
—Guest catlover

To: Big Fish

♪ ♫ Congrats on 1 year 10 months! ♪ ♫ I'm singing to you and my cat is hiding. Must be cause my dogs are howling, not cause of my singing. lol How to do the notes you so desire. Hold alt down and on your number pad (not the ones at the top) press 13 and let up alt key for single note and alt key 14 for dbl note.
—Guest harmony


I may have posted this before but the words are so powerful to me I though I would share again, And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation, some fact of my life, unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God's world by mistake. Taken from the Big Book. To all, Stay Strong for you, your family and for us.
—Guest harmony

The what if's of tomorrow.

I found myself talking to a close friend the other day and doing the what if's. Trying to look into the future of personal relationships. Bless his heart he finally stopped me. He lovingly told me I'm wasting my time trying to predict how a person may react and all the different ways I can deal with it. Hmmm I thought. Really? Are you telling me it's ok to live in today and deal with that situation if or when it comes up? Easier said than done but I'm working on it. To achieve my sobriety I need to find acceptance. If I don't, I will drink because for me that was how I dulled the pain. I also drank for other reasons but one of the biggest was to avoid issues that I couldn't change. I realize now I have a choice. Yes, I can drink but I don't want to. I love being sober. Yes I miss the 1st 20 minutes of drinking but not the rest of the night or days that I was spending trying to recapture the 1st 20 min. Welcome to all the newcomers we've been waiting for you. Hugs to all the oldtimers
—Guest harmony

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