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

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Updated September 19, 2014

To Catlover

Thank you for your beautiful posts. And, you are a beautiful person. Wish I could talk to you in person also!
—Guest Grannyann

To: Hope1962

Hi hope, you crack me up with that crazy ex-lover analogy! Hugs to you friend. ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

To: Wholenuworld

Hi wholenuworld, everytime I see your name, I start humming that song from Alladin. When my son was young, we loved to watch it. It's a good memory. A happy song. The main withdrawals do last for up to 2 weeks. However, most people do have post acute withdrawal symptoms. 3/4. This is a real thing. Google it. I had depression, panic attacks and poor memory. It's the reason people have a hard time feeling joy for awhile. I got over the depression part. I learned how to calm myself at the onset of anxiety, so I'm ok with the panic attacks now. My memory is improving but sometimes my short term memory isn't up to par. I believe time heals. Time away from the alcohol. The urge to drink even though you know it's bad is another way the brain has been affected. If you are aware, you can take steps to manage these symtoms. For example, I use the urge surfing for the panic attacks. Mood swings is also one. Those are completely gone now. Insomnia is also one. All of these things can be managed.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Isabel

Insomnia was a real problem for me too but it will come. In the past, I used to give in and drink just to sleep but of course passing out isn't sleeping and you won't feel any better for it just mad that you gave in. It will eventually come and believe me, waking sober with no guilt, shame or regret is a wonderful feeling. Hang on in there, you can do this.
—Guest mary

To: Blackbird

Hi Blackbird, your post really resonated, in the early days I think we are all self absorbed but you have always been there for others. You are doing really well because you have other pressures to face and, I don't know, but I get the feeling you live alone. If this is the case then I really take my hat off to you for your strength of character. Just keep making those xs on the calendar, each one is a kiss to yourself. Take care.
—Guest Mary

To: Bigfish

Hi bigfish, just a shout to say hello. So, thinking of love are we, anyone on the horizon or just thoughts in general? Either way good luck, you deserve it, just make sure he is good enough for you.
—Guest mary

To: Wholenuworld

I remember after about two weeks sober I decided i was doing so well and looked so much better that I would treat myself to some retail therapy. The sales assistant knew me, she put her hand on my arm and asked "are you ok? you look really pale and highly strung." It really knocked my confidence but, and here's the point, I am getting better every day. There was a time when I wouldn't want to go to the theatre or cinema in the evenings because it ate into my drinking time, now I'm out and about enjoying life sober. You will get there and your energy will return I promise. Keep going.
—Guest mary

To: Grateful E

Facing up to the problem is a really huge step. Alcoholism is a sly enemy, it creeps up so gradually until you realize you're drinking every night then finally realize it has become an automatic reaction and you're drinking twice as much to get the same buzz. It is hard to stop but you can do it, the first few days are without doubt the worst but you are doing all the right things. A massive well done for every day you've achieved so far.
—Guest mary

Live your life

I listened to an old interview on Fresh Air (NPR) with Maurice Sendak who died this morning. In addition to being inspired by this man, he gave me a big gift today. He was in his eighties, and new he would die soon, so he said to the world, "live your life. Live your life. Live your life!". Such important words for those of us who would rather hide from life in a bottle of wine. Life is so short. My children are growing up so fast. I know loss is inevitable. May I be reminded often to live my life!
—Guest Beesandpeas

To all

This is really hard for me to write. I'm on this site because I think I drink too much. I also have a chip on my shoulder because I think I've been judged wrongly. Saw something: not sure where, but a family who love their "granny" but were worried and embarrassed by her. It wasn't me, but it could have been. I am blessed to have a caring family, but also, it's a family who wouldn't want to ever shame me. I don't go out streaking in the nude or kill someone because i was drunk, but where is the line? The only reason I follow this site is because I'm scared. But I don't buy into the "one size fits all" cure. I've said before, I'm turning 70 this summer. It seems like every day, an older friend/relative is dying. So I post "what the heck." But, for those of you who are much younger, with so much left to live for, get off the booze. It'll fry your brain. I don't know what's left for me. Please all, be well
—Guest Grannyann

To: Rollercoaster

Well, so much for feeling my energy returning. I feel so exhausted today that I became shaky and slightly out of breath just hanging up clothes this morning. I thought withdrawal only lasted about a week or two. My health is good; I just had lab work done and everything is normal so it must be related to new found sobriety, I guess. Robert1952-that's all wonderful news! Here's to doors, open and shut!
—Guest Wholenuworld

To:workingonsobriety

Hi, Tonight, I couldn't sleep. I was reading the posts. I wanted to read back to when I began posting here. I was really upset when I reached a series of posts I wrote about a setback from not long ago. I was so sick and upset after waking up from a binge. I remember that day. I felt so awful. I couldn't think straight, and my writing was so crazed. You wrote, 'you inspire people.' I didn't write you back. I felt sick, ashamed and hopeless. I guess a new withdrawal symptom I should add is self-absorbed and rude. I should've thanked you. I'm very sorry I didn't. Please forgive me. I have good stuff to write, too. I keep a 'beer' calendar. I write an 'X' on each day I stay sober. There are many 'X's on it. I have been sober more this year than in probably all of the last decade. I've failed so much, but I think I have learnt a lot. Thanks to you and to all the others here. I wish all of you well. I hope we can continue to help each other. I didn't know how hard it would be.
—Guest Blackbird

To: Isabel

Congrats on 14 days. The irritability gets better the insomnia may hang on. You are doing well to start young before alcohol gets a full grip on you. Love and hope
—hope1962

To: Wholenuworld

37 days is great, your outlook on everything is changed and guess what it gets better. Thanks for such a promising post. Love and hope
—hope1962

To: Beasandpeas

Yes it is hard to give up a long term companion. So take it small bits a week, a month three months as time passes you will feel less and less attracted towards alcohol. I compare it to a crazy ex lover you might be tempted to spend the night, but you know you don't want to wake up with them or spend your life with them. Love and hope
—hope1962
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