- I just got from the ER. I hadn't slept in 2 days, and I was starting to get extremelt anxiety. Sorry can barely get this typed as they gave me a benzo to fix it. Worked like a charm. The also rehydrated me with saline drips. Falling asleep...
- —Guest tom
Getting on with it
- First time poster to this site. I am nearly 3 years drink and drug free. I have had all the symptoms you all mention. Some worse some better, giving up for me was easy. I had 2 kids, 1 newborn if I didn't do it for myself then I would not be around for them. I changed my lifestyle no more pubs, clubs or 24 packs in the house, just get on with it. After a while all the paranoia and anxiety eases, try to distract yourself as much as possible. Tell yourself how good you've done. Nobody is helping you, YOU are doing it, YOU are beating it ,YOU are in control of your own destiny. YOU CAN do it, so do it. sounds easy huh? It isn't but try to only be positive. if you don't want to be somewhere , go, if you don't want to go anywhere, sorry your busy. Do only things that you want to stay in control, you will beat the alcohol. Now the worse thing I cope with is two kids pulling me to pieces on the weekend, but then, I'm not in control of them! Be lucky and stay focused, YOU can do it.
- —Guest scoot34
- Well I have only played here once,I went to a doc and admitted my prob,I called a detox center but have to wait two weeks to get in. Anyway,I have high blood pressure,I guess. The doc put me on propranonl ol, feel a lil better for the time being. Just hope it to detox,two weeks seems soon far away ! I am soon ready to go !
- —Guest justme
- I meant to congrats you on your 7th month Griffy1 but hit Yvan up instead. Opps, I am not much of a speed reader lol. I am so happy for you and your found happiness. I for one wished I had gotten sober years ago. I am such a different person now and I really like who I am. I hope to see you on your 1 year birthday, it is just around the corner. Hugs Clue
- I hear you on not going to AA as much as I used to. I will be 8 months sober on Tuesday and am finding that I do not need to think about not drinking all the time. I go a couple times a month and feel good about that. I do understand that AAers are all different and their personal needs vary but I am pleased to know I can move forward with out the day to day reminder that drinking is not for me. Congrats on your 7 months your healing is in full gear now. I hope your like I am and have learned that life is so much more than the life I had drinking. Drinking is not normal to me anymore, it is what some people do to have fun but for me becoming a part of the real world and all that it has to offer will take me my life time to discover and enjoy! Happy sober day to you! Hugs Clue.
- Well, in few words, you have said everything we need to hear! 7 months, fantastic! Thank you for sharing, it gives hope to all of us. Nearly 4 months soon for me, like you I am becoming the person I want to be. It is just amazing if we don't pick up the first drink, and as you say, we are different people. It is beyond words to be and live sober. Big congratulations, and big hugs.
- —Guest Yvan
- Its early sat nite and Ive had 4pints already. 12 days sober and back to square one.
- —Guest illbeatthis
Stick with it.
- Over 7 months now. The first 4 were not fun, but well worth it. I am a different person now. The person I want to be.
- —Guest griffey1
To: 28 days
- In regards to you not sleeping, that is the most common problem in from alcohol withdrawal. I'll share a few tips. Go to your local heath food store, and see if u can pick up some tea with Valerian Root in it. Its a natural herb that helps relax u. Also, pick up some Melatonin, (in pill form) It's also a natural herb. Also make sure u are taking B-Complex, and calcium with magnesium. Do not consume anything with caffeine after noon hour and an hour before you go to sleep, shut off the TV and dim all the lights. Read or write in a journal beside a dim lamp. Also practice deep breathing, from your diaphragm. If that doesn't work you can always go to your doctor and he could provide you with sleep meds for temporary use. But be aware that if u have an addictive personality that sleep meds could be addicting. Two meds that I'm on r Trazadone and Seroquel (the brand names in Canada) they are sedative antidepressants both non-addicting. Do some research on line depends where u live. Good luck.
- —Guest Marilyn
Does cutting down really work?
- Anxious of stopping this time. Is that because I'm still in denial ?
- —Guest still trying
- I am trying to quit. I'm so sick I cant sleep. I haven't eaten in days. I'm losing my life. I'm so ashamed.
- —Guest Denise
- Hey there. I too was in the same state u are in right now. U don't have to feel alone or afraid. Contact a crisis line or better, go to emergency where they can help u get through the withdrawal less painfully. Do not be embarrassed. I guarantee everyone on this site has been, or are where u are at. Doctors will give u the proper meds so your withdrawal symptoms will be easier to get through. Know that depression and anxiety are very common, and u will beat this. You took the first step by coming to this site. I too, had extreme withdrawal symptoms I went to medical detox saved me. Take your embarrassment and chuck it out the door and let your strength and determination come through. You can do this! I wish nothing but the best and keep me posted. I'm here every night.
- —Guest Marilyn
- I am super sick cant sleep more than a couple hours. I am so embarrassed to ask for help I dont know what to do... I want to die I cant eat, sleep or funtion
- —Guest Dlc
AA and the 12 steps
- I am still going to AA, but less often now, not because I don't want to hear stories from people, always touching and moving, I know AA has good benefits for sure, many, but the idea of doing the 12 steps and having a sponsor is not for me. Steps 1 2 3 5 6 7: the way to restore control is through submission to a higher power. I do beleive in a loving and creative thought in the Universe, I do beleive in our own freedom and responsibilities aswell; I prefer my own steps, easier for me to focus on my daily life. I don't want to drink anymore (at last)! I know one drink will bring me back to square one! I am dealing with my new life sober! I have for the rest of my life to live with healthy emotions (tough) I have to respect my body with healthier diet, exercise, and no abuses of any kind! A healthy mind in a healthy body! Those are my steps. Now getting back to reality is 1000 times better than living sick, lying, escaping, selfish, making people around us suffer. It is up to us. Hugs
- —Guest Yvan
- I'm skirting round quitting maybe still in a little denial I drink 6 pints of regular cider a day didn't think that was a problem as I don't get drunk. I've had anxiety and depression for 20 years I know alcohol makes it worse but I've been using it for that long I feel its become a friend I know its not got to change my mindset. Keep fighting my friends.
- —Guest only me