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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: Catlover

Dear catlover, You know you are in my daily thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you, dear.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Fighting123

Keep trying, keep searching for what works for you. Very few just walk away, most struggle some for a long time. You know what you want, "to beat this poison". Beat it a little at a time each time you choose Not this drink you win a round. This is a long fight you may lose a round or two just get up and win the next. Don't give up hope in the end I believe in hope because hope comes back tomorrow. Love and hope
—hope1962

In the end

To those who relapse and struggle with getting past 4 days or two weeks of whatever the trigger time may be. I relapsed multiple times I admit. I sorta knew the last time I drank was the last time. I drank on a deep binge for days until I just passed out. I think in a way I drank to make myself so sick I would never go back there again. Not something I recommend. And I was sick for many days. I suffered terrible sweats, throwing up, insomnia, and anxiety. It really exhausted me. And months now clean I still carry the memory of it. I never want to do it again. I took the advice of good people here once I could keep something down to drink water and get potassium and vitamins back in my body. I was bloated from alcohol but essentially robbing my body. It's not a pretty experience. I did it alone as I did not want anyone to know also something I don't recommend. But now I am sober. I awake now thinking not about the next drink but what I can accomplish.
—Guest becky

To: Gray

Hi Gray, yea for you! 11 days! It takes time for the alcohol to get out of your brain. Keep going. You will be able to see the beauty in life in time. It will not always be confusing. You can do this! ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

To: fighting123

Dear fighting, I can tell you what worked for me. I tapered down. One less drink every couple days. This is a slow progress. Drink more slowly, sip not gulp. I went from slamming one down in a few seconds to sipping, alternating with water and other beverages. One drink lasted 10 minutes, then a half hour. This gave me a chance to really think about it. I was afraid of the shock to my system, so I wanted to step down a bit at a time. Putting this effort in and really thinking about it helped me. I became aware. Each day, I could be proud that I was going in the right direction. I did this for 30 days, when I got down to one drink. I just stopped. I had 3 days of withdrawals, then I could do my regular chores. I believe this thinking so much really cemented the idea in my mind. I never looked back after that. The main requirement to quitting is that you want to. You really do not want alcohol in your life. The alcohol is telling you otherwise. This will pass. You can do this. Love 2U.
—Guest Big Fish

To: battling the creature

Hi, Thank you for your post. I'm probably new. I feel old. I started trying to stop allof this about 6 months ago. I think I ama little better. I'm still a mess. Thanks for your words.
—Guest Blackbird

To: aussiechic

Hi, Thank you for your post. You are very kind. First off, I'm a guy. I got called a girl once. Only once. My big brother's jaw still hurts. Now, he makes bloody sure to call me Ma'am! Lol! I think it is a tough thing to make pen friends. I'm not sore at you at all, and just oppositely wanted to thank you for your encouraging words. I think I do lack guts, but your well-intended words do make me feel easier about sharing, so thanks so much for that. I feel like I don't know what I'm doing. Giving up alcohol is necessary, only I don't know how? I keep reading, but I think it is harder than I thought it would be. I'll so wish you you luck if you could only do the same for me? Best wishes, and... don't call me a girl again! Lol! Lol! Lol!
—Guest Blackbird

To: Becky

Good luck with the job search, it's very stressful. Try to take it a little bit at a time. I mean don't stress about relocating (also super stressful) until you are actually relocating. Above all hang onto what you are doing and the new person you are becoming. Love and hope
—hope1962

To: Gray

Eleven days is great, hang in there. It does get better you start to see for the first time in years. Yes there is beauty, it has been there just veiled by the haze. Keep going not this drink not today. Love and hope
—hope1962

Update...

Hi all posters, thought I would drop a line to celebrate my 100th day sober :-) . The latest issues have been low self esteem resulting in jealousy. It came as a shock as the emotion was raw and real, with racing heart beat etc. after much analyzing I have now began to build on my low self esteem issue by exercising. Please note this helps as the adrenalin rush is my new addiction with so many good side effects it's unreal! All the best to you all on your journey and if I can go 100 days dry after 1 and half bottles of wine each night anyone can. Love and light .
—Guest Clarity

To: Becky

You are doing brilliantly so far. I really hope that the interview goes well for you. Just take a deep breath and focus on the huge amount you have achieved so far. They'd be lucky to have you. Good luck
—Guest mary

To: Blackbird

You are someone special..and not stupid. You insprire people
—Guest workingonsobriety

To goingtomakeit

Thank you for your post. I was really wanting a glass of wine tonight after work. I happened to read your post regarding your belief that you could have just one and ended up worse than before. It took me only a second to realize that would be me if I had that "single" glass of wine. I decided to copy your post onto my desktop for future reference. Thank you.
—Guest Sterling

To relapsers

I wanted to weigh in on the subject of relapsing. Some people in AA labelled me a "chronic relapser." They may not have intended me to hear them and the words cut deeply. The words almost made me want to give up and drink myself to death, but instead I kept trying. I think, for us, trying is the key. It is the determination to meet every single day with the resolve to do our best that particular day. We do relapse along the way. That seems to be the nature of the beast we are confronting. I believe it is important though to resolve to try again the next day. And one last thing, I was very hard and very cruel to myself whenever I failed or did not meet my goals. That cruelity may have made it even harder to stay sober ... and it certainly made it harder for me to reach out and ask for help. So please remember to never give up. Best wishes.
—Guest Sterling

To: Blackbird

What you need to do is stop putting yourself down, You are not stupid you have a disease that is cunning, baffling and wants to kill you. Hang in there, it sounds like a lot of people on this site care for you. You are worth it , just don't give up!
—goingtomakeit

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