- Just like to say thanks to mary and itsallfoolish for there replys, it made me more determined to quit...
- —Guest illbeatthis
- Yeah made it past first 24 hours. that was so hard. diazipam is still helpin. still feel like im in a bubble, foggy brain, chest hurts, shakey, legs feel so week. im gettin there. drinking plenty of water. day 3 i will give antabuse a go again. it kept me sober for 9 months last time,hopefully longer this time. one day at a time as they say.. stay strong everyone
- —Guest illbeatthis
AA is helping me
- Hi friends! I cannot get to this site as often as I like and I am sorry. I saw some folks asking about AA and wanted to throw my 2 cents in hoping it will help at least one alcoholic. I had a lot apprehension about AA and assumed some negative things about it because the only person I knew that went to AA was my brother and he is such a jerk about alcoholism and I didnt want to be in a room full of people like him. But I was desperate to get better and I bit the bullet and went to a meeting. Wow. Not sure what program my brother is working but it aint AA! The people I met were kind and generous. So many people willing to help you stay sober one day at a time. I try to go to a meeting daily. I go on my lunch hour from work and on weekends i go to a meeting each day. for those of you not working-try going to meetings. Call the AA hotline. They will find meeting for you. It really is worth it. Besides-what do you have to lose? Wishing everyone safe and happy day! Peace
- —Guest Better_now
Work in progress.
- Well, I had two days that weren't alchohol free. I had very little but that is NOT my goal. My goal is to be free from it. One day I had 2 beers at a annual festival (because of course the festival is only once a year) and would't you know it? The very next day at home I had 3 hmmm...there goes the pattern. Then I came down with the stomach flu. I'm back to my second day being sober. Bummed for messing up. Reading the withdrawal stories remind me I never want to go through that again. To everyone that talks about the confusion withdrawal....How horrible was that! I am thankful my slip was not enough to go through those withdrawals. It's horrible to think I am willing to risk feeling that crappy ever again. I desire to live clear minded and self controlled. I do not desire to feel sick, have anxiety, sleep awful because of a buzz, have a foggy mind the next day, feel my kidneys be agitated, and everything else that goes along with drinking. I especially hate the night time heart palpita
- —Guest Gym Coach
Reality and pain
- A young woman of 34 planning her wedding on 6/24/2013 having everything to look for was found dead this morning her in bathroom. She was my friend and a recovered Alcoholic of 3 years. She knew the temptations of alcohol was something she had to accept. Last night at her wedding shower, she decided to pick up just one drink. That one drink is what lead to her death. She could not stop and bought a large bottle of scotch and went home. She was alone and drank the whole bottle. She died in her own vomit. My friend left behind her future husband, brothers and sisters, mom and dad, grandparents, friends and her future children they had planned. Now we will be burring her instead of going to her wedding. To those that think they can have that just one drink, think it maybe your last. To those that say they can't stop drinking I say BULL! As long as your alive you can stop. Death is finial and from Alcohol is a shame. We can be cured it doesn't have to be fatal. May my friend rest in peace.
- Thanks for responding I'm now on day 10 and I'm dealing with anxiety and insomnia and really have no craving to drink. HavIng gone 3 months sober earlier this year I know that in a couple of weeks the anxiety will begin to pass I truely believe this relaps is only going to make me more determined to remain sober since I know how bad the withdrawals feel and how long it takes to get over them. I hope you are also as determined to remain sober and good luck with it.
- —Guest Augie
- Thank Marylin for your posts they are an inspiration. I having a really hard time. My husband is being very supportive and wonderful as well. I just feel like such a worthless failure. I took that quiz and rated a 14. I'm scared and worried. My husband has been at work for the past 2 days put of 4. He lost out on about $6000. Due to my problem. I'm desperate to get better:(
- —Guest Lois
You have a disease
- like every disease, you need treatment because you are sick. You cannot drink anymore or you will get sicker. Think of the heart patient who must change all diet and lifestyle. Think of the diabetes patient who must monitor blood sugar. You are no different. They also have cravings for certain food and drink that will make them ill. Go for success.
- —Guest JTB
- Hello Rain and welcome, it must be really tough to quit whilst working in a bar. The only thing I can suggest is once your shift is over get the hell out of there and don't touch the first one. You've already lost so much through drinking and know first hand where it ends. I hope you make the right decision. keep posting and let us know how it's going won't you.
- —Guest Mary
- Hello Jen and welcome. It's really tough living with someone who doesn't want to get sober because they want you to stay the same way usually. You can't force sobriety on someone else just let him see how much benefit you get out of it. If you really WANT this then you'll do it Jen. When he opens his bottle just find something else to do as a distraction, there's tons of advice here in back posts about vits etc that you need to take and what sort of withdrawals you can expect. I hope you decide to join us Jen.
- —Guest Mary
- Hang in there! it sounds like you're doing great. I know its tough . I'm on meds too but its to help with my insomnia. The meds can definitely ease withdrawal symptoms thank god for that. I know you say your job is your source of income, but isn't your sobriety worth that much more? I don't mean to sound harsh but I , too am unemployed largley due to my past drinking habit. Clean and sober one month and am feeling the stress of no income on my part. My husband is working, but we have to stretch the money to pay our bills, so we r financially strained. I have decided to persue personal training it's a long way til I reach my career but I have to look at the overall picture. But I congratulate you for making it this far. Its a long, hard road but it helps to live day by day and to be grateful for my life. I wish you nothing but the beat and keep fighting!
- —Guest Marilyn
why do we get...
- the shakes? Hot sweating and shivers? Dry heaves? what physiologic reasons exits for this?
- —Guest no more pink elephantz
you can do it
- oh I am a detox king- did it 6 times! I always went back to drinking and had 4 bouts of pancreatitis. I just did not make the connection. How is it so many can drink without pancreatitis? I finally got real when I could not stand the pain. I had sweating, shaking, cold goosebumps, nausea, diarrhea, no appetite. It took 5 weeks to get better. Stick with it and dont give up. Try again if you do not succeed.
- —Guest Detox King
- AA has saved my life. Call them, they offer a great support system and a wonderful, new way of life! There is a difference between stopping drinking (dry drunk) and being sober. Being sober will bring back the joy in your life, which is what AA will help you accomplish. Being a dry drunk (not drinking, but not doing the work either) will keep you restless, irritable and discontent. Give AA a try...the hardest part is walking through the door for the first time, but SOOO worth it. They all want you to succeed and stay sober. You have to be willing to at least give it a try! Good luck!
alone and scared
- well it's day 2, after drinking a pint of vodka a day for 5yrs. hands shaking, anxiety, strange dreams, taking oxazpam to avoid seizures, had 30 days, then relapsed, lost my fiance in nov 2012 to alcohol abuse. Problem is I am a 58 yr. old bartender, can go all day w/o a drink but as soon as I'm done it starts as just one and you know how that goes. Can't quit my job, make great money and now I have the only income, used to be able to work and go right for a walk or to the gym, I am determined to stay in 1 day at a time before something awful happens and it's too late. Glad I found this page and I will post again, no matter what
- —Guest rain