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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

So far so good

I just took more time to read the posts because I am waiting fr a repairman.It takes some time to read back and think.Mary, I have had respite care available to me and I don't like it. I can't exactly explain, but Maybe I don't even know how not to take care of people and animals. Maybe in a rut. Sobriety I KNOW is the answer. It will get me out to do more.
—Guest catlover

To Mary,Grannyann and all

I did slip back and I am getting used to beating myself up by now. All of your kind words mean alot to me. Sterling, I guess that I'm a chronic relapser. AA has not been good to me. I won"t go because in this small town it's not very anonymous. A neighbor would stop over (usually with three little kids) and found me with wine and tried to RECRUIT me. As my husband says, it's not illegal To drink and she wasn't exactly invited over! I don't want to drink anymore. I'm just having a bit of a struggle right now.Grannyann! So glad that you like music!I've been professional all of my life but I like all kinds of music Mary, you are too kind. Maybe I need a whack on the side of the head.I keep reading and trying! I know that when the time is right I'll make it
—Guest catlover

To: Fighting123

Dear fighting, Day 2! Whoo Hoo! Hang in there buddy! It's an investment in your future. It is the opposite of easy to quit but it is very possible. Tap into your inner "stubborn mule". Hard headed can work in your favor. Being willful really helped me thru my withdrawals. Be defiant! Be a warrior! I've been to several different aa meetings. They were each very different. As I told Blackbird, I think everyone should read the 12 steps. Work thru them yourself. Knowledge is power. Like Dr. Phil says "you can't change what you don't acknowledge". I am proud of you for facing this demon. You can do this! Love and a hug to you, fighting.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Blackbird

Dear Blackbird Man, thank you for your thoughtful and considerate post. Encouragement is great for Big Fish too! Being drunk gave me a bad voice in my ear. Sobriety can add a good voice. A positive voice that gets stronger with time. With use. I came to this site when I was struggling, I understand how you feel. The confusion and doubt. It is so amazing to me how much better life is with no alcohol. It's my heart's desire for you dear posters to have it too. The further away you get from the depressing effect of the alcohol, the easier it is to see clearly. I had to listen to my loved one in the beginning. My own attitude was "so what!" Find someone whose opinion you trust. Take a leap with faith. It will get easier, I promise. I think everyone should read the aa 12 steps. It's a sobriety "to do" list. You can do this all by yourself. It's a personal thing. It's being totally honest with yourself. I think truth works best. You can do this! Don't let no creep into your heart.
—Guest Big Fish

Day !2

Still Sober. I have to write it out as it is hard to believe that I could actually do this after years of talking myself out of it. Thanks to all of you, especially Big Fish, for your continued support. I still feel "Gray" though. Evolving is a tricky business.
—Guest Gray

For all of us struggling

" love is the gift you give yourself!" this is so telling as i read thru the threads and see a common denominator...self loathing, guilt, shame etc.We need to start loving ourselves so that we can in turn love our loved ones and find that inner strength to make our journey to sobriety happen! just sayin!
—Guest aussiechic

To: Catlover

Take care of yourself, I wish I could lift your burdens off you and give you a real break, I hate knowing you are struggling and being unable to help in a practical way. Please keep up the fight, you have far too much to give to lose it to alcohol. What life did you envisage for yourself as a gifted young adult, you can still be that person but accept that the goalposts have moved. Please take care Catlover.
—Guest mary

Off again

I'm off to London today for a few days to see my son. Catch up with you all on Tuesday, take care and be strong. Love to you all.
—Guest mary

To: Blackbird

You are so welcome. Be proud that you are trying because eventually you will succeed. Try not buying drink but rather than drive yourself nuts thinking you can't drink, make a note of the nearest shop selling booze that's open the latest, then your mind will stop stressing. As the closing time approaches, I found it was so late it wasn't worth spoiling another day for and stopped stressing. This is hard but the further away you get the easier it will be. Loved your comments about being a man. I used to think Hope was a female (sorry Hope) and it came as quite a shock when he said he was the eldest son. I had to totally re-create him in my mind lol. Be well and stay strong, just being here shows you have what it takes.
—Guest mary

To: Becky

Having a new haircut is a big deal for a woman, it symbolizes fresh beginnings. I did exactly the same when my abstinence reached a month, it was as though for the first time I thought, "I can do this". Everyone commented on how different I looked and I felt that externally was now starting to catch up on how different I felt inside after ditching the booze. Reaching out a big hug to you today and I also feel that Hope's advice was really good, worry about things one at a time. You are a powerhouse to have come so far, even getting to the interview stage is a huge achievement with unemployment as it is so you must be quite impressive. Go get 'em girl.
—Guest mary


OOps Sorry Mate. I did get the gender totally wrong but you made me laugh at your response to me. Hang in their my friend as it seems we are at about the same stage as each other. I keep trying to stop and think this is it! a bottle of wine later i am beating myself up mentally and feeling like something the cat has dragged in. i still think for me baby steps and watch and learn the triggers and then try and avoid them. Good luck for you on your journey and Noo I definitely wont call you a Girl ! lol
—Guest aussiechic

Re: with any addiction

Hello there. I'm glad you like that post. You are welcome, friend. I do believe environment helps. Sitting in a clean and fresh-smelling room is more life-affirming than a dirty messy one. Get all the senses involved. Good for you getting that haircut. Confidence is knowing. You will know your hair looks well cared for. It should give you a little boost. Just the fact that you are thinking along the lines of self-improvement is good. Positive thoughts. First you change your mind, that will change your choices and then your life will change. Your post isn't signed but I do believe it is dear becky. You've come a long way since last year. Keep going! Hugs to you! ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

To : Sterling

Just want you to know you, your post once again inspired me. I do not believe anyone relapses. We are where we are. " keep on rockin in the free world" x
—Guest Sentementalchic

To: Sterling

Hi sterling, I just wanted you to know I felt the same way in AA ( in relapsing ) I couldn't get better until I left. Now sober 8 yrs for me. I had to find myself! Some real crazy people there! Glad you found you too! Keep going friend.
—Guest Billy

To Fighting123

Thank you for the shout and keep on fighting! Sobriety is so worth the struggle and I know you can do it, we all can! There is such good support and advise here on this site. Hope 1962 words to you were so on. Please stay sober, Fighting, you will receive your own little "choo-choo's" for it! Take care.
—Guest robert1952

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