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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 facinguptoit

I was just wanted to offer my support in your post. I was the same as I never thought alcohol would be a part of my life either. It is good you are here and talking about it. It is understandable to be scared when you first recognize the problem. I am sorry for the loss of your mom and moving causes great stress as well. Take it one day and then two days at a time. There is a lot of advice here about the withdrawal process. Stay with it and keep posting.
—Guest becky

Choosing health

Thank you for this site. I've been here before about a year ago but dropped my guard. Three months sober the first time, then a 36 hour spree left me sicker than I could believe. Nine good months, then 4 stupid days of stinking thinking--or not thinking. Now I'm diminishing Day 2 and jounaling my hand off so that I NEVER forget how close relapse could be. Keeping down Gatorade and prepared for a long night but also, I hope, a long life. Praying for you all with gratitude! I'll post again.
—Guest Grateful E

To: Becky

You are doing so well. I'm happy for you every time I read your posts. I remember when you first posted here. The change in your outlook is like a complete 180! You mentioned something about becoming aware of your self esteem a while back. My first thought was, "That's awesome! She's sober now for a while and starting to see all these things that the drinking buries away." I think that by the time you are aware of your self esteem issues, you're probably improving it already without even realizing it. You go girl!
—activeNoMore

To: Mary

You have really embraced your new life with real commitment and enthusiasm. It shows through in very post. It's heartening to see people break though and have the sober life take root. May you continue to grow and and enjoy your new found freedom. I'm not a newcomer here, but I still get so much hope and inspiration from example you set. Thank you.
—activeNoMore

Reflections on a year - Part 2

There's one of each holiday, one vacation, one of each season and everything else that scares the crap out of each of us that face it sober and in the moment for the first time in a long time (or maybe the first time ever). But life is random, and the unplanned events are the ones that have tripped me up before I even realized what happened. So I plan to be prepared, and keep going strong through the next year. This year has been a good one. I've had the appetizer before, and it's always been good. I highly recommend it to anyone contemplating it. To Big Fish and Robert - you guys seem to be be enjoying the main course. I'm looking forward to comparing notes with you guys and all the others that post. And Thank You, Buddy T, for your consistent dedication to this site.
—activeNoMore

Reflections on a year - Part 1

The site seems slower lately - I check in daily when I get on my computer but have been really stressed for time lately, so I just read and go. I'm approaching a year sober in a week - and been reflecting on what a sober year means. On one hand, when the 366th day gets here (darn leap year *:^) ) it will be just another day. I'll try to live it the best I can and stay sober. For me, the worst withdrawal symptom is relapse. But relapse is optional. It is my conscious choice. I don't know what the next year will bring, but I can change and manage what I can to make the best of what life throws at me. A year is a real accomplishment, though. It's like the "sampler appetizer" on a restaurant menu - you get at least one each of the "annual assortment" - more than enough when you're taking those first steps.
—activeNoMore

To Mary, Catlover

What did I do to frustrate you? I never said that drinking was ever a solution to anything. From Catlover's posts, she seems to have no support network. Not her husband (for whom she takes care of full time), her step daughters, or so called church friends who seem to love to remind her of some past embarrassment. So she drank some wine when she was feeling really down. I said so what? Should she have done some yoga? Taken a pill? You never said what she should have done instead. Please enlighten me. Obviously, I need it.
—Guest Grannyann

Appearence

When I lost my job, thankfully not because of alcohol and I started drinking heavily I didn't care about taking showers...I literally lived in the same clothes for days it seems. It's disgusting I know but I was an addict and didn't care. I used to dress for work every day. But tomorrow I get my haircut and prepare for an interview which involves travel. It's a small thing to some people but I change clothes every day now and shower. Funny how far down we can go to make the small things seem so significant. Things that were once routine became lost so it really is a process of being reborn in some way. To Mary, I went to London once for work and it a beautiful city with great museums. I really loved the National Gallery with the Turner paintings. Have a great time. Sorry I am meandering a bit this morning in my thoughts but all your posts mean so much to me and I can't say thank you enough. It really is a symphony of voices expressing encouragement, realizing alcohol is no way to live.
—Guest becky

To: Becky

Hi becky, these last 2 years one of my main (and sometimes only) social interactions has been to go to the church once a week. I've always considered myself a loner. I'm content to be by myself alot. It's pretty amazing how comfortable I now feel when I go there. It helped me so much. Such kind people. So they wanted volunteers for a video about the church. In all this time, they never asked me for anything. So I popped up and said "yes". What a great group to lend support to. To give back to. I would not have done this before. I'm glad I did it! I even went on-camera and spoke from my heart. I thanked them for the 2 year sobriety birthday cake. It was so special! Most people will be surprised to learn that I am an alcoholic. I don't worry if anyone knows anymore. Those days are done for me. I want it to be an open topic for discussion. With secrecy comes shame, I think. I'm here, I'm an alcoholic and I am A-okay! Love to you dear becky. It will get easier, I promise.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Blackbird

Hi Blackbird, I always thought you were a man too. ha ha But I have been wrong about some others. Alcohol is an equal opportunity destroyer. Alcoholism is confusing when the alcohol is still in you. It affects your powers of reasoning. It distorts your vision of reality. After you get the alcohol good and out of you, it's not confusing. It's crystal clear. Alcohol messes up your ability to reason and discern. It's not a mystery. It is cause and effect. It is the alcohol. Period. The further you get away from it, the better my friend. That is why I listened to my loved one who told me I was a mess. I knew my own judgement was distorted. I also knew they only wanted what was best for me. So I just had to trust them. Hugs to you today.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Gray

Hi Gray, 12 days! Alrighty then! It is the voice in your own head that matters. Make it a positive one. Affirming thoughts. "I can do this!" "I am doing this!". The alcohol made me feel confused for a long time. It will go away with time. I promise. The further you get away from the alcohol, the more clearly you will think.You are doing great! Stick to your plan. Life with no alcohol is beautiful. Hugs to you.
—Guest Big Fish

To Kiteen

Wow. Thank you for posting. One more reminder to me to remain sober.
—Guest Sterling

To: Becky

Hi becky, you are welcome dear friend! You are really doing great! Tackling that job! I am proud of you. I love the quote "if you are too busy running from your fears...you don't have time to chase your dreams". You are chasing dreams now girl! Excellent! Love and hugs to you, becky.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Facinguptoit

Hi Facinguptoit, I am so sorry that you had to go thru all that with your mother. What a tragedy. It's really great that you are facing up to the alcohol. You can do this. Hangovers are withdrawals. Usually the first couple days are hard. It will get better. God bless you and all the posters.
—Guest Big Fish

Clarity (jacky)

Hi Clarity, 100 days! Whoo Hoo! I agree with you about the exercise. Keep going friend!
—Guest Big Fish
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