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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 Mary

I so appreciate your post. I have read this site but have not written, because for the last 3 or four days I have been drinking again. The insomnia gets me every time. My husband has been totally absent due to dementia/Alzeihehmer"s. He is not that old. I am not old enough to live like this. I wrk on all that the spiritual advisors say and I have really failed. Love you
—Guest catlover

To all.

I haven't posted lately and catching up tonight. To all those in their first week or two its a great site for support. Since I have been away for a week or so can't address you personally but all on this site have been through the nightsweats, the wanting to throw up in the morning. The insomnia and anxiety in the mornings. If you can hold out it does get better. It really does. I was so bad I couldn't even remember the night before or how I had ended up on a floor with broken ribs from a fall. I am now at least 5 months sober. I didn't really count the date cause I was so sick at the time. It is hard but possible. To Mary, Big Fish, and hope1962 thank you for helping me to this point. I know I have left someone out and I apologize. A big day of cleaning for me. I still battle insomnia but I make myself get up in the morning to do things. Trying to get a regular sleep pattern and to make sure I take care of basic things now. The past month has really made a difference. Thank you.
—Guest beecky

To: Struggling

Hang in there and don't give up, you really have gone through the worst at four days. I never drank in the day either but boy I hit it every night. I had the shakes and sweats and sleep was impossible for weeks. Now, I sleep like a baby and wake refreshed and clear headed. You will experience this too. Stay strong, keep posting and know that we are all with you every step of the way. Ask any questions you want answers to, no matter how small.
—Guest Mary

Where's Catlover

Hey Catlover, how are you? Haven't seen a post from you in a while. Hope everything is ok with you. If you can, leave a post just to let us know you are ok.
—Guest Mary

To: Freshstartforme

A relapse isn't the end, you acknowledged it honestly now move on and don't beat yourself up. I am proud of you for realizing that you need help, you are facing up to the truth. We will all be here for you when you need us. Stay strong.
—Guest mary

To: Gray

Well done Gray, keep with it. I think it's a great idea that we all get to vote on a new name for you. We're all with you in this so stay strong.
—Guest Mary

To: Bigfish

Hi Bigfish, I am so glad that your brother has turned up. He is lucky to have such a supportive family. Your son must see you as an inspiration, I'm sure he will be the one to break the family curse. Take care friend.
—Guest mary

To: won't give in

I am really glad the sickness has passed and you are doing well. Hugs back at you.
—Guest mary

To: Beesandpeas

It's so good that you are cutting down your drinking but you are right about what could have happened driving when drunk. Bigfish has great ideas on how to cut back successfully so that eventually you can stop. keep going with it.
—Guest mary


Welcome it is a struggle. For most people the worst physical stuff passes in 4 or 5 days. Read the old posts here there is much good advice and inspiration. Keep posting we want to help. Love and hope

To : Sterling

10 MONTHS! Is amazing. I'm only beginning to understand how difficult this really is. You must be so proud yea for you! I tried the V8 and liked it both you and working on sobriety got me juicing my own veggies now. Best wishes x
—Guest Sentementalchic

To all

I am eight days out from a drink. My worst withdrawal symptom is that my brain does not seem to work very well. Lot's of spelling errors and poor fine motor skills. I will not even go into the insomnia. Thanks. Tab
—Guest Tab


Hi dear. Lurking is reading and not posting...since I keep choosing the bad I don't want to bring an infectious element in. Hugs to you and everyone.
—Guest mary

The mean little voice

hi, i just joined this site after reading all the comments and I am so happy I did. I have not had a drink for 6 days. About an hour ago, I really wanted to have a glass wine, but then I started googling and luckily found this site. Thank God, after reading all the posts, I can say no to that mean voice telling me that I want a glass of wine any more. I tell you though, alcohol is always in mind. How do I beat the voice in my head reminding me of this horrible drug?

To: Guest j

Hi j, 6 days! Whoo Hoo! I am so happy for you. I am honored to help you. You are very welcome, friend. It warms my heart up to read of your progress! Sobriety rocks! I had to kick myself alot in the beginning too. Day 4 I began exercising like bootcamp. That helped alot. Google "urge surfing". Keep going, it will get easier. This is a great site. Read as many old posts as you can. Good job! You can do this, j. We are on your side. ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

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