- Hi and welcome. Most find insomnia the worst symptom, try taking benolyn, it's a hay fever tablet, totally non-addictive but exactly the same as a sleeping tablet. It may not be a miracle cure but better than an addiction transfer to prescribed meds. Hope it helps.
- —Guest Mary
To: Ready to change
- If you REALLY want this then you CAN do it. The worst of the physical withdrawals are over in about 4/5 days then you'll be fighting the mental addiction, the little voice that tries to tell you it's okay to buy drink. Have distraction techniques in place, this only lasts a short while so find something to occupy you until the urge passes. Stay strong.
- —Guest Mary
- The physical symptoms are gone after 3 days but anxiety is horrible. I relapsed for a month after being mostly sober for 100 days. I was finally starting to feel normal the anxiety was almost gone lots of energy and was sleeping through the night. But like a lot of us hear we think we can start having a couple drinks and the problems of the past won't return but they do. For me it took 3 weeks and I was back to my old drinking ways. I'm determined to quit for good now. I spilled my guts to my wife about what I'm going through and she didn't really say much she's drinks but not like I do. I guess I'm on my own with this and I am so determined to remain sober. Glad to get this off my chest
- —Guest Augie
- I am having terrible panic. I can't get past day one i have such severe panic that I can't leave the house anymore. I'm so desperate every day I try not to drink but the panic and fear of withdrawal over come me. I'm scared. I don't have any insurance or a doctor I don't know what to do .
- —Guest Panic 24/7
- Hello Lucia I have been looking up your songs. I especially like Plumb. Drank everyday for so many years I don't even know. All while working in the field of fitness. I am taking one day at a time. And today I am not going to drink. I just keep giving my self new goals to it. My next goal is to make it through next weekend. when I start thinking about the whole summer and camping trips and barbeques it gets to overwhelming. So today is Tuesday and my goal is thru next Monday. I thank the Lord for helping me find this site as AA is not a option for me.
- —Guest Gym Coach
I never meant for this to happen.
- It's just horrible withdrawal because I want to feel better & go see friends & enjoy my life again. I have good days & bad mornings when I slip up & over do it. It's so hard when you feel like crap & you know drinking will make you feel better, but only for a little bit.
- —Guest Brad C.
How can I do it alone?
- I'm trying to stop drinking, but my partner doesn't allow it. I mean that, she doesn't want to quit and sees alcohol as the best thing ever. I can't take it anymore. Together we drink a 24-12oz a day; it is ridiculous!! I haven't had a drink for 3 days and I feel like crap. I know that when I get home, she's going to offer me a beer and if I say no, she's going to go ballistic and that I'll take it just so that she'd shut up. Same thing with cigarrets; she'll buy them for me if she sees that I don't have any.... Everything is so toxic... so senseless. I need help, there's no A.A. near where I live.
- —Guest SBA1978
- The fact that one can drink heavily for 30 plus years then quit with only supplemental vitamins, lots of water and willpower, is certainly a testament to the amazing power of the mind ( Bloody minded as Mary would say). We all have the capacity to overcome any obstacle put before us. I have read that the ability to overcome adversity is the key to success. It is sad to see so many come to this site due to the remorse of the evening before then disappear. It is uplifting to follow those who continue to overcome the challenges presented by alcohol addiction. Our time on this earth is short, I had wasted so many years and let so many positive memories slip through my hands due to my alcohol addiction. I will try my hardest to not let that happen again. Like the seasons, we are all about change, some for the better, some, not so much. The past 6 months have been some of the most difficult in my life as well as some of the most rewarding. The winter was VERY difficult. Spring is here. Smile
- —Guest griffey1
To Itsallfoolish - the book ?
- You mentioned a book : "the Sobering Truth About Alcohol" from what you said it sounds really powerful stuff... I searched for it on Amazon and no luck - who is the Author please, and the exact title? Thanks... By the way another book that really helps me is "Easy way to control Alcohol" by Allen Carr.. despite the title - it's actually about stopping !
- —Guest Almost_Icarus
It sucks, but you end up with life
- I hear all of you. My alcohol problem crept up so fast and at such a young age . I had to go to medical detox for 5 days and I had only drank daily for 3 months! it just shows how alcoholism does not discriminate and how deliberating it is. Two and a half weeks sober and I am able to go to the gym and out in public places without worrying I am going to drive off the road because I was shaking so bad. At one point [my rock bottom] after drinking nonstop, daily for two weeks I couldnt walk because my leg muscles seized up completley. I was scared shitless. but my best advise is DO NOT detox alone. Get medical supervision and do know that they will keep you safe and monitored. And once the physical symptoms stop, it will only get better and better. Good luck to everyone.
- —Guest Mary Lynn
- On day 102 & feeling pretty good. I never thought I would ever get this far, the longest I ever made it was 66 days. I love that whenever I feel anxious or have an ache or pain I know it's not withdrawl & that it is probably just anxiety & that I will be just fine. I am 43 years old and never had a problem with alcohol or any other addiction until I was 38. I hid it for a few years and when I told my family how much I was drinking & that I needed help, no one really believed me because I hid it so good. I drank all day, everyday & the withdrawls sucked. I had auditory hallucinations, the shakes, rapid heart beat & vomiting (which all could always be fixed by another drink). I went to treatment twice & the hospital at least twice for being suicidal. It breaks my heart for putting my family through this! Now I a sober, honest & thankful that I still have my family. The hardest part now is trying to manage all of my emotions without the help of alcohol & it's numbing effects. I got this
- —Guest charlie_66
- I had a pretty strong urge today to have a drink. I remembered that someone had said recently that usually within 30 minutes the urge will pass. Well in 30 minutes I felt less out of control of my temptation and now I will be able to add today to my list of a no alchohol day.
- —Guest Gym Coach
- Have not posted in some time, working thru the 12 steps, doing good although slow going. My key is learning to find your inner peace and taking it a day at a time.
- —Guest clear_in_texas
- I'm in my early 30's, started drink 2 n half yrs ago... first to test how it feels being drunk.. then I realized how exciting n relaxing it was...about a month later I was in stress, coz I had been searchin for a job... so I ran to a store n purchased some wine... so it became a habit.. I would go to a store n purchase a beer any time I wanted to kill stress or simply relax.. I became alcohol dependent... later I managed to stop drinkin but it lasted for only 3 weeks n I went back to the same habit.. I had tried quiting last month but I got myself back.. now my main problem is withdraw symptoms, am trying to slow down my drinkin but last night i had hallucinations, the most horrifying i have ever experienced... simply because i have cut down my intake... i hope i will fight the battle somehow... thnks guys!
- —Guest Bill
- Im not sure how I came across this site but I do know that was looking for was of coping with my withdrawal. Its been 3 days since my last drink and it was a big bottle of wine a day for me. It was my daily bandaid for my depression and anxiety and one day I decided that I didn't want to feel like that anymore. I was tired of being tired. Since stopping I haven't had any major withdrawal but I can sense that its coming. Right now I just a little chest pain which I think is anxiety. Anyway after reading a few post I realized that this is normal sort of speak. I have to go through this is order to get right. I call it my punishment for being bad for so long. Anyway, Im going to stay in prayer not only for myself but for everyone that may suffering. I don't blame myself for the dependency but I do blame myself for not finding an alternative other than alcohol. We all have are vices some of us just choose the wrong one. Stay encouraged!!!
- —Guest FirstTimer