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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: Hope1962

Hi Hope, your reply to Ttb really made me laugh. My boys were exactly the same, almost drove me nuts but I soon realized that trying to change them was like holding back the tide..no chance. Strangely enough, now they have their own places, they keep them spotless, even phoning home to ask about the best oven cleaning products!!You are right about one thing though, you miss them when they go, the beauty of it is, they keep coming back to visit so they must have been happy. Take care friend.
—Guest mary

To: Bigfish

Boy have I missed you too. When I was in Rome we ordered a tray of mini cakes in a cafe, they were delicious. I popped one in my mouth only to find it was soaked in rum, I have to say, on that occasion I took one for the team! lol had a great time but so missed all of you. Take care friend.
—Guest mary

To: Hope1962 and Bigfish

I cannot believe how much tragedy you two have endured yet still find the compassion to help others. I am truly humbled to read your stories and can only wish everyone had such caring people in their lives. God bless and be with you both.
—Guest mary

To: Robert1952 and TbT

Hi Robert, I laughed when I saw your message about the duck tape, I thought you could lend some to TbT. So glad you have become superman! but you always were. I know you must be so thrilled to be able to help out now your daughter and grandsons need you, you sound like a solid family, big hugs. To TbT, that's kids I'm afraid, when my sons were at home one of them was like Hansel and Gretal, he left a trail wherever he went and I am known for keeping an immaculate house, it drove me nuts! The answer...you won't have them forever and when they're gone you'll be wishing for a mess to clear up. Do a clean sweep of picking up when they go to bed and don't sweat the little things. When my son is home from uni, all his friends converge on my house because they know they will be welcomed (and fed!) but I wouldn't have it any other way. If the house is clean a little mess is nothing in the grand scheme. No-one will remember if your house was always immaculate only how they felt being at home.
—Guest mary

To: Everyone

Wow, it is amazing to have such warm messages of welcome back. It has become like a family to me on this site, I can't believe how much I missed logging on to read the familiar voices (and the new ones). For me, this started out as a site where I could share and be anonymous with unknown people and faces, now I have put (imagined) faces to most of you and care about you immensely. Your upsets become mine and your tragedies affect me dearly, it is a little disconcerting when people I had previously attributed one sex to turn out to be the other but that's all part of our 'family' lol. When I logged on yesterday my husband later actually asked "how's catlover doing?" I was thrilled to be able to say "she's doing alright." I'm not going to apologize if this message is too sugary because your messages have filled me with joy. God bless.
—Guest Mary

To: Gray

3 days is really good Gray, for most 4 days is when the worst of the problems start to subside so keep with it. You are wrong to think a little wine will make you feel better, it will merely disguise the symptoms and put you back to square one at this stage. Battle it out and grit your teeth, don't listen to the voice in your head telling you to buy wine, it's a voice we ALL developed to justify our drinking but that's all it is. You can beat this, I think the mental addiction is far worse than the physical one but keep counting the days and be aware of the mind traps, visits to the supermarket and automatically wanting to buy booze etc; Walk away and be proud of another massive achievement. We are all here to help and support you, you won't believe how much better waking up sober with no shame is. Good luck.
—Guest Mary

To: John

Hi John, you have come to the right place for support. Please don't give up, these feelings will pass. It sounds as though you are going through the worst right now but it only lasts a few days, as for the sweating and shakes, we've all been there. Tapering sounds right for you, follow Hope's advice and you should find your way out of this. If you hit the sleeplessness problem, that too will pass. It was about 6 weeks before I went to bed and actually slept properly, just remember, don't drink to "sleep" because passing out isn't sleeping. Keep going and posting and well done so far.
—Guest mary

To; blackbird and for real

Thanks for replying to my post. I am new to this site and it means a lot to me when people post me messages. Hope you are doing well
—freshstartforme

Best wishes big fish

Hope it gets better for your brother and also for yourself - my ex was a violent alcoholic, I tried and tried to help but to avail. would visit him in prison, he would start arguments there because he was angry with the whole world, was the same when he came back, three month later he was back inside again! I understand a bit of what you are going through. thank god for sobriety.
—freshstartforme

To: Wholenuworld

Hi Wholenuworld, BuddyT is the moderator of this site. Yea for BuddyT! I've been coming here for over 700 days! I love the interaction of people who are fighting the alcohol. There are great people here! The tippity top people! I admire every single one for coming here and facing the facts. Knowledge is power! I hate the secrecy of addiction. Everyone here gave me so many well-wishes on my 2 year birthday. It was so special. We are all here for each other. Life is so beautiful without the shame and guilt of the alcohol everyday. I want to say to the people who have slipped. If you weren't sober, it couldn't have happened. It is great that you are trying. Really great! Everyone here has an issue with the alcohol. All of us. Sobriety rocks! Love and hugs to you today.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Gray

Welcome and great job on three days, they are hard. Keep going for many day 4 is the peak. Read the old posts here so much advice and very inspiring. Keep us posted we will encourage you and offer what answers we can. Love and hope
—hope1962

To: Caroline

Look up the al-anon section on about.com it really can help when you are watching someone else hurt themselves with alcohol. Until your husband is ready to quit you are stuck hating the drink and loving the drinker. Love and hope
—hope1962

To: John

You are moving in the right direction. If you are at a point where 6 beers keeps panic at bay then try for 5 hold a few days then 4 etc as long as you don't go off the deep end once you start then slow reduction, tapering can really help lessen the withdraw when you stop. Read the old posts here lots of good advice and inspiration. It also helps to see that it can be done, is being done. Keep posting we will offer support and what answers we can. Love and hope
—hope1962

To: Wholenuworld

Hi Wholenuworld, 24 days! Alrighty then! I believe you will be able to relax eventually. It took me a few months. Keep going! The further you get away from the alcohol, the better. I couldn't read for awhile either, which is one of my favorite things. I would re-read each line so many times, it was frustrating! After a few months, I could read like normal. Meditation (focusing on breathing in and out) maybe get a cd, exercise and music helped me. Love to you today.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Aussiechic

Hi aussiechic, thanks for you kind post. I appreciate you. I'm just a regular person who loves being sober. If my story can help, then why not! I do feel strong about the alcohol, but you know, it's been hard fought. It's hard work. Keep going, dear. It is so worth it! Love and hugs to you today.
—Guest Big Fish

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