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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: lifeterms

Hi lifeterms, 9 days! Yea for you! That is wonderful. Keep going friend.
—Guest Big Fish

To Big Fish and Becky

Hi, I like the music you both mentioned earlier. Becky, I think you are smart to start socializing again. I am trying myself to meet some more non-drinking friends. I think we all need good relations with sober, healthy people. I do feel optimistic in general, but my sleep is still terrible. Many years ago, I lived in a very noisy environment. I began using alcohol as a way of regulating my sleep. I felt that it worked then, but now I need a healthier way. I have been turning in earlier, and that seems to help a little. I've always resisted a 'bedtime,' but I know I will need to experiment a bit to fix this trouble. I'll post any helpful suggestions if I learn of any. Best wishes to all who read and post here.
—Guest Blackbird

To: FinalRelapse

You know what you face and you know the upside of being sober. Get thru it and stick with it. Not this drink not today. Love and hope
—hope1962

To: Grannyann

Dear Grannyann so sad to hear the story about your sister.You have had your share of grief that is quite clear. You seem happy to continue drinking which is fine but i do not understand your views on others who are trying so hard to quit.You say your role is to tell people who slip that its ok yet i have not seen any evidence that anyone has ever said any different.What we then do is to encourage them to start again as they have said that they would like to quit drinking. Sometimes i find it difficult to understand you but appreciate we are all different. Thats what makes us unique.Stay strong.
—Guest jacobs

To: Becky

You are making great progress, it's not a race, it's a direction and you are going in the right way. I like your plan for being more social the little things we do effect both us and others. Maybe the people you speak to have even less contact and you make their day just by saying hi in the the checkout. Love and hope
—hope1962

To Mike JC

Mike - so sorry to hear about your brother. It can be very confusing to understand that alcoholism can harm one person's health quickly and another can drink for decades with no ill effects. One thing's for sure, whether alcoholism affects physical health or not - it always affects one's brain. The brain controls all of the autonomic systems, which is why quitting without medical supervision can be life-threatening. I'm so sorry for your loss. I recently experienced a loss, so my heart goes out to you. Take care!
—Guest GettingFitAgain

Day two again

Now that i have finally decided to give up the demon drink it feels like i am saying goodbye to a friend - albeit a deadly one. Is this a normal process when on the road to recovery? All of a sudden i feel very lonely and all alone but not down in the dumps - if that makes sense, just realized that i have to shut the door on my old life and open the next chapter of my life. Has anyone else felt this or feels like this?
—freshstartforme

To: Becky

Welcome back! Hug and love and heres to continued sobriety!
—Guest Won't give in

To: Wholenuworld

Hugs to you! Welcome and know that you CAN do this!
—Guest Won't give in

To: Grannyann

I have followed all of your posts and you do get my attention! But I must respectfully disagree with a few of your statements you made to Mike JC, and I speak only for myself. I feel that almost everyone here is very compassionate about the pain of those still struggling with alcohol addiction, but yet I certainly can't condone the continual use of it with the mindset that it's "ok" to do so. I ask people who still drink, even though they are "trying" to quit, "how's that working out for you"? I don't believe there is a" middle ground "with any addiction. But I do remember thinking that I"couldn't" quit because I couldn't imagine going through life sober. But my "couldn't" really meant that I didn't want to, until I learned"how" to live a sober life. And the only way I learned "how" was by resolving the reasons "why". I don't feel that I "sugar coat" my recovery. I take my recovery very seriously, as I'm sure everyone here does also. I wish you sobriety and happiness Grannyann
—Guest robert1952

To hope1962

God, but I needed that just now. I want a drink so bad right now. Just dealing with an issue with a friend. Instead I took a Tylenol pm and am hoping it kicks in soon. I just want to go to sleep. :( thank you for the encouragement. Hugs and love to all!
—Guest Won't give in

To All

Hey guys, 2nd day newly sober after a 2 day relapse binge. I have always been a binge alcoholic, but now the withdrawals are so terrible, it almost seems easier to pick up a drink than face the awful anxiety and shakes. But I know it gets much worse. I have been sober for a month after getting back from a holiday where I drank for four days and had rather bad withdrawals. Relapsed as usual. Everything was going so good for me, I wasn't missing work, I was functioning damn it. And then some guy hands me a beer in a pub because I was drinking tea and I crumbled. Hope I don't get DT's from kindling this time jeez..back to AA for me. I hate booze, I really do.
—Guest Finalrelapse

Becoming social

I became extremely withdrawn while drinking as I was a closet alcoholic. Every day now I try to interact with my neighbors or call a friend to say hello. Part of my rehab program for myself. Say hello to the people at the checkout counter at the grocery. I don't have to be ashamed anymore because I am not walking in or out of places being drunk or buying more alcohol and it allows me to be so much more open. All that shame and hiding. It is so worth it to get past it. The remnants are still with me but it is getting better. I appreciate you all so much.
—Guest becky

To: All

I am still here and identify with all the outpouring of emotions. So many newcomers and I am sorry I don't address you all personally. I experienced not knowing how I got to a place in the morning. I experienced a boyfriend who just emitted deep rage in those days of my early sobriety. I had high anxiety and fear in the mornings. It is hard to go through withdrawal. Sometimes I even felt a bit discouraged watching other people here making progress here at a rate faster than my own. But I kept coming back here as I still do every day. And I still get am thinking I will not drink today. And holding on. I am so far not as productive and energetic as I was before I descended into alcoholism but so much more productive than when I woke up on a floor with bruises not knowing how I got there. I wash my dishes now and eat healthy. I do my laundry and take care of my dog. Life is a bit lonely but more peaceful. The real challenge for me now is to find a job. I became extremely withdrawn.
—Guest becky

To All

Hello, I think this all gets easier. I am feeling better.I do think about beer at night, but I try to put it out of my mind. Getting into my bed earlier has helped too. All the best to everyone!
—Guest Blackbird

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