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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

Waking up to all

The biggest difference to me now is the early morning. I don't wake up in high anxiety thinking of when I will get my drink. Once I overcame that I am working on what kind of stresses makes me think about sets thinking about that drink. And what caused me want to run away from that situation into a drug. In some ways I feel this is the critical step for me. It's withdrawal not only of the body needs but even deeper inside oneself.
—Guest becky

To all.

Big fish you help me a lot. Hope1962 as well. Blackbird hang in there and post when you can. You know we care how you are doing. I was checking in and reading as is a daily practice. Doing well today. My sleep patterns range now from good to sometimes bad. But don't really know if it is latent alcoholism or menopause. I just know if I sleep it is really sleep and not passing out. I think it was Mary who said there is a huge difference and I so agree. I still have night sweats as well, again not sure. But all in all I am starting to feel like a different person but more me. For those in the first withdrawal stages, I so understand. I had dry heaved for awhile with anxiety in the morning. But that is gone now. Give it time and post. Also it does take awhile at least for me to regain focus again. The further away from alcohol I get the better I become though it has definately not been easy. I just think where I was. And what I lost. No comparison.
—Guest becky

Day 8

I am still doing well. Feel ok. Just some headache. Yay! Been keeping very busy. Hugs and live to all! And welcome to everyone new! We are all here for you! Big Fish, hugs to you and I'm so sorry about your brother :(
—Guest Won't give in

About my brother

I've spoken with all the relatives today. They are all 500 miles away from me. They say he should stay in jail for awhile. Sober up. Think about his life and health. Maybe take some responsibility for his actions. Apparently it is good for me to talk about it. ha ha It's more of a cautionary tale for others. Even though people do love you, there are limits to what they can put up with. There are only so many tears you can cry. Every one of us will bend over backwards to help him if he decides to be sober when he gets out. But I don't think anyone is willing to put up with the drunken foolishness anymore. They had all just started a business. Now they have to hire someone to take over his part. It's a financial and emotional strain on all. Such a shame. Such a waste of life. Please choose sobriety everyone. If not for yourself, then for the people who love you. Don't be a heartbreaker. Alcohol does not love anyone, but people do. I hate alcohol.
—Guest Big Fish

About my brother

The last time my brother was in jail for public drunkeness, the family visited him. Gave him money, spoke on the phone, gave him a place to stay and a job when he got out. That lasted for a few months while he was attending court ordered AA meetings, counseling and probation meetings. He picked the drink back up. After two months, he had gotten beaten up a few times for running his mouth off in the streets, lost about 20 pounds, developed a bad cough, couldn't keep food down and generally sick. The relatives who were living with him were mad. He brought drunks over and destroyed their home a few times. The sober people didn't want to be around him when he was drunk. The still-drinking people didn't want him to roam the streets all night and get arrested. So although everyone does love him, they are all tired of it. The general opinion is that he chose to go to jail. That probably sounds strange. But when you have spend 1/3 your life there, I guess it does become home.
—Guest Big Fish

Frustrated in Life

So far I've never gotten to one year without drinking beer. Before this period of drinking, I went 10 mths and lost 75 pounds and was exercising regularly. Then went back again for some reason. Since April last year, I've only had a day or two to a week of not drinking. I'm really frustrated. The shaking, itching, switching, anxiety and not sleeping are my worst symptoms.
—Guest jackie1156

I Can Do This!

Today is day 19 for me. I am hoping the hardest part is over. Last time i made it 36 days, than dented my car and instead of dealing with it went to a bar. I am praying I can do this this time. I have to. It is just scary knowing that the next day I may be too weak to tell myself NO. Appreciate reading all of your posts, it helps to know I am definitely not alone in this.
—Guest icandothis

Choosing life

Dear posters, It's really about choosing life. In my drinking days, I would use any excuse to sit alone and drink. Today I do not choose to sit around and cry and feel sorry for myself. Which does no good. Makes me feel worse actually. The best you can do is to take care of yourself. Then you are able to take care of others. God bless all the posters and BuddyT.
—Guest Big Fish

To: All

I fell last night - sick today - but I'm standing up again and will keep up the good fight. That trigger will not work again. Thank you all for being here.
—Guest lifeterms

To: Becky cont.

In conclusion, I really believe he is better off in jail. The whole family thinks that. And most of them are alcoholics too! Some have gotten sober. The alcohol will kill him if he is able to get his hands on it. He knows that we all love him. As some here also say, it really is a choice. I am glad that you posters here are choosing sobriety. It's life. Alcohol is death. God bless you all. My best hope for my brother is that he will choose sobriety next time he gets out of jail. He had the option many times but wouldn't take it. No one can make an alcoholic want to be sober, they have to want it for themselves. Here's a hug for you dear becky. Thank you for your caring heart. We have to work on ourselves. And help people who are trying. People who want help. People who choose sobriety and health. That's the best we can do. And pray the lost ones will seek sobriety.
—Guest Big Fish

To; Becky cont.

He was very sick. Could not eat. Extremely thin. He vomits every few hours. He gets violent when challenged. That's why they go ahead and arrest him. It's the alcohol. As an alcoholic myself, I know he has to make his choices in life. We have all tried to help him. Take him to the doctor and he slips out the back door. He does not want to hear the truth about his health. He still considers himself "only a beer drinker". But he chooses to continue drinking. It is sad. For my own mental health, I prefer to spend my time helping people who choose sobriety. He resents any mention of alcohol and prefers to blame the messenger. I could cry for a hundred years about it. But that won't help him. When people voluntarily, of their own free will come to this site looking for help and encouragement. It really says alot. It says they, for themself want to get well. That is the main ingredient for sobriety. It is 100% necessary. Anything else is banging your head against a wall. cont.
—Guest Big Fish

To: Becky

Hi becky, good to hear from you always. Thanks for the support with my brother. I know you good people are here for me. I appreciate it. I have mixed emotions about my brother, of course. When he is in jail, he's sober. So it might be the best place for him. When he is in jail, he does his artwork. When he is not, he is too drunk and just talks about drawings he may do one day. He has been in jail so much of his life, it seems he actually prefers it. He had a home and relatives but chose to spend his time on the streets. Yes, it would be great if there were a third option. Re-hab and vocational training would be great. Since he is an adult, he cannot be forced to go. In fact, he was forced to go to AA by court order many times. He went thru the motions and kept his feelings bottled up. He makes it a few months (since he's sober in jail) with the increasing factor of the alcohol, then gets arrested for public drunkeness. Sad and true, jail is keeping him alive. Sober does mean alive.con
—Guest Big Fish

To: Rogeroo

Hi Rogeroo, I had fierce emotions too. Exercise is what helped me. It channels your stress. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment. It helps you sweat out the toxins. It improves appetite. It helps you get regular sleep patterns. It releases "feelgood" hormones. It does a lot. I highly recommend it. Best wishes to you, Rogeroo. We are rooting for you!
—Guest Big Fish

To All.

Thank you to all for responding to my last post. I love seeing you back Harmony and very well understand. I communicated this some time ago but a dry drunk is common with someone who has given up alcohol but not the behavior associated with it. Please take care of yourself now. To big Fish you inspire me to keep going. And I am sorry about your brother. Hang in there. You know we are all here to help if you want to talk further. Don't feel like you have to be the cheerleader all the time and let us help if you need it. To Wholenuworld thank you and hang in there. Living in the country can be a good thing as well to take long walks and enjoy the outdoors. Yes finding new friends is a difficult task...one I face as well. But I know for now a sober solitude is much better than a place that puts me a risk again. Its always good to see your mom. I was really tired too. From the physical and emotional withdrawal. So take a walk if you can. It does help. Know its tough.
—Guest becky

To: Finallylivinglife

Hi there. Yes, I came to the same conclusion. It is just a moment that will pass if you let it. Have you tried the "urge surfing"? It is about that sentiment. Just say "ok, this is happening for a minute" and then it will pass. Once I started doing that, I wasn't upset. My over reacting made everything so much worse. I'm glad you got that now! You are coming along so well. I am happy for you. ( - :
—Guest Big Fish

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