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Re: NEW -?s help re: alcohol withdrawal (long,sorry)

Posted by joeblow on February 3, 2005, at 22:42:39

In reply to NEW -?s help re: alcohol withdrawal (long,sorry), posted by marjorie on January 4, 2005, at 12:50:52

Well, I currently am a drinker (a little over a pint of 80 proof every two days) and I can know how it goes. I went to AA and it didn't do anything for me. Nada. The strange thing is honestly I was delivered from all drugs about twenty years ago including pot smoking and cigs. Some guys from a church prayed for me and I never did any illegal drug or smoked cigs again.

Now I was able for many years to only binge drink 3 times a year and no more but after coming off of Celexa for three years (about two years ago) I've had a drinking problem of a pint of hard 80 proof alcohol every two days. Studied Celexa afterwards and discovered that it probably is the culprit. Heavy drinking only kicked in on and after Celexa use got underway (say after months of 20mg of Celexa a day). It helped to solve my anxiety breakdown (I fully recovered) but turned a borderline binge drinker into a heavy drinker I believe.

Good luck to you though. Peace.

> Hi -- I am extremely new to this, and in fact, I still can't even really believe I'm doing this. Part of me still doesn't really want to admit that I have a problem with alcohol. But the rational part of my brain knows that I do and that it's not good for me and that I need to take steps to do something about it.
>
> I stumbled on this board by accident when I was still toying with the idea of accepting that I have a problem, and in reading some of the posts I came across, it hit me pretty hard that when some of you describe yourselves and the way you drink and what you are going through, you are describing me. That was pretty hard to dismiss. I think it really helped me to be able to be an "outside observer" and read about real people who are having some of the same real problems that I am having and I finally came to the conclusion that if you have found the strength to do something about it, then I can too.
>
> Therefore, I want to post here myself and say thank you to those of you who have already helped me without even knowing it. I would very much like to become part of this community and continue to benefit from your support and experience and hopefully be able to provide some of it myself at some point.
>
> I am a 32 year old wife and mother and a secret drinker. Over the course of the last few years I have gone from being a "social" drinker, to being pretty much dependent on drinking every day. I recognize now that it started out as a way to numb myself to stressful things that were going on in my life, but then everything became an excuse to drink. Drink because I'm happy, drink because I'm unhappy, drink because I'm stressed, drink because I'm with a group, drink because I'm alone, etc. There was no end in sight.
>
> I can tell that this is beginning to have an effect on both my physical and mental health, as well as being quite expensive. I have managed to keep my drinking a secret so I don't want to depend on my friends and family for support, mainly because I'm embarassed.
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> Today is Day 3 for me, and so far, I feel pretty good. I have had some moments that have been scary, and one thing I would like to know is whether or not some of the symptoms I have been having are caused by alcohol withdrawal or something else. The reason I ask is that I am surrounded by people who have the flu, and I don't know if I'm getting it too. I don't really think so though, because my symptoms are mostly different from theirs.
>
> Thankfully, I have not yet craved a drink. In fact, the thought of drinking turns me off right now. I have had steady headaches, but they are relieved by ipubrofen. I have had what I imagine must be "hot flashes", where all of a sudden I feel like I'm going to catch on fire. I sweat and become short of breath when this happens. I go stand under the fan and it usually goes away in ten or fifteen minutes. I have had insomnia, but I had that before. I don't have the bladder and kidney discomfort that I used to have all the time. I do find that I have more frequent bowel movements. I have moments of irritability, but I had those before. One time, late yesterday, Day 2, I had an extremely dizzy spell that scared me, but it probably lasted only a minute or so.
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> Is any of this anything to be alarmed about, or is it all par for the course? What else can I expect? What should worry me and what shouldn't? What are some of the things that I can do when these things happen? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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> I have some more of my story to share and some more questions I would like to ask, but I think I'll stop for now since this is already so long and see what kind of response, if any, I get. Thank you for reading all of this, and again, any help at all would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
> Marjorie

 

Re: NEW -?s help re: alcohol withdrawal (long,sorry)

Posted by adagiolover1 on February 4, 2005, at 8:18:17

In reply to NEW -?s help re: alcohol withdrawal (long,sorry), posted by marjorie on January 4, 2005, at 12:50:52


> Therefore, I want to post here myself and say thank you to those of you who have already helped me without even knowing it. I would very much like to become part of this community and continue to benefit from your support and experience and hopefully be able to provide some of it myself at some point.
>
>>>
> Today is Day 3 for me, and so far, I feel pretty good. I have had some moments that have been scary, and one thing I would like to know is whether or not some of the symptoms I have been having are caused by alcohol withdrawal or something else. The reason I ask is that I am surrounded by people who have the flu, and I don't know if I'm getting it too. I don't really think so though, because my symptoms are mostly different from theirs.
>
> Thankfully, I have not yet craved a drink. In fact, the thought of drinking turns me off right now. I have had steady headaches, but they are relieved by ipubrofen. I have had what I imagine must be "hot flashes", where all of a sudden I feel like I'm going to catch on fire. I sweat and become short of breath when this happens. I go stand under the fan and it usually goes away in ten or fifteen minutes. I have had insomnia, but I had that before. I don't have the bladder and kidney discomfort that I used to have all the time. I do find that I have more frequent bowel movements. I have moments of irritability, but I had those before. One time, late yesterday, Day 2, I had an extremely dizzy spell that scared me, but it probably lasted only a minute or so.
>
> Is any of this anything to be alarmed about, or is it all par for the course? What else can I expect? What should worry me and what shouldn't? What are some of the things that I can do when these things happen? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
>
>
> Thanks,
> Marjorie


heh heh, I must have subscribed to this thread on accident, as a letter notifying me of a response to it was there this morning when I signed on. I am sure you have gotten lots of good responses, I will add mine briefly:
Those DT's and other withdrawal symptoms are hell...I went thru them several times in my 20 yr drinking career. Personally, I was never able to sustain the 'quit' alone, as once the physical symptoms subsided, the craving was there, the mental obsession.
But it's now 7 plus years sober, and my life has been more good than I would have ever guessed, even the sad and bad things. I hope at this point, over a month sober, that you, marjorie, are finding your way, but not alone.....good luck to you.

 

Re: NEW -?s help re: alcohol withdrawal (long,sorry)

Posted by adagiolover1 on February 4, 2005, at 8:21:56

In reply to Re: NEW -?s help re: alcohol withdrawal (long,sorry), posted by joeblow on February 3, 2005, at 22:42:39

Hi Joeblow....I too sustained many years without overt drinking/using after a conversion experience. But, I was never happy the years I didnt drink, and I certainly wasnt in the years I did.
I felt that going all those years without a drink or a drug proved I was not an alcoholic.

heh heh. it is patient. it will wait for the perfect time. Celexa does not cause alcoholism.
I hope sincerely that you are able to come to terms with a way of life that is more than likely not too satisfying for you. My heart goes out to you...

 

Re: Lee???

Posted by AuntieMel on February 7, 2005, at 15:31:38

In reply to Re: Good job. Lee05, posted by AuntieMel on January 28, 2005, at 17:21:21

You still around? How is it going?

We care.

 

Re: Lee??? AuntieMel

Posted by Lee05 on February 7, 2005, at 19:16:38

In reply to Re: Lee???, posted by AuntieMel on February 7, 2005, at 15:31:38

> You still around? How is it going?
>
> We care.

Hi Auntie Mel,

Thanks for checking up on me. I'm doing fine--just been feeling a little low key lately. My apologies for not letting y'all know how I'm doing. 34 days sober today, and feeling pretty good. I'm going to my AA meetings, although to date I haven't been able to get myself up to the podium to share yet--still just trying to get comfortable with being there. My therapy group on depression starts this week--a little apprehensive because I'm not sure what to expect, but also looking forward to it.

I've been pretty thankful for your advice many times over the last little while. The weather has been spring-like, and I've come home from work really wanting to just sit outside in the sun with a glass of wine. But I was able to wind forward a bit on the picture and remind myself 1) it's never just one glass, or even just one bottle for that matter, and 2) how hard I've worked for each and every one of these past 34 days.

Still hanging in one day at a time--thanks for not letting go :)

Lee

 

Way to go Lee!!

Posted by antigua on February 8, 2005, at 9:49:44

In reply to Re: Lee??? AuntieMel, posted by Lee05 on February 7, 2005, at 19:16:38

34 days is a long time, and it may be some of the hardest days you'll have to go through (it was for me!) I still want to sit outside and drink that wine, but I know I'll mess it up.I think about it less often when I get more days. But I'm always thinking..
Keep posting!
antigua

 

Re: 34 days - great Lee05

Posted by AuntieMel on February 8, 2005, at 11:37:42

In reply to Re: Lee??? AuntieMel, posted by Lee05 on February 7, 2005, at 19:16:38

Wonderful work!

Did you get your 30 day chip yet? Carrying it around in a pocket and reaching for it in moments of weakness helps, too.

It's getting towards spring here, too. Coming up quickly (valentine's day) on time to prune the roses. Which also means time to do the other spring bits and prepare for planting more goodies in the garden.

Of course, gardening season used to mean sitting outside with a beer after the day's work, but a glass of iced tea works too.

only 25 days more for the 60 day chip. right?

 

Re: Lee??? Lee05

Posted by jujube on February 8, 2005, at 15:53:27

In reply to Re: Lee??? AuntieMel, posted by Lee05 on February 7, 2005, at 19:16:38

34 days - that is great! Give yourself a pat on the back and a big, loving hug. And, don't worry about having not gone up to the podium yet. There's no rush. You will know when you are ready. In the meantime, keep reaching out. There's support here, in the good times and the bad.

Be good to yourself and take good care.

(((Lee)))

 

Re: Lee? podium Lee05

Posted by AuntieMel on February 9, 2005, at 13:07:09

In reply to Re: Lee??? AuntieMel, posted by Lee05 on February 7, 2005, at 19:16:38

Hah! I haven't done that either. I've been called on to comment from my seat, but that's it - and I plan for it to stay that way.

 

increased Alcohol cravings with some ADs

Posted by sjb on February 10, 2005, at 8:50:17

In reply to Re: NEW -?s help re: alcohol withdrawal (long,sorry), posted by joeblow on February 3, 2005, at 22:42:39

joeblow,

It's time the mental health professionals address the incresed cravings and consumption of alcohol, at least in part, with certain ADs.

Disclaimer: I drank quite heavily and frequently before starting ADs and I am by no means blaming my drinking problem entirely on the meds.
However, in the past 9 years during which I've taken over 25 different ADs, I have noticed marked difference in my craving for drink. Some meds killed the desire all together (what was that now?), and others started me down the road again of alcohol abuse after months of teetotaling. My worst offendors were Effexor and Wellbutrin.

This is obviously not a wise and healthy combo, and at the time I first mentioned to my PDoc at the time, it was dismissed out of hand.

 

increased Alcohol cravings with some ADs

Posted by sjb on February 10, 2005, at 8:51:15

In reply to Re: NEW -?s help re: alcohol withdrawal (long,sorry), posted by joeblow on February 3, 2005, at 22:42:39

joeblow,

It's time the mental health professionals address the incresed cravings and consumption of alcohol, at least in part, with certain ADs.

Disclaimer: I drank quite heavily and frequently before starting ADs and I am by no means blaming my drinking problem entirely on the meds.
However, in the past 9 years during which I've taken over 25 different ADs, I have noticed marked difference in my craving for drink. Some meds killed the desire all together (what was that now?), and others started me down the road again of alcohol abuse after months of teetotaling. My worst offendors were Effexor and Wellbutrin.

This is obviously not a wise and healthy combo, and at the time I first mentioned to my PDoc at the time, it was dismissed out of hand.

 

Re: increased Alcohol cravings with some ADs sjb

Posted by AuntieMel on February 10, 2005, at 9:46:37

In reply to increased Alcohol cravings with some ADs, posted by sjb on February 10, 2005, at 8:50:17

Interesting. One size doesn't fit all.

I'm taking effexor and wellbutrin and I haven't noticed any difference. If anything, the wellbutrin helps cut down the desire.

I found an article that for a small percentage of the population alcohol isn't a depressor and actually raises dopamine levels and helps the drinker be more 'normal' and function better. I'm pretty sure I'm in that group. My function went down (noticibly) after quitting drink and is getting closer to normal with reducing the effexor a bit, keeping the wellbutrin at 300mg - and adding provigil as an augmenter.

 

You are a star, Lee.

Posted by partlycloudy on February 10, 2005, at 13:04:49

In reply to Re: Lee??? AuntieMel, posted by Lee05 on February 7, 2005, at 19:16:38

I congratulate you!

 

You're all fantastic!

Posted by Lee05 on February 10, 2005, at 14:16:15

In reply to You are a star, Lee., posted by partlycloudy on February 10, 2005, at 13:04:49

You know, I was feeling pretty down and sorry for myself a few days ago because I was due to get my 30-day chip at AA but was so sick I couldn't get there. Hearing from all of you, though, with all your pats on the back and cheering in my corner has been so incredible--it's really lifted my spirits alot. The bad news is I'm still pretty sick. The good news is I'm sober and happy today.

You guys are the best--thanks so much for my great day!

Lee

 

Re: sick lee? Lee05

Posted by AuntieMel on February 11, 2005, at 10:15:36

In reply to You're all fantastic!, posted by Lee05 on February 10, 2005, at 14:16:15

What's up? If you were sick on your 30 day (Feb 4?) and are still sick that seems like a pretty long time.

There's a really nasty cold going around down here on the south coast, but I was only out for about ..

oops. I just counted and I was down and out for about 8 days myself. never mind.

watch out for the nyquil. 10% alcohol. down from the 25% it used to be, but still - for an AA baby it could be dangerous.

And they *do* let you get your chip late.

 

Re: A Vlasic Moment partlycloudy

Posted by AuntieMel on February 11, 2005, at 13:50:00

In reply to A Vlasic Moment AuntieMel, posted by partlycloudy on January 13, 2005, at 16:35:15

A guy down here died the other day of alcohol poisening. He gave himself a sherry enema. (This isn't a joke, really)

About the pickle. A wonderful lady at the IOP I went to says that addiction is like a pickle. Once a cucumber becomes a pickle it can never be a cucumber again.. When the user crosses the invisible line to addiction he/she can never be just a user again.

 

Re: A Vlasic Moment AuntieMel

Posted by partlycloudy on February 14, 2005, at 9:54:09

In reply to Re: A Vlasic Moment partlycloudy, posted by AuntieMel on February 11, 2005, at 13:50:00

Oh, how very sad about that death. In my boorish way I think I was trying to alude to the irreversible damage that's done to our bodies with addiction. No unpickling the cucumber, for sure.

 

Re: 44 days now Lee?

Posted by AuntieMel on February 17, 2005, at 16:37:35

In reply to Re: Lee??? AuntieMel, posted by Lee05 on February 7, 2005, at 19:16:38

How is it going?

And how is the depression group going?

Enquiring minds want to know.

 

Re: 44 days now Lee? AuntieMel

Posted by Lee05 on February 17, 2005, at 17:51:53

In reply to Re: 44 days now Lee?, posted by AuntieMel on February 17, 2005, at 16:37:35

> How is it going?
>
> And how is the depression group going?
>
> Enquiring minds want to know.

God luv ya, Auntie Mel--you keep as good track of this as I do :) I am indeed at 44 days now, and still going strong. I haven't been back to AA yet, and to be honest I'm not sure if I'm going to for right now. When I missed that meeting because I was sick, I noticed I didn't focus nearly so much on drinking during that week. And I've felt that way again this past week. Don't know if it's a wise thing or not, but right now the less I think about all things alcohol related, the stronger I feel.

The depression group is going fine--we're still just all getting to know each other, so the interaction is still a little guarded, but I think that'll change once we've had a few more sessions together.

And today...today the sun is shining and I'm feeling exceptionally positive and strong. Don't care how long it lasts--I'll take it today :)

Thanks for checking Auntie Mel--I'm not great at keeping y'all up to date without a little poke.

And how are you doing?

Lee

 

Re: Tell ya what, . . . Lee05

Posted by TamaraJ on February 18, 2005, at 14:17:39

In reply to Re: 44 days now Lee? AuntieMel, posted by Lee05 on February 17, 2005, at 17:51:53

if going to meetings is proving difficult right now, you can have your sobriety milestones acknowledged and celebrated here (and, yes, AuntieMel is doing a great job there). Anybody here have 30, 60 . . . days of sobriety. Yeah, you are doing great! Keep it up - one day at a time. Think of here as your own personal AA group. Keep coming back Lee :-)

My thoughts are with you.

Tamara
(formerly jujube)

 

It's a Deal! TamaraJ

Posted by Lee05 on February 18, 2005, at 15:05:12

In reply to Re: Tell ya what, . . . Lee05, posted by TamaraJ on February 18, 2005, at 14:17:39

> if going to meetings is proving difficult right now, you can have your sobriety milestones acknowledged and celebrated here (and, yes, AuntieMel is doing a great job there). Anybody here have 30, 60 . . . days of sobriety. Yeah, you are doing great! Keep it up - one day at a time. Think of here as your own personal AA group. Keep coming back Lee :-)
>
> My thoughts are with you.
>
> Tamara
> (formerly jujube)


Thanks Tamara--I'll take you up on that offer if you don't mind. I've been working so hard at this, and I really am quite proud of my milestones :) I'll also be right there cheering on anyone else who's got one to celebrate--they're important!

Thanks again for your thoughts and encouragement :)

Lee


 

Re: It's a Deal! Lee05

Posted by partlycloudy on February 20, 2005, at 7:59:46

In reply to It's a Deal! TamaraJ, posted by Lee05 on February 18, 2005, at 15:05:12

Today is my 3rd day.

 

Congratulations! partlycloudy

Posted by Lee05 on February 20, 2005, at 9:17:32

In reply to Re: It's a Deal! Lee05, posted by partlycloudy on February 20, 2005, at 7:59:46

> Today is my 3rd day.

Congratulations partlycloudy! How are you feeling (I mean apart from incredibly proud that days 1&2 were Fri/Sat night, and you made it through to day 3!) Keep going--you're doing great!

Lee

 

How I'm feeling Lee05

Posted by partlycloudy on February 21, 2005, at 7:19:42

In reply to Congratulations! partlycloudy, posted by Lee05 on February 20, 2005, at 9:17:32

Thanks for asking, Lee. I'm trying to be very casual about this not drinking thing - No Big Deal. It seems every time I approach it more seriously I feel worse when I fail. So this time I'm taking a sideways look at it, kind of strolling alongside it, so I get used to it as a way of living like eating more fruits and vegetables. Gee that sounds so trite, but I have to put this in a perspective that works for me.
(So why would I be counting days, then? Welcome to my irony.)
Physically I feel tons better waking up without a hangover. Getting past Saturday and Sunday was difficult, but I just kept busy until it was time to go to bed.

 

Re: How I'm feeling partlycloudy

Posted by Lee05 on February 21, 2005, at 10:23:23

In reply to How I'm feeling Lee05, posted by partlycloudy on February 21, 2005, at 7:19:42

> Thanks for asking, Lee. I'm trying to be very casual about this not drinking thing - No Big Deal. It seems every time I approach it more seriously I feel worse when I fail. So this time I'm taking a sideways look at it, kind of strolling alongside it, so I get used to it as a way of living like eating more fruits and vegetables. Gee that sounds so trite, but I have to put this in a perspective that works for me.
> (So why would I be counting days, then? Welcome to my irony.)
> Physically I feel tons better waking up without a hangover. Getting past Saturday and Sunday was difficult, but I just kept busy until it was time to go to bed.
>

I understand what you're saying about a casual perspective. I ended up putting AA on hold for a while for the same reason. Great support, but I found the more I focused on the problem, the more I wanted to drink. The more I focus on other activities that don't have me paying attention to not drinking, the stronger I feel.

I think TamaraJ had a good idea though, coming here to have milestones (and whatever else we need) acknowledged. We all need a pat on the back, and here its more like dropping a note to see how we're all doing.

Not trite at all--we each have to do what works for us. Best positive thoughts are with you--have a great day!

Lee


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