... the past I have gone 117 straight days sober and still suffered the effects, albeit not very strongly. My question is, since I have gone this long and I estimate that I will have to go about 8 months total (wild guess), will my symptoms get worse before they get better and is there a way to speed up the process?
I suffer from lingering symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, I have been sober for 34 days so far but in?
Added 14 Oct 2009:
It also seems that whenever I have given in, the next time I try to quit, it is harder to go as long as I did the previous time, is there something to that?
Absolutely you can speed up the process! I am 2.6 yrs sober and living the dream as they say! Never in a million years thought I would say that! Whole family drinks, hubby has a few a week, adult kids, uncles &U aunts, almost all of hubbies friends so it was a challenge at first but for me any way it was not too hard. I'd have to say I drank almost 25 yrs and really hard at least 18 of those years, functioning alki as they say, went to work, took car of family etc. But every night after work12-15 beers, and I never missed a night, not until the night my current husband had a massive heart attack, that night for some unknown reason, I left the beer just sit..and sit and sit, never opened it for almost 3 hours, and hen got the call, OMG he was nearly dead, half way accross town, and thank God I was still sober. So that is just a tid bit of my story... but lots of love, counseling, activitiys, church, not a fanatic, and finding the reasons I drank to begin with really helped. Now that sounds too simple huh? But truth be told ... that is really what you have to do, admit the truth and go from there ... one day at a time, if you are not getting real with yourself, you will never start to get better. That is the first step, just stopping is not the 1st step, admitting you have a real problem is the 1st step, my kids, friends etc still tell me I dont have a problem but I know the thruth and I tell them, all of them I am an Alki in recovery... have you done that??? Good health &U God Bless it dose get easier when you get real i promise
The only way to speed up the process is to go to AA and get support from people who are going through the same thing. There is nothing as horrible as suffering by yourself. You need support and guidance these first months - if not years. I drank for almost a year and was drinking huge amounts at the end - just because I didn't drink very long doesn't make me smarter just a more severe alcoholic. I cxouldn't get away with it anymore or I would die that's how fast my progression was - it is different for everyone so it's like an evil monkey on your back waiting til you are almost dead to tell you to stop the poison. Please listen to what people tell you. We who have been there know what we are talking about because we have done it and made mistakes and can tell you what to do - or suggest I should say. If not AA then this group here. An alcoholic has to give it away (help) so we can keep it (sobriety). Its like paying it forward and we have been at it for many decades and it really is the only thing that works. You cannot substitute any other drug. Nothing is like alcohol - it is the love of an alcoholics life so you will feel better. I had a few relapses that were devastating so if I can prevent anyone out ther from 'trying to drink again' I will be so happy. When you stop drinking you have to stay stopped because if you try again it will be sooooo much worse!!! Good luck.
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