I am starting a community medical detox from alcohol on Monday. It is being organised by my psychiatrist and is going to take 8-10 days. I want to put everything i've got in to it so that i am successful, and i wonder if anyone has any tips or advice to help me through it?
Hi all, I wonder if anyone has any advice about alcohol detox?
- 20 Jun 2012 by Delila
- 18 August 2013
- depression, addiction, alcohol, borderline personality disorder, detox, medical
Added 24 Jun 2012:
24 hours now until i start the detox! Must admit i am feeling pretty anxious today. Thank you all for your lovely messages, the response to my question has been overwhelming, it's amazing to know so many awesome people! Thanks everyone : ))
Added 28 Jun 2012:
Hi, i'm doing a bit of attention seeking here....
I'm on day 4 now and feeling really depressed & lonely: (
I've had some lovely private messages from my friends! Just wondered if anyone has any more pearls of wisdom? I'm not sleeping well, which i'm sure doesn't help my mood. This is getting harder as the week goes on. I feel like i did before i started anti-depressants. Really need any advice possible and encouragement. Thanks friends!
Hi, I too have no advice, but well done on making this big decision to move forward with your life again. It will take a lot of will power to get through the program, but you have your friends here to support you when you need it most. So roll on Monday the start of your new life, take care and remember your strong enough to get through this, believe in yourself. Liz.
Hi Delila -
I think you are outside of the U.S. but no matter... I want to offer you encouragement, support and most importantly ensure that you get yourself an "accountability" partner who will stand by you for the day-to-day stuff. It may seem like the worst days of your life in the beginning. After that you only have "up" and "forward" as a direction to head toward.
My brother did an in-home detox where he had a nurse with him at my father's house. He was basically "put to sleep" and monitored to get through the first several days. I seem to remember back then that the support was his toughest problem because his wife was an alcoholic as well and wanted nothing to do with this program or actually him when it was over. The most ignorant and probably "stupidest" comment she ever made was, "he wasn't any fun any more". That was kind of funny because that is exactly what he was saying about her!!! Yeah, it was nice to come home now and see his wife sprawled out on the bed... plastered... and dinner burning on the stove.
The detox he did was in a different state and that is why it was difficult for him to get the support. So what he decided to do instead of doing AA, he became a math tutor for 2 high school kids. Besides his work (his boss personally paid for this treatment) he had something to look forward to when he got home besides a wife that he was having trouble helping. He still needed to do something constructive and he was a pretty smart guy.
You need to be around people who are good, who have your best interests in mind, who don't drink or do drugs, who are honest and have integrity. In other words, you need people to look up to and aspire to be more like them than any of your former buddies, gal pals or whatever. That was hard for my brother because he did still work with people who actually drank on the job. Unfortunately, his boss wasn't around all of the jobs to see that crap.
I pray that the Good Lord cloak you from seeing that bad behavior and lead you to people who are positive. You didn't say anything about your circumstances like whether you are married or not or have family support. You can always come here because we want to support you the best way we know how using the venue we do - the internet. You have already started because you confessed it with your mouth. You are moving forward with determination.
I am glad you found this site. We are happy to meet you and so glad you felt comfortable in sharing this journey with us. But more than that... CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO A NEW DAY... A NEW DAWN. THIS IS A BRAND NEW YOU SO WORLD GET READY BECAUSE HERE YOU COME! LET'S CELEBRATE YOUR DECISION TO BECOME A BETTER YOU, A DIFFERENT YOU, A STRONGER YOU, A SOBER YOU... CONGRATULATIONS, WE ARE SO HAPPY AND PROUD OF YOU!!!
Please keep us posted so we can support you along the way. We would be happy to cheer you along and encourage you every step of the way.
If you can, please have someone stay with you. Tremors, vomiting, all kinds of things can happen. Saw my mom go through this. Having someone will help tremendously. Simple tasks could be very difficult without help. Someone to keep you hydrated, and so forth.
It is tough and you know this. It is something you can do. Just be sure you have the help. You will appreciate someone there with you. If not all day at least as much time as possible. Keep us posted. You will do this!
I am a (grateful) recovering alcoholic, been through detox and rehab many times and one day at a time, hope not to have to make a return journey.
Firstly, well done for admitting you have a problem and the courage to accept help for it. I would ask that you be rigorously honest about your daily alcohol intake when you are being assessed so that they can do a safely conducted detox.
I slept a lot but also was very muddled, scared and vulnerable so its wise to have soothing, calm and sensible support nearby. Please pm me if you want to know anything specific. You are not alone. Big hugs to you, Aud
Well honey, first let me tell you how proud I am for you for making this decision. I guess fortunately and unfortunately I do have some advise when it comes to alcohol. It runs rampid in my family. I don't have one memory as a child of my father sober. My older brother was found in the woods doubled over and was rushed to the hospital and almost died of acute pancreatitus due to alcohol. I could tell you stories, but will stop there. I started drinking at age 14. My sister had just died of cancer. At age 21 my mother died. She was my very best friend.Then my father died, and so on and so on. Unfortunately my drinking got way out of control. It pretty much stayed that way until about six yrs. ago. There were a few times an ambulance took me to the hospital where I almost died due to alcohol poisoning. A couple of those times I was made to go to the psych unit for a week to make sure I wasn't trying to kill myself. Over the years I went to treatment centers three different times. I will tell you something very important. I'm convinced I didn't make it by going through treatment because of Me. And because I didn't put my whole heart into it. And because I didn't have a good, No, I had No support system waiting for me at home, and I didn't go anywhere to get support. This is so hard to admit, but I wasn't ready to quit drinking yet. I threw all that time and money down the drain for nothing. I knew though when I was ready. And I knew what it was going to take for me to make it, because I was a chronic alcoholic. One terrific sign, is that you wrote here and asked for help and advise. Delila, if you have anyone, and I mean anyone that can be there for you while you are going through this it would be extremely helpful. For me, I had to say goodbye to all my friends that drank. I knew it would be a long time before I could even be around it. That was hard, but my family and my life was more important. Don't go through this and then just go sit at home and do nothing. Find a support group immediately. If you have ever listened to anyone's advise, please listen to this former chronic alcoholic's advise. You have to have support from people battling the same thing you are. Crucial in the beginning. If you beleive in prayer... do it alot. Because it wont be easy, but it can be done. And the feeling you get and have when you overcome it, is the very best feeling you will feel. To battle this beast is huge. But remember... You are huger than this beast. You can overcome him and not allow him in you're life anymore. I don't know if you can receive phone calls in there, but if you can... get some phone numbers from a couple of people that you are close to. Whether that be on this site, or somewhere else. A couple of people you can call when you get down, and can call them. You would be surprised how much it helps just to hear a friends voice giving you support. Try and immediately do something or talk to someone when you're mind starts going off course and you start doubting everything. Anything to take you're mind off of the stinking thinking. Oh Delila, I have tears in my eyes now. I know how hard this is. I wish I were there to help you. I would give you a big hug. You will make it through this girl. Tell yourself that over and over. It's so much better when you get through it. Life is soo much better. I want you to know that I will keep you in my prayer's. And I don't mean that lightly. I have faith in you, and know you can do this. If I can... anyone can, if they really want to. All I want for you is peace and happiness in life Delila. Please let us know how you are when you can. I am here for you always. Please take care my friend, and know you are in my thoughts and prayer's. Until we talk again~Ruthie
Hi, sweetie. All I can say is focus on YOURSELF and no one or nothing else when you do this. Where are you from? I saw in one of your posts that you said "pounds" and I'm like, England? Cool. I'll be rooting for you! Just concentrate and you'll do great. Think of the positive things and what makes YOU feel good and what you do that makes YOU yourslef happy and no one else!
Hi,Delila,i Never drink or have taken illegal drugs,but VERY HAPPY AND PROUD u r HONEST,TRUE TO UR DOC AND TO YOURSELF 2 ADMIT UR ADDICTION,I'LL BE PRAYING and Thinking of you and wish you the best to try and beat this habit.Stay Strong and Positive,and day at a time! all the VERY best ur friend,Marie xo
Sounds to me like you are not going anywhere during this time. I have not a bit of advice but if I knew I wasn't coming out/ driving etc. Be sure you have simple food items that don't require a lot of cooking or trouble.. water and the basics you know, something for a headache cause I would imagine this causing one. Bless your heart I do wish you safely through this and I hope my comment is somewhat useful I am here as well as the rest.. no experience in it but more than willing to listen or help in any way. My very very best to you. May it be your last struggle!
dear Delilah, I want to offer you support, prayers and some empathy. You know how you see celebrities who step out of rehab,recovery center or detox and they are all smiles and shiny, that is an ILLUSION and of course their managers and agents prompt them to make these appearances with smiles, so they will remain bankable. Unfortunately, withdrawal from alcohol, benzos or opiates, can cause depression and I am so proud of you for reaching out. Support really helps. When I started suboxone, I felt fine physically, after a few weeks, I was very depressed, really didn't even realize that is what it was. I actually ws clinically depressed and had this nasty thing called Anhedonia, and that means that you have no joy or pleasure in anything. My counselor caught that condition and sent me back to the subs dr to see if he felt I needed another antidepressant. I was already on 25 mgs of amitriptyline and he added just 10 mgs of NON extended release fluoxetine.
It worked pretty quickly for me, I must say, and another of my suboxone group members described the change as from night to day in a weekend, the change he saw in me just by observance. I seemed to have the worst depression in our group and thankfully my counselor guided me with talk thou, my dr helped with the medicine and the group helped me with support. Often, a person is already clinically depressed when they drink or take opiate, benzos, or other sedating meds. They are trying to function, they may have family obligations, jobs, people depending on them, so they self medicate to function, and then suddenly one day, they decide they need to stop self medicating. They know they are doing the right thing, but it doesn't feel as good as they believed it would. But it usually gets much better, with time. Each day will be a bit better, for longer and longer periods of time. Just know you are NOT alone in feeling depressed during this time. I certainly felt very strong depression during the first few weeks on suboxone, and did need that addition of the second antidepressant for a time. Support can help too, you did a very good thing by reaching out. Lots of love and luck, patti
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