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    Withdrawal symptoms?

    Hey Everyone,
    I have been in and out of this site for nine months now....wish I would have been more proactive at the beginning....but time to focus on the now!!
    So here is my question, the last few weeks I have realised that my body is truly addicted to the nightly beers. I have decided that I now need and want to stop! I have ordered the supps and cds and am now waiting for them to arrive. In the meantime, I have been trying to cut back my consumption...and have been very motivated to go AF. Here is the problem: I find myself very motivated all day to not consume alcohol, then by the end of my work day, my stomach really starts to act up, I have bathroom attacks, I am sweaty, mentally foggy, shaky and eventually just head to the store....with the good intentions of buying less beer...which I do....but along my route home, there are plenty of stores that sell it, so by the time I get home, I have already bought my regular amount (3-6 740ml size bottles of beer....that is generally more than 3 litres a night).

    My fear, I have been drinking daily for 3-4 years, for 9 months I have been living alone and my intake has substantially increased. I am worried about the possibility of DT's....with this history, I was wondering if anyone could tell me if I would be a possible candidate for DT's or am I more likely to go through moderate withdrawal? I really want to stop, and I can only get to the doctor in 5 days from now, due to work schedule, as well as the doctors schedules. Is there anyone out there with a similar history and has gone AF...if so, what were your symptoms of withdrawal? I can handle severe discomfort, my fear, living alone in a foreign country, is the possibility of a major DT episode and not being able to call for help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated Thank you so much in advance

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    First of all, welcome-- I am new here, too.
    OK, I have some experience in this area, but am not a doctor. From what you say, you could probably manage to detox yourself without going into a clinic (assuming you are healthy otherwise), but the best way to determine this is by talking to a doctor. (also, check the website given in the diclaimer text at the top of this page by clicking on "here"-- it gives you a lot of info about this.) In a clinic, they will mainly just give you some medicine to make the process less uncomfortable, and moniter your vitals. Many doctors are helping patients detox at home -- you can probably get a prescription for the medicine from a doctor (usually a benzo in the valium group)-- you take it in large doses for a couple days and then taper down to nothing for another couple days. It really helps with the symptoms and some of these medicines are also anti-convulsive, so ask for that kind and you are doubly protected. Some people prefer the safety and removal from temptation that a clinic provides, however. It just means removing yourself from your everyday life for at least 5 days. Either way, it's important to be ready for what happens when you have finally manged to become AF. It is incredibly easy to relapse badly (and I should know, having done it many times). This is where you need to have a plan in action-- make sure there is no alcohol in the house and know exactly what you are going to do when (not IF, but WHEN) you get tempted again-- which will probably be within a couple of days. I realized after many slips that I needed the help of drugs (sheer willpower is not enough if you have the brain of a true alcoholic). The more often you slip and detox, the harder it gets. The longer you stay AF after a detox, the better for your body. Some people can ease into moderate drinking, and some can't ever drink at all. If you slip once badly, you should probably go for complete abstinence, and not moderate drinking. That's my two cents. I'm happy to answer more specific questions on this.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

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    Hi, I recognize your problem and agree with Beatle. There are some detox clinics now that use chlonindine which is a blood pressure medicine to detox. Because the withdrawl from alcohol and some drugs raise the blood pressure and creates all of the nasty symptoms. Valium has a similar result but I'm not sure why chlonindine is now being used - my daughter in law was recently in detox and they were using it for Vicodin withdrawl too. I imagine it would be pretty inexpensive online but you might have to google for a safe dosage.

    Also, I don't want to recommend something that doesn't have a doctor's approval. I think valium has the risk of addiction itself even though it calms the nerves.

    You can calm the anxiety with Calm's Forte, Gaba, DHEA, Symphora, etc. all found in a good health store.

    XTexan in our Long Term Abstainers has great advice if you can get that too.

    Good Luck.

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    It's me, beatle, again. Although valium and the related so-called "benzo" medicines are very addictive, they are not physically addictive until you have taken them for at least a few weeks. Therefore, using them as a "quick fix" for alcohol withdrawal over a few days is highly unlikely to be a problem. Your doctor will probably only give you enough for the detox period anyway. I know this from extensive reading and from my own experience. The other anxiety calmers that SKendall mentions are great later on to help you after you have successfully detoxed, but they are not going to do the trick nearly as well for the short, hard periord (first 3 days). That is my experience anyway. They are not magic pills and you will still be somewhat uncomfortable, but they tone it down a lot, make it much more bearable-- and I say the most important thing is to get through it so you can move forward. I've also heard of clonidine being used but don't have any firsthand experience. I'm sure there are other drugs, too. But I can tell you the short term use of benzos like Ativan is widely used for both in-house and out-patient detoxes with good effects, and I can attest to that.
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    I agree that the benzo meds can help calm things down. I was reading about withdrawal and its not so much the body needing the alcohol but the fact that alcohol is such a depressant that the body adapts and starts working faster to prevent us from passing out, obviously there are times when even that fails! So when you stop the alcohol suddenly your body is still working faster it needs time to adapt back down again, hence the nasty symptoms.

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    Thanks so much guys I Appreciate your comments! I have been back and forth with all of this since October...maybe since then 5 spurradic AF days....eeeh! I have been thinking alot about what I'll do, and I think for the next few days I will moderate, until I go and see the docs on Monday. The funny thing is, this past Monday was my DAY to do it, spent most of the time searching for a doc, ended up in a gyno office?? In anycase, that was the FIRST and ONLY person (other than you guys) that I have sought out for help...it was pretty cathartic...I think (he barely spoke English) that he thought I was CRAZY...he recommended a psychyatrist In any event, regardless of what doctor it was, that felt amazing to finally let it out....and let it out I did!!! Red and teary eyed as I left the office, once on the street, I went for a little walk and then it just hit me! I finally did it, and that little step....well, let me rephrase that, that GIANT step of fully admitting to someone face to face, not just anyone, but a doctor who may (or may not) be able to help, was the most empowering thing I have ever felt or done!!! I have always just told the docs it is because I am a foreigner and foreigners party a lot, but this time I fully admitted that I felt I really NEEEDED help. I will go again on Monday, this time I am prepared with an arsenal of information....I am going to print off you recommendations and see what the outcome will be. Strangely enough I am afraid of trying to dose myself with prescription meds (ugh, the ultimate paradigm, give me anything pink, yellow, blue, liquid or pill, no label...no worries.....give me anything nicely packaged with dosing etc....I'm a complete skeptic??? ) I already have the docs offices targeted, so it will be first to an internalist, second to a psychiatrist, third to an oriental doctor....fantastic thing is, I found, they are all in the same building, floors away from eachother....its funny that I spent the whole day searching, only later to find what I was looking for all conveniently packed together!!! Life is mysterious that way, when you finally go out to look, it just seems to fall into place...that said, I also found a gyno....4 for 4 Happy Day!!!!!

    So for tonight, will try to cut to two beers (4 American) and try to tough it through the night sweats ... Kind Regards

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    4everakid, good luck to you and keep on posting!!!

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    4ever, that is a wonderful revelation for you...so glad! and if you can get through a day or two on 4 beers it sounds like you will be just fine to detox at home. Highly recommended: Magnesium, Vit-c, a potent B-complex. the so-called calming supps didn't do anything for me but wont hurt to try. I have not tried 5HTP but hear great things. Also clinical studies have shown oil of evening primrose to help with withdrawals, but you need to take WAAAAY more than the recommended dose on the label. Fortunately its quite safe.
    let us know how you do!!

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    Withdrawal symptoms?

    4ever, I'm a huge beer drinker as well and have found it to be very tough in the first 3 days after a binge. I have night sweats and an itchy feeling day and night. Many times, I was too afraid to quit cold turkey (although I have done that too several times and went AF for 9 months). But after reading about DTs, I'm afraid to go cold turkey after a binge. What I am currently trying to do is also cut down my consumption to 4 American beers which seems to be OK with my health and sanity. I also try and drink those 4 beers slower than my usual gulping. I guess the liver has an easier time breaking down the alcohol when you don't have more than one drink per hour. Then, I usually don't drink past 8 PM. So, my long-term goal (that I was able to achive for a while before recently falling off the wagon) is to drink 4 12 oz. beers over a 4 hour period before going to bed. I feel good the next morning...but after a binge, it definitely takes me 3 days/nights to reset my inner clock by moderating at those levels (4 beers). My worst withdrawal symptoms have always been the sweats/iching, anxiety (feeling that you're dying of a heart attack), depression and craving for more beer to "make myself feel better". Good luck to us at moderation!

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    Thanks

    Hey Guys thanks, hey moderation, sounds like the exact same symptoms I get....I'm not looking forward to the anxiety!!!

    So today I did....well forced into doing it! Last night I got home from a very bad day at work and drank 8 (american sized) beers. I woke up this morning feeling absolutely aweful, so I called in to take the morning off. My boss was soo livid, she made it clear that we must go to the hospital together (to make sure I was really sick). I did not go with her, but I did finally, well was planning on Monday, but am really glad I went this morning, to the docs office. I had to write my problem on a note and give it to the doc, thinking that would allow me not to cry as much....didn't work. Now here it is, an internalist, thinking he would have all the answers, after he heard/read about my real problem he asked me what I wanted him to do? I told him I would be going to see a psychiatrist and also let him know how concerned I was about may possible effects I may have from the drinking. Well by the end of the visit, he basically put on a cheerleader smile and said "so what are we going to do now???", only to leave me to answer "...not drink beer??"....."right, ok, see you Monday"!!!!! Talk about the kind of response someone who has completely broken down, does NOT need to have! Oh and the highlight of all of it, my boss called in the middle, right while I was asking him to write me a 'docs note', so I asked if he could please talk to her just to let her know I was there, and asked him not to say anything about why.....well very shortly into the conversation, although in a language I have just vague fluency, I did hear the words alcohol, cholesterol, etc...... so, the cat was out of the bag...I was mortified!
    *Note: when in a foreign country, don't expect the same kind of confidentiality you get from home!!!! Beware!
    Anyway, went to see the psychiatrist after that....that was an emotional barge just sinking, I couldn't hold anything back....I never new how sad I was....I was even crying in the washroom before seeing him, the nurse had to come and get me. I'm sure it was a mix of nerves as well as guilt, and everything else...but man, I have never cried so much in my life.
    Long story short, he gave me antidepressents and a tranquilizer? as well as sleeping pills if needed. I am glad that I went to see him, out of all the docs, I think he will be the best. Guess I've got some inner stuff going on.
    The crazy thing is, I also opened up to my boss, we had a long talk afterwards....after months of guilt, uneasy feeling going in hungover, etc...she had no idea, she thought that I was one of the most stable people she has ever met.....how ironic!!! I guess I should have hit Hollywood years ago while young and lean I went back to work after cleaning myself up, and it actually worked out well. So feels very good to get this ball on the move.
    Downside, I have plans with friends from out of town tonight which I cannot (will not) cancel, so I guess tonight will be my own little secret goodbye party to the beer.......tomorrow start the meds!!! .....bring on the anxiety

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