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    So at the continued urging of my GP, I'm going to try the (outpatient) detox route, starting on Monday. I'm pretty terrified (especially since a benzo taper over only 5 days seems extremely fast) but I have to give it a shot I guess. Will keep y'all posted on how it goes.

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    Re: Detox

    Quote Originally Posted by Mulburry View Post
    So at the continued urging of my GP, I'm going to try the (outpatient) detox route, starting on Monday. I'm pretty terrified (especially since a benzo taper over only 5 days seems extremely fast) but I have to give it a shot I guess. Will keep y'all posted on how it goes.
    I did a home de-tox with diazepam...........it was about 5 days could have been 6. I'll not lie but the first couple of days are tough. But stick to it........I did and here I am 12 years later and still sober.

    Please do keep us posted.
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    Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm curious, if you don't mind me asking, were you an all day drinker or just evening (and how much and for how long) ?

    I think the whole thing will be tough (I'm not totally sure if I'll make it through it) but in some ways I'm almost more worried about the tail end of it and coming off the benzos. Will keep y'all posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulburry View Post
    Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm curious, if you don't mind me asking, were you an all day drinker or just evening (and how much and for how long) ?
    Ask away. As soon as my husband had left the house for work I drink a couple of shots of vodka to stop the shakes. Then I could work my way through at least a couple of bottles of wine..............I've actually got up in the middle of the night and knocked back a couple to get back to sleep.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mulburry View Post
    I think the whole thing will be tough (I'm not totally sure if I'll make it through it) but in some ways I'm almost more worried about the tail end of it and coming off the benzos. Will keep y'all posted.
    Now listen you will get through this. Have faith in yourself. Ask your GP to be referred to an alcohol counselor. I'll not lie to you but the first couple of days are hard. I never left my bed apart from going to the bathroom. By day three I started to feel human, by day four I was hungry and although I'd been through many de-toxes my GP had read about MWO in the Guardian the weekend before and told me to use it. So I made my first post. 30 thousand plus posts later I'm still here.
    Please don't belittle yourself ........... Just because the media show us as people who drink and live on the streets................we are normal everyday people with an illness called alcoholism. I'll be honest and say I find alcoholics some of the kindest, funniest and giving people I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackieClaire View Post
    Ask away. As soon as my husband had left the house for work I drink a couple of shots of vodka to stop the shakes. Then I could work my way through at least a couple of bottles of wine..............I've actually got up in the middle of the night and knocked back a couple to get back to sleep.



    Now listen you will get through this. Have faith in yourself. Ask your GP to be referred to an alcohol counselor. I'll not lie to you but the first couple of days are hard. I never left my bed apart from going to the bathroom. By day three I started to feel human, by day four I was hungry and although I'd been through many de-toxes my GP had read about MWO in the Guardian the weekend before and told me to use it. So I made my first post. 30 thousand plus posts later I'm still here.
    Please don't belittle yourself ........... Just because the media show us as people who drink and live on the streets................we are normal everyday people with an illness called alcoholism. I'll be honest and say I find alcoholics some of the kindest, funniest and giving people I know.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Just an update: it's been an absolutely crazy week (bad news over bad news) and in the end I had to postpone the detox due to a close contact coming down with covid (he even had to be hospitalized despite being vaccinated, which is scary). So now I'm basically waiting, monitoring for symptoms, I'll get a test too and if I'm all clear I'll try this again next week. I had been hoping for a quiet stress free week leading up to the detox and it's been the exact opposite, I guess that's just life. Even though it feels like the universe is doing everything it can to sabotage me, I'm trying to look at as a challenge that I have to meet (if I can't handle adversity like this I'll never be able to make it through this). I'm also glad that some of these things happened before the detox and not in the middle.

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    Alright going to give this another try, starting tonight. Unfortunately I haven't been feeling great mentally the last few days (maybe a build up of stress or what not), but I can't just keep delaying this forever (ironically I was actually feeling pretty good when I thought I was going into this last week, before it got derailed).

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    Been a bit of a weird start to this. I had thought to only take medication until much later in the evening or even until I started feeling any withdrawal symptoms (though the nurse did suggest to start in the early evening or even late afternoon- but they don't have a very good grasp of my situation). Ironically I came down with some really bad anxiety (something I've been dealing with a bit over the last few days - don't think it was withdrawal related though) a bit after the time I'd normally start drinking. So ended up taking one diazepam pill, and damn it works amazingly for that; heck I'm almost feeling a bit loopy now.

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    Ugh, hit me pretty good this morning (as I suspected). Aside from the more physical symptoms (a bit of nausea, headache, feeling a bit like being sick) which haven't too too bad; shortly after waking there's this crazy ramp up where you feel like you've been injected with 5 espresso shots. It feels like you can't sit still but there's nothing you actually want to do, or even making a decision on what to do is difficult (thank god for nice weather, going for a walk is really the best thing when you're feeling like this). The DZ I popped this morning isn't helping much either. At least they're gonna stop by this afternoon, do a health check, and bring some more meds as well (which is a huge relief).

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    I hope you had your med visit this afternoon as planned Mulburry!
    Detoxing on your own can be scary. Make sure you communicate your extreme anxiety situation to them so maybe. Your meds can be adjusted.

    Be safe & stay on your plan to find success

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    Thinking of you and wishing you strength. You can do this. We believe in you. The good news is this is the last time you will have to do this. Thank you for keeping us posted. Be safe. Be well. Byrdie
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