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|01-08-2012, 06:06 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2011
4 months and getting wierder
Hi, I've been sober for four months now and am experiencing symptoms in a growing rate. They include:
some grief (I have been/am a bad son figure to my parents)
some trouble sleeping (I get hot easily)
nostalgia (pictures of childhood and of generally happy times come to mind, but bring certain sadness)
distortion of sense of time - it seems that days are so short and evenings are already at hand when I clearly remember it just being the morning. A year seems to go so quickly, and all my life in general.
trouble concentrating - because of the nostalgic images
Doc prescribed anti-depressants for the anxiety. I've been taking them for 5-6 days now but so far little has changed (Doc said that they wont start working before 2 weeks).
I'd like you, who have been sober for 4+ months, to share your experience with the different perception of time and anxiety. When did the symptoms go away. I have red that it takes almost a year or more.
|01-08-2012, 08:02 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2011
The nostalgia part hits the most.I finally started to realize and grieve on things that i should of been sad about while drinking but never payed mind to.
They are slowly going away more and more (im not on any medicine, i go to a therapist for anxiety/depression) Some days are good and some are bad.
Now i just have to find myself again because it seems somewhere along path of drinking i forgot who i am and what i enjoy.
Alcohol effects our body and mind so much. I found the anxiety to lesson if i just forget about it and keep myself as busy as possible, trying to be productive and such.
|01-08-2012, 10:27 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: seaside, OR
Blog Entries: 5
first let me say GREAT JOB ON 4 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i have just over 8 months off H and every opiate on the planet......lil over ten years of addiction.....
so I too, had anxiety surface in recovery. and I call them 'flashbacks' of the past. its sooooo wierd. I'll be at work, and all of a sudden Im a kid in the corner being yelled at.
its actually ALL sorts of memories, childhood, happy and sad both, drug use, w/ds, the terrible car accident I was in ETC.
I actually started going to an addiction therapist.
this is the only thing thats helped for ME.
but everyones different. it was really getting to me b4 i went to therapy. I was having nitemares, and anxiety attacks stemmed from the flashbacks.
Now, thats subsiding,,,,slowly but surely.
I was 'not open' to therapy for awhile. but I knew I didnt want to go back to being a drug addict, and I knew I needed to do something different.
so thats what I did.
so keep fighting the good fight. your doing great.
I think sharing with someone you trust also helps if counseling isnt an option right now. you can also look up 'grounding excersises' on the web,,,,,, those have ABSOLUTELY helped me, my therapist taught me.
hope that helps!!!!!!!!!!
Just becuase I look back now and then, doesn't mean I'm going back
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