What to Expect with PAWS - SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information
Go Back   SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information > Alcoholism Information > Alcoholism
Register Blogs FAQ Members List Calendar Arcade Mark Forums Read

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-29-2013, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
PhaseTwo's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Western ny
Posts: 388

What to Expect with PAWS

I know I can go read about this online, but I'd like to get some first hand accounts from some of you fine people about what PAWS was like for you. I'm 4 months sober today and I have some minor anxiety here and there but I am still continuing to feel better overall with time. Can I expect things to get any worse for a period than they are now? At what point did these symptoms appear for all of you? I'm about to move to Chicago for three months to due an internship which could be stressful so I just want to be prepared.
PhaseTwo is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to PhaseTwo For This Useful Post:
silentrun (08-30-2013)
Old 08-30-2013, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)

Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,126
Well, I don't think I went into full-blown PAWS until I was six months sober. And from the time I got sober until then, I didn't have mild anxiety, but rather full blown panic attacks. I only left my condo to attend AA or NA meetings from the time I was about four months sober. I had severe agoraphobia, paranoia, constant ringing in my ears, loopy, continuous negative thoughts, difficulty concentrating on anything, uncoordinated, my hands shook for nearly a year...

...so if at four months you only have mild anxiety and can judge progress from week to week, I would say you are probably going to be fine.
MemphisBlues is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2013, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
Canine Welfare Advocate
doggonecarl's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Norfolk, VA
Posts: 8,909
Blog Entries: 22
No matter how you feel when you are going through PAWS, the most important thing to know is that it isn't a sign that your recovery is weak or that a relapse is imminent.

I seem to recall fuzzy thinking, emotional swings, pangs of regret for the years I spent wastefully drinking, and urges to drink over things I thought I had learned to handle, like anger...

Just knowing about PAWS and that it could be expected got me through it. Going to Chicago this early in recovery is going to put some stress on you. Stay vigilent over your sobriety.
doggonecarl is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to doggonecarl For This Useful Post:
LDT (08-30-2013), Vicki31 (08-30-2013)
Old 08-30-2013, 12:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
Living and Loving Life at Last
tootsl1's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: gods own country
Posts: 8,530
Blog Entries: 8
On the march class where we are all nearing six months we all started getting different issues, and finally twigged we were all getting PAWS. I had trouble sleeping and was grumpy ( very unlike me!) others were irritable, getting AV bother, depression, a lot of the PAWS symptoms. They come and go, I'm sleeping better but don't leave me near a loaded gun and an queue!!

Whatever the symptoms, anything is better than the hangovers the shame and the guilt
Even though we haven't all travelled down the same road, we are all on the same journey.

" I tried to drown my demons, only to find they could swim" Anon
tootsl1 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to tootsl1 For This Useful Post:
hope22 (08-30-2013), jaynie04 (09-01-2013), LDT (08-30-2013)
Old 08-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
Spinach's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Wales UK
Posts: 859
You don't have to get any!
How fantastic you've got 4 months,
More importantly is how to maintain clarity and vision and keeping on improving life is there with you, no bars holding you back.(forgive the pun).
Spinach is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Spinach For This Useful Post:
jaynie04 (09-01-2013)
Old 09-01-2013, 09:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
PhaseTwo's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Western ny
Posts: 388
Thanks for the input guys. I've noticed when I get a good amount of sleep and exercise it becomes basically a non issue. So just have to keep doing that
PhaseTwo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
thesun's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 170
Well done on 4 months sober, you are doing great. PAWs is linked with blood sugar irregularities. Cut out sugar, caffeine, and eat regular protein rich meals and alochol induced depression and anxiety will diminish massively.

Best Wishes
There are no benefits to drinking alcohol, all perceived benefits in fact have the opposite effect on one's life.
thesun is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to thesun For This Useful Post:
Sanantoniosober (09-01-2013)

Currently Active Users Viewing this Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:45 PM.