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Old 12-26-2013, 02:07 PM
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Quit drinking yesterday morning what to expect

I quit drinking yesterday morning of all times it was Christmas I was on a two week binge of about 24 beers a day. I have battled alcohol for years and been through this a few times already but had a few questions on what to expect. Day#1 was horrible but did have some Ativan which didn't even help me sleep one min last night. I also really dislike how the Ativan makes me feel but do take it when my heart starts racing. It is now close the end of day #2 I got out of bed determined I would get a lot done which I did so cleaned the entire house and played with the dogs. Then all at once started feeling horrible again the really bad thing is I HAVE to be at work tomorrow and wondering how terrible or hopefully a little better then today would be. I have been eating and drinking tons of water as well as a multi-vitamin. I cant work while on Ativan and today took one in the am and just now took a half of one I know that nobody really knows and everyone is different but do most of you think I will feel better tomorrow or worse tomorrow..... Any advice is appreciated and God Bless!!
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:12 PM
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Welcome to the boards!

I am 4 days sober after drinking a handle of whiskey every weekend. These folks can help. Just listen and keep an open mind.

Do you really want to quit?
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:23 PM
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Like you say everyone's different but for what its worth, it used to take me three to four days to feel ok again after I stopped drinking.

I always recommend people see a Dr where possible - detox can sometimes be tricky - even if you've done it many times before.

Here's some of our members experiences of the first few days duckman:
http://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/...at-we-did.html

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Old 12-26-2013, 02:33 PM
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Welcome. Hope you feel better soon x
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:34 PM
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I'd talk to a doctor....stopping abruptly can put our body in shock!
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:38 PM
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Welcome Duckman.
I say go see your doc!!! and I'd like to say it'll get better but day 3 is always my worst :/ Sorry!

Ativan is a type of benzo, they give you benzos to stop seizures in withdrawal and you are still in seizure territory, you might of been ok today cus of them and tomorrow you might not be. Nobody knows what might happen, but 24 beers a day definitely warrants a trip to the docs imo!
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:21 PM
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Thank you all very much I do want to quit and am on way to doing so Just hoping that somehow the way I feel does not actually go backwards for tomorrow even if it is the same I am good with that well you know what I mean. Is there any other comments of encouragement that tomorrow might not be tooooo horrible on day three is day 2 was not horrible?? Oh and I did see a doc that's who gave me the Ativan I really want to avoid tomorrow.

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Old 12-26-2013, 03:25 PM
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My advice would be to get through the dangerous withdrawal phase carefully with medical help if you need it. Start putting together a plan right now how you plan to stay sober long enough for the mental impulses to fade. Whether that be groups like AA or a counselor or both you need something to hold you accountable in those first few months.

Focus all your determination on getting at least 6 months in and those impulses should become more manageable. Keep at it this time, you can do it.
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:58 PM
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Your doc gave you ativan knowing you are going cold turkey?

Same as others, if things get weird don't play with this.
As for feeling crappy, it will get better. A lot better!
Not saying that everything will be peachy in 6 days, but as time goes by it will.
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:36 PM
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Did the doctor give you the Ativan for quitting ?

If he did take them .
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:19 PM
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Well my wishful thinking of still feeling decent on day three because day two wasn't to bad so I could make it to work SURE DIDNT happen had the worse night yet so needless to say didn't make it this morning but on a better note today is day three and since this afternoon it hasn't been great but not bad hopefully the really bad is now passed and headed over the peak. Thank you for the advice and help and god bless. At some points last night I thought for sure I was going through DT's if I even tried to go to sleep and close my eyes a thousand things would race through my head not making ANY sense at all. At one point I woke up after sleeping a few min was confused of where I was what I was etc took a few min to get my bearings back at that point I said to hell with even trying to sleep but earlier on this afternoon I made the brave attempt of a nap and low and behold no crazy thoughts racing or waking up confused of who I was or where I was that is the first sleep I have got since starting this Wednesday morning. Well enough of my rant and questions comments or like stories please do share. Oh and I am back taking the prescribed 1mg Ativan every 8 hours maybe had I done that instead of taking small doses here and there the whole sleep thing would have went better that really scared me!!
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:42 PM
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Well done duckman!! 72 hours is usually the peak, but of course everyone is different. Suffice to say you should be starting to see things settle as the days go by. You will LOVE sleeping once your detoxed completelly.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:45 PM
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You have explained the horrible mad thoughts and waking thinking where am I what am I perfectly? I could never explain that feeling very well. it's horrid, I suppose a bit like coming from nothingness. Horrible. Thank you for reminding me of that, I'll never go back there again, that's for sure. Glad it went in the end. You are doing amazingly x
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:10 PM
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If the Doc gave you the benzos knowing you were quitting ,He did it for a reason .

No point in suffering needlessly ,I took benzos when I quit .

They were prescribed for a reason ,take them ,it may save you some harm .
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I know for me - getting sober was such a physical and tremendous undertaking for me (at some points I just wanted to die and get it over with) that it's easier for me to STAY sober than know I'd have to go through that again. I do forget sometimes................and ponder - then I hear or see a newcomer and I'm like - yeah you want that again? do you? It will get better - but takes about a month before sleep/crazziness stops - then starts the other stuff - cleaning up relationships, catching up with missed work, fixing things, and mental/emotional repair.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:44 PM
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I was done in about a week ,had meds ,took them .

The upside is the meds make it safer ,I was consuming enough to be in dt/ seizure mode .
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