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Old 08-04-2013, 02:44 PM
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Coffee Tolerance?

I used to abuse speed on a daily basis. While doing this, I'd also be constantly drinking coffee. I always had to be in a go-go-go mindset.

Now, at 67 days sober, I find myself rarely drinking coffee. I didn't consciously try to phase it out, it just happened over time.

Yesterday, I randomly had two cups of coffee, and it caused a lot of restless energy, almost anxiety. Today, I went without coffee and feel more level-headed.

Has anyone had a similar experience, of suddenly not appreciating the energy burst from coffee in sobriety? I almost prefer to feel level-headed, or accept my energy levels as they are (high or low, in between, it changes every day).
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I do have to stay under 3 cups per day. And spacing those out helps. I too have really come to appreciate the more calm level-headed sober feeling and usually just one cup of coffee is enough of a boost for me. It just depends on my emotional state that day, as to whether 1 or 3 is best. Some days, I almost feel groggy so the coffee does seem to help. But I'm sure exercise does too.
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I am a morning coffee drinker and have increased to amount because I read that coffee is good for your liver. Mine needs all the help it can get...lol
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I am a morning coffee drinker and have increased to amount because I read that coffee is good for your liver. Mine needs all the help it can get...lol
A naturopathic doctor recommended hepaton-c (vitamin) for my damaged liver. I took it for a month and feel much better now.

Dandelion and licorice tea are also good for the liver.
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I do have to stay under 3 cups per day. And spacing those out helps. I too have really come to appreciate the more calm level-headed sober feeling and usually just one cup of coffee is enough of a boost for me. It just depends on my emotional state that day, as to whether 1 or 3 is best. Some days, I almost feel groggy so the coffee does seem to help. But I'm sure exercise does too.
It's fascinating how the brain changes in sobriety. A saying is that it takes 7 years for the body to replace itself (on the cellular level)... I wonder how long it takes for the mind to re-generate?

I'm trying to ride out the groggy days. I'd rather feel a bit lazy and groggy than anxious and caffeinated.
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It's fascinating how the brain changes in sobriety. A saying is that it takes 7 years for the body to replace itself (on the cellular level)... I wonder how long it takes for the mind to re-generate?

I'm trying to ride out the groggy days. I'd rather feel a bit lazy and groggy than anxious and caffeinated.
I've read six months to 2 years. But yeah, the 7 year cellular regeneration is pretty amazing
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Correction! It's hepaton-s NOT hepaton-c. I highly recommend it, or at least it worked well for my situation.
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I drink coffee by the pitcher when I have sober patches. In this patch I'm currently in right now (three weeks sober today - about my longest in several years) I've been absolutely annihilating the percolator - I don't make it that strong though, or at least my dad doesn't since he is generally the one with coffee duty.

If I go to a night AA meeting though I have to stay away from it because the way they make it gets me all wired up. Kept me up real real late last weekend after only a small Styrofoam cup's worth too. More than anything I like the flavor, and I like to always be drinking since I don't smoke and never have. I guess it's sort of my cigarette you could say. I do know I need to kick it or just go full on decaf in due time.
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I am with you Ginger

Hey GB,
I have gotten clean from pain pills, and I now get the same reaction to coffee... very anxious and nervous after about 2 hours of a burst of energy.
During the week, I now have one cup of tea in the morning, and that is all I need. I think I was overcompensating for the dullness caused by the pain pills with coffee.
To be honest, on week-ends I do drink two cups of coffee in the morning to give me energy to clean, and know I will pay the price later in the day.
True enough today... I kinda cleaned the kitchen, and did some other chores, now the anxiety is kicking in.
I have a feeling I will soon be giving up coffee on the week-ends... isn't it weird how some of us can drink coffee without effects, and others develop a sensitivity to the caffeine?
Oh, and tonight, my sleep will not be as deep and restful due to my consumption of coffee this morning.
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I can relate to you OP completely. When i stopped doing meth I literally couldn't tolerate any stimulant without it giving me insane anxiety. I literally had to quit everything when going through the sober process (6months- year) because my body was so sensitive to everything.

It took me awhile before I was able to handle coffee again, but now it doesn't effect me too much.
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