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Old 04-15-2014, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Escalation of Alcoholism


Does anyone have any similar experiences like this?

In the course of 3 short months when I first started getting sober, my withdrawals were just a few shakes and lack of sleep. My last detox had dizziness, nausea, very bad sweats, withdrawal in the morning instead of at night, and a host of other internal symptoms (blood pressure, heart rate all that).

It just seems so bad that it only took three months. I've been trying to quit smoking for 3 years... Medically it kind of makes sense I suppose... I'm just trying to make sense out of all the damage my body had to go through to detox.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you've read anything about the kindling effect you'll know that withdrawals can get more severe each time...

It could also be argued that increased anxiety in a contributing factor - if we have some idea of what were in for, it can be pretty scary and that in fact contributes to the severity...kind of a self fulfilling prophecy in the worst way.

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I have had similar experiences...though not all of my recent (past year or so) detoxes have been awful. Some worse than others, depending on the length of bender - number of bottles of vodka consumed. I have noticed that my blood pressure is high after drinking, even in "moderate" amounts. It comes down after a few days, though.
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I had about the same experience, first couple times I quit I didn't even have WD's. But if you work at something hard enough, you finally achieve it. My last couple times earlier this year had bone-crushing depression and borderline manic attacks. It can progress very quickly.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That's why I just went to the doctor. I can't work at the same time if I'm detoxing.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Going to the doctor was a good idea. Toward the end of my drinking I would wake up in the middle of the night as soon as the alcohol started leaving my system and would drink more to get to sleep. Then would continue withdrawing throughout the day until I could pick up drinking again. And it only got worse. I try to remember that if I am tempted to drink. It usually does the trick.
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Yep, got worse for me every time too. The good news is that it's 100% preventable if you want it to be.
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Toward the end of my drinking I would wake up in the middle of the night as soon as the alcohol started leaving my system and would drink more to get to sleep. Then would continue withdrawing throughout the day until I could pick up drinking again. And it only got worse. I try to remember that if I am tempted to drink.
I agree with this 110%. I was sitting out in my car in the parking garage during lunch putting down about a half a fifth of booze to get me to 5:00, then chewing gum all afternoon so the coworkers "couldn't smell it."

That night when I was hammered (after buying another bottle on the way home), That night I'd cry about hating my life.
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I agree with this 110%. I was sitting out in my car in the parking garage during lunch putting down about a half a fifth of booze to get me to 5:00, then chewing gum all afternoon so the coworkers "couldn't smell it."

That night when I was hammered (after buying another bottle on the way home), That night I'd cry about hating my life.
It's worth a whole lot of temporary pain to get off that treadmill.
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Yeah, I look back at that night and I just knew it was rock bottom (I didn't have the normal rock bottom of dui's, but obviously I was getting awfully close). Even when I was still drunk, I knew that would be my turning point. Sure I slipped and relapsed once or twice, but I told myself I'd rather die that do that to myself and my 8 month kid and beautiful wife.
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