Originally Posted by SHG1974
Starting my 12th day today...I managed to miraculously avoid DT's (I drank a LOT). I'm expecting it to get harder now, as my mind is starting to play games with me, and convince me to drink...it almost makes me laugh how the alcoholic mind works. Over all, I'm doing ok. Like I said, I do expect it to get more difficult, but I will keep on keepin on.
I was a pretty messed up the first time I detoxed for an extended period of time. Two weeks or so of terrible sleep and waiting for my bathroom duties to get back to normal, followed by being on edge pretty much the entire time. I also didn't have any physical symptoms other than irritability.
I've managed to take long periods of time without drinking and stay focused, so whenever I get back into a bad way for a time; the effects of detox only last few days now. However, I completely remember those dreaded first 2 weeks drying out after a hard couple of months.
Something that helped me, although not the healthiest idea was satisfying my cravings with sugar. Juice, snacks, etc. and I'm sure that was because of the all the sugar I just eliminated by removing alcohol from my diet. Also, I made it a point to set aside some time for walks, biking, or whatever you can handle. I wouldn't push yourself too hard right now, but a little physical activity helped me.
I also spent time reading a lot about the very terrible effects of extended abuse, which is outright scary and checked back here often. When it was on my mind, the experiences of others helped remind me of the deal I made with myself to stop. Motivation to stay on the path can be very powerful right now and I wish you the best.
Also, congratulations on 12 days! It will get easier very soon as your body begins to heal and deal with it's new and normal source of nutrition.