How to Detox From Alcohol – Home Remedies

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Many people don’t take alcohol detox seriously enough for several reasons. It’s a legal substance that is commonly used and the withdrawal dangers aren’t widely known. Detoxing from alcohol is a two-phase process. The first phase begins within 6-24 hours of the last drink of alcohol and can last up to 5-7 days. It’s during this period that the person could experience some dangerous withdrawal symptoms that may require medical attention and should be monitored very closely should you decide to do this at home. The second, and longer, phase of alcohol detox occurs over many months as the brain slowly begins to resume normal functioning. This is when sleep patterns are re-established and emotions are regulated.

Preparation for Alcohol Detox at Home

The Environment

One of the reasons that you are likely choosing to do this at home instead of in an institution is “comfort”. If so, be sure to have everything on hand to make your stay as comfortable, and safe, as possible. The alcohol withdrawal and detox doesn’t last long but don’t expect to be going out on the town during the process. You will be home for the duration so have something to keep yourself busy, whether it be books, movies, games, etc. Also, get rid of all the alcohol in your home. No joke. There is no “saving some for a special occasion” or “just in case”. Just get rid of it – toss it or give it away immediately. Trust me – you will not be able to resist the temptation once the withdrawal symptoms set in.

Support

Did you line up a family member or friend to come and stay with you? If not, do so now. This needs to happen from Day 1, particularly when it comes to alcohol detox. Probably after Day 3, you will be in the clear and they can just check on you, but this will vary on a case by case basis.

Home remedies for alcohol detox

1. Dietary Changes

vegetablesWhile there may be periods of time where you have no appetite or are unable to keep anything down, diet is critical and having the right foods and beverages on hand is very important. You’ll want to pick up lots of fruits and vegetables, whether they are your favorites or not. This is about replacing the toxins that are leaving your body with good things that are going to make you feel better, and Cheetos or Moon Pies aren’t going to cut it. Berries are an excellent snack that contains natural sugar, which is something that ex-drinkers tend to crave. Oats are also good for controlling blood sugar and serve as a relaxant. Bananas are great for lifting mood and a great source of energy, fiber and potassium. Also pick up some food that is high in protein, like chicken, fish or even peanut butter. When you do eat, it’s ok to only eat in small portions. Don’t force yourself to eat large meals as this isn’t necessary.

Avoid junk foods and include nutrient rich foods in your diet if you want to get the maximum benefit out of the detox. Junk foods with main ingredient as refined sugar or carbohydrate should be avoided to get effective results. The main motive of detox is to flush out the toxins from the body, so, you may also want to stay away from caffeine as it promotes chemical build-up. Eat fresh and natural food during the detox regimen. The fresh food will provide essential nutrients to your body and help in the internal healing process.

2. Drink enough water

It’s crucial that you drink moderate to large amounts of water. Do not consume more than 2 quarts in an hour, however. It is fine to mix in a few sports drinks for flavor but try to stick primarily to water for fluid intake. Drinking enough water will ease the withdrawal symptoms and allow the body to flush the toxins out of your body more easily. Avoid caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee as much as possible. Your sleep patterns will already be very disturbed. These drinks only exacerbate that and will not help calm yourself.

It is very important for you to drink around 100 ounces of water every day to wash off the chemicals, toxins and alcohol from your body (it’s where cleanse products for detox come in handy). Drinking water at regular intervals will also help you to combat dehydration caused by alcohol consumption.

3. Have enough vitamin B

Alcohol consumption on daily basis causes the deficiency of vitamin B. In order to heal the body from within, it becomes very important to replenish and restore this vitamin in the body. In addition, the restoration of magnesium and vitamin C is also imperative to ensure smooth body functions.]

4. Use Milk Thistle & Kudzu

Milk thistle extract acts as a natural cure to remove the toxins from the body. It not only blocks the absorption of alcohol in the liver but also reduces the severity of side effects of alcohol consumption. These milk thistle capsules not only promote liver health, but boosted immune response in clinical trials.

Kudzu has been used since times immemorial to cure several ailments and treat alcohol addiction. The powerful medicinal virtues and antioxidant properties of this herb reduces the damage and regenerates the damaged liver tissues. To curb the craving for alcohol, take ten grams of kudzu powder every day.

5. Use Angelica Extract

Angelica reduces the craving and withdrawal symptoms of alcohol. It is an anti-inflammatory herb that curbs the desire of having alcohol. This herb can cause sickness and nausea if you go back to drinking at all. The recommended dosage is three to five drops per day. You just have to add the extract to a glass of water and have it. This herb will also relieve headaches and bloating symptoms caused due to abstinence from alcohol.

6. Add Cayenne Pepper to Food

Cayenne pepper reduces the craving and increases your appetite. Adding pepper to food can ease the most common withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and decreased appetite you must be facing after quitting alcohol.

7. Drink Passion Flower Tea

Since many people suffer from insomnia and delirium after giving up alcohol, drinking passion flower tea can help them to alleviate these symptoms to a great extent.

8. Basil

Basil’s potent medicinal value induces spiritual healing. Basil is one of the most effective herbs to curb alcohol craving. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. This helps to free the body from harmful free radicals and detoxifies the body properly. You need to pluck some soft basil twigs and soak these overnight with twenty peppercorns in a glass of water. Regular intake of this water can easily curb your desire for alcohol.

9. Bitter Gourd Leaves

The leaves of bitter gourd help to restore the damaged liver. These leaves are full of valuable compounds that can cure alcoholism to great extent by flushing out the toxins from the system. You need to grind soft bitter gourd leaves and extract its juice. The juice should be consumed fresh with a glass of buttermilk.

10. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an ancient herb and has powerful medicinal value. This herb is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This is an excellent way to improve the brain function and detox your whole body. This herb alleviates alcoholism related tension and stress and induces a sense of well-being. One teaspoon of ashwagandha with a glass of milk should be taken twice a day. Alternatively, ashwagandha supplement capsules could be used as well.

11. Gotu Kola

Gotu kola is a supplement which improves the function of nervous system and brain. While acting as a blood purifier, it also helps to decrease the stress and anxiety related to alcoholism. The recommended intake is about 50 grams that is to be taken three times daily.

The above mentioned home remedies can stimulate your stamina to combat alcohol addiction and help you overcome the withdrawal symptoms. Before you decide to fight the addiction, consult your doctor for more information on herbs and other supplements. You should also consult a physician to know if you are healthy enough to fight the addiction on your own and do not need any medical assistance. Fighting an alcohol addiction might seem to be difficult, but the right treatment can make it possible for you to win this battle.

Other Activities

Other things you’ll want to do during detox to ease symptoms include taking frequent baths, or sitting in a pool if you have one available. The water temperature should really be to your comfort – whatever is going to make you feel better and more comfortable at that moment. It could be the complete opposite just a little while later. Mild exercise, such as stretching and going for a short walk, may also help with blood circulation and anxiety through the release of endorphins. Rest when you are able to and keep your mind busy when you aren’t. Don’t worry about what time it is or isn’t. Your body clock isn’t going to be right for quite some time so sleep when you can. When you can’t sleep, keep your mind occupied with those books or movies that you have on hand and planning that wonderful new life free from alcohol.

cravings in detoxDealing With Cravings

Cravings are a normal part of any addiction and are common-place during withdrawal. They can also pop up months or even years after you stop using drugs or drinking. . Here are some important things to remember about alcohol cravings and some ways to deal with them.

What You Should Know About Cravings:

  1. They are not caused by a lack of willpower or motivation. However, that doesn’t mean that you are doing something wrong or failing to do something right.
  2. Cravings don’t mean that your detox and withdrawal aren’t working.
  3. Cravings are never constant and their severity lasts for a very short period.
  4. Psychological or physical discomfort can trigger the cravings. Managing this discomfort can reduce the cravings to a significant extent.

Things You Can Do to Manage Cravings:

  • Identify cues or “triggers” that may have brought on the cravings. They could be people, places or things that remind you of alcohol. Re-direct your mental energy towards ways in which you can avoid these same triggers in the future.
  • Remind yourself of why you stopped consuming alcohol in the first place. This would be the time to re-list the negative effects that the alcohol use had on your life and also list the positive things that you stand to gain by staying clean.
  • Call on others for help. This is where a Support Network comes in, family members and friends that support your recovery.
  • For those that are spiritual, meditation and prayers can play a significant role in keeping the mind calm and helping you focus on things that are important.

After Alcohol Detox

After about 36 hours, you will be generally uncomfortable and mostly irritable for the rest of the week. Continue with your detox routine, healthy diet, vitamins, supplements, moderate exercise and intermittent sleep. In less than a week, you should be ready to resume some “normal” activities provided they are not too stressful. What’s most important to note here is that you’ve simply detoxed from alcohol, nothing else. You have successfully gotten the toxins out of your system but, unless you make some other changes in your life, you will more than likely end up right back where you were a week ago – or worse. To prevent this

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from happening requires several things:

  • Coming to the understanding that Alcoholism is a disease
  • Considering getting additional help or treatment
  • Finding a good support network

With alcohol detox, generally your appetite will increase. This is great because chances are you’ve been starving yourself and are massively undernourished right now. However, make the right choice and put some good things in your body for once. On the flip side, if you’re not feeling well, it’s fine to eat in small amounts but when you do eat something, eat the right things.

If this is your first go around with a detox experience, be glad that it’s over. Don’t stop keeping yourself updated as things change quite quickly. If you’ve been through this before, the alcohol detox will likely not come as much of a surprise to you, yet the new developments in this field may do you some good and, hopefully, keep you moving in the right direction.

376 Responses

  1. Tacono conner

    Its hard but I’m going to get thru this I’m a strong person I’ve been drinking for 5 years and really do want to stop

    • Sad Sarah

      I have been drinking most days for a few years. I drank in my late teens and early 20’s and chalked it up to being a kid: then I married and had kids and devoted my life to my husband and children. We divorced in my late 30’s and then I began to drink, just on the weekends to relieve stress and the last few years just about every night. I need to stop. I know this but don’t know how. I’ll have a few nights here and there when I can convince myself it’s ok not to drink, and sleep on the couch, because I feel safe on my couch, but then use the excuse my ex husband, kids, or work is overwhelming me so I drink again. My drinking has kept me from pursuing social relationships and romantic relationships. My drinking has caused me to isolate myself outside of work. My drinking had caused me …to cause everything. I know I need help because I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I do not have the support of family or friends. I have hidden my problems from everyone. I’m not ready to come out to family and friends until I am in recovery. I want to approach my alcoholism holistically and know I need some kind of support. And that’s why I am here…

      • Diane

        Hey. I just read this. It is MY story, as well. Down to our age at our divorces. I would love to help each other and try to spare our families this embarrassment and worry.

      • Maureen

        Hi my friends in pain. A joking remark, making light of a serious condition. it is no joking matter though. I have been battling this demon for many years. Sober for 3 yrs but didn’t do “the work.” So decided to just go back to what I know. I know I can drink. I also know that it is keeping me from life, honesty, family, etc. Health is going down. Alcoholism is like the devil telling us to kill ourselves. It is powerful, taking control of our brains, baffles me how I end up in such a mess because that is not who I am. This time of year (thankful it has passed is always hard for me) and I know it. Other times are too throughout the year. But that is just life, We who struggle need to find people who “get it” and find stength in them. I hate how it’s taken contol of me again..All the best to you.Reach out. We have punished ourselves enough,

        • Brigette

          Everything you said was perfect and meant the world to me. Most of it made me cry..but, only because it was so true.

      • Kelly A.

        Sara, may I just tell you about a year ago I was in the same situation — years of daily drinking, about 5 drinks per day with not remembering the last day when I did not have anything to drink.

        After having two people die of liver cancer on my father’s side, and knowing that I inherited a lot of other traits from his side of the family, and after experiencing my very first physical illnesses from the alcohol, I decided to quit. I tried to quit last Ash Wednesday and give it up for lent. I lasted about four days, then gave in. I started to have pain in my right side. I researched what this was and I got scared. My last drink was on February 28th 2015. The first month or so was the hardest. I went to the doctors for all sorts of weird scary symptoms (most of which have gone away now at almost the one year mark) I admitted to the doctors my problem with drinking and telling them how much/how long of a duration I drank for, and they shrugged and all said, it’s not likely that I’m experiencing any withdrawals or bad effects from the alcohol/quitting alcohol. Well, I continued to research, and honestly it’s been like a year of researching and loving my body and taking care of myself. As I look back, it’s been a really hard and wonderful journey — one I thought I would never be able to accomplish after many attempts. Not only have a learned about alcohol and taking care of the liver, I have learned so much about the body, in general.

        I figured out that a lot of my initial physical problems were sort of all in my head. (I had numerous tests done with no negative findings) When you drink everyday, you are giving the receptors in your brain “feel good” chemicals; therefore, your body is not sending it’s own feel good hormones to these receptors because it is used to them already being fulfilled by the alcohol. When you quit drinking cold turkey, it can send you into a depression. Depression can actually cause physical pains in your body. I never knew that or believed such before I started learning. There is a huge mind/body connection that people don’t realize.

        My best advice to you is to or anyone trying to quit drinking is to cut back slowly over a couple week period of time. Write out your plan and follow it down to zero drinks per day. When you quit drinking you need to be committed to not drinking anymore because it can really mess up your body. You liver and other parts of your body will start to heal themselves and you don’t want to interfere with this process. Look up foods that are good for your liver and focus of rebuilding nutrition in your body. Look for methylcobalmin (spelling?) B12 — it’s a particular type of B12 that’s easier on your liver. Also, get some milk thistle supplements. This is great for the liver. Lots of water. My habit was largely a hand-to-mouth habit, especially since I used to be a smoker years ago. If you find that you just like to sip something for a long period of time, you might try hot tea as a crutch. It worked wonders for me. God Bless you on your journey!

        • Kathleen

          I have been a closeted drinker for many years now. I’ve become so good at hiding it that most people think I either don’t drink or only have one glass of wine once in a while when in fact, my “one” glass is generally a bottle of wine plus a couple of drinks. Sara’s story, as some of the others, sound so familiar. I am done lying to myself and others and want to live a full and complete life. I have never reached out to anyone to admit I have an alcohol addiction, but I know I need help.

          I absolutely do NOT want to live the rest of my life like this. I don’t want to live even one more day like this.

          Thank you all for sharing your stories and the tips on detoxing from alcohol. It has made a difference.

          • Kim

            Kathleen, your story is my story. How did you make it through the detox & what vitamins did you use? I need to start this new journey.

        • Debz

          Hi Kelly,
          This is probably the hardest thing I’m doing (not quite) but it goes hand in hand. My boss decided to dismiss me because I won a case and he didn’t like it. I’m a well liked person and he is NOT! he hates me with a passion and now I’m going through employment tribunal. I’ve actually taken the big step to seek,advice. It is so comforting to know I’m not alone. I hate my own world because I enjoyed my job and was really good at it. Shame on that establishment.
          So I’m now fighting one big organisation and it’s nearly breaking me. But I can’t let it. Alcohol is not my friend and robs me of everything, but it’s not easy.
          I hope I won’t be beaten by two big thieving enemies
          I am grateful for I site like this.

        • LJ

          Hello Kelly’, thank you for your share and I hope you feel better
          I had a similar story With kids and business…
          All I can say is it is very hard to be “all alone” actually it seems impossible. I chose AA and those people saved my life…they say “it works if you work it” and it is so true. Find a meeting be the coffeemaker, have a job and you will feel like you have a purpose..

          Just don’t feel like you hqv to do this alone….and AA is ananomous, you do not have to worry that anyone you see there will tell your secret…they would be there for the same reason

          I was hopeless, had been drinking for many many years. And ruining my family my business and most important me in every way. I tried to stoo, I tried again, and again….those were the be many times I tried…the day I went to the meeting I met people I wanted to be just like some of them, they had what I wanted….and they told me to come back tomorrow, since I said I would I had to… I just kept going, then they told me I could never say no when asked to share my story. Quitting drinking and with the help of AA, and of course my God has chang d my life. This can all change in a minute. I have 5 years, all I asked my God to help me through is today!! One day at a time!! You can do it🎁🙏

      • Tricia

        Sara,
        Reading your story is like looking in the mirror at myself. I have been drinking almost daily for a couple of yours. I too am tired of feeling like I “need” alcohol to get through the day. Know you are not alone in this journey!!!

        • paulita nunez

          Hi Sara i have also abused alcohol on an off. I am turning forty this year and i have a young daughter and a nineteen year old son. I know Im sick i can usually handle alcohol but i find that i binge. Its over four year that I have binged. Today is my first day without alcohol. I have been drinking for a week and i feel horrible detoxing. I think i suffer depression but i am not sure of the difference. Paulita

      • Peter

        It was a sad story I read from you. I’m to detox on my own I do need some .. support its not going to be easy doing this alone. Its causing a lot pain and lack of sleep. In my gut the artical helped I’ll get the vitamins that will help me heal.

        • Love$peace

          Hello it’s seven days in and I’m just plain scared. However with Gods help and any support from you all I’ll make it. I’m trying to do this on my own my dog and I . It’s so hard for me to ask for help. I don’t want to end up a use to be beautiful .( dead Drunk). Alcohol is satans venom.

      • Bob

        How is it going ? Have you been able to stop and get off of the Drinking ?

        I am going thru this now and I am determined to stop forever.
        I to am embarrassed and need a support friend…an anonymous one would be GREAT

        Bob

      • Alley

        How are you?
        If you want to talk I’m a good listener. I also am gifted in helping people find their strength to get out of bad situations.Your words moved me.

      • Kevin

        I KNOW ITS BEEN A LONG TIME BUT I HOPE YOU HAVE FOUND THE REMEDY OF BEING SICK..N..TIERED OF BEING SICK..N..TIERED IM GOING THROUGH ALOT AND AM AN ALCOHOLIC…MY MOM DIED AT THE END OF LAST MONTH AND I WENT ON A CRAZY BINDER AFTER BEING SOBER FOR 4 YEARS BUT NOW I NEED TO FIND PEOPLE IN MY SAME BOAT CONTACT ME IF YOU WANT THANKS.

    • rob

      going to give this a try been drinking for too long and now i feel ready to get over this hold over me

    • Justin

      Bro you cannot do this on your own. As much as it may suck go to AA meetings. I just got done with a relapse about four days ago. It is not safe to detox on your own. Coming off alcohol is as dangerous as heroin withdrawals. Consult a physician and ask about Librium. It helps a ton and make sure you drink lots of fluids. Your appetite will suck but foods like bananas, peanut butter, basil and berries will help. Good luck man. Sincerely Justin Melton from Atlantic Beach, FL.

    • monch

      Hi there

      I recently stopped drinking and am on day 21. I found a site called hellosundaymorning. It is great,like minded people posting on the site everyday.It’s a great community and helped me stay focused.Get on it,I highly recommend it! All the best to ths trying to quit this dirty habit we all got tricked into believing we actually enjoy.

  2. love

    Tacono Connor, I am with you, you are not alone! I started christmas eve detoxing because of a bad headache. Checked my blood pressure and it was very high and my bp is always normal. Spent xmas in the er scared, and now I am taking bp meds to control it. I had been drinking the numb juice since my mom passed away june 21st 2013. I was hurting so bad, and I knew what I was dojng but I needed to numb the pain of my beautiful girl taking her last breath right in front of me. I miss her so much, but she would be motified that I was self medicating my emotional pain. I just wanted you to know that I am detoxing too at the same time, and if you need to chat it through I am here…..

    • Chris

      How did your detox go? I have been drinking heavily for several years and can’t afford treatment.

  3. Todd

    I admit that I have a drinking, smoking, drug problem. My wife left me today and they want to put me back into detox. I am drinking and smoking now. I am taking Klonopin, smoking, and have panic disorder. I was in two different detox centers in the past 36 hours. I would like to do it from home. Suggestions?

  4. lonley girl

    Love the last comment…I always apparently come up with an excuse to start drinking again although I really haven’t stopped for years and now I’m living with my mother taking care of her who has Alzheimers and I’m struggling..had really bad detox since the middle of the night and I just acted like I had the flu but I don’t know what to do right now

    • Christina

      Lonely Girl……..I’m going thru the same rhing..I’m also taking care of my “Mom” Grandmother who has Alzheimer’s. Im a alcoholic. Been to the hospital many times..I don’t have time ta go 2 rehab..I can’t leave my Grandmother. At the same time …..how can I detox at home when I have 2 take care of her…? Im here for you if you need ta talk..

    • sick and tired

      Hi lonely girl
      I relate to your story I as well live and care for my mom who has alzheimer s and I was already a daily drinker for many years. Now its all I can do to cope with this horrible situation. I have recently started takung the steps to get healthy and sober but something sets me off and back I go.

  5. John Baer

    I have been detoxing for 48 hours now. Its been very hard no sleep ,anxiety attacks.Butt I will stick with it I want my life back. I will pray for both of you.

      • Love$peace

        I want to live not just exist. I blamed everything and everyone for my problems . I deliberately was living in denial. So much waisted time and heartaches ,I guess I just couldnot would not except the fact that I’m a alcoholic ,even seeing myself write this brings me to tears… .. However a new day is a dawning people. So who is with me ? Please help me lets help each other …”.

        • Russ

          Hey, Love$peace, I’ve been looking at this website and came upon your comments. I feel the same way, except it’s me and my cat (thought I would have had a dog). I’m definitely going to try the things listed here, but I’m scared too. I’m just getting started on detox. How are you doing?

          • Love$peace

            Hello Russ: First of all I would like to thank you for your reply , it came at a time much needed 🙂 as for me 11 days in and I just can’t get rid of this dull headache I’m a summing it’s a part of the detox process. However my friend if I may call you that , how are you doing what your stat. So far. ( Don’t give up because I’m not ( OK!)

  6. jay hughes

    Wow and I thought pain killer addiction and withdrawal was bad well alcohol is no joke I’ve never gone crazy like this and I’ve only been drinking for two months!

  7. Pauly

    I’ve been drinking for 34 years, and hate withdrawal! It’s so tuff! Done this a hundred times, and still haven’t learned my lesson! Good luck everyone

    • l'il bert

      pauly please keep going. the things you will lose are of much more value than the next drink. If you flip the coin to the person who doesn’t drink and what you will get back, the value of the drink is much less. Its just your pre frontal lobe lying to you. You can retrain it to appraise other things higher than the next glass of champagne.

      • Tamam

        That is great advice to Pauly. My brother has been drinking for about 16 years after his wife left him. He was such a great guy. Alcohol addiction has almost destroyed him. I don’t know how his body is able to withstand it. His demeanor is deplorable and when he has a couple of hours or a day or soberness he complains often about anything. My mother is an enabler and he treats her horribly most of the time. She had to leave her home. Any advice for me. I really want to help him.

    • Shane

      I am 44 years old and have always had problems with alcohol. I was sober on my 21st birthday for 3 years…I relapsed for a few years and then was in a bar fight whigh resulted in getting jumped and receiving several broken ribs while being kicked by several people on the ground.I gave sobriety another chance and made it 6 years and the demon won once again. I wasn’t drinking everyday but did not know when to stop and would find myself in blackouts. Then I found out my wife whom was a registered nurse was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. She ended up dying from it one month from her 40 th birthday in her own er…with her own coworkers trying to save her….Since then I’ve been drinking everyday for about 5 years….I have quit several times for a week to a month but no real luck…I currently drink a six pack of Heineken, a 22 ounce bottle of hieneken, and a half pint of Sambuca or better everyday. I can’t just quit so I have to ween myself off for a few days so that Imeans not in danger of serious Dts…Gonna try again starting today! I read many posts here and my heart is broken…Please pray pray pray for everyone on here as I will be! God bless us all!!!!!

      • Nick

        Hey Shane I’m praying for you and sorry for your loss I’m dealing with death as well and I self medicated with alcohol I’ve drank for 3 years straight stoped maybe twice i need help my body feels funny and I constantly think I’m going to die is it common for you to feel like your having mini heart attacks ??? Please respond

        • Hugo

          Hey Nick what you are experiencing is panic attacks it happens to me too. it is a chemical imbalance in the brain. if you don’t stop drinking you will experience a big one that you are going to think that you are going to die for real. I just started my detox 3 days ago and it is hard but not impossible. God bless us all !

        • Brandon

          Heart (chest) pain, sharp pain in left arm & left side of my head & face- I thought minor heart attack for sure but ER doc & paramedics said its just severe dehydration & is common with high alcohol use & or detox

      • wes

        Praying for you Shane and all on this page……..We are all in this battle and we have to have support from AA, Celebrate Recovery and whatever works for you, I finally figured it out..can not do this own my own….

  8. Andi

    Starting detox today again…..been drinking for 13 years and longest Ive stopped for is 3 months. I want a better life than this.

    • dawn

      i am just starting my hopefully last detox. i have the correct meds to help and am also weaning so i don’t go into dts
      wish me luck please

  9. Paula Keefer

    Hi all I am not the one with a drinking problem. However my boyfriend is an alcoholic and we have decided to detox him at home. I have been reading up on how to do this safely. Have a list of foods.itamins and natural herbs and stuff. I know it is goin gto be rough but does anyone have and advice for me???

    • badger

      Hi paula. I’m hoping we can connect and support each other. my boyfriend is an alcoholic, im a nurse and ive seen the horrible consequences first hand. We are trying home detox starting tonight. i’m headed to store to stock up. how did yours turn out?

      • Liz

        My boyfriend has started to show withdrawal symptoms. Hopefully all goes well.

      • Berry

        Badger, I saw you posted in feb that you were a nurse and going to start detox with your boyfriend. How did it go? My 62 year old brother has been through treatment multiple times, his wife is kicking him out of the house. He may come to stay with me starting tonight. any tips?

    • Jan

      If I am taking all these herbs etc.Hoe soon can I go in for an alcohol urine test? They send the test out to another lab.

  10. Ant

    im on my seventh day and it’s been hell I’m still having panic attacks and when ever I get a problem I still feel like I need a drink even to answer the phone I carnt get used to dealing with life without drink because iv been drinking 20 yrs it trying to do normal things without drink inside me that’s hard

    • Jess

      I feel the same way, I did detox at home with my husband watching I seriously thought I was dying the first two days(I think my pancreatitis came back) he was afraid I would have a seizure. I’ve been drinking heavily for 10’years. A box of wine every 2 days. I’m on my 5th day and I get so anxious, irritable and have no patience. I did a liver cleansing but i feel it’s still in my system. I wish everyone the best and be safe. Eat tons of fruits and vegetables and stay hydrated. This is my third time detoxing in 10 years and I know it gets better after a few weeks. It’s the worse pain I have ever been thru. I wish they had a special miracle pill over the counter to help. :0(

      • Vonnie

        Jess – how did your detox go? You’re one of the most recent posts so I am hoping you find this. thanks

        • leilanilu

          Round 2. Had 18 months sober before relapsing a little more than a year ago. This time I checked myself into the ER b/c I can’t stand the nausea and shakes. Have been throwing up or dry heaving every am for as long as it took the get the first drink down. Started carrying an empty yogurt container in my car for emergencies since I still had to get to work every morning. Sweats. Not sleeping. ER prescribed Librium & sent me home, where I have my kudzu, my ashwagandha, milk thistle, my B complex, and my passion flower tea. Gotta get through the weekend, and then I’l be beck on the holistic regimen. Also attend AA but that was not helping me kick…. If you’re detoxing with hallucinations and fever, get thee to the ER.

          • leilanilu

            P.S I was in the ER for about 3 hours on I.V. fluids, & getting my vitals checked. I was not in withdrawal because I would not have gotten through a work day with all of the shaking and vomiting, but my abl was high enough they believed me when I said I was gonna need something. I took the loading dose prescribed before I went to bed. Woke up once after about 4 hours, took 25 mgs, went back to sleep. Another 25 mgs at 8. Best sleep I have had in a long while, but even better: I made a fruit smoothie for myself this morning (no dairy) and though it’s after 10 AM, I have not puked once! First time in over a week I have been able to keep anything down before first half pint of the day. The librium detox is supposed to take a few days, with the librium dose tapering off. Detox diet: I recommend clear fluids, non-dairy, low fat, fresh fruit, broth based soups, fresh greens, and POPSICLES! Meat still doesn’t appeal to me….

        • Chris M.

          Hi Vonnie,

          I just started “officially” last night & while it was a little challenging, I made it. Thankfully, I did not have to go to work today. This am I went to the store to purchase additional Vit C & Magnesium. So I will share my plan & keep you posted on how I am making out.

          Hot water w/lemon honey am
          Pull coconut oil
          Black Seed Oil w/teaspoon of honey
          Coffee (kept this in for now)
          OJ with vitamins & minerals (multi w/extra B+complex wfolic acid, C, D, Milk Thistle, L-Glutamine, & Omega 3.
          Oatmeal raisins, honey, cinnamon & chia seeds
          Water
          Ginger tea
          Water
          Green Tea
          Lunch w/salad
          Oil of oregano drops
          Water
          Snack (cheese fig crackers, apples & peanut butter, or nuts)
          Water
          Banana
          Gym
          Water
          Light dinner
          Black Seed Oil w/teaspoon of honey
          OJ with vitamins & minerals (B+complex wfolic acid, C, D, Milk Thistle, & L-Glutamine.
          Water
          Sleepy Time Tea Extra
          Extras if/when – Grape Juice, grapes, oj, organic & apple juice in seltzer.

          I pray you all stay strong, tackle one day at a time, & stay encouraged. As, I plan to… Blessings,
          C

  11. BIG TREE

    What’s up people? Ok I’ve been drinking for about 5 months now straight…. And it needs to stop. I work side jobs as I’m a carpenter but don’t have a full 40. Something I’m use to. Drinking made my family look at me different something I’m not use too… I’m a daddy of a 12 yo girl who is in Florida and that’s killing me …. Long story .. But it’s time. Please give a dude advice on a natural way of getting my life back bc this is so not me…. I Get the shakes sometimes when I don’t drink. And I wake up thinking about 10am when the liquor store opens. I know again this is so not like me … But then again is me grrrrrrrr. Any advice?????

    • Griff

      Try reading Seven Weeks to Sobriety by Joan Mathews Larson. Her success rate is the best there is (besides God). She says alcoholism is caused by neuro-chemical imbalances and shortages in the brain. She treats people with B-vitamins that are LOADS higher in potency than the RDA recommends. There is a brand I used by Emerald Labs called CoEnzymated Complete Multi Vitamin. It has helped me so much with withdrawal, and actually started taking my cravings away to where I could live with or without alcohol. Load up on Vitamin C too, a good organic brand. High doses of Niacin B3 have worked wonders too. Dr. Larson also has a few videos on Youtube. Stay hydrated with pure water, NOT TAP. Keep your blood sugar stable with ripe fruits. A pound or two of red grapes a day helps a lot while detoxing, preferably organic with the seeds in them, if not look up how to wash grapes to get the pesticides off them. Above all God loves you and has a plan for your life! Just call on Him! Peace and Blessings always.

      • Tigger

        Griff,
        Inc responsemail to a post back in 2015
        Post on detox, thanks.
        I am struggling a lot.
        How have things worked out for you.

        I am missing half of my ND my kids life and I have HAVE to stop.
        I do think want to but I have for periods. But when stress goes crazyou, might instantly self medicate to numb.

        Thanks for that post advice.
        Please share anything you have learned.

        Regards,
        R

    • dawn

      ask you doctor for medicine that will help for a few days. i’m just starting my detox again after having a brain anurysm, two neck surgeries, a stroke and now a broken ankle but i am determined to get off the booze.
      dawn

  12. Kaichica

    I am choosing to detox at home. I’ve made it a few hours so far. I’m having anxiety and insomnia. I don’t have an appetite but managed to keep a small amount of water and half a banana down. I’ve taken white willow and kava kava (lateral root) which is helping me relax a little. Reading and listening to music is making it a little better.

  13. Brittany

    Hi my name is Brittany, my dads been drinking for 37/years , I need to help him but he Wont listen to me, what can I do, I’m desperate to help him 🙁

    • MerryGoRoun

      Probably the best thing you can do is go to Al-Anon, for family members of alcoholics. They can give you support and perspective.

      Unfortunately, I’ve learned the hard way, you can’t make anybody stop drinking. You can offer resources and encouragement to quit, but there comes a point where the best thing is to realize that you are not able to make them stop (SO hard, when you’re watching a loved one harm themselves). I’ve spent years trying to help my husband and have finally come to the realization myself; not an easy thing to accept that your love and support aren’t enough to pull them out of it. So, I’d say try your best–present him with information, find a good facility that would take him (make it easy for him to get the help since it’s an overwhelming process), and let him know the toll his drinking takes on you–and then know that you’ve done all that you can. And if you choose to not see him because of his drinking, let him know that whenever he wants to stop, you will support and help him with that choice, but that you have to do what is healthy and best for you, if he can’t do that for himself. My heart goes out to you; do try Al-Anon, I think you’ll find it helpful.

  14. scorpio

    Hey big tree…….im a carpenter too and have a ten year old girl that lives in another state also. Life was easy and good til i hit 35. The past 7 years has been literal hell on earth. I dont know much, but i know if us heavy drinkers dont stop……it will kill us…..good luck to you dude. I walk a lot. I mean miles…..lots of water, vitamins and i have the best wife on earth. Hang tough man.

  15. Dday

    Good article. However, there is was one thing that it did not mention when it comes to detoxing if you are not under some kind of supervision or care. It can kill you. I woke up one morning telling myself that today was the day I quit drinking FOR REAL THIS TIME. I was already feeling bad (sick) that morning. Someone had knocked on my door that morning and I really didn’t want to be bothered but I let them in anyway. Next thing I know I was in an ambulance counting someones fingers and on the way to the hospital. I had an alcoholic seizure. I spent 4 days in the hospital and the only day I remember is the day I went home. Mind you, this incident took place 10 months after I got out of treatment. I guess I thought that I was fine but in reality I wasn’t ready to quit after all. I continued to drink for another 4 years creating more problems for myself and alienating myself from everyone around me until I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Today I celebrate 3 years of sobriety. I had been drinking for about 24 years. People don’t realize that when you quit drinking for a certain amount of time then begin to drink again you drink twice as much. Your tolerance NEVER GOES DOWN. It only increases. There is no cure for alcoholism just treatment ie. treatment facilities, meetings, abstinence, healthy eating etc. So if you are seriously thinking about quitting drinking just remember that IT IS FOREVER. I wish you all the best of luck and take it “One Day At A Time”.

    • KellyAnn

      I don’t agree with “drink again, drink twice as much”….I’ve been sober from 2002 til 2013. 11 years and I was so curious if I could drink socially, silly me!!!! I had a relapse and after about a year and half I’m looking to quit. This time I haven’t drank to the point of blacking out, throwing up, missing work or going to bar rooms. But, before it gets out of hand I know it will eventually get worse. It just depends on the person and how far they let it go. I do believe your tolerance increases. I hit rock bottom last time and “hopefully” I’m smart enough not to do it again. Going to see my family Dr and try to detox at home. Say a prayer! And Best of luck to you!

      • Britney

        The idea to stop drinking – Forever- is difficult for many of us alcholics. We think eventually we can handle it. That’s been my issue. Thank you for

      • Nancy

        How did it go? Are you still sober? I’ve been to 6 rehabs, but the 12 step thing doesn’t work for me, because my problems are trauma related, and I have a lot of health issues. I can’t find a holistic center to address my mental/behavioral problems due to my insurance being a medicare program. DON’T KEEP DRINKING WHEN YOU”RE OLD!

    • Bastonge

      I was drawn to your dday name. I lost my father 6 years ago during the 65th anniversary of D Day. I have been drinking for 46 years, since my high school days. I slowed down in my early & mid 20’s, new marriage & pregnancy slowed me down. but in my late 20’s began heavy drinking again & binging. lost my grandmother in 98 and that really started my heavy drinking. I realized it was not good, quit cold turkey-with no home remedies like is offered here. I did start some counseling, went through that for about 2 months, then was encouraged by friends & family that it was OK to have an occasional “social” drink. which worked for awhile-then the heavy drinking started again. After my father passed away, the heavy drinking got really heavy. then I hit rock bottom last Friday- Christmas day. When I got up the next morning-I realized it had to stop. that is when I found this blog. really good advice and the stories really help to encourage me to hang in there. I made my husband read the sight, to make him understand that I can never return to being a social drinker-I can never have a drink again. I think he finally gets it. my first day wasn’t bad, but yesterday was not good, very anxious, cranky and I could not sleep last night. found some sleepy time tea in the pantry this morning, and since I was feeling anxious this morning tried a cup of that with some honey & lemon-that really helped calm my nerves this morning. I hope to have a better day today. Thankfully I have the week off of work, to get myself together. I hope that you are still on the right track & thank all of you for your help & encouragement. any more advice appreciated.

  16. Alkie

    I’m trying again after 20 years of heavy drinking. I’ve quit before and now again after basically bring drunk the past 6 years. On day 2 right now and ok, just little irritable.

  17. hatman

    i am on day 44 alcohol free my doctor has me on ativan 1 mg three times a day i still get depressed and cry i hope i fell better soon

  18. l'il bert

    This man’s journey has spoken the hope of recovery for anyone to me. I hope someone will get some inspiration from this man. Worth the watch peeps.

    • sunrise

      Thank you! I keep asking myself, how in my late 50’s did I become much more than a social drinker? Now I have a better understanding of how alcohol “grew” and took over. Dr. Marc used the example of Ivy..I think mine is more like the weeds that take over and kill your grass, garden, everything, if you do not stop them. Gonna watch this again. Good information. Wishing us all the best.

    • jeff

      Awesome ……so will help me in my mental struggle not to pick up a Drink!!!! thankyou:)

  19. jeremy

    man i wish i had some Ativan… im dting so bad. i got some pepto and trying to keep water down. is canned fruit okay as far as what the article says about detox snacks??

    • jinnie

      i have read your commits and this is hard keep in prayer today my first day and bottle is calling me

  20. Kayray

    I’m currently withdrawing. Can’t sleep, slight fever and sweats plus my stomach feels messed up. I’ve been drinking liquor pretty heavily for about a year and a half. My last drink was almost 10 hours ago. I just wish I could sleep.

    • NYC

      I’m detoxing from alcohol I decided to quit, this time permanently, because I got tired of pummeling my stomach and not being able to eat. Everything you eat comes out and you feel weaker every time that happens. I use magnesium and vitamin C and it help. the lack of sleep and nightmares is a challenge but I’m doing better by the day. Hang in there and prey to God.

  21. Genan

    It’s hard and I am not able to focus on my job. Help me Please.

  22. leah

    I speak from experience when I say that it is very dangerous to detox yourself without medical supervision and the appropriate medication to deal with the anxiety and nasty withdrawals ie shakes sweats, nausea, insomnia and in extreme cases seizures and DTs. If you are drinking dependently you should seek specialist advice do not put yourself at risk. There is a service Abstain in Hull that you could ask advice and discuss safe treatment don’t take risk

  23. Nat

    Hi, I have been drinking for years and fessed up to realising it was out of control about a year and a half ago, I finally think I have a handle on it over the last 6 months, I still drink (I don’t want to stop completely) but have a good number of days and weeks sober. The problem I have is withdrawal symptoms, feelings of creeping flesh and muscle tension which keep me awake and are driving me crazy with their persistence, for example I didn’t drink for 2 weeks (they never went) drank 2 days over the Easter Holiday, then both days this weekend, I drank a fair bit, but didn’t binge. And yesterday symptoms were so strong I felt like I’d been on a 3 all day binge, whereas is fact I’d drank 4 days out of 23. The longest I abstained is 3 weeks, and I still had the feelings, I don’t have any other symptoms. Can anyone help or make any suggestions? This doesn’t seem like a common problem.

    • MJ

      Hi Nat….how old are you? What you’re experiencing IS what can happen. I now know I HAVE to stop. I’ll try to give you some info if you want.

    • DJ

      This is what is called the kindling effect that repeated alcohol withdrawal has. The more times you go through withdrawal the less you need to drink in order to go through withdrawal. If I have 1 night of drinking I am groggy for two days. If I have two days drinking I have withdrawal symptoms for a week! There’s nothing that can be done for this except complete abstinence. The kindling effect does not get better with time so even abstaining for a year the problem effect will still be there. It is quite common with people who have repeated withdrawals and is well known to science.

    • Fish

      Nicky… keep ice packs ready in the freezer… or frozen (round) bottles of water handy. Put them under your neck or on your chest. You will usually end up wrapping the rest of your body in a blanket. But it does alleviate the fevers… and the nausea. And suck on ice cubes. Helps you get somewhat hydrated when you can’t keep anything down.

  24. texan chick

    Hubby is on day two of detox.. Im so thankful I DON’T work so I can support him on this new journey..you all are so awesome and you all can do this…in in this for the long run with. My love..I cried because of the pain he was in…I pray hard for his recovery…it’s a day by day step

  25. KellyAnn

    I put myself in rehab for 30 days in 2002. I quit drinking for 11 years. In August of 2013 I guess I got curious and started again. First, I used to drink socially, then weekends, then it just picked up after that. I’m not at the point of blackouts or missing work. I do not drink in the morning. I do not go to the bar rooms. I drink approximately 4-6 beer a day. Each day I say I’m not going to drink but I feel like I need to just to take the edge off. I thought it’s time to do something before it does get out of control like it was in 2002. I’ve been calling about detox but my deductible is over $2500. Is there a safe way that my doctor can help me get through this at home. There is a time coming up soon that I have 6 days off of work. Thanks for your time.

  26. jflan

    Scared. Experiencing extreme tetany in face/upper body, sweats, tachycardia, dizziness and of course anxiety (which could explain the symptoms) when I don’t drink every day. Waking up anxious after sleeping no more than 6 interrupted hours. I can’t afford treatment or even a short hospital stay. I am so embarrassed to tell my family but can’t do it unsupervised. I think I can try it at home, but have a child and don’t want him to see things if they go wrong. Ugghhh. Can’t believe I let myself get this way.

  27. Bart

    im attempting to detox for the millionth time. The thought of a detox center scares the hell out of me. Worst 5 days of my life. I do better with weening myself but this is still a scary process. The last time my doctor prescribed me clonidine and it significantly helped with tremors and nausea. It lowers bp and that seems to be a factor in how severe the tremors are. Good luck everyone. Ive also bought pAssion flower extrCt from an herbal store And will see how that helps.

  28. Nuttan

    So, it’s a disease is it? Is it? Every looser on the planet claimes it’s not their fault.

    No one is in control of their life anymore. “We are all deceased” as George Carlen would say.
    Alcoholics are worthless humans. So needy. So hurt. So not their fault….lol….

    • slickchic

      Alcoholism is no laughing matter & I pray God have mercy on you for your ill timed humor & insensitivity. As the Bible states, ALL have fallen short of the glory of God & ALL need Jesus to save them. May you find your way.

    • Kat

      Wow…this comment was completely inappropriate and I don’t know why it hasn’t been deleted. This is a page for people trying to help themselves, not for ignorant comments. I’ve been an alcoholic for 10 years on and off. At one point, I was sober for years. Maybe if you knew the struggle of not being able to socially drink or feeling like you can’t partake in certain functions, you would have a little sympathy. It’s not a choice to be an alcoholic, it is a choice to put yourself in a healthy environment and change. I hope to God that no one around you is an alcoholic because you will trigger them. This comment was heartless and if you don’t want to be supportive then stay out of their lives. Love and compassion are stronger than hate or addiction, so who is the real looser!? (It’s also “loser” by the way)

    • Mark

      Yeah. Troll. Somebody delete this comment because this is one of the best articles with positive comments around (and to someone’s earlier comment, yeah, have supervision in case seizures happen)

      • Dave

        I say leave the post up. It just shows the ignorance regarding alcoholism. It’s something we will all have to face in real life.

        You are an alcoholic; your choice idiot.

        Oh, something bad happened when you were a kid (or grown up), get over it.

        My favorite: Just quit

        I will lol at that one. That’s like me telling someone overweight who hates exercising to go on a ketogenic diet, then bulk up 45lbs, then go back on a 3500+ calorie deficit diet per day while exercising 5 hours a day…

        I could say it, but A. Most people would not understand to begin with (not because they can’t, they just never learned it. I can’t speak Latin. Not bc I’m unintelligent, I just never learned it. So I am ignorant in that respect).

        So the poster is either ignorant to the basics of brain receptors, epinephrine and serotonin production and reduction in certain people, and alcohol seeming to be a cure all (Initially it is for most of us), or he is; just not a nice person.

        I’m going to guess, no matter the addiction, 99% of the people here have a gift for something that poster will never have. I hope he gets it someday, and if he chooses to read about brain chemistry, he might. I also hope he never goes through addiction, as I would not wish it on anyone, even if they choose to remain ignorant.

      • Elena

        Well put. We are seeking support and help. We are all needy We need one another. This is called human. And human kindness. “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another” ~proverb

    • Jess

      It’s not needy it’s not wanting it’s something that developed as a disease or whatever u want to call it mr. Whoever left that negative comment. And now we are all trying to help ourselves and get better. You have some nerve to post anything negative when u have no idea how painful it is. And not for nothing, you should have better things to do if you are so much better.

    • carol

      My sister drank herself to death, my brother who fought cancer drank himself to death, and I myself drink way to much but I do stop and I don’t crave and I can live without alcohol. But my best friend is not so lucky and he has to fight seizures every time he quits and I have to watch over him so he don’t die. You are the weak one who throws false accusations into the ones who are in need. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THE PERSON YOU HAVE BECOME THINKING YOU ARE HIGH AND MIGHTY, SOMEDAY YOU TOO WILL FALL AND NO ONE WILL CATCH YOU!!!!

    • Dan

      Well Nuttan(that’s a great name for you) if asshole is a disease, you have got it!

  29. Heather

    I am going to give this a try. I am sick physically and tired mentally. i hate being alone doing this but i can’t stop my life to do an in or out patient. I am scared, worried and ready for life without dependance on booze. yet doing this alone I don’t know what to expect…

  30. Denzy TheDestinyson

    I have started my home detox since last 3 days. First day i had worst of all withdrawal symptoms: shivering, joints pain and bady ache, restlessness, Vomitting, loss of appetite, sweating, cravings, irritability insomnia, hallucination etc.

    Second day continued with same sort of symptoms.

    Today i felt little better and had lots of water and little food without vomitting. Still other symptoms is there but quite better than last two days.

    Can any one help me what types of vegetables and food items to adopt and avoid in order to recover liver damage. I am in great tense. Plz help me.

    I was detox in hospital 3 times before but never at home. So i am really worried.

    • yolanda

      You can try berry carrots Apple’s peaches an drink water with a few drops of Limon,,hope that helps you,,good luck

      • Dave

        Not the healthiest, but the first few days, chances are we just want to hold food down and not have it burn too much if we throw it up.

        Your peach suggestion is great. I’d even recommend them in heavy or lite syrup the first 48 hours. Detox nutrition is a bit different initially than recovery /P.A.W.S./ real life healthy. Your body will be starving for sugars since the booze is removed. Normally, you will be sick for at least 2 days. The syrup in those cheap canned peaches along with the absurd amount of high fructose corn syrup make it far gentler on the stomach, and also on the esophagus if you toss it up.

        Btw, I’ve made a few posts. I’m not a science nerd (I wish I knew far more), but I am a firm believer in many of the religious things mentioned on this site.

        I am a little opinionated though. We have science for a reason. We are here for a reason. Whatever belief you hold, even science, leads back to a higher power.

        I do not believe anyone gets “punished” for not believing in whatever; whatever is there (I believe in JC myself but that is just my belief) knows whether you tried to live well and help others. You may have f’d up horribly, but if you are contrite, well I believe redemption is there without burning in hell or pergatory for a millenia. God knows if you are a good person, regardless of the name, or even acknowledgement. If someone believes differently than you, so be it. Don’t let anyone, including myself, hinder your recovery because of what we choose to believe.

        Take care

        Dave

  31. slickchic

    After reading this entire thread, I feel sad yet encouraged in some small way that none of us are really alone in this. God is with us. He wants to help us break free & live a life of purpose with joy & peace through it all. I pray now for all of us fighting alcoholism & every other struggle we come up against.

    I started drinking not long after I was baptized in 1978 my 8th grade summer before entering high school & once I got to high school there was no turning back from drinking. My home life was a sort of hell on earth because of a mean wife beating drunkard dad & a complaining, never satisfied, bipolar sad sack mum. I quit drinking for the entire year in 2011 somehow & remember my first year of the Air Force from 1985 to 1986 being sober as well. Other than that, I have been a binge drinker unable to hold down a job for longer than a year & half basically with the exception of the military which was 3 1/2 years under contract.

    I personally believe that the enemy of our soul, satan, introduced us to alcohol & tempted us all to become addicts. The Bible tells us who the true enemy is in Ephesians 6 if you want to look it up. God shows us that our flesh is ugly & sinful & that is why Jesus came to take all our sins away. I believe the only way I am going to get clean & stay clean is to surrender to Christ’s will in my life.

    Sure, people have quit drinking for various reasons. My husband went to prison for 30 days due to his drinking problem when he almost sent a man to the grave getting in a bar fight. For him, that was the last straw. He hates alcohol. I hate it that I have put him through so much because of drinking. He is wonderful but people can only take so much. If I don’t quit drinking, I am going to lose everything including my husband & my teenage son. I am grateful that I have not lost my life yet because of alcohol.

    I have an honorable discharge from the Air Force & a bachelors degree in Finance, yet cannot get a job. Let my life be a lesson to someone to lay down the drinking so they won’t have regrets later like I do now. I will be 50 in October if I live to see it & I have made way too many bad choices in my life & placed blame on anyone I could. I choose now to take responsibility for my life. Satan might be the tempter, but we have been given free choice to take the bait. He cannot control us. We have been given power over him if only we will choose to work with God’s Holy Spirit & not against Him. God wants us to succeed. He wants us to live abundantly. He wants a relationship with us because He loves us. We should also love Him for He is definitely worthy. He gives us our very breath & everything else good.

    I pray for all of us here that we will know the Lord & the power of His might to overcome alcohol & every other evil in our lives. I pray for our families & our friends. I pray all of us will have the peace that passes all understanding & His Name is Jesus. God bless!

    p.s. I am grateful I found this site to help detox to clean my physical body. But we are more than just physical bodies. This outer shell is going to be destroyed. It is the permanent soul/spirit in us that we should be more concerned with because it lives forever. Let us all choose to be sober as long as it is called today & let us give God praise!

    • fallenangel69

      Hello slickchick! How are you doing today? I’ve read your post several times and I feel your pain. I just wanted to say to you that I don’t believe in satan or the devil. I believe in God, Jesus and the holy spirit as we are also triune beings living in 3 dimensional space. God does love us and is only capable of love. If you believe God loves us and only wants what is best for us then why would you believe that God would allow another being to tempt and hurt us? I agree that we ought to discover and submit our lives to His will. Not easy, is it? Please consider the possibility that God’s will was for you and maybe even your husband, to experience everything that you have experienced and that all is perfect just the way it is. God is perfect and because we were created by God, we are also perfect. Ifyou overcome your addiction, and I pray you have or will, you will serve as a messenger of hope to all of those you can. If you do not overcome your addiction, you will still be a messenger of hope. There is no Satan, there is no eternal punishment in hell. Think on this deeply, you would never condemn another to eternal hell, neither would our loving God. Please let me know how you are.

  32. Chloe

    I am so tired of drinking. Now I am in the first hours of detoxing and I am miserable. I hate feeling like this. I really want to stop drinking. I want to feel better. Any suggestions?

    • Kat

      You won’t for awhile. What helps me is someone right by my side who knows when to hug and comfort me and when to just leave me alone and let me be. I hope you’re starting to feel better. If you ever want to contact me, let me know.

    • julie

      Hello Karina, i am in the first hours of detoxing myself and it is not fun at all….i am so very glad i found this site..it is really helping get through this first stage… i think reading everyone else’s stories is helping me out tremendously we are not alone with this battle !!!! stay strong reach out and ask for help , it works… good luck sweetie and God,Bless you….

  33. Karina

    today my first day start not to drink alcohol heavily is been two years with anger management drink. This was my excuse to drink story :-((((( One day I come from the work yearly to home found that my husband having sex with my Pilipino maid and she’s try to poison me afterwords not giving up from my husband to stay comfortable life radar done been going maid but eventually I managed to deport to her country and now am trying to fox on my 5years old child and hard but am still trying to forgive my selfish husband
    Hope God will give me strange to get over this situation
    I wish you all the best and quick recovery fm alcohol sorry my English is not that good

    • nick

      I’m so sry to hear about your husband did everything work out and are you ok

  34. Cate

    I am beginning today my journey living without alcohol. So much time and great things have been lost, I am so depressed. I really need help, finances are awful so I am doing this alone I WISH I could beat this terrible addiction. I lost family, friends and so much more. I wish someone could help me.

    • Sarah Renea

      Cate you can do this I know you can. It takes a strong person to admit they have a problem. I am still walking in your path. my email is [email protected] is you ever need to talk

  35. yolanda

    I was an alcoholic for 26 yrs I’ve been sober for 5 months I did it on my own I ait lots of vegetables drank lots of water with a few drops of Limon I walk more then b4 I take vitamins I’ve lost 30 pounds in a month an I’m still loosening but I don’t have the cravings,I thank god for that,,,I wish you all luck in your recovery

  36. Sarah Renea

    First I want to congratulate each and everyone of you for taking the step to detox. This is not fast and it is not easy but there is a lot of support out there. Second to the ignorant jerk off that posted such a rude comment you have no idea what these people are going through so how dare you pass judgement. I have been in their shoes and as a nurse alcoholism is a diease and it has also been linked to being Hereditary if there is someone in the family that faced the same problem. I know exactly how each one of you all feel I went down that road and geez I am still walking it. Has it been easy no not at all. There have been times I have walked in a gas station and coul dhave easily went and grabbed 6 pk. Instead I went with Gatorade and a protein bar. Please do not do this alone. Find a support group have that one person to lean on. Remember you may not be able to see him but God is always there and he has been the one who has really helped me. God bless you all and I am praying for you.
    For the rude person may God have mercy on your soul.
    Yea, I walk through the valey of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4 KJV

  37. brian h

    I ended up in the ER for acute pancreatitus January this year. I was in severe pain and the doctor told me my organs were swollen and I’ve done damage to my gallbladder. That the damge done is unfixable but I would be fine so long as I quit drinking. It scared the shit out of me. I made it on my own until st pattys day. I’d been drinking non alcoholic beer when I went to social events ect. I never did AA or followed up with any of the support groups from the info the doctor gave me. I blame my relapse on over conference. After making it a month, the longest time I’d been sober since starting drinking, I felt a feeling of success. Well after relapse march 17 it was a downward spiral. I hid my use from friends and family because I didnt want to admit I failed or to let them down. Progressively my drinking got worse more often until I finally broke down and admitted to it. I started AA and made it 2 weeks until fully giving into my adiction. Drinking anywhere from a pint to a 5th of vodka daily. I live with my parents to help take care of my dad and because after my gf broke up with me I’ve not been able to hold down a job due to my adiction. That’s about the time my drinking really got out of control. I drank a 5th monday blacked out. I’m a terrible person when I drink and I got into a fight while blacked out so I don’t even know what happened. When I get like that its very hurtful to my parents because they are scared of me and for me. It seems my actions have only gotten worse than they were prior to quitting for those couple months. I crashed my car drunk and before would never drive drunk. The rehabs in my area don’t take my shitty insurance and the cost for any of them is between 15k-30k. I don’t know if any of you have a suggestion as to how to permanent stop without rehab. I am on day two of detox and as soon as I can physically get out of the house I will start AA meetings again. I don’t have a dime to my name and lost most all of my friends. I’m tired of living such a shitty life. I was Mr. Popular in school and came from a good family. I was adopted so I assume my birth parents were alcoholics. Also if anyone has a suggestion on what my mom can do to help. She feels she is too close, but she is all I have for support. She isn’t an adict so she doesn’t understand why I can’t merely stop. Even my sister-in-law yelled at me recently saying its just a choice so make the right choice. It was very hurtful. Lastly this has been the worst detox I’ve gone through and I cant afford ati-seizure meds and there isn’t a medical detox thats free here. I’ve read and was told by my clinic doctor to ween myself off because its safest. I told her if I could ween myself off I dont think I’d be an adict. She laughed and said it was my best bet. I guess what im getting at is should I have my mom regulate giving me alcohol to ween off? Or am I safe because I’ve made it 36 hours without alcohol. I called a detox place and asked them, but they were not helpful. Their answer was to pay to go to their facility or got to the ER if I’m that scared. I’ve found most facilties that claim to want to help stop adiction are not very helpful over the phone, just come pay us or there is nothing we can offer you. I’d think if a person truely wanted to work on their adiction there would be resources then just AA. I’m feeling very discouraged that I would need twenty thousand dollars to get proper help. As if anyone just has that lying around especially an adict. Well there is my life story. Hope I can find some answers and best of luck to all of you. I’ve never fought so hard for something, the struggle is real. God bless

      • CM

        you might want to take a look at the HAMS website it has really good advice for situations like yours (and many of us)

        I got a lot of help there

        not sure if this place allows links but I will try http://www.hamsnetwork.org

        good luck

    • leilanilu

      Brian H. — I cannot believe you would not be eligible for ER services through medicaid. They have to serve you – I think it’s a law. And a few weeks of Ativan or Librium could help you do detox at home. Lucky you have a mom who will help you. Also, you can call the AA hotline — maybe get some better advice there. Sometimes, they will send someone right out to you, stay by your side, get you to a meeting….

  38. sucks

    going to detox, thank you for these tips.
    finally “going to” pull it together and actually do this. hope i can, have no money for this. or safe space. but if i dont i’ll kill myself anyday now. i thin about it all the time. and if you’re reading this and concerned and christian, or in some alcohol is a disease cult, please leave me alone. I have enough BS (beleif systems) , i make the shit! responsibility is hard, i think what we can all say is alcohol was a powerful teacher.

  39. Jajy

    If you go to your App Store, look for the podcast called “Recovered”. Great info, insight, and information on alcoholism and recovery. Godspeed to all.

    • Mark S.

      Jajy… Thanks for the shout out. If anyone has questions, feel free to leave a message and we will respond on our next podcast. Just call 1-734-288-7510, we would love to hear from you.

  40. tia..Marisol

    hi everyone I need help and encourament I’m a sober now and I want to detox… I want to live without alcohol… and live a normal life I have so much to do and I desire to serve others by persuing a career in nursing already a nurse assistant but this alcoholism is destroying me and those around me….. Sigh

    • Carl

      Hi Marisol,

      Perhaps we can encourage one another. I just started this journey myself. I work very closely with a college nursing program so I understand.

    • Dave

      If you are currently still sober you have it made. It may not seem like it but if your hands are steady enough to type, you are getting moderate rest, and four days have passed you have gotten through the physical part (In my opinion the most physically difficult).

      Soon (maybe a few more days) you will really start to feel the physical change. You may feel (you may even be) healthier than you have ever felt.

      Now the mental part. That lasts forever. I’ve picked up after a miserable week (ei. as soon as my physical detox was done), and after years of sobriety. It happens.

      Some silly ideas that may or may not help with relapsing. Keep a picture of someone you love in plain view at all times. Your bedroom, your dashboard in your car if you drive, your wallet and cell phone; everywhere you can. When you want to pick up, look at it. When you are in the liquor store parking lot think about what will happen if you drink.

      If you choose to go in and buy whatever, let yourself feel all the guilt. Then think about everything that could happen. D.U.I.’s, hurting yourself, or even worse someone else.

      The someone else may be inadvertent, but no matter what they say, everyone who cares about you wants you better and feels the pain, even if they no longer seem supportive. Their pain is different, you cannot expect them to “Get It”. You can’t always expect their support. People can only love you so much before they have to let go as like I said, the pain is different, but it is still real.

      It may be a few days, it may be a few years, but they always forgive. Look at it this way. If you die they may forgive you but you won’t be there to enjoy it. If you are in jail, they may forgive you, but how long before you can enjoy it? I think we have all done enough damage, so look at that picture, cry in the parking lot, and no matter how bad things seem, leave.

      How many “It hasn’t happened yet” do we need to put ourselves through? I never believed in the “yets”. For example, I would never lose a girlfriend… that obviously happens to us all. No big deal.

      I’ll never get arrested for drinking. I drive better drunk anyway (I actually believed that).

      I’ll never lose a job because of drinking.

      I’ll never hurt anyone else because of drinking. Little did I know every sip or gulp I took hurt someone.

      I will never neglect my children because of drinking. That was even more ludicrous than thinking I drove better under the influence.

      I’ll always be there for my friends… Nonsense, it’s difficult to be there if you are throwing up while going number 2. By the way, your friends who are not recovered/recovering/trying to get better will never pick you or anyone else over themselves. It is awful but true.

      I will never be homeless.

      I will never sleep with a girl for money.

      I will never drink again…

      The cool part of this novelette? Well most of the things I said will happen in time, but the last part will avoid almost all of them.

  41. Still Tryin'

    Back to it again … last drink was about 9 hrs. ago … I have tried and tried and tried … Can’t go back to in patient again as was just released three months ago; such failure on my part. Hitting a meeting at noon and plan to find others throughout the day; other suggestions?

    • nicko

      Just focus on each hour,. embrace the pain of withdrawal and surf it to the next hour, next day, the day after. Treat it as a bad friend who you are with and letting go of. Nicko NZ. Don’t read too much into anyone elses experience, focus on yours and accept the pain before gain

  42. brian h

    Today is day 4. been having pretty bad headaches but last night I finally got some sleep. I found a county based out patient rehab im going to go to monday. Hope everyone is doing well in their detox and recovery. Its painful. Its hard. But focus on the future of being sober and getting your life back. I wrote down all the reasons I don’t want to drink during a painful day. I put the letter into my wallet. Everytime I feel like drinking I read it. It helps me to remeber why I’m sober. I almost drank a couple times making the excuse I should ween myself off. Then read the letter called a friend then turned on the tv. Next thing I knew I wasn’t craving anymore and had forgotten I even wanted to drink. Hope that helps you too. God bless

  43. brian h

    Just thought of a couple other things that really helped during detox. When I wasn’t really able to hold down solid food but could hold down liquids I would mix my protein powder with water and drink that every few hours. I have muscle milk vanilla one scoop is only 16g of protein so it wont over load you with protein. Another thing was Tulsi Moringa tea. Its soothing and has B vitamins calcium and magnesium in it. Drinking deplete the B vitamins in your body. I also take thiamin B6 vitamin to help replenish. Folic acid to help liver recovery. And a multi V because all vitamins are depleted during detox. Blueberries are my new snack food. Taste good and full of antioxidants and not acidic. Prilosec first thing in the morning saves me from acidic stomach. Really hope this helps someone during their tough times. It isn’t easy detoxing. My throat is all messed up so couldn’t smoke marijuana this time but it helps a lot and there have been many studies proving marijuana stops cravings. I know from personal experience that when I smoke I don’t want to drink and that was during the time I was drinking. I’m lucky I live in an area with prop 215 medical marijuana. Again I hope my experiences can help someone and I will check back on occasion so feel free to ask any questions. Love you all, God bless.

  44. patty

    getting a lot of useful information from this thread. I’ve been drinking on and off for many years. white wine is my ‘poison’ of choice. even though I almost gag at the smell of it, I still will force it down in order to get to that ‘point’ – and you all know what that means. been quite sick the past 2 days, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating – have not had a drink in those 2 days because I know in my spirit that the cause of this distress is caused by alcohol, and nothing else. going on a bland diet today and have destroyed all the alcohol in the house. didn’t sleep last night, but eventually I will so I watched old sitcoms during the night to distract myself – it will get better, I’m encouraged by success stories.

  45. Dave

    Just a few simple things to start.

    1. If you can detox in a facility, do it. My first detox was after my first son passed away. I had been drinking heavily for years, but I was 25. What could possibly happen? I worked as a pc coder from home, so I essentially believed I had no accountability. Like I said, I was a 25 year old athletic man?

    I put off detoxing as my former room mate and best friend was murdered the week after my son. He was actually my ride there, and I realize now I should have skipped the wake and funeral, and taken my FREE BED. I chose to drink for an additional week, detoxed at my previous girlfriend’s, and could very possibly have killed her child as on day 5 of not drinking, she was late for work (she was.a school teacher) and asked me to watch her son.

    I had no idea about holistic treatments, or essentially anything. I just knew I had been up for the previous 5 days/nights, and was still shaking like a leaf (I also was not eating and all the water I drank came up quickly).

    Thank god I had a massive gm seizure while I was trying to explain that watching Jake was a bad idea. I don’t recall the next 45 minutes or so. She told me what happened. The paramedics told me what they saw when they arrived. For me, that hour or whatever is gone. How could this possibly happen? I didn’t use other drugs save cigarettes. I was young, borderline MENSA depending on how much liquor I consumed, an athlete…

    This leads me to point 2

    2. Don’t detox at home if you have a choice. If you have no other option study this site and as much related material as possible. I thought my dog being hit by a car (my fault, I was drunk and lazy, my house phone rang, I zipped in to get it leaving the dog in the front yard), my son passing (I was out of state, but his mom drank, popped a bunch of pills, and fell asleep on him. If I was not drinking I would have been there but I post-poned my flight) and my friend dieing as my reason.

    Nonsense. If I didn’t seize we could possibly add one more tragedy to the list, but this one could have been 100% my fault. And it would have been someone else’s child.

    3. If you are helping someone else who HAS to detox at home, grab so vitamin c, b, d, and a ton of pedialyte. You don’t want them flopping like a fish after 2-5 days of both of you going through all that pain. And never, no matter what they say, let them talk you out getting them medical treatment if you KNOW they are that sick. It is not worth the chance. I almost died, could have inadvertently put a child’s life in danger. It is deplorable, but the brain does not work correctly while detoxing. It is miserable, painful, guilt-ridden, and can take quite some time before the person feels ok.

    I can relate to almost every post here. I hope some of my long-winded response helps someone.

    Take care

    Dave

    • Cristina s

      Hi Dave I’m very sorry to hear all that but im glad you got help. My name is Cristina and im 22 yrs. old and can’t believe at this age my body feels like its dying. Last night i couldnt sleep and the few times that i did I had terrible nightmares. Right now im trying to decide whether i should try the ER. Ive been drinking for the last 3 yrs. probably every other day if not every. Today i don’t feel like myself, shaking seeing things and im really tired of drinking. Do you suggest going to the ER or just trying it at home. Im so lost. Thank you and im glad i read your comment.

  46. Maggie

    It is a LIE that you can’t detox safely at home. And regardless of whether or not you believe that alcoholism is a disease, do NOT let that DEFINE you!

    Some VERY BASIC Starting points (I will add to this post in phases):

    1. Magnesium – pick up oral supplemental Magnesium (i.e. ‘Natural Calm’ brand), AND Magnesium Oil (Magnesium Chloride). Transdermal Magnesium supplementation is the MOST absorbed and effective means of supplementing with Magnesium. This will help with symptoms of all kinds, including withdrawal (anxiety, ticks, tension, headaches, heart palpitations, muscle cramps, sweats, chills, hallucinations, OCD, feelings of rage, etc. ).

    2. B-Complex – preferably WHOLE FOOD BASED. Load up!

    3. Milk Thistle – helps with withdrawal, liver detox and liver regeneration.

    4. L-Glutamine – reduces cravings for alcohol and soothes digestive distress.

    5. Walk, sweat, jump, play, re-bound (mini trampoline jumping), etc. This gets the lymph flowing and helps to flush the system of toxins (ALCOHOL!).

    6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – with water! Add some Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (WITH “The Mother” – Bragg’s is a good brand, but Trader Joe’s also carries their own) to it for the enzymes, pre- and pro-biotics to help digestion, metabolism and elimination of toxins.

    7. Vitamin C – Dose yourself 1,000 MG once per hour until you get a round of loose stools. You have reached saturation at that point. Back off, then start again.

    8. MAGNESIUM – yes you read that right! This is a duplicate but STILL important. Soak your feet in a Magnesium bath at least once per day, add Epsom salts to a bath, drench yourself in Magnesium Oil before bed and brew hot water and add a pinch of Magnesium to the hot water and sip before bed. The more Magnesium the better!

    9. Golden Milk/Turmeric tea – Boil hot water (and/or coconut milk) and steep your favorite herbal tea (or green tea if it’s early enough in the day). Add the following: Fresh or ground turmeric; fresh or ground ginger; dash of ground black pepper; Cinnamon to taste; any other herbs that might appeal to you (i.e. coriander, curry, cumin, red pepper, ginger, oregano, mint, etc.). To this blend add 1-2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil (very nourishing for the liver and loaded with healthy medium-chain fatty acids).

    To be continued . . .

    • pink flamingo

      Hiya Maggie I find your information very very useful, I have found myself drinking quite a lot of red wine, I don’t wake up and drink and I don’t drink through the day but I find myself drinking a bottle of wine every night however fortunately for myself I am very educated on my vitamins, healthy eating, juicing and I take lots of magnesium, B12 etc etc so I do believe this has helped me and slowed down the side affects of the wind however I do feel my moods are changing and I am becoming very depressed and angry I am also in the menopause and I know alcohol doesn’t help and also I am living with a complete arsehole who is very abusive towards me however due to my circumstances I cant move so I am making the best out of a bad situation I feel the wine helps me get through but I feel that it is controlling me and I need to take control back and get my confidence back I am going to try and detox at home I am going reduce to half a bottle for a week and then half it again for a week I am going carry on with all the vitamins and all you nice people out there take Maggies information and use it, because the vitamins do help I am going make my smoothies which I incorporate all the green powders and berries and I make my own almond milk anyway I am going to get my mojo back good luck to all you nice people out there and all your comments have been so inspiring to me

  47. brian h

    Update, my last drink was 6-8-15 I’m past detox and feeling great! Been going to the gym and back on a healthy diet. Looking for work as I lost my last one due to drinking. My throat healed so I can burn again. That is the only thing, besides time, that kills my cravings. I have medical for other reasons too, but during my first 30 days being sober from alcohol I find this to be key. Plus I refuse to take any pills unless absolutely necessary. I take vitamins tho. I’ve been doing a lot of online reading about sobriety and addiction. Obviusly there is A.A. meetings, but there are other meeting styles too. http://www.smartrecovery.org/community/calendar.php?styleid=29#.SV34jxPzzMI this is one and its online meetings as well as in person. All I’m saying is if one doesn’t work or feel right then try a different one/kind. Here is something else you can read if you like http://www.hamsnetwork.org/ten/ I like taking in different thoghts and aproaches at things to better solve or understand them. Lastly I am Christian was baptized and raised that way. A friend of mine gave me a book Dharma Punx while I was still detoxing and hurting. Well while reading that I began also looking more into Buddhism, without punkrock, and really enjoy the message. Maybe look into that, its not a religion and if you are religious you can still follow your religion while studying Buddhism. Its a philosophy, a way of life, a study guide. Im not saying I’m super knowledgeable about it because I only recently began lokking into it. It helps me mentally and gives me something to focus on. It takes me awhile without alcohol to get past my super irritability and find that any things through out the day frustrate me. Now instead of just being frustrated I tell myself, in my head, compassion. Will repeat saying it until I’m over it. I hope you all the best! Getting past detox is the hardest part and once you’re sober and feeling better just remember how bad detox was and that if you drink you WILL have to go through that again. God bless.

  48. Dave

    I swear I don’t mean to sound unhelpful, but what type n alcoholic can afford these vitamins over alcohol? I live in Massachusetts, so I just say “Doc, can you write me a script for …” and it’s free (as are detoxes in Ma, RI, New Hampshire and Connecticut, though they are often straight ghetto), nothing akin to what you see on Dr. Phil. You are there with murderers, rapists, spin cycle users who take a narcotic before going so they can get Methadone. I hate to admit it but I’m jealous. I’d give an alcohol detox for an opiate one in a second. Anyone that has ever dealt with both on an equal level will agree. Any doctor would rather treat a heroin habit to 2 grams or so daily to a 35oz. Of hard liquor. Alcohol itself does more damage to your body than any other abused substance in the world (feel free and say tobacco and we can discuss statistics over time ( [email protected] ) and you will see most of us are correct, even if only partially.

    Still, the help is there. At home or in a facility. A type n alcoholic should find in-patient after a few days relapse or slip, they can probably get it and be out in 3 nights.

    A normal heavy drinker can possibly go months of stopping and starting before they start seeing sparkly things when they stop. Once it happens, it never goes away if you pick up.

    I stated previously, it is not a matter of if, but when.

    • fallenangel69

      Hey Dave, where have you been? You offer so much good advice and a message of hope. I too live in MA, just found this post and want to keep it going. I’ve never posted before, but for some reason, I just had to get involved – I want out of my addiction, but I see no way out via traditional methods. I am trying. Help me. Help us. Help keep this post alive. I know you are special, do you not know this? I can sence this, don’t ask me why. There are people who need you.

  49. Maggie

    @ Dave – Hi, Dave, you make good points and my post wasn’t meant to be dismissive or directed to you personally if that’s the way it was interpreted. ;0). That being said, and for what it’s worth to anyone reading, in terms of cost, the supplements I listed above are all very inexpensive – much less expensive than alcohol – and can actually be implemented even when someone is actively drinking. There are certainly cases where outside intervention is the right choice for many, but for those who are looking for an alternative (and/or adjunct) or are feeling hopeless within the system, I just want to encourage them and let them know that there are some very basic options that can facilitate the process of recovery from a nutritional stand-point. I wish you the best of success in your health and life. ~ Maggie

  50. Jess

    I have to say I appreciate this forum so much. I wish I knew of this years ago. Everyone is in the same boat and understand each other and gives great advice. Thank you everyone for being open and honest and helping us all out! I wanted to have a few sips tonight to get the frustration and anxiety to calm down but you all gave me strength . Thank you.

  51. abhishek

    Dear frnds

    i stopped drinking but again started pls help me to get rid of it. motivate me. so that i can stop i destroyed all my money, household goods even food materials for alcohol. pls help me

    • Cristina s

      i know how you feel, ive tried stopping and going to AA but the longest time that has worked is 9 days! today im trying again these withdraws are terrible and i cant seem to do anything right! but have hope your not alone so many people are going through this hell. My mom is also an alcoholic but has been sober for 9 years now and trust me she was the worst!! lol hang in there! i know im trying ! no one deserves this much pain we go through but too bad we have to be strong and get through it! 🙂 PS. i loose all my money when i drink, really sucks!

  52. Wallis

    Try Bone Broth.
    I am so glad I discovered this forum! It’s exactly what I have been looking for. Was considering a medical detox when I discovered that my insurance has been canceled. Hope to have active again shortly but that’s another story… I have been researching Bone Broth lately and have made a few variations before deciding to detox this week. I have gotten to the point that I can’t seem to make it past 1:00 pm before I have to have a little vodka to stop the shakes etc. I will have a couple of pulls just to feel better and then I’m off again.. Another day of the same thing. It’s a vicious cycle. 2 days ago I managed to not drink too much, just enough to start tapering off and actually felt pretty decent yesterday. I think the Bone Broth calmed me and helped me get started on detoxing. I have been drinking Bone Broth and taking vitamins and drinking lots of water. Feeling like there my be chance of detoxing without meds but I will see. One way or the other, the research I was doing on bone broth was very helpful in helping me decide to get serious about getting healthy. The reason I am not feeling healthy is because I have a drinking problem. Vodka and wine are stealing my youth and my life. I am going to focus on nourishing my body and Bone Broth is where I’m starting. Google it to see all the things being said about it lately. Good for upset stomach and healing the liver are just a couple. If nothing else, it is helping me hydrate and occupy some of my time that would otherwise been spent on drinking. And I can look my kids in the eye with a cup of Broth in my cup and not feel like a total loser wondering if they know how much I drink. I still have to figure out my next steps but for now I don’t have to drink booze just to stop the pain I cased by drinking in the first place.

  53. tinatina

    Well I have been drinking pretty heavy the past maybe 6 years or so. I don’t even remember. I just know drinking more started when I moved with a boyfriend about 10 years ago. It wasn’t so social. Then maybe 6 years or 7 years ago I started to spiral out of control. I became homeless about a year and a half ago and my kids and I moved with my brother and luckily I was able to work about 4 months and save. But I was still drinking. I was sneaking it most times. I moved back into my own place last year and met a great man, and things were looking up. 7 months ago I quit drinking all together. I got rid of my drinking buddies, which basically was all of my “friends” except my boyfriend. I prayed to meet a man who is a non drinker/smoker, healthy, into God and working out and that’s what I got. I started working more and paying my bills on time the past 7 months. Then recently a “friend” that I use to drink with started coming around and bringing alcohol, of course. I don’t know why I gave in. I didn’t really crave alcohol that much anymore. I was perfectly fine drinking tea and water. I even cut out my coffee addiction. I broke my candy addiction that I developed after I quit. But for some reason I let the devil come back and got drunk about 4 times now in the past 2 months. Not too drunk the first few times. But this past weekend I downed one of those big boxes of wine, a little box, a big bottle and a 6 pack of beer.. Suddenly I am getting these old feelings back. The craving alcohol really bad. I couldn’t shake the feeling. I knew if I kept it up I would be back to where I was over a year ago. Not working, missing days at a time, not paying bills and getting kicked on the street with my kids by the cops. Well, I poured out the rest of the alcohol, and slept most of yesterday, and drink lots of water and forced myself to eat, and just prayed and I begged God to please not let me get to that dark place again. I can tell you all this. After being sober for 7 months, and thinking you (I) can drink again, do not fool yourself. If you have a problem I don’t believe that even 10 years of sobriety will fix the problem. And I know it’s easier said than done. I know it’s very difficult to just quit, but pray if you believe in God, and find a way. I can’t say for sure that I learned from this set back. Because I am a smart woman and was smart enough to know I had a major problem, yet this weekend I was drinking like a fish in the ocean lol. And it’s not funny. Trust me, I was crying and have tears in my eyes now. This is not how God wants life to be. And for those of you without jobs, living with family and no friends…I can tell you that the last 7 months of me being sober were great. I use to drink so bad that I was hearing voices. That only started towards the last year of me drinking, and stopped about a week after I quit. It was horrible and embarrassing because I was not born that way and didn’t know who to tell. I am not experiencing the more serious withdrawal that I experienced the first time I quit for 7 months. But I feel a little weak, and sad. It’s not fun to ffeel like a failure and sad. Especially when you so badly want to live a happy healthy life. Oh and by the way, I have 2 jobs from home. I logged into one I’m training for and realized I got fired form it. Why? because I was suppose to spend the weekend working and training to pass the test to work. Apparantly I was too drunk to remember it. And my rent will be paid late because I took time off my other job. Once I realized what road I was back on yesterday, I forced myself to pour out the rest. Reading all the stories here is very scary, but I need to read these stories to know that If I let temptation into my life again, I am not even sure if I will live long enough to enjoy a happy future. I am just here because I was researching what I can do to detox my body from drinking the past 5 days. I don’t have insurance so I just have to tough it out. I do have a detox tea that I bought for dieting purposes a few weeks ago, and hibiscus tea which naturally lowers blood pressure. I also grow basil on my back patio and read making a natural basil tea or water can help inflammation and mental health. So I pray for the best. Anyone needs to talk or offer advice I’d love to talk. What helped me the last time was talking to other people who are alcoholics who had great stories of recovery and hope.

  54. Old Man

    I am 63 and have been drinking off and on since I was 16. Over the years my drink of choice has become Guinness stout. I can easily finish a 6 pack, and I am known to drink a 12-pack fairly regular. I play Irish music and it goes so well with it. It doesnt affect me the next day. I dont have an urge during the day to drink but I get my trigger on the way home from work. Some days I dont even feel like drinking and I dont. When I play in front of a crowd on St Paddys Day, I dont feel an urge to drink. Generally when I go on vacation, I rarely drink and when I do it is usually an after dinner drink.

    But I am tired of feeling fat and old, knees and back hurting cos of the extra beer lard I am lugging about.

    I had quit before: 3 times for over a year; twice without any issue because I had removed certain stress factors (the opposite sex), and once with a lot of angst.

    I spent the past 2 weeks getting my head wrapped around quitting and have stocked up on the above for a 10-day at-home detox. There will be a physical withdrawal I am sure, and it will be a hard habit to break when I play music.
    So today is day 1 and I am doing my best to stay absolutely calm with life.

      • Old Man

        Take it a moment at a time. Try to relax and stay relaxed. Do relaxing things, watch your favorite comedies, eat healthy, drink water and remember why you quit. I am on day 4.

  55. George

    Mr. Old Man,
    Thanks.I originally got sober on Saturday March 1,1980 until may 2007
    Having had cancer twice I went into denial.I thought by drinking it would flush
    The cancer away.The only thing it flushed was my respect to my self.when I got
    Back from my tour overseas back in the 70’s I was stationed at Camp Lejune
    For 6 months.A month ago I found out through the V.A.that Camp Lejune had
    Contaminated water from 1957 to 1987 which effected over 150,000 MARINES
    Took me for the biggest tail spin of my life.im a d.v. And feel betrayed from
    My Governments secret to cover that up.I was one of the few the proud
    UNITED STATES MARINE.Now we’re considered,the few the proud,THE FORGOTTEN
    Just go to GOOGLE and type In Contaminaded water at Camp Lejune.Today I can
    See that a drink won’t help the damage that we face for the Future.Theres a new
    Test that we have to take.Its called the camp Lejune protal.THANK YOU for your
    Response.

  56. Lake

    I just came across this website…..I am 48 hours into detoxing myself at home after years of drinking….and I am honestly looking for some advice on how to explain to my family what I am going through. I did an in-patient detox 6 months ago, but I was not mentally ready. My body is so messed up right now…I think I have pancreatitis, and if I don’t do this….I will likely lose everything and possibly die. The problem is that I live with my parents, they are both also alcoholics, and there is liquor everywhere in the house. I don’t even have a craving for alcohol anymore.

    I am doing ok…going through the general detox process…having trouble eating, sleeping….bad headaches, anxiety. If anyone has any words for my family that I can pass along to….I would really like their support but they think I am just being lazy.

    • ScaredAsHell

      Right there with you. I’ve hidden it for 10 years. If my family knew how much I drank they would flip out. I’m Guna have to go it alone. My husband still drinks so that’s Guna be shitty. He only drinks 2 beers so I guess it doesn’t matter. I’m fixin to go dump out the rest of my stupid captain Morgans. What a waste of life 🙁

    • Debbie

      I understand what your saying about your family. Crap almost everyone I know drinks. Day one starts for me tomorrow. Glad to see all the stories. Gives me hope. Can use lots of prayers. Guess I need new friends and family. LOL

    • TryingAgain

      Dear Lake,

      Just found this site today and I know your post is old. Hope you made it. I am still in my first 24 hours but getting there.

      Take care and everyone on this Board. I read all the posts.

  57. Fallen Angel69

    I just read the entire post. I am an alcoholic; alcohol dependent. I started drinking daily (red wine) in 2009. I know what triggered me to drink daily and it took about two years to become alcohol dependent. My first experience with detox was a joke, because I was sectioned by my two younger sisters and I was not alcohol dependent at that time, so I did not experience any withdrawals. When I got out, I was so pissed off and that’s when my drinking really took off. I continued to drink the wine and then began drinking vodka, mostly straight up. I went through most of 2011 smashed. I did home detox several times that year, sometimes cold turkey, which absolutely sucked and also ended up in the ER several times as I was so out of control. I went to inpatient detox several times. In January of 2012, I thought I’d finally had enough and got sober. I went to AA (per court order), but I started drinking again, just a little here and there at first. In September of 2012, my drinking picked up a little more and needless to say that I now need to drink a pint of vodka daily just to be barely functional. I am exhausted all the time and I know I have to stop. I just tried tapering, but it’s not working for me. My plan is to detox at home starting this Saturday (I have a contractor coming over tomorrow, so I have to drink, plus I need to get groceries to see me through). I really don’t want to live like this anymore. I know that was a rather long intro, but the advice at the top of this page is really true. You need to take the supplements, eat healthy and drink lots of water. I also have Ativan to ease the withdrawals. I am fortunate as I have insurance and can afford to buy the supplements. If you are not in this position and cannot even get a prescription for a benzo like Ativan, Valium, Klonapin, I honestly would not attempt to detox at home, it is too dangerous. Addiction is a terrible disease and unless you or someone you know is an addict, most people just don’t get it. We addicts never asked for this. I don’t know of anyone who ever said “when I grow up I want to be an addict”. I am a highly educated woman. I own a beautiful house in the country, an acre and a half of land, an in ground pool, central air, sprinkler system, etc.. I have a beautiful daughter, a dog, and a terrific job, but I am an alcoholic. Believe me when I say nobody knows I drink. Everyone thinks I’ve been sober since early 2012. Aren’t we clever at hiding our addiction? I can’t do inpatient detox for obvious reasons, yet if I don’t stop drinking I know I will lose everything I’ve worked so hard for. I will die of this disease. The only other thing I need to say and maybe all of this is for me as I have never put this in writing and I pray this will give me strength to stop is that we have the ability to halt this disease, unlike someone with, say, terminal cancer. Many of those with such a diagnosis will go to any length to prolong their lives. Why is it that even knowing we have the chance to live, regain our health, reclaim our lives, we continue to slowly kill ourselves?

    • TryingAgain

      Dear Lake,

      Just found this site today and I know your post is old. Hope you made it. I am still in my first 24 hours but getting there.

      Take care and everyone on this Board. I read all the posts.

      FallenAngel69 hope you made it. I read all your posts. Wow.

      • Michael

        “Believe me when I say nobody knows I drink….. Aren’t we clever at hiding our addiction?”

        I SO relate to this. My wife suspects but she has no idea of the magnitude. I started hiding my drinking because having more than one glass of wine a week was ‘too much’ in her opinion, so I just wouldn’t let her see the occasional shot I would take just to save myself the headache. That was back when it WAS just an occasional shot. I hide it now because I know she has a good reason to be concerned.

    • TryingAgain

      Dear FallenAngel69,

      Read all your posts. Hope you made it Lady. We sound a lot alike.

      Take care.

  58. ScaredAsHell

    Day 1 of my detox. Been drinking 10 shots of hard liquor for over 10 years every night. Killing myself is not a good look on me. I’ve been able to hide it the whole time and am not proud of that. My kids need their mom. I pray its not to late, I don’t want to die in my 30’s 🙁 God help me

    • fallenangel69

      Dear scared, you are not alone. Stay with us in this post and we will all get through this. Just the fact that you want to live tells me you WILL. You are young and have so much to live for. I too, drink like you and nobody knows as I don’t get high from drinking anymore, I actually get more functional. I am Dependant on alcohol and it sucks. I hate AA, because I feel like I just can’t relate to people who say they knew they were alcoholics from the time they took their first drink and the things they did in order to get their booze. I don’t like the clicks and I don’t feel supported. Many of the men in AA will try to take advantage of you when you are at your most vulnerable. I am looking for a place where I feel supported. This is, I think a very small post with a lot of good advice, so please stay with me/us. Even if you pick up the drink, please understand that relapse is part of recovery. You are trying and, God willing, you will succeed, as will we all who earnestly trying. I will pray for you, God will listen. All my best, FallenAngel69.

  59. ScaredAsHell

    Going to look into Bone Broth Wallis, I feel a little better after reading all of your stories. We are NOT losers, we are all just trying to get through this life and not burden our families. I care about each of you and hope you all come back to update. Good or bad, no judgments.-Joy D.

    • Cristina s

      Burden our families? dam that really hurts. Thats all i feel i do these days and for my own selfish reasons. Its a terrible thing and makes you feel so guilty right? well im trying this detox today and god i really hope i stay on track and i really hope you are as well. And yeah reading these stories are great It makes me feel better that we are not alone and some one who was in this same place is all better now. Best of luck to you!

    • Ivan Yakinoff

      I’m in my 60s now.never thought the respect for myself would stoop so low
      But it did.

  60. Ivan Yakinoff

    Fallenangel69
    Speaking for myself,this is cunning baffling and powerful.We are the last to
    Know.We wil lower our standards faster than we can void them.Trying this again!

  61. fallenangel69

    Well, needless to say that my attempt to detox at home failed miserably. I just bought the book “Herbal Remedies” by As a Hershoff and Andrea To tell I first published in 2001. Under the alcohol detox section the authors recommend several herbal remedies, but the one that really got my attention was Kudzu, also known as Pueraria lobata. According to the book, this remedyhas been used in China for a very long time to sober a drunk person and for various side effects of alcohol. The book also states that recent research shows that Kudzu can dramatically reduce cravings for alcohol. I did some of my own research on the topic and found many research articles validating the use of Kudzu for alcohol abuse and addiction. I ordered 2 bottles of Kudzu Recovery (750 mg., 120 tabs) made by Planetary Herbals on pureformulas.com for $20.96. I used a discount code sn720, there are other discount codes, see savings.com. Online reports say that Kudzu, in the right standardized doses (2 caps, 3x day) can cut your alcohol consumption in half with no withdrawals. I haven’t received my shipment yet, but I will post again once I have tried it. You may want to do your own research on this, but, if anyone has tried it, I’d really like to hear about your experience. My addiction is getting worse and I have to do something about it, but I just can’t stop. I am beyond that point. I feel so helpless. I know if I were to do another inpatient detox and follow up with therapy and AA, I would still relapse. All my best to all of you. We all deserve to get our lives back. This is what happens when life has chewed you up and spit you out too many times. It is said that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, and although I believe in God, I don’t think I believe anymore that he\she doesn’t give us more than we can handle; otherwise, all addicts would be able to overcome their addictions. I pray that I will eat these words and become an inspiration to others; what else is there to do in this life besides helping others? In order to do so, you have to be right with self. And I was – happy, healthy, stable, good mother, a teacher as was my calling – until my addiction took me on this downward spiral 5 years ago. I am 54 years old. I want out of this addiction and I want my life back. God bless.

  62. fallenangel69

    Here is another very interesting link I found and would like to share: http://wp.rxisk.org/driven-to-drink-antidepressants-and-cravings-for-alcohol/
    It only took me about three hours to figure out how to cut and paste from my trio axs 4g android tablet, and this from a former webmaster! I have to say that after reading this, there may very well be a correlation between taking SSRI antidepressants and alcohol cravings, given my own experience. To Ivan , I agree with you completely and my alcoholism has taken me into some deep dark places I never want to go again. This is a small post so I would ask those who still read to please respond, not just to me, but each other as well. It seems to me that we all have a common problem, namely the inability to stop drinking. In my last post I said I had ordered Kudzu (see above for link). Well, I got it in the mail yesterday and tried it. I can’t say that it helped me to reduce my drinking on day1, but I can say that I felt much better this morning (I always thought that alcoholics didn’t get hangovers!) I felt better today than I have in a long time. I am still drinking my standard pint of Stoli Raspberry straight up, but I feel better. The Kudzu seems to have no side effects and my cravings are diminished. I had much less withdrawal symptoms today. If any of my typing is misspelled, it is because this tablet changes my typing. I would like the moderator of this thread to increase the comment window size. You have a great thing going on here! I agree with everything in the article at the top. I’ve never posted anywhere, but I have installed and moderated chat servers . I thank you for providing this thread. I feel safe here and I will continue to research and post if that’s OK with you. You have access to my email address. There is much research being conducted on alcoholism. Genetics, natural remedies and drugs derived from these. The statistics of those who can successfully stop or moderate are dismal. I refuse to let this kill me, but I know, and I have only been struggling with this for the past 5 years, that I have to find another way. Traditional methods don’t work for me . God bless.

  63. fallenangel69

    Hello webmaster! Seems like folks are not posting/reading. This post has great potential to become a place for those struggling with addiction, given the expert, extensive advice on natural remedies at top of page. I know I’m doing better, and I know I’m taking better care of my body by using some of the natural remedies posted above. I think it might be helpful to get this info/post “out there”. With all due respect.

  64. fallenangel69

    Is anyone still here? If you are, then please read and post. We need each other. Even if you are actively drinking, check in, daily. How else are we ever going to get through this? Wouldn’t it be awesome if one day, we could all post that we have beaten our addictions and could serve as messengers to others by telling our stories? Don’ t give up, ever! I promise to be here for you, please be there for me too!

    • steph

      I am here. I just found this page a couple days ago and I thank you so much for sharing, everyone. I am gearing up to detox and I am scared but you all have given me so many ideas and hope and the knowing that I am not alone.

      Bless you all.

  65. Meredith.

    im here. im3 days off a very bad binge. 5 bottles of 700 ml vodka in 4 days. I still feel sick. can’t keep much down with bad nausea. shaky and anxiety out of control. on/ off sleeping. can’t stay asleep. just want to get healthy again. any suggestions. I’m drinking lots off water but any foods that would help. thankyou. I did have 6 years sobriety then fell off wagon a year ago. have been bingeing like this monthly.

    • fallenangel69

      Hi Meridith, I am so happy to hear from you. It sounds like you have had some real success, 6 years something to very proud of. Have you tried any of the suggestions at the top of this post? Fruit, all fruit, berries, watermelon is great for dehydration and green apples help with cravings. There are also many natural supplements you can buy and they are not expensive. You can often get buy one, get one free at your local drugstores. I take Milk thistle which minimizes damage to the liver and will heal it upon abstinence. I take B-vitamins, B1, B12 and B multi as they help with the central nervous system. I take a daily women’s multi. I get all of these at BJ’s and with coupons are inexpensive.I take curcumin/tumeric and grape seed extract, both very powerful antioxidants which also combat the free radicals that alcohol produces in the body. I recently have added Oatstraw extract (aveena sativa) for energy and also help to reduce cravings and Cayenne extract (capsicum frutescens) which helpsvtovreduce cravings, helps with morning sickness, promotes appetite, reduces anxiety and tremor, induces calm sleep and helps with exhaustion. These were expensive, about $30 per bottle for 4 oz., but they will last a long time. Finally, I also just started taking Kudzu (see my post above for a good brand as most others do not have the ingredients to be effective). I ordered two bottles of 120 tabs for about $20. Kudzu has been used, according to the book I bought, for thousands of years to sober a drunk person and is also helpful for hangovers (but only if taken as directed when drinking, not the next day). Kudzu helps with thirst, loss of appetite, gastric bleeding, but most importantly recent research shows it can dramatically reduce cravings for alcohol by as much as 50%. I hope this helps. Please stay in touch. FallenAngel69, by the way the 69 is my birthday!

      • Michelle

        I’m fortunate to have found this forum. I want to make a change. I’ve been drinking for nearly !6 years. At night, after I put my family to bed, it’s like I’m living a double life. Wine, liquor, beer, anything. I look and feel like hell. I’ve been blacking out lately, which is new. I’ll wake up the next morning, having no memory of the night before. (not that I’m out doing anything, I’m just drinking in my livingroom) I know I’m slowly killing myself. I need to stop! It’s so comforting to know I’m not alone in this.

        • nomojo

          Hi, Michelle, if you would like to talk just let me know. I’m a single mother of 3 and I have been hardcore drinking for 10 yrs straight. I understand how you feel. Lisa

        • fallenangel69

          Hi Michelle, sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days. I ended up inthe ER with pancreatitis and just got out. I am sober for now; shaky and exhausted. Alcoholism is a progressive disease as you know. You may be able to still moderate your drinking. Read the HAMS network page and any other info you can find. I wish someone had told me to about this or about anything so I might have been able to prevent this. Instead , I was excommunicated, shunned, by everyone I knew and loved. I urge you, do it NOW!!! Don’t wait. This site is hard to post on from an an android. Read the entire post and god bless before I lose you again.

    • Birdygirl

      I do too. I don’t know how active this board is but wanted you to know that someone else cares.

      • fallenangel69

        I am sorry Baba, but my android keeps changing you’re name . I know it it it’s not baba.

  66. nomojo

    I have been drinking hard core since my mothers death in 2005, I’m talking every single day a 12 pack of beer plus on some days, I know if I don’t stop I won’t make it much longer. I did hold down a job for a couple of years here and there. I guess I’m the functioning alcoholic. I’m not proud at all. I simply have had enough. I have been thinking a lot lately about quitting. I think the longest, I have been sober combined is maybe 5 months in 10 years. I have children which I have raised by myself, now teens, luckily, they are good children and very respectful, despite my alcoholism, It’s time to stop, I’m miserable with my life. So yesterday, I ran errands all day long and by the time I stopped I looked at the clock it was already 9 pm, I had picked my oldest son up from our fishing spot, I was like wow, I haven’t had a drink, so why buy some now, he said good mom, don’t get any. So, I didn’t. I couldn’t sleep cause obviously I was starting the wonderful withdrawal process, so my son laid next to me and we watched Netflix till 4 am, he doesn’t like to leave my side when I’m not well, he wanted to make sure I was ok. I have detoxed at home before being on Klonopin, I take that, and also my blood pressure medicine. I’m taking super b complex, vitamin c and drinking a lot of fluids, so far I’m surprised of how much alcohol I have consumed over the years, I’m just now after 48 hrs starting to feel sluggish, a little sweaty here and there, Im just praying that the next 2 days it doesn’t hit me like a ton of bricks. I am currently irritated easily,other than that I’m going to keep pushing on. I want to get better, sick of living my life in a lie. I know I have done damage to my kidneys and liver, after I detox that’s my next step going back to the GI doctor to find out what else I have done to myself. I owe this to my children, I know my lifestyle has put stress on their lives, that would be a lie if they said different, I do love them, I have always tried to make them number 1 but alcohol apparently was number 1 and I’m sick of being selfish, I really wish I had someone to talk to right now but I don’t. Thank you for letting me vent. Lisa

  67. Birdygirl

    Bless us each and every one of us. Two days ago I decided that my nightly bottle wine was ruining my life. I am doing fIrly well but last night sweats nearly drove me over the cliff. At first I did not equate them with alcohol since I am also going through menopause. I do not want to drink anymore. I tried AA several months ago and felt threatened not welcomed. I am also looking for a new career and worried about someone seeing me at a meeting. I am a very private person. We all deserve a better life outside of the prison of addiction. I did not sleep last night am lying on the couch with an ice pack on my head to keep my temp down. I can’t afford to do in house rehab since I am a graphic designer and have a project I need to work on at home. This is awful. I am seeing my regular physician tomorrow about menopause issues and I think I will confess to her what I am trying to do. I really want my life back. I wish the same for everyone else here.

    • fallenangel69

      Birdygirl, if you’ve made it this far without inpatient or meds, you should start feeling better within another day or two. I would never recommend going cold turkey as it could be life threatening. I was where you are now several years ago. I literally had no withdrawals, but I was sectioned by my two younger sisters. I won’t go through all the awful details of that event, but I will tell you that I got out after an unprecedented 21days. At that time, I could have stopped my alcohol abuse from turning into full blown alcohol dependence, but I was so pissed off I started drinking like a fish from the day I got home and I did turn alcoholic. So, if you read this, know you still have the chance to quit or moderate your drinking. Get help. Read the H.A.M.S. website before you end up like me and so many others. I wish someone had told me, but did not know anyone in my situation, had never gone to AA (which I dislike too), my family abandoned me as did my fiancee. I was utterly alone, living in this big house, all by myself. I got my puppy back after a few weeks (my sisters surrendered her to the shelter where she was adopted from). Thank God she was micro chipped and the woman who adopted her agreed to give her back to me (for $800). I didn’t care. I still have my pooch, cost me over $30K to keep my house and get my ex off the deed. I have my daughter back in my life and my mom too. Enough for now. You are on the brink, think of it as a fence. Which side of it do YOU choose to live?

  68. fallenangel69

    Please listen, all of you who read and post to this thread. . . if you post once and never come back, how are you going to the support and encouragement you need to succeed? Come back, support each other, learn from each other, reply to each other. What good is it if you post once or maybe twice and never come back to see if maybe, just maybe, there is something here for you that might change your life. I just got out of the hospital from my second bout of acute pancreatitis. Maybe it was a blessing as I got sober in the hospital. I had my lorazepam with me. I’m barely a few days sober and I feel like shit, but I am sober. I continue to take the ssupplements and, of course, I run a major risk for relapse, but today I am sober and so grateful for that. Stay in touch. I pray for all of us who suffer from the disease of addiction.

    • alone and struggling

      fallenangel69, thank you for all of your posts – I am alone and trying to fight this, again, but always fail. Our stories are very similar and reading yours was helpful to me.

      I have been drinking for over thirty years, almost daily. I lost my dogs, whom I loved, my spouse, whom I resent, and millions of dollars in a divorce. I am also alone in a house that is too large for me to maintain. I am so disappointed that I intentionally and consistently harm myself in front of my parents.

      I start an extremely demanding new job soon and am trying to detox so I can think more clearly, function move effectively and try to build a new life. I want to find a way to be happy but have never succeeding in doing and always chose alcohol to escape loneliness and unhappiness. This is day one, again.

      • fallenangel69

        Dear Alone, you are not alone, I am here. You just brought tears to my eyes as our stories are similar. My sisters took my puppy when they sectioned me and surrendered her to the shelter from where I adopted her. They would not put in the kennel just up the street until I got home. It was only by the grace of God that I was able to get her back from her new owner as she was microchipped. I paid her $700.00 to get her back after paying $500.00 to adopt her. I drove to Rhode Island to pick her up. She was living in a 30 story high rise apartment. Her name was changed and she had grown in the six weeks since I last saw her. My friend came with me and said it was the most human moment she had ever experienced. When I got her home, she immediately jumped up on my overstuffed couch like she had never left. She just turned five this past July. She sleeps with me and she has been traumatized. She cries out in her sleep. My sister told me “you fucking deserved it”. I wasn’t even alcoholic at that time! My ex stole her several times, cost me tens of thousands to get rid of him. If you made through all of that, you’re going to be OK. I have my daughter, my Mom, my house, my pooch, and my job. I just had my 10 car driveway sealed this morning and a contractor is replacing the roof on my 3-season porch as I write this. Most of the house will be painted, re-wallpapered,etc within the next few weeks. My two acres of land and the beautiful plantings will be manicured as they were once ago. I just found out that I have an illegal cesspool on my property and that no permits were pulled for the 1st floor master bedroom, bathroom and 3 season porch additions, and the the roofing on all of these areas are defective. I have to file a lawsuit against the previous owners. We’ve handled all of these things and we just need to handle our addictions. We are strong even in our weakened states. Have you tried any of the natural remedies listed at the top of this website? Hang in there. Write back. I can’t give up. I won’t give up. Yours truly, FallenAngel.

  69. April

    Good evening everyone,
    I have been drinking since I was 13 yrs. old I am now 54. It has been a very long journal of life.
    I am own my 4th day of being sober. It’s some scary stuff dealing with headaches,feeling like throwing up, hot sweats, etc…
    What I did was I rented a bunch of DVDs from the library for free.
    Stocked up on already made food, incl. meat, fruit and veggies, a powdered drink called Emergen C,
    I keep reminding myself that I am going to ride the waves when they come. The waves are inevitable.
    I sleep when I feel tired. When I have a moment where I feel ok I will get up and do something I enjoy, even if it is so for a couple minutes.
    I am a morning person. It is when I have the most energy, but not while I am feeling sick. I still will try my best to rock and roll off the bed and make something small, whether it’s oatmeal or some eggs, or toast. I got one of those daily pill box to put all my vitamins. this makes it one less thing to fuss with.
    I have been setting boundaries with family, etc… Told them I am doing some much needed important self care, and they need to respect my space.
    I have a therapist which is very important to me in getting better. I am doing my homework. I understand if I don’t do all the hard work then I won’t get the results I want. I am trying to learn Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am trying to address /redirect my triggers with different positive attitudes. I find even changing some of my vocabulary helps. I am aware this all takes practice and will not happen overnight. I know I no longer want to feel helpless and hopeless. I am trying to learn to accept who I am even with all my flaws.
    When I really was sick yesterday, what helped me was making some ginger tea and added some honey and lemon.
    Like a lot of people, I can’t afford going to a rehab, so, I need to try to weather this storm alone at home. Of course if I felt REALLY dangerously bad I would make a quick 911 call.
    I have read all the postings and thank you for everyones’ tips. I am open to try different approaches because who knows, it might be just be the thing that might work for me. I need to remind myself not to be too hard on myself, because I tend to do that.
    I think I will start a journal tonight to do some reflecting.
    You know I wake up in the middle of the night with high anxiety, it’s scary! My heart is pounding and no one is around. I find doing some self talk telling myself I am safe and I will be ok. I even have to pat myself gently to calm down and eventually cry myself to sleep.
    The last few nights I have been trying to listen to some soothing sounds. I like the sound of rain. My psychiatrist referred a podcast and audiobook to listen to, her name Pena Chodron.
    Okay, those are just a few things I am trying to do. See what happens.
    To everyone on here, all my good wishes for you through this hard journey. I have tried so many times to quit drinking. I will not give up. Remember all of us are worth being happy.
    Best
    April

  70. lushlady

    I got 1 day in… I left the house having a headache and upset stomach. Cam home with something to drink. Im very upset with my self. I need to get this Bozo off my back. Good luck April!

    • April

      Hi Lushlady

      Thanks for your response and wishes.

      How are you doing today? Sorry, you didn’t feel well. It’s not easy.

      If you scroll up and read Fallen Angel’s suggestions directing people to read the website’s article on getting herbs, etc… I, myself have been reading some parts first thing in the mornings. It gives me support and reminds me that I want to get better, because I am good at putting myself at the end. Something I really need to continue to work on.

      Try not to be too hard on yourself. Try to use some of that energy to dust yourself up and try again.

      I am going to send all of you good vibes >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> YOU!!!!!

  71. fallenangel69

    April, I can so relate to your story. I sometimes imagine when laying in my bed that I am laying in the palm of God and that brings me comfort. I have been sober for a few days now, take my supplements. I am also 54 and do not want to live like this anymore. If it is of any consolation, I have been in detox several times, only to pick it up within days or weeks of returning home. AA, detox just does not work for me which is why I started looking for natural remedies and came upon this website. I haven’t tried everything listed above, but I am taking vitamins, extra B12, milk thistle, kudzu, oat straw extract – avena sativa, curcumin/tumeric, try to add cayenne pepper or black pepper to my meals. I also eat more fruits and veggies, would, salads. I have no appetite. I also do best in the morning, try to get something done everyday and I can’t tell you how much needs to be done. I am stressed to the max, cry several times a day as I feel so overwhelmed. I own this huge house, with 2 acres of land, a built-in pool, winter storm damage, and the list goes on. If you return to this site, perhaps we could support each other. My family, namely my two sisters and my once two best friends whom I’ve known even longer than my sisters all drink heavily so I really don’t have a support network. My mother and daughter who live with me don’t even know that I drink and I’m not kidding, such a clever alcoholic that I am! I’ve got a couple of days under my belt, I’d really like to keep it that way. It seems like people post once or twice and then they’re gone. If you get back to this site, let’s stay in touch.

    • April

      Hi Fallen Angel 🙂

      Thanks for the response! I hope today is a better day for you.

      I had a hiccup and did some drinking yesterday. Sucks that I did, but I know I’m human and try not to beat myself up too much, as long as I get back up. I fell and I am dusting myself off and is slowly getting back up and will be stronger little at a time. I haven’t did 1 whole week in staying sober for over 10 years. I realize it’s a long process.
      I have some learning disabilities, and let my low self esteem stop me from going back to school. I felt like a real loser, but when I had my children 29yrs ago, I told myself I will not let my fears stop me from learning. I did everything in my power day and night,in between being a single parent of two, taking care of my mother with Parkinson’s, taking care of my disable sister with a severe mental illness, work, go to school to move forward. I go to tutors in school every chance I get and learn new learning strategies so I can understand what I am reading, and to retain the material. Now I love learning. I have to work extra hard and multi task but it’s ok. I constantly made mistakes, but as long as I keep trying then there is no way in hell I am a loser.

      My therapist said I have always been a caretaker and she is trying to work with me, to take care of MEEEEE 🙂 I don’t know about you but shouldn’t it be easy? Heck no! I am like a stranger to myself. I am trying to learn who am I and work on self care. I know when I figure me out and feel better my food and alcohol addiction cravings won’t have so much a hold on me.

      It’s nice that you are active to try to help others on here and to always direct them to the sites’ vital suggestions to help with the withdrawals, etc…. I feel when you help others you are helping yourself 🙂

      Have a good evening to you and everyone else online. You are not alone.

      Bless

      April

  72. Ugh

    Hi,
    This has been the most helpful site I have run across. I thought I was alone. My habit over the past year is so bad I hide bottles of alcohol around the house and garage so that while my family knows I drink, they have no idea how much. I measured it over a week ago, and on a bad day it can be as much as 20 ounces of 80proof gin. I don’t drink less than 12 ounces of it. Almost every day. Once every 2-3 months I have to do a youth event which requires no drinking, and I don’t cheat, but I have been using the fact I can get through that day with no symptoms as proof I am not addicted. I also ask for yearly liver checks, and so far nothing – again proof that I am above the people who get sick, right?

    The problem is….I WANT to stop. I have gained at least 20 pounds of flesh due to alcohol, and I’ve started to reduce my food intake to compensate, so I doubt my liver is going to fair so well at my next testing. I now have severe lapses of memory where people insist they have told me something, and I have no memory. I have even experienced blackouts where I must be functioning because my friends say nothing(and they don’t know what is going on as I hide it from them as well), but I have no memory of an evening. I am also finding that I get much more snappy with my family when drinking. My patience goes to nothing. Up until this past January I would have characterized myself as a social alcoholic, but it is NOT social to hide bottles of booze around the house to sneak it.

    I come from a family of addicts. I started drinking as a young teen, albeit lightly (a couple of ounces of brandy when I could not sleep at night with permission from my parents). As an older teen 2-3 wine coolers were sufficient. When I drank more, I got sick to my stomach. A couple of times of that was sufficient to end any hardcore drinking. It got worse in my early 20 when I failed one marriage and then entered another – the second time around as an adult allowed to completely purchase alcohol. When I look back, by my early 30’s I was drinking 8 ounces of hard liquor per day.

    Anyways, after looking through what people wrote…..I bought today or already owned quite a lot of the supplements from previous attempts to control my cravings and anxiety.

    I am going to slowly cut down. I have a feeling if I went cold turkey beyond one day I would actually be in a world of hurt. The first thing is to get myself down to 12 ounces consistently and then go down from there.

    So far today….6pm….4 ounces…across one hour. I feel NO buzz, and I have an INTENSE craving to quickly drink another 4 ounces to get that first kick, but I am reminding myself that this is no longer the point – I am only feeding enough alcohol to my body to control a severe reaction. I use alcohol to stop hating myself and to stop the anxiety. So, I am going to have to let myself feel some pain tonight, but I plan on using the distracting techniques other people have used. Push off thoughts about how badly I have fucked up onto some future point where I can actually handle them.

  73. fallenangel69

    Hi April, sorry I didn’t get back to you yesterday, my WiFi was on the blitz. I’m really glad you replied and no, you are not a loser at all. You sound like a really strong woman to me and I think that as long as we keep trying, sooner or later we will succeed. Most of us alcoholics have have had a hard life and although we may have managed to overcome many obstacles, we end with an addiction. We don’t even realize what’s happening until it’s too late. I am only trying to share what I have found. Many of those posting seem to be much stronger than me. I just can’t seem able to make the permanent change. In the past five years since I became alcoholic, the longest period of sobriety I’v had is a day short of three months. I’d like to be able to have a drink or two once in a while, but I don’t think I can. The idea of total abstinence is something I’m not ready for, which is stupid because one or two just makes me very tired and then I need more just to function. I hate myself for this when knowing I have a disease. There is much research going on in this area and so I try in vain to find an easier way. I too am a caretaker, but if I don’t get better with myself I know I can’t possibly help others. Please keep posting, you are a strong woman and I admire you for this. Have a good day. FallenAngel.

    • April

      Hi Fallen Angel and everyone else,

      I came really close to have a drink today because I was triggered pretty bad earlier.

      Ummm… I just continued cooking and stumbled to my bed feeling so sick and just curled into a ball and went to sleep. I woke up and so so glad I didn’t run out to get a bottle. I feel humbled and thankful. The truth is I am and will be pretty fragile in this very early part of trying to stay sober.
      Going to put on my shoes and take my dog for a walk to the library soon. I need some fresh air! Wheewh!!!!

      By the way, I stumbled on another website I thought I’d share it with you. It is Hellosundaymorning.org

      Oh! Someone from that website referred a book name High Sobriety.

      Bless

      April

        • April

          Hi Fallen Angel

          How have you been?

          I made it through another day! Did you check out Hellosundaymorning.org ?

          People there are nice. plenty of people to chat with. I think you will like it.

          I only come on this site to see how you doing.

          • fallenangel69

            Hi April, I’m doing OK and thank you for asking. I’m pretty stressed out right now. I did try to check out Sunday morning.org, but I could’t get onto the site. I think you have to have a Facebook account, which I have but have not used in a long time. I will try again as you say it is good support resource. Please keep in touch. I am so happy to hear you are doing well! If I can get into that site, maybe I can connect with you there. FallenAngel

        • April

          Hi Fallen Angel
          Yeah! I think the Hellosunday morning was down for awhile then came back up later. My screen name is 515sunrise.
          I have been drinking here and, not feeling the urge everyday. I am more mindful and trying to make better choices etc
          I sure can tell the difference when I do drink and when I don’t. I have more energy, I sleep better, less anxiety and my relationship with my family is better. I have a lot to be thankful. Sure I still go through my hell but I know I’m moving towards getting better.
          Hang in there
          April

          • fallenangel69

            Hi April, I can’t tell you how nice it is to have someone to talk to and how grateful I am that you still post here. I will try the hellosundaymorning website again, but I have to tell you that I drank yesterday and I’m drinking now. I’m cryinging as I write this as I am so angry, frustrated and disgusted with myself. I just can’t seem to stay sober for any significant period of time. It’s like I go on auto-pilot and the next thing I know I’m in the liquor store buying a bottle. On a more positive note I found another website today called sober mommies.com. I haven’t really gone through the site, but at first glance it looks pretty good. I’m still hanging in there and I’m glad you are too. We both have so much to be grateful for and so much to live for. This is one disease that we can actually halt, but maybe not cure. We are so fortunate in this respect, but can we really halt it. Many others have done so, so why can’t i? It is said that it isn’t a matter of willpower, because if it was I know many more of us would be able to exert our will against this disease. Maybe we have to hit bottom which I thought I had done several years ago. I don’t have the answer and it seems to me like nobody does. I feel that I know that the answer is inside of me. Perhaps the answer lies in healing the traumas of the past which I also can’t seem to come to grips with. But I think that then and only then will I be able to overcome my addiction with the help of some of the natural remedies and/or medications as well as having a support network. Stay in touch. FallenAngel

  74. Ironman

    Hey guys,
    Day one of sobriety 36 hours in I use to travel for work and we would party every night 20 beers or a bottle of whiskey every night by myself. I have drank every day for ten years since I was 18. I left that job behind me but my drinking continued I would drink all day at work I would drink fifteen or so of those little mini bottles vodka whiskey whatever was in stock. I got a big promotion at work and started today. My last drink was at 800 Sunday night I recived my first OUI in April and realized it needs to stop. Well three months later here I am no license is a burden. Aside from being very successful in life I realized I failed my self and worse i failed my family hid my drinking from my family drinking from 8 am to 8 pm I’m tired of it and kicking it to the curb. I am doing this on my own at home as my fiancee doesn’t know the extent of my habits I actually feel awesome right now aside from not being Abel to sleep don’t think I slept a bit tonight but other than that I feel fine I’m sure everybody experiences different withdrawl symptoms reading this page was helpful and encouraging thank you all and good luck to everybody we got this!

    • fallenangel69

      Hi Ironman, glad to hear from you. I can’t believe you are not experiencing severe withdrawals given your drinking history. I hope you don’t experience withdrawal as it can be pretty bad. Please take your detox seriously and if needed, try some of the remedies posted above or be prepared to get medical help should things go bad. Insomnia is one mild form of withdrawal and if that is all you are experiencing you might try Melatonin which will greatly help you to sleep, however I would not recommend taking Melatonin if you are also experiencing anxiety. If you are experiencing anxiety, you might try Kava Kava and/or Valerian root. Do some research before taking any natural supplements as they can still interfere with any prescription meds you may be taking. Best of luck to you and please keep us posted. FallenAngel

    • Aprilina

      I have been drinking like that for a month now, I already can’t sleep. My withdrawals are horrible. Every time I try to stop even for just a few hours I start shaking, vomiting, and hallucinaing. I am a single mom who just relocated because of abuse, I don’t have any one to watch my baby, so I can’t just go to the hospital.. Any advice any one?

  75. Bubblyjls

    Good morning to all of you and thank god for this blog. I am wide awake with insomnia and am freaking out….my stomach is in knots and this is less than 12 hours from my last drink ( which was this morning for breakfast) I have been riding the up and down train ride with abstinence for over a yr but my drinking career is well over 10. I am a single mom in the the military and spend 2 weeks a month on a remote island with little to no medical help the irony behind it all is I am medical…needless to say it scares me shitless and I stay up worrying about DT’s and seizures and all the other bad possible medical outcomes. I have been taking the majority of the supplements recommended in here for awhile now so I could convince myself that drinking wasn’t as bad but it’s bad and it’s consumed my life. I don’t even like the taste of it anymore let alone the “buzz” I tried going to AA when I am not on Gilligans island but I didn’t feel connected to anyone. I went before last yr and loved it, managed to stay sober for almost three months. Does anyone else on here have anxiety because they worry about their health? So I drink to stop worrying but then so goes the cycle…I can’t go to detox because the military is not a forgiving job but I need to quit before I lose my son, job and sanity…..I need to hear more stories so the lonely feeling slowly evaporates because I know I am not alone but it feels like it 🙁

  76. fallenangel69

    Bubbly, hang in there. Try to get your doctor to prescribe some ativan or Valium for anxiety. You can use it to detox, but not while drinking. The natural remedies help alot, but it seems that you could be in danger of having seizures. If your withdrawals get bad, please seek medical attention. Your job is not worth your life. FallenAngel

  77. Kat

    Hi everyone, yesterday I decided to detox from alcohol. I have been a binge drinker (on the weekends)for 4+ years but recently (within the past 5 months) I drink almost every night & binging 3-4 times a week. I’m a nursing student with so much to look forward to, but the stress of school really gets to me at times. Two nights ago I downed a bottle of absolute and apparently repeated to my friends “I can’t believe I made a 70 on that test”. So I definitely know what some of my triggers are. I have only admitted my problem to two people & im so scared of telling my family. They know i drink, but they dont know how bad it has gotten. Back to the detox…. my first day I slept all day, which seems to be the opposite of what most people go through. I have a few detox teas…. one with spear mint to help with the nausea. My main concern is that I will not be able to miss class this week… Espically not my 12 hour clinical. Any advice friends? Everyone’s story is so touching. It is comforting to know I’m not alone.

    Also, I am going to my first AA meeting today at 12…. i need all the support I can get. Good luck everyone

    • fallenangel69

      Hi Kat, I’m really happy to hear that you’ve decided to give up the drink. You are never alone, God is always with you and there are many who will support you in whatever forum you choose – don’t ever forget that. You may or may not be a full blown alcoholic, but you know you are definitely abusing alcohol. I think you are still at the point, based upon your post, where you can moderate orcstop drinking completely, but you will need to get professional help NOW. I wish someone had given me this advice when I was at your point in this insideous, progressive disease. Please, PLEASE, take my advice. There are other ways to cope with stress and anxiety that are not addictive. If you continue in this vein, you will surely be facing much, much worse problems in your near future. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you, a promisingcareer. You don’t,trust me, want to be spending your life battling alcoholism. All my best, Fallen Angel

      • leilanilu

        Dear Fallen Angel — all of the posts here have been super helpful and comforting. It’s different from AA because most of the posters are smack dab in the middle of the worst part. Your story is so similar to mine. Took myself to the ER on Christmas Eve 2012, spent a week in rehab detoxing, then followed up with AA. Stayed sober for 18 months before relapsing. For the past several months I have been drinking about a liter of vodka a day, and while some might suspect it, most people think I am still sober and I have too much pride to ask them for support, so I’m doing it alone with the company of my two cats. Never lost a job, never got a DUI, even though I drink in my car everyday. I have a good job, well respected by my colleagues. Close call last spring: an anonymous colleague reported me for drinking in class & smelling like booze. I was called in — lawyer, union rep, boss. I denied everything and was cleared of the charge. Had to step up my vigilance after that, but didn’t stop. Good thing they did not make me take a breathalyzer! Today is day one. Went to ER last night — had been drinking most of the day and would not have been able to get there if I was shaking and retching, though I keep a empty yogurt container in the car when I can’t keep anything down but have to get to work. Pretty sick. I have my librium, my vitamins, some healthy fruit, juice, broth soup, kudzu, passionflower/hibiscus tea. It’s after 12 noon now and I have kept my breakfast smoothie down & haven’t had a drink since yesterday 6 PM. ! Good beginning. I hope I am well enough for work tomorrow — have to write a grant which is due Monday. Again, thank you for all of your supportive messages & I wish you all the best with your own struggle. We must never lose hope.

        • fallenangel69

          Hi leilanilu, I still read this post, but I am just reading your reply now as I tend not to go through the entire post. If you still use this site, please let me know how you are doing. A liter of vodka is alot of booze. I went from a couple of mixed drinks to drinking a pint of vodka a day, straight up. I never drank at work, but I got to the point where I kept a water bottle filled with vodka in my car and would start drinking on my way home from work. I am currently out of work on medical disability, and this really hard for me to put in writing, but I keep getting pancreatitis and have been hospitalized three times within the past two months. I always deny that I drink, but I know my drinking is the cause. Tomorrow I go an untrasound endoscopy so doctor can take a look at my pancreas. A recent MRI showed a possible narrowing of the pancreatic duct. I keep getting sober only to relapse over and over and nobody knows. I don’t get high anymore from alcohol, I get somewhat functional. As this disease progresses, I get less and less functional. I’ve got to stop, that’s the bottom line or else I am going to end up dead. People post here once or twice and then thy disappear. This could be a really good support forum, but it is obvious that most keep relapsing. So please, I start again and just like you I only have my dog for support. She and I deserve better than this as do you and all of us who suffer from this disease. I absolutely love my job. I was born to teach and I just want to be normal again. All my best to you. Fallen Angel

  78. Terri Williams

    I am so happy to find this website. After 13+yrs of seeing my brother who migrated here I realise he is a alcoholic. His life and features have changed so much. My husband and I have accepted him in our home and will help me through this process as he realise what he has lost and want a better life for him and relationship with his daughter. We cannot afford to send him to detox center locally and identified and organizations that would take him on sponsorship for the program 3+ months and he refuses. 72hrs after not drinking and could not drink in our home I heard a thump in the kitchen to find him shaken for over 5+ mins which felt like eternity and being the only one home I could not call anyone because I could not move while holding his head in my arms calling out to Jesus. He came out of it and did not realise where or who I was for 20mins. It is the most scary feeling and experience when I don’t know what to expect during detox. We did not even plan to do this on our own, we only to him there would me no drinking in the home and remove all alcohol. It’s been 1 week and he is eating like crazy(since he wasn’t while drinking), we gave him multivitamins and he drinks water and we gave him smoothies. He walks the dog and does sit up in his room. However without a job, no insurance we can not get him in a program until a doctor signs off completing detoxing. While he is job hunting we have to be so careful of where he applies that the temptation for a drink(restaurants, grocery store) since we plan to take him to and from work. He is 45yrs old with a master’s degree a daughter had a good life in the Caribbean, but an alcoholic. I asked what made you go so to he extreme and he stated street from work, stress of life and you stop and have 1 drink before going home and you leave because you know no one in the bar. You head home again and you see another bar and you stop and someone you know walks in or the courage from the first drink make you buy someone a drink and then they return the favor and you don’t realise you consume 4 drinks before dinner. He progressed to having a drink before going to the office to deal with stress and the cycle starts again. Also, in my research folks who witness their parents drinking is predispose to drink especially male children. As his sister I too was in the home and witness our father drinking and hated it but I decided not to, how come he did not have the strength also. My husband God bless him says he will work with my brother to get him through this to sobriety but I need to let go and not interfere. But his actions his moods the fact that he is here in the USA and unable to progress with his experience and qualifications is so mind boggling to me. Every day I pray for him and pray for my strength in the Lord to come to an understanding but it is difficult. So for those who are struggling with this addiction I believe you first must admit that you have a weakness for alcohol. My brother compares and says I am not at the stage where I have a bottle in my pocket and stink with urine. Oh, that made me boil, with no uncertain terms I let him have it that, that extreme is no different from 4+ drinks a day and cannot hold a job and daughter despises you. Yeah I went there. The next step is to seek spiritual guidance in conjunction with mental counseling because without God the flesh is weak and will continue to be tempted and one need for the crave and the urge to be removed and die from the roots. My brother tells me there is not a day since he decided to stop that the urge is not there and he could handle 1 beer. Mental counseling will help one to find alternative ways to deal with life stressors which is daily coupled with Paul’s saying to Think all things joy, hungry or full rich or poor I am content. Prayerfully, he will find his way and that I need to Let Go and Let God. For those who are caregivers, I have found myself telling my brother when a plane is going down you have to take the air mask and put on yourself before you can help anyone. Bless you all.

  79. Mwenda

    Admitting that one has a problem is the first step towards healing. Am beginning my journey now and coming upon this article was the best thing.

    • Erto

      Hi everyone.
      Glad I found this space, I started drinking very young but I’ve been drinking everyday day and night for about 5 years , at least a bottle of hard liquor or 3 bottles of red wine . 8 times as inpatient detox and 2 rehabs most of the detox arrived by ambulance, not sure if overdosed or withdrawing. Lately I’ve been on and off but lucky without need for hospital, in my experience a lot of the withdrawal horrible feelings are because one predisposes oneself to them, basically being afraid of living without alcohol in one’s mind. When I stop I prepare myself mentally, just thinking that I’ll be fine and so I just ride the wave, for me is a day of discomfort sometimes less than that but prior to stopping I drink lots of natural fruit juices by putting in the blender lots of fruits and juicing veggies and just drinking them through out day and night, then I walk a lot whilst controlling my breathing, deep and slow, I also make lots of broth veggies and or any meat

      • Erto

        For me it has come to the point of life or death, I have lost a lot in all areas of my life and everyday I become more and more aware of the damage addiction inflicts, it’s hell on earth, I keep going back to it but I know I will make it, it will take time for sure but it’s never too late

  80. Lalaloopsy

    Thank you all so much for your honesty and advice on here .. I have drunk alcohol almost daily and sometimes heavily since my brother died 6 years ago and its time to stop .. I feel positive but a little scared tbh but its time!

  81. lost my way 90

    I’m 25 with two young children. I bindge drink so much and the withdrawels are terrible. I have been getting sick all day and are unable to eat. my family and partner are aware mydrinking is out of control. I feel so embarrassed hurt ashamed that I ended up like this and burdening the people I love so much that I’m hurting them. They try understand but they just don’t get it. Mmy two youngboys looking at their mammy drunk and out of control. The mental pressure I feel over my drinking the worries and anxiety is so scary. I’m too young fora life of this behaviour I don’t want my kids seeing me like this or hurting the man I love and my father constantly fearing that I’m gonna die. All these comments are so open and honest and I can relate to them. I hope I can kick this addiction. And be better for myself my boys and family.

  82. keri

    Are there any signs or symptoms that I may have more severe complications from withdrawls? If so, what are they and when, etc.?

  83. Ellen

    It is very upsetting to hear everyone’s story but encouraging to hear of success stories and reassuring to know many of my same issues are shared by so many others, unfortunately. I’ve felt alone with my drinking problem and been embarrassed to discuss with many family and friends to the full extent that it is impacting my life. I feel fortunate that thus far I have not have any job or legal issues but believe it would only be a matter of time.

    I started drinking after my first deployment 5 years ago and resumed after returning from my second deployment almost 3 years ago. I can remember several short periods of sobriety but they did not last long. I have been in a caring, wonderful relationship now for 5 years and know it has impacted him greatly. I feel guilty hiding the amount of alcohol I have consumed from him and upset with myself I have not been able to kick my habit for our future. I know he has bought an engagement ring and we frequently talk about starting a family next year. I do not believe I would be able to forgive myself if I brought my problem into a marriage or with a family.

    I am resolved to quit, have started back in counseling, and really want to get through this first portion of recovery successfully. I feel very strong and ready to finally quit but have doubts in my mind due to the past. I am relieved I finally feel 100% tired of it and finally ready to quit because it has seemed like a love/hate relationship in many ways. It has caused me issues with depression/anxiety, sleep issues, and a large amount of stress on myself continually battling this issue in my mind; let alone the ones I love.

    I appreciate reading everyone’s stories and comments and really hope the best for all of us moving into recovery and onto a better, happier future.

  84. pamquag

    Hi all of who are struggling though this! Thanks for your comments. I am starting detox today, after drinking a bottle to two bottle of wine for 7 years. I am very scared but I really don’t want to drink anymore, especially since I wake up every morning, not being able to write or hold anything due to withdrawals. I can’t even remember things anymore…I want my life back. Luckily I saw my doctor and she prescribed me some meds to help me through this. I wish you all luck and keep going!!!

  85. fallenangel69

    Hello to all of those who have posted since my last. Alcoholism is no joke and it takes a very strong desire to stop. That being said, the top of this post offers excellent suggestions for helping with withdrawals if you choose to do this on your own. Make sure you are healthy enough to do so. I have a history of chronic relapse, but little by slow I am getting there.I want this and I want it bad. I need to want it more than I want the drink, and that is the key to halt thisdisease. You have to want more than anything else. I pray for all of us who suffer with this insideous disease. God bless. FallenAngel

  86. Mike d

    I’m 28 years old. I started drinking when I was like 13. Withdrawals are just horrible. But I’m just tired of it controling my life. I quit for like 4 months and I was so happy I did. But then I got stressed out and thought I could get away with a few drinks. Hang in there guys! I popped some sleep pills and anti anxiety

  87. Ivan Yakinoff

    I’m glad you people are here.I am DEFINITLY in denial.I stopped drinking in 1980
    Through a 12 step program.After 27 years I started having Medical problems and
    Started drinking on and off .Most off the people that got me sober are now deceased.A whole new generation of people are coming in and really don’t care for
    Long term sobriety.I can’t do it alone.feeling lost.Thank you every one here,and THANKYOU fallen Angel. Ivan

    • fallenangel69

      Hey Ivan, I can see it’s been a long time since your last post. Thank you for thanking me. I’ve tried to be diligent in coming here, both to give and receive support. You are not lost, your just battling your disease as we all are. I can only pray that those of us who are diligent in our efforts will somehow conquer this battle once and for all. I will pray for you tonight by name as I pray for all of us. Stay in touch. Fallen Angel

  88. RyanQ

    I am starting my detox today. I was a heroin addict for years and got sober off of that but fell into alcholism. I am scared to withdrawal again but I know if I can overcome the H I can do this also! I am just putting my trust in God and you all will be in my prayers! Thanks for sharing your thoughts it has really helped me to want to do this!