Go Back   SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information > Alcoholism Information > Alcoholism
Forgot Password? Join Us!
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Arcade Mark Forums Read Chat Room [2]


Welcome to the Sober Recovery Community

Already registered? Login above ---^
OR
To take advantage of all Posting, Chatting, Gaming, and all the features available at SoberRecovery, join the over 100,000 current members, and become a member of our supportive community today! Ads will no longer appear on the forums, once you register.



Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-23-2007, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 60
How long do the alcohol withdrawal symptoms last?

My AH quit drinking about a month ago, and he's been doing really well except he gets horrible cold sweats some days that last a day or less. To him they are very upsetting and scary and uncomfortable. He gets very agitated. We called an advice nurse and a pharmacist to ask them if they thought it might be a pain medication he is taking and both of them think it's alcohol withdrawal symptoms still. Did any of you ever experience this symptom this long after having stopped drinking? Is it anxiety? What should he do for it? He has xanax, and it seems to help a LITTLE. Maybe he needs something stronger? Help please if you know!
aGrandma is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to aGrandma For This Useful Post:
tallcactus (11-01-2010)
Old 11-23-2007, 10:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 773
Is it possible that he is abusing the xanax? What "pain medication" is he taking? Is it a narcotic and could he be abusing those? The physical withdrawals from alcohol should be over in a week. Xanax is a benzo type drug that effects the brain in a similar manner as alcohol.
tiburon88 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2007, 11:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
sugErspun's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,697
I felt sick (cold sweats, shaky etc) for almost a month after my last binge...may be shorter or longer for others. But for me, it was always around a month..
sugErspun is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to sugErspun For This Useful Post:
tanja (11-09-2011)
Old 11-24-2007, 12:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
Member
 
Room1's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: England
Posts: 578
I had symptoms for 6 weeks, the first 4 being the worst. My doctor kept assuring me it was due to withdrawal, as I kept thinking it wasn't as alot of people seem to say about a week. Even now at 8 weeks I get an occasional attack of anxiety but for the most part I feel ok now.

Sax
Room1 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Room1 For This Useful Post:
tanja (11-09-2011)
Old 11-24-2007, 01:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
citychick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: NSW
Posts: 2,908
my withdrawals didn't begin for almost 2weeks, well, I didn't feel too bad till then....and persisted till around the 90 days mark..lessening in severity as the time progressed. anxiety was one of the worst symptoms.
__________________


" Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain."



citychick is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to citychick For This Useful Post:
tanja (11-09-2011)
Old 11-24-2007, 02:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
Forward we go...side by side
 
CarolD's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Serene In Dixie
Posts: 37,599
Here is information on PAWS....perhaps you are unaware

http://www.tlctx.com/ar_pages/paw_part1.htm

I think the fact he is taking 2 drugs
pain med + Xanax
also have a part in this situation.

As you can see...there is no definate time line.
By day 4 my physical symptoms were finished.
I was not using any drug..my health was good.

Blessings
__________________
Each Day Sober Is A Victory!!
Joy In AA Recovery!

CarolD is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2007, 03:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
Member
 
BackToSquareOne's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bethlehem, PA.
Posts: 1,556
The anxiety can last quite a while and my sleep patterns took at least 2 months to return to somewhat normal. The shaking and sweating subsided within a week.
BackToSquareOne is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to BackToSquareOne For This Useful Post:
tanja (11-09-2011)
Old 11-24-2007, 03:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
Member
 
BackToSquareOne's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bethlehem, PA.
Posts: 1,556
The benzos, valium, librium etc. can actually be very beneficial in getting through the early stages of withdrawal. I have done it cold turkey and with meds and know from experience that cold turkey can be very dangerous.
BackToSquareOne is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2007, 03:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
Forward we go...side by side
 
CarolD's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Serene In Dixie
Posts: 37,599
BackToSquareOne....Welcome to SR!
__________________
Each Day Sober Is A Victory!!
Joy In AA Recovery!

CarolD is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2007, 08:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 60
Thanks so much all of you!
I am positive he is not abusing his pain medications - he's taking them as directed and the dosage has not changed since before he quit drinking. And also he is not abusing the xanax - he only takes one when he absolutely needs one.
It must be the alcohol withdrawals still.
I read somewhere on this board (I'm not sure where now!) that the alcohol gets into the spine and the body can hold onto it for up to a YEAR after quitting drinking? If withdrawal symptoms last that long - YIKES.
From what all of you have said it doesn't. That is a big relief.
Thanks again!
aGrandma is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2008, 07:46 AM   #11 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 12
I quit alcohol 15 days ago(cold turkey) when i finished college and got my diploma after 4 years of heavy drinking. The day i got my diploma i drank from morning till late in the evening. The first days i was feeling very anxious and depressed. Today im feeling less anxious and less depressed, but i think i'm freaking out. I read that anxiousness can come when someone ends college, but from alcohol too. So i don't know what of the two is getting me crazy(i think i'll go mad lol). Any one got the same problem? How much do the withdrawal symptoms last after 4 years of drinking?
Thank you very much from what you told here, got a lot of relief
hunter is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2008, 08:16 AM   #12 (permalink)
Member
 
NewDayNow's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 632
Blog Entries: 1
Hi Grandma

I didn’t have the cold sweats, but I did have serious dry drunk symptoms. I am still getting symptoms but they are less intense and farther between.

Be sure and read the information on PAWS that Carol gave you above. Read all of it. The parts two and three will give you some very important information on what you can do about it (PAW). That info has been a life saver for me. I would not have made it these 26 days without it.
Ed
__________________
9-14-08 The rest of my day starts right now
NewDayNow is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2008, 08:29 AM   #13 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Portsmouth,VA
Posts: 88
I had the sweats, depression and the anxiousness for a few weeks and then they just stopped. They go in time, sometimes it just takes some of us a little longer. Good luck. Might want to go to a doctor and get blood work done just to be sure.

Shawn
maloneshawn32 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2008, 08:35 AM   #14 (permalink)
Member
 
Clutch B's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 360
Quote:
Originally Posted by hunter View Post
I read that anxiousness can come when someone ends college, but from alcohol too. So i don't know what of the two is getting me crazy(i think i'll go mad lol).
Graduating itself is stressful. But if you're an alcoholic, then suddenly stopping alcohol could make you more stressed out.

It could be a combination of both -- but only you can know whether you're an alcoholic.
Clutch B is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2008, 07:22 PM   #15 (permalink)
Member
 
soidog's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Plains
Posts: 149
I was an everyday drinker for a long time and would also "binge" on the weekends (drink a lot more than I would on the weekdays). The last time I had withdrawal symptoms they lasted less than a few days (the sweating, tremors, upset stomach, etc.), but the constant insomnia went on for WEEKS and I remain somewhat of an occasional insomniac. Having said that, being tired during the day is far better than being tired and hung over.
soidog is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to soidog For This Useful Post:
InsertNameHere (02-28-2012), MNGirlyGirl (12-29-2011)
Old 10-09-2008, 11:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
Forward we go...side by side
 
CarolD's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Serene In Dixie
Posts: 37,599
Hunter....
Welcome to our SR Alcoholism Forum

Well done on your graduation and your decision
to find a healthy sober future.
Sobriety Rocks!

You could check with your doctor ...and be honest about your
past drinking patterns ...to get a professional opinion.

Good to see a new member...please post again.
__________________
Each Day Sober Is A Victory!!
Joy In AA Recovery!

CarolD is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2008, 11:13 PM   #17 (permalink)
Forward we go...side by side
 
CarolD's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Serene In Dixie
Posts: 37,599
soidog ...good to see you again...

Please see if this link is useful to you

Insomnia? 41 Simple Tips to Help You Get to Sleep - Insomnia treatment, cures

Keep in foxus...
__________________
Each Day Sober Is A Victory!!
Joy In AA Recovery!

CarolD is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2008, 06:50 AM   #18 (permalink)
Follow Directions!
 
Tazman53's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Fredericksburg, Va.
Posts: 9,731
Welcome to SR, I would suggest he see a doctor and be totally honest with the docotor about his drinking, and also whether or not he is taking his Xanax and other prescriptions as directed.

Xanax is called alcohol in a pill form by some folks.

It is VERY important that all of his doctors be aware that he is a recovering alcoholic, because as mentioned many meds can really mess with an alcoholic, especially if they are not being taken as prescribed.

BTW when it comes to withdrawals every one is different, another reason to see a doctor, this may or may not be withdrawals.
__________________
All BB quotes are from the First Edition of the BB

Follow directions!

Sobriety date 18 Sept. 2006

Sober today thanks to AA
Tazman53 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2009, 06:52 PM   #19 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 2
Itching skin part of withdrawal?

I can take the insomina and the nightmares, the sweats and the anxiety (now on day 6 of recovery) but the itchy, almost burning skin is driving me nuts.

I have been drinking really heavily for the past 4 months : 13 standard shots of gin almost every day - sometimes almost 20! Things just escalated and got out of hand. I've always been a drinker but not at that level. I was also smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, and usually finishing the night off with a couple of Tylenol with Codeine. I realize that I am lucky to still be alive.

Is this hypersensitive skin thing normal?

I have had bloodwork done, and by some miracle nothing is out of range. So this sudden itchiness I am presuming is part of the detox.

Does anyone else know of this experience? And how long do you think this could last! Would really appreciate your input!
Trying2009 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2009, 07:30 PM   #20 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Posts: 565
The itchy burning skin was something I had too. I think it was a byproduct of dehydration. Once I put enough water and gatorade down me, I felt fine.
Texasblind is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing this Thread: 3 (0 members and 3 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:52 AM.


 
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers
 
Drug Rehab | Best Treatment Center | Detox Center | Residential Treatment Center
Cocaine/Crack Treatment | Alcohol Rehab | Heroin/Oxycontin Treatment Center | Crystal Meth Treatment | Marijuana Treatment | Methadone Treatment | Suboxone Treatment
 
Local Treatment Resources and Events
 
Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | DC | Delaware
Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine
Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire
New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island
South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennesee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

© 2013 Internet Brands. | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Health Disclaimer
A proud member of the SoberRecovery® Network of Addiction and Recovery Websites