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Withdrawal
By DH
12/21/2011 9:28:27 PM
I am at that point in early sobriety that we all know so well: withdrawal.

Wikipedia discusses "withdrawal" in these terms:

"[T]he group of symptoms that occurs upon the abrupt discontinuation/separation or a decrease in dosage of the intake of [addictive substances]. In order to experience the symptoms of withdrawal, one must have first developed a physical/mental dependence (often referred to as chemical dependency). . . There are different stages of withdrawal as well. Generally, a person will start to feel worse and worse, hit a plateau, and then the symptoms begin to dissipate. . . withdrawal symptoms can appear within a few hours to several days after discontinuation and may also occur in the form of cravings."

Interestingly, later in the entry, it says

"[P]eople can prepare to withdraw by developing a rational set of beliefs about what they are likely to experience."

It also talks about "rebound" -- that is, whatever condition(s) an addict is medicating (stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, etc) will feel especially acute during withdrawal.

It is good for me to recognize the cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal for what they are. They are the heralds of progress -- they mean that my body has realized that my Spirit is taking control. These cravings shouldn't discourage me, they should encourage me.

I know that sounds pretty idyllic. I don't enjoy finding it hard to concentrate all day at work and having to pull myself out of sexual thoughts every 5 minutes.
Every step of the way, my mind is saying "please, give me the drug. Make it go away. Please."

My withdrawal has just started -- it says it will likely get worse before it gets better. Knowing that helps me prepare.

I can do this. Christ's love is powerful enough to sustain me through this hard time.

Comments:

Thank you    
"I love your awareness and faith. I look up to you so much. Even by saying that I know it is hard, really really hard. I know the lord is there. At times when I'm having days like what you referred to; sexual thoughts every 5 minutes or whatever it maybe....I ask the lord for 10 seconds, just 10 seconds to help me (of course this is after I have done all I think I can). During this ten seconds my eyes are usually closed, taking deep breathes. Then I try to carry on. May seem silly, but ten seconds makes an amazing difference, and some days I am asking for 10 seconds again and again. I know the lord is there. I know that He will give me help, I know that He will always be there, even If I only notice it for 10 seconds.
Thank you for sharing in your time of struggle it helped me a lot. Good luck. Let me/us know how things are going"
posted at 22:15:18 on December 21, 2011 by Getthrough
Tell your body "Thanks but no Thanks."    
"Medicate with something else. Keep filling your mind with good, uplifting media. If you feel yourself getting pulled down a slippery slope, don't give in to the lie that It's too late to turn back. It's NEVER too late.

In so, so many ways, I look up to you, too, and I will no matter what. You and the Lord are stronger than your body. You have a valiant spirit & you can do this, Bro."
posted at 01:47:29 on December 22, 2011 by beclean
We Can do this.    
"Thank you so much for sharing. I too am struggling with addiction. I search and search the Internet for help and encouragement to get through each day without thinking about another "high". I send my love and prayers to each and every one to continue looking to our Heavenly Father to overcome their addiction, including myself. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen."
posted at 00:24:57 on December 24, 2011 by Anonymous


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