Patient Comments: Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - Experience

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Comment from: AmbitiousChad34, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I am a recovering alcoholic. I had bad alcoholism for years. One was too many and ten was not enough. After my second DUI (driving under influence) I wanted to finally stop the insanity. The hardest part for me to get over was the post-acute withdrawal syndrome – PAWS (Drunk Dreams). If a person wants to quit, I feel the best they can do is attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings and perhaps talk to a doctor about getting a plan to keep a good focus. Perhaps with a temporary medication to ease the mind cravings and mood for alcohol. Get a good plan, stick to your guns and you"ll be a stronger and better person before you know it. It is very satisfying not only to beat this, but to feel physically and mentally well for a change.

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Comment from: laura, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 30

My sister is an alcoholic. She ruins ever holiday I see her grown children in pain and looking at her with such disgust. Her grandchildren also make fun of her or cry at the ridiculous things she has to say or do. She also drinks at home alone and has had some major falls. Her appearance is horrible. She has aged overnight and lost so much weight. She has soiled herself at different times in public and she also talks about all the anxiety she feels, yet she won't admit to being an alcoholic.

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Comment from: Heartbroken, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 13

Our son abuses alcohol and drugs. We struggle daily to not let it destroy our lives, as his mom and I have had to make the decision not have contact with him. Living with the guilt of not being able to help your child is hard, as is the judgment I receive from others who can't understand how I can "walk away." Only people in our situation can understand that at some point you have to realize alcoholics will use you until you are used up, and then they find others to use. Tough love is called tough for a reason, and I pray he will find a way to give up the alcohol.

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Comment from: 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: July 06

My sister is an alcoholic. She drinks beer continuously. I don't think she has bathed in several years. Wears filthy clothing and smells so very bad. She eats one meal a day and the rest is alcohol. She has no friends and her own family doesn't want to be around her. She won't do anything to help herself, but she does expect others to do for her. She's a mess. She has drunk beer for as long as I can remember. I wish thing were different.

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Comment from: norma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I am too stubborn to admit that I needed to attend AA for my alcoholism. I have tried for over 20 years, and it was always a no go. I know I need treatment but I have a private insurance that will only treat detox. No more. So I thought I had to fight this on my own, and will attempt to enter a sober environment on Monday. I feel for those of us that are suffering and I wish us well. I am very close to God in my own way, but not the way AA is structured. So I sought other alternatives and found 'SMART' for recovery. No one judges you, and we take the neurological findings into account for our addiction. This is probably a better fit for me, since I have tried AA and it didn't work for me. I am glad that it has for so many others. Let's see if this program works for me. I have also heard and researched 'Prometa' treatments for alcoholism. A three-day in-hospital treatment with a cocktail of medications to break the cycle. I saw it on 20/20 and some people swear by it, but it has not been approved by the FDA yet. Figures, they have too much money to risk on healing alcoholic people, which is probably 3/4 of the authoritarian government. But I sure do hope it will be approved one day, and save many lives, such as the patch has done for smokers.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 04

My best friend of 16 years over the last year has shown how she has been an alcoholic for a long time and she is in self-destruct mode. She's had help and now she is refusing help and she's only been out of a home 5 days and already she has been found drunk and has fell over in the street and couldn't remember where she lived a taxi driver had to use her phone to contact one of us to tell us I feel so sad I can't help my friend who must be in so much pain. I cry a lot when I think of her life's a real.

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Comment from: ginanotes, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

Thank God I can say I'm a year sober! I almost died. They (doctors) said if my friends hadn't got me to the hospital when they did...I'd have died within the hour. I went to 3 stay in treatments, that didn't stop me. It took that 1 month in the hospital. I'm not looking back now. Don't even "test" if you can TRY drinking a bit less, you8 really don't have to have it to exist. I couldn't function w/o it. I saw no end...except waiting to die. I can only keep on what I do and don't stray from my "new" norm. & that's w/o alcohol. I have 3 great kids to live for, but I also have trouble writing, walking, cerosis, and neuropathy. All caused from drinking. What a crappy way to learn the hard way!

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