This entry was going to be Part 2 of; “Is there such a thing as a geographical cure”, but it’s going to be a long one because I’m going to trace back the 2 years that led up to my “partial geographical cure”. I wrote about it briefly in the book and on some blog entries but this will be a more detailed account. I don’t have the time to do it today for a very happy reason. I’m going to be spending the day driving about 9 hours to and from
my youngest daughter’s college to help her move into her dorm. Her big sister will also be there to help and afterward the 3 of us along with my fiancé, Jill, will go out for a nice lunch. Personally, it’s a day to celebrate because even though I’ve been clean and sober for over 3 years, it has taken quite some time to rebuild healthy relationships with both of my daughters and we’ve come a LONG way. For that I am extremely grateful.
Anyway, today’s quick post is about what are essentially the 3 options that one has when they decide to put the bottle down in terms of detoxification and withdrawal (Dr.s assistance, cold-turkey, tapering down).
In my book, I mention that one should seek advice from their doctor when making this life altering decision because quitting drinking after years of heavy daily abuse can lead to all kinds of lovely withdrawal symptoms and in the worst of worst scenarios, can lead to convulsions and death depending on how much daily intake was involved, metabolism, etc… Now this is easy for me to say being that I never heeded that advice and am LUCKY with the amount that I drank, that my symptoms did not include the DT’s, seizures or any of those worst case outcomes. The first couple of attempts at sobriety came cold turkey and boy did I suffer the consequences. Sleeplessness, hot & cold spells, sweats, itchiness, anxiety, funky appetite, endless
pacing and unease, etc… Not pleasant in the least!
So I totally get that most people DON’T want to see their doctor for obvious reasons. So other than suffering from a sudden stoppage, what’ the alternative?
Tapering off is the best way and that’s what I did the last and final time I quit. I didn’t, however, do it very well or gradually enough. It’s kind of part of the “geographical cure” story so I’ll explain further in that post which I will do some time tomorrow. Stay tuned and enjoy, what in the Northeast anyway, promises to be a beautiful late summer