Part of the reason quitting drinking can be difficult is the physiological withdrawal symptoms that make us feel absolutely miserable, because our body and brain are addicted to The Booze Bitch and her toxins. Our body and brain become addicted to the ingestion of alcohol as we become regular drinkers, awaiting the deluge expectantly, ready to garner all possible defenses to battle the enemy and restore balance as soon as possible. All our organs work overtime to rid our bodies of the toxins we ingest. When we quit putting poison into our bodies, we slowly begin to detox. The cleansing of toxins in withdrawal causes a variety of symptoms, none pleasant.
I felt pretty miserable for the first 40 days after I stopped drinking. I increased my intake of greens, drank a boatload of water with lemon, forced myself to exercise even when it was the last thing I felt like doing. I slept more than usual during the day – it was quarantine so that was easy to do. I was gentle with myself, didn’t beat myself up for not feeling like doing anything. I indulged in my sugar cravings more than normal. I upped my vitamins and minerals. Everything I did to help support my detox was beneficial. So many people suffer much more than necessary because they are not aware of all the ways they can assist their body in returning to health.
There are many great supplements that can aid our withdrawal symptoms and help us feel better faster. It is totally OK to take medications or supplements that can help get us past the worst of the withdrawal discomfort. I kept going on my sober journey even through the “feeling rotten” stages because I knew beyond any doubt, returning to drinking would only ruin all my efforts and make it exponentially harder to stop in the future. I was dying to feel good again, desperate to regain some vitality. Once I started feeling better, really great (around Day 41), it was like my body had fully rejuvenated. I still take some of these supplements and vitamins, but my body is so happy and healthy now with my clean diet sans booze, I don’t need much. I recommend doing lots of reading and research before you quit. Read everything related to withdrawal. Gather a support system for accountability and comfort when you feel weak or low. If you are a heavy drinker wanting to quit booze, PLEASE seek medical assistance. Quitting cold turkey if you have been imbibing at very high levels (more than a bottle a day) can be life threatening, not worth risking.
I am dedicating this post to sharing the amazing business called “Fit-Recovery”. Chris Scott is a Pioneer and I am grateful to him for the excellent work he has done in the field of recovery, especially for the essential aspect of what our body (and brain) needs to regain total health. Here is his website, full of wonderful resources: https://fit-recovery.com/alcohol-withdrawal-vitamins-supplements-detox-recovery/
May you feel like a million bucks. I sure do, and better all the time! Slay the Booze Bitch. Sobriety is Sexy!