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A few people have posted about withdrawel symptoms and the effects that occur when going cold turkey. I don't think many know how bad it can be. I've said before that shaking the morning after is nothing compared to DTs (as bad as the shaking and other effects feel).
May I suggest that you google it on Wikipidia; it's too long to repeat here. I don't want to scare anyone but Alcohol is, apparently, the worst drug to withdraw from where DTs are concerned. Apart from all the other horrible affects, it can lead to seizure. My story is this:
My first experience led me to try to climb out of a fourth floor window to 'fight off' the men in white coats who were (in my hallucinations if you like) monsters dressed as doctors trying to get me.
My bedroom was full of monsters and absolutely horrible creatures climbing about all over me, the walls, ceiling - everywhere; I remember not knowing where I was, I wasn't aware of being in a bedroom most of the time. I was in some sort of h*ll. I don't remember everthing but it was the most terrible ordeal I've ever faced in my life.
I became obsessed with sticking a pair of scissors into my eyes although I didn't. I was a danger to myself and to others - especially my partner. I should have been sectioned really and de-doxted there.
I still, believe it or not, didn't think of myself as an alcoholic (crazy). I asked my partner to hide all the scissors (I even had a particular pair in mind) and any other sharp objects (not an easy task and a peculiar one to ask of someone who didn't drink at all).
I tried not to sleep for three nights but did black out a few times. The DTs became milder after about three days and nights.
A couple of years later and a couple of less scary experiences with DTs, I finally admitted to myself and doctor that I was an alcoholic (my girlfriend had had enough of me by then) so I was alone naturally.
The first steps to sobriety were a stumble indeed. I had a spell of sobriety and then rang the doc' to tell her I'd started drinking heavily again. She told me to carry on drinking but more moderately until I could get to the surgery.
We're all different; I was a very heavy drinker so it's hardly any wonder I had such bad DTs but please don't go cold turkey without medical guidance.
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