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PAWS.


  
How to Survive Post-Acute Withdrawal.



Be patient. Two years can feel like a long time if you're in a rush to get through it. You can't hurry recovery. But you can do it one day at a time.
If you try to rush your recovery, or resent post-acute withdrawal, or try to bulldoze your way through, you'll become exhausted. And when you're exhausted you'll think of using to escape.
Post-acute withdrawal symptoms are a sign that your brain is recovering. They are the result of your brain chemistry gradually going back to normal. Therefore don't resent them. But remember, even after one year, you are still only half way there.
Go with the flow. Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable. But the more you resent them the worse they'll seem. You'll have lots of good days over the next two years. Enjoy them. You'll also have lots of bad days. On those days, don't try to do too much. Take care of yourself, focus on your recovery, and you'll get through this.
Practice self-care. Give yourself lots of little breaks over the next two years. Tell yourself "what I am doing is enough." Be good to yourself. That is what most addicts can't do, and that's what you must learn in recovery. Recovery is the opposite of addiction.
Sometimes you'll have little energy or enthusiasm for anything. Understand this and don't over book your life. Give yourself permission to focus on your recovery.
Post-acute withdrawal can be a trigger for relapse. You'll go for weeks without any withdrawal symptoms, and then one day you'll wake up and your withdrawal will hit you like a ton of bricks. You'll have slept badly. You'll be in a bad mood. Your energy will be low. And if you're not prepared for it, if you think that post-acute withdrawal only lasts for a few months, or if you think that you'll be different and it won't be as bad for you, then you'll get caught off guard. If you know what to expect you can do this.
Remember, every relapse, no matter how small undoes the gains your brain has made during recovery. Without abstinence everything will fall apart. With abstinence everything is possible.
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I have to remember it took more than a month to develop this addiction, it will take more than a month to recover from it....it's hard to be patient some times.
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429155 tn?1205673264
Hi Flutter, yes it's hard alright, but boy one month clean, I am so glad for you, please stick at it, we all will help and encourage as much as needed and more, these guys and gals on here are truly amazing, no names mentioned, but they helped me more than I can say, 3 gals in particular, and they know who they are, took time and trouble to answer my posts, even emailed to help, for that millions of thanks.

So keep the old mind clear bud, let the sunshine in, and think of yourself sometmes, you gotta be strong to be there for your others. it will turn out just grand, trust me, and keep reading the success stories on this forum, makes my heart feel real good when aomeone posts having kicked the ****.

David.
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TWO YEARS? OMG...wow I had no idea that I'd have to spend as much time healing my brain as I did effing it up. I swear I have some things during the past year that people talk to me about (I was THERE) and I seriously do not remember, or at least not details. I stayed so pilled up after my injury (I had a good "excuse", I couldnt walk) that I really think I have fried some parts of my brain past repair. I guess 2 years to heal is better than never healing though. Thanks to you all, I DID stop, and am not sitting here wondering how to get the next bottle of pills. THAT I do NOT miss at all.
Bleh, what a ramble......
Peace~
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441267 tn?1211687001
what a wonderful post- its just what i needed right now. Thank you so much. : )
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441267 tn?1211687001
i also believe that the amino acids should be taken for a looooooooooong time...
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That was an excellent post. I agree whole heartedly. Thanks for taking the time to put your thoughts into text.
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401095 tn?1351391770
Enjoyed and need that post..thanx
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352798 tn?1399298154
I just read this. I too enjoyed these words of wisdom. I always tell people to be patient. That it takes time to rebuild your body. The main thing about PAWS is being armed with the truth of what can come along as bumps in the road to recovery. It is a new way of life. Stick to the clean path and it will repay you with a good life.
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306455 tn?1288862071
Good post. LOL  But how would I know the difference in normal life cycles to PAWS?   I remember before I ever did drugs haveing days like you just described. Wakeing up and feeling no energy or motivation, bad moods and haveing nights where I couldn't sleep.  I guess I had PAPAWS  Pre addiction PAWS. So Paws won't be anything really new for me. But thanks for the info.
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306867 tn?1299249709
Magi,  You had MENA PAWS. LOL
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306455 tn?1288862071
LOL yeah, meno- paws and before that pms-paws
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396099 tn?1216254986
You may want to consider the possibility that you were taking the drugs to "cope" or "mask" the problems you were having.  I'm starting to suspect that my anxiety existed (at least partially) in pre-addiction and that now that I'm clean that I have to deal with it as it's own issue.  

I'm not saying that it is this way for everyone but it's something to be considered.

2 cents..
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306455 tn?1288862071
Well, this is my question;  Don't normal everyday people, who have never been addicted to drugs or drinking have bad days?  Doesn't everyone sometimes have a hard time sleeping, ya know, once in a while?  Doesn't everyone get in a bad mood sometimes? Feel tired every now and then? Or do normal people go thru life sleeping 8 hours every single night of their life? Never, ever in a bad mood? Never tired?
Don't get me wrong here, I am in no way doubting PAWS. I know its real. I'm just wondering if I would know the difference between PAWS and normal life stuff.
I got addicted to pills because of pain, then liked the fountain of youth effect they had.
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I was diagnosed with panic attacks 11 years ago.  I had my first panic attack 31 years ago and then they became more frequent to the point I couldn't work, so I have to go to the doc just knowing they would lock me up in the mental ward.  But the doc just smiled and diagnosed me, what a relief.  I think that was why I was an alocholic.  I quit drinking 2 years before I went to doc.  It was a great relief to put a name to it.  I think I was self medicating with alcohol.  NOW I have a neck injury and take vics and am going to QUIT.   All that to say you probably have panic attacks and just tell the doc there are non addictive meds that control that.
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352798 tn?1399298154
I say yes to normal people having bad days. PAWS is just that..Acute. How do you tell the difference? How would I know? LOL I didn't write the book.
   Seriously, magi (& all) have you read the PAWS in the Health Pages? When I hit 60 days I got hit with depression like a brick. Yes I have had depression but this was different. Almost suicidal and I totally lost all hope and motivation. That's when I reread PAWS.
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306455 tn?1288862071
Why do you think I have panic attacks?  LOL I am so far from the panic attack type person.
So, what your trying to tell me is that normal people NEVER EVER have a sleepless night?
Normal people NEVER EVER are in a bad mood or tired?
Before pills I would have a sleepless night maybe 6 times a year. Is that excessive?
Bad mood... not to often, but it would happen.
I've had 1 real panic attack before pills, prior to a surgery.  Is that excessive? Do I need to go on pills for that?
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I'm sorry - I'm new to this forum and I read duckandcover thinking it was you.  I didn't mean to offend you.
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352798 tn?1399298154
Oh no, that's why I said acute. It is when things are way bad. LOL
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306455 tn?1288862071
Ok, Thank you Goingtomakeit, thats all I wanted to know.  WOW, thought I was going nuts there for a minute.
I will reread PAWS stuff. I know after I went cold turkey in Oct. and stayed clean for 2 months, I did go into a bad depression. Thats why I relapsed. THAT was PAWS.
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"I guess I had PAPAWS"   Oh my gosh, I don't remember the last time  anything made me laugh as hard as I did when I read that!! ROFL   If you guys can hold on to your sense of humor while you are getting clean, you can do this!!  I love and pray for every last one of you!!

mawmaw (no kin to Papaw...LOL)
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352798 tn?1399298154
mawmaw and papaws I am LMAO. I had to show my wife this.

I think I am going through MEN oh Pause!
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401095 tn?1351391770
I often too have wondered about whether I may be blaming too much on the pills...I do think I am more tired tho than I was before I started using...was tired alot then too tho...one reason I used...was depressed at times too...another reason I used cuz it made it go away...like quick!..I do see the physical reasons tho that would account for having more of the depression and fatigue after relying on the pills for these things...the body is a fine turned machine...when it is getting endorphins from an outside source, it will eventually produce less and then you put yourself into endorphin shock when u quit the outside endorphins/the pills...makes sense the brain needs time for repair....I do know that some of it is getting used to feelings and feeling the stuff others have to feel every day...things I decided I did not want to feel anymore/like depression/fatigue..so maybe it is a mixture?   Right now I cycle...bad day yesterday and a good day today...I then try to figure out anything i did differently on the good day so I can keep doing it!...
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352798 tn?1399298154
When you figure it out, let us all know.
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401095 tn?1351391770
sure thing....lol
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