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Post-detox fatigue

Discussion in 'Withdrawal Symptoms' started by Dammitjanet, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. Dammitjanet

    Dammitjanet Member

    I am 4 days sober. The first 2 days I couldn't sleep at all, but now I can't seem to get enough sleep. The only thing I have been doing is going to my AA meetings and my kids think I am being lazy. Has anyone else experienced this?
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Dammitjanet hi there! thanks for reaching out... great that you are 4 days sober..! that's fantastic!! many years ago i went to AA...and gave up drinking... but GAINED my life... i was 19, so i don't remember being tired, but i imagine your body is detoxing... your liver is getting toxins out... and your body is adjusting to life without alcohol. it's ok to be tired huh... listen to your body and rest. go to AA... do what you must to take care of you and your kids, and REST.

    many times people over-do life. constant busyness. i once heard beware the barrenness of a busy life. haha.

    i know for me, at times i struggle with depression. makes me tired and lethargic. or lazy... i don't fight against it so much anymore. i sit with it. i do what i know to do (self-care, reach out when i need)... but i also let me mind and body rest. i pray. meditate. listen to inspirational things... it helps and the depression passes... a week.. maybe two, and then i'm back to my happy self.

    hope this helps...and again, congrats on your sobriety. i'm very proud of you.

    here if you need.

    p.s. kids say the darndest things ;)
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  3. Dammitjanet

    Dammitjanet Member

    Thank you
  4. Dammitjanet

    Dammitjanet Member

    Thanks so much for your input! I have been going to meetings everyday and plan on doing 90 in 90. They have been very helpful!
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  5. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Dammitjanet that's wonderful!! so glad to hear that! :)

    have a great weekend!
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  6. cathy

    cathy Member

    I've always chosen prescriptions instead of alcohol, so I haven't really beeen in your shoes. I have gone through the same fatigue chronically after stopping whatever. I hope that, in your case, this phase passes soon. It's true, your brain has to replenish neurochemicals, etc., your whole system is working hard. If this lasts months, though, (I doubt that it will), read up about a syndrome called PAWS, post-acute withdrawal syndrome. It explains excessively long struggles. So far I haven't encountered a doctor who will recognize or look into it. Maybe only those in Addiction know of it. Anyway, I believe you will succeed in this. Good for you. Kids -- I know, I have a very demanding one. They don't understand or just don't like it. I wish you all the best. I believe in you. One key to help you: watch out for triggers: stress, losses, worries, etc. Try to find a comforting support system, because you know, stuff will come along -- that's life! Stay strong ! I'll be thinking of you. You're never alone.
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  7. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    You are not alone either, @cathy. We are here to help, support, and listen. Even if you just need to vent, we are here. Glad to have you as a part of the community!
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  8. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    Yes I have been there,look at it this way you're recovering so let them think you are being lazy....In the end it will not just benefit you but them as well
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