...the cumulative hangover would literally kill me.
July 1, 2014 12:02 AM Subscribe
Basically, I've been drinking up to two thirds a bottle of liquor (or equivalent) a night for the past two years. Decided to stop, didn't sleep for five days save nodding off where I had terrific nightmares and just thrashed a lot before waking up again. Now I'm not sure what to do. Looking for advice/anecdotes. I'm in kind of a unique place. [Warning] gory details if you open the can.
posted by IfIShouldEverComeBack to Health & Fitness (39 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, so for various reasons I began drinking heavily ≈ two years ago. I am now ready to actually face the things which drove me to drink in the first place, so (after roughly tapering off) I stopped. On the whole, I felt really good. But I did not sleep. The first night was fine. A little restless leg feeling, I laid awake basically for the night. Got up at six AM and got some coffee and went about my day.
I was actually kind of excited by this fact thinking I might have time to read or do whatever, but by the second day I was useless. I couldn't focus on anything, my thoughts were scattered, and I was extremely physically uncomfortable. When I was able to finally "sleep" (usually between eight and eleven AM), I had the most ridiculous nightmares, mostly involving gore and warfare (not sure if this is relevant, but it might be, so for instance of watching a person cut his own cheeks off for no apparent reason) and unpleasant physical sensations.
So basically I was able to lay on my floor until I couldn't stay still anymore, then pace the house, then maybe go run an errand or something, but I REALLY didn't want to leave the house.
Basically, this went on for five days just getting worse and worse, so, as I had to work for two days, I went back to drinking. But I don't want to do it anymore. I have no desire to drink. I do not have an addictive personality, I quit smoking three years ago, and I'm confident to in my ability to not drink. It's not a big deal to me. But I need to function.
Oh, and as a bonus, I was in pain the entire five days from doing crossfit the day before, and the day I decided to quit, but without sleep I had no chance of recovering. And my appetite never came back, so I didn't eat much the entire time.
For various reasons I can't go to rehab or a detox facility. I thought of going to an urgent care clinic or drop in center, but I have 80 dollars to my name. No job, no insurance, I haven't seen a doctor in eight years, etc etc. It's not a bad thing. It is what it is.
So my questions:
Has anyone experienced this? Is what happened normal?
When I stop again how long will this last? My research tells me alcohol can affect sleep patterns for months. This can't possibly mean I wont get a full nights sleep for that long... right?
Is there anywhere I can go to give me something to sleep? Is medication the right path, or even an option?
There are many more details but I'm at a loss as to what is relevant and what is not. I'm also having a hard time sweeping everything together. What should I do?
yup... oh, 27 years old male, upstate ny.