Sober since April 6, 2006


Sunday, July 23, 2006

Alcoholic PMS

It's been a strangely emotional past week -- seemingly for no reason at all. I've been irratible and restless even though I've had every reason to be happy. They say that Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) can make you very irratible, and you don't have to be a newcomer to experience it either.

After reading more about it [here], I've started calling it "Alcoholic PMS".

Often those 30, 60, 90, 120, 180, and 1 & 2-year sobriety dates seem to be "triggering" times for PAW symptoms to increase.

I think that alot of people relapse because they don't know how to handle these feelings. I haven't learned how to successfully handle them -- but I know how NOT to handle them. Picking up a drink will make everything worse.

Aside from the mental storm going on in my head, it's been a good week :)

Today, I'm grateful for ...

  • being 108 days sober
  • the very sweet people who read my blog
  • my loving family
  • my sweet boyfriend
  • my adorable puppy
  • my reliable little car, which I received the title for yesterday!
  • patient people
  • God, because He knows where I'm headed



Yup, I get the PMS thing every once and a while. Keep up the good work.
I see you,

dAAve said...

Doing the basics should be the biggest help in warding off those triggers. Most of all, keeping that spiritual connection, whatever it takes.

Shannon said...

I personally know about PAWS and it helps knowing hang in there, stay connected and this will pass hugs and happy monday

BigSkymAAck said...

Keep it simple silly KISS. You are doing great. sometimes we try to complicate what we are doing, I know I did. I just keep going to meetings don't drink between them and talk to my sponsor. I just love your post it takes me back.

Alcoholic Brain said...

Congrats on the 110. The storm in your head is your alcoholic. I know. I have that. Keep writing, much more will be revealed to you. Good job!!

tkdjunkie said...

It means alot to know that there are others who have "been here", and lived to tell the tale. Thanks for sharing, everybody!