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Alcohol during opiate withdrawal

Does anyone have a take on drinking alcohol during opiate withdrawal?

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Yes and I would extrememly stay as far away from alcohol as I can as I don't have a few months to go on a binge. Each person is probably different so watch for responses and choose. Mike
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When i first came off 'H' i thought drink would help make me feel better and calm the withdrawels...............i was totally wrong. It made me 100x worse. I would personally say "stay away fom alcohol". Not good feeling. I was sick more when i drank than i was when doing c/t. Not good feeling, honestly!
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I drink and have learned to be careful with it...I would have a glass of wine at night during detox but i am not recommending it...excess is always a possibility for some and a trigger for many...i can not drink much as i have never had a tolerence to alcohol and it makes me feel awful the next day...just a few and i feel bad..I used to envy those who do not get hangovers but in a way i am glad as it keeps me from overdoing it...many can relapse into another addiction so it is something to do with caution...alcohol occupies receptors that we are trying to heal as well...nicotine does even more and i never knew that....minimal use for sure
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oh...i weighed it out...considering i did not have a drinking problem..i felt it would be better for anxiety than the valium that i had at home...i was scared of the benzos after reading on here..i took pieces of valium in the day and had a glass of wine at night...it helped me sleep too...again....bucket of worms there
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some can deal with alcohol some not I am one who cannot I was a drunk dopesick person when resorting to drinking away wds it don't work for me. Worried I would get hangovers but learned to get rid of them and the shakes you had to sleep with a bottle of vodka under the mattress so you can start again as soon as you come to. LOl true sad but true....
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oh man...not the V word..i too can not drink all though i been  recently..i did try when i was first in w/ds but for me i found it made things worse..I started drinking again since my daughter has been gone and actually now i have to make a real effort to not drink..vodka is/was my doc too..i hear ya mike..
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I like what NA has to say on the topic: "Thinking of alcohol as different from other drugs has caused a great many addicts to relapse. Before we came to NA, many of us viewed alcohol separately, but we cannot afford to be confused about this. Alcohol is a drug. We are people with the disease of addiction who must abstain from all drugs in order to recover."

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Avatar_m_tn
I hear you catuf I need to go to NA soon.
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Avatar_m_tn
I agree with "worried". A glass of wine at nite sometimes helped.

Now if you are a big drinker who always drinks till they are drunk , then of course this could be another problem. You know if you are a problem drinker.

I just rather the wine over a pill any day.
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I don't drink , thats not saying I wont ever have a drink .For now I feel its best for me that I dont .
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I gave the stuff up 15yrs ago, i wouldnt swap one for another its easy to start drinking all the time again.
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Well I did drink through withdrawals (and still do socially) but not until after the first 2 weeks or so.  It helped with sleep bu I was very careful not to drink more than 1 beer or one glass of wine.

I can not imagine the agony of a serious hangover during the first couple of weeks of CT.  I have to be honest though.  I'm considering the possibility that it may be actually adding to my anxiety.  Like has been said, it goes to the same receptors.  I think this may delay full recovery and stretch out PAWS.  Even if you don't have a problem with it.  That really didn't occure to me till just now while writing it but hmmmm... I may be on to something here.
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I'm holding back for a while. I had a few beers on day 6 and spurred cravings with anxiety the next day.  
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Avatar_m_tn
I found that drinking alcohol would initially calm the anxiety associated with opiate withdrawal but it was only short lived.  If I bought a six-pack, by the third beer the opiate pain would be there and I would have this uncomfortable drunk feeling on top of it.  Nothing is worse than having diarrhea while being drunk.

So I would say I would rather stay awake and NOT drunk to deal with the opiate withdrawal than try to mask it with alcohol (which doesn't work in my opinion).  Of course, if you drink enough to pass out, then you have to deal with a hangover AND opiate withdrawal the next day... not a pretty combo.
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I am the toughest mother who ever went through withdrawals.  a few days of being anxious and a good bottle of whtie zifindale..   I love you guys and hang the **** in there. those smiles at little kids. the enjoyment of clean air and love for the simple things will come back stronger than ever.  Just look at kids and think one day u will be like them again only caring about the simple non imiportant things.  TURN UP TOPELO HONEY BY VAN MORRISON AND THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LOVE THE MOST.  KEEP IT UP **** THE DRUGS AND BE THE PERSON THE EARTH, GOD, YOUR FAMILY, AND DESTINY INTENDED YOU TO BE.  EMAIL ME AND WE WILL TALK ANYTIME.
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Bad idea!!! I never have had a problem with alcohol but I won't drink nemore!!! Bc it's a gateway drug. U drink u r more likley to want ur drug!!! Itll just make it that much harder foe u.... I'll tell u from my experience I had a coulple drinks awhile ago and the first thing that came to my mind was pills and that's after not thi king bout them for so long..
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I'm trying to come off of H right now and I'm finding, to my relief, that beer seems to be working for me.  I don't have a big H habit but it was getting bad enough that I'd have the hot flashes and cold sweats, plus fatigue, five or six hours after I last used.  I started nursing beers - not fast enough to get drunk, but steadily - a couple hours after my last bag was gone and, so far, so good.  No dilated pupils, no temp fluctuations, no nothin'...  

I'm also fortunate enough to not be a problem drinker, and I can see how this wouldn't be a good idea for everyone, but I'm grateful that it's working for me.  I wouldn't suggest it for anyone else.
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hi mom, i am a mom  too, sitting here going through withdrawl (withdrawal) cause i fell off the wagon (jerk) i read your message and it was just what i needed to hear. i amso lucky to have people in my lifi who love me.not only do they deserve better, damn it, I deserve better! this pill popping wacko is NOT who i was ment to be I know that. thank you for your words.I wrote them down and i am going to check out that van morrison song!
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im getting drunk during it. i've tried and failed twice at detoxing. but now i am accross the country with no connections, and i took my last pill this morning. i love my sleep, and i cant do this awake for 7 days days. so im drinking. ive already got the shakes, comin off oxys. good luck to everyone out there. i have read so many stories. i see a lot of people having car accidents and being treated with the drug. i took the drug off the street because someone i looked up too said it was ok, and it took away my MVA physical pain and emotional pain. so thats it. if you can move away, do it. and just work it out. i am not looking forward to the next few weeks. and funny enough, i have a perscription waiting for me in a week. but i cant afford it, and hopefully i will not feel that every waking moment desire to steal money and go and get it. good luck
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I'm not sure if I'm not understanding the question or other people are just being NA people or whatev.....if your withdrawaling from opiates and you have been awake all night feeling like crap drink....sometimes it makes me better and sometimes it makes me feel worse....but I understand what it feels like to be ill.....just keep track of how much you drink....drink something that isn't too sweet, and drink plenty of water in between....I think weed works better than booze, and buprenorphine of course is a miracle drug.....but yeah, when I'm sick and there's no other option of course I'm gonna drink....anything to feel better....oh, and masturbate a lot.....yea, a lot, lolz.  
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ID LIKE TO TALK WITH YOU, E-MAIL ***@****. i was on suboxon for one year, big mistake, had surgery, got 30 oxycone, feel shaky, week, achs, etc. not as bad yet, been taken tramadol and xanax, 2 days off oxy. was only taken 20mg a day for a week after suboxon. thinking of having some wine at night, use to drink, before oxy and during bout 4 beers a night. just wish i could just dring my 4 beers at night like i use to, but my first real addiction, i think was oxycontin, but did not take much of it. took it for energy then found out the hard way, had NO ENERYWITHOUT IT. JUST MEET THE WRONG PERSON, BUT NO IT IS MY OWN FAULT. JUST LOOKING TO LESSON THIS WEIRD FEELING IN MY ARMS, MOSTLY, SLEEPLESSNESS AND JUST CANT MOVE. ANY ADVISE FROM ANYON
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I have a question.....I have been taking oxy's and lortabs for about two years now daily:(  It's become a habit and I now worry if I'm ever going to be able to quit.  Recently I have noticed a "change" in my thinking.  Like I don't "feel" anymore....please tell me this is normal.  I'm visiting a doctor on Monday and quitting this terrible thing for good...
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i have a h prob now i have to go to probation what do i do will beer help me feel any better so that i can get back on track of my life
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Hi Ezell, and welcome. To answer your question, no, beer or alcohol will not help you feel better. Please stay away from that.

This is an old post. Please go to the top of the page and click the "Post a Question" button, and start your own thread. That way we will be better able to advise and support you. These old posts can tend to be overlooked. Please do that. I hope to hear more about you and your story! Take care.
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