Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)


Postby helenadoc » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:08 pm

My advice is to not use benzos so much. I only took like once a month, something like that. I got that kind of anxiety too :) just add to the other feelings the feeling of suffocation :)) the nausea makes it even harder to breathe. It dissapeard a month ago. I still have anxiety but it doesn't feel like that anymore.

Well, there are people that have no problem with weed, yes they exist. My bf for example: stopped along with me for 6 7 months, and he was perfectly fine all the time. Like nothing happened. I was in hell vomiting, not sleeping, crying, loosing weight, looking like a corpse and he was exactly the opposite. He now smokes from time to time, once a month maybe because he likes it. But doesn't have a problem with it like i do. So yeah, there are different kinds of people :)

P.s: your english is fine :P it's not my native either, i'm from Romania
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Postby olskoolru » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:49 pm

helenadoc wrote:
olskoolru wrote:Hi Dhae,

If I had known, while in my 10th month, that i would be feeling the way I do now, it would have made it ten times easier. But I didn’t and that was the blessing. It may sound a bit strange, but the only way I was ever going to make it out without relapsing was to endure pain and agony beyond what I thought I could endure. If it was easy, I’d probably be brain dead and smoking right now.

Stay strong!


Hi OSR! I wanted to say that your posts are so inspirational and it gives me hope to carry on with this nightmare. Your words are like a balm to my soul :)

I am at 9 months and a half and i feel like sh**, like i'm stagnating in this state of mind, but when i read your posts and answers to peoples questions is like a breath of fresh air.

You are a true example of victory in this battle with addiction and i thank you for coming back every now and then and keep our spirit up.

All the best,

Hi Helena,

I am so happy that my posts have given you some inspiration. Yes, you are going though a very similar withdrawal and PAWS process that I did. It is very true that some people have no issues at all when quitting, and some of us get shot straight to hell on Earth. That is just the nature of addiction.

It is very important that you see progress and recognize it as such. Anxiety makes us dwell on the negative. Sometimes our progress is so gradual that it is impossible to see until you get a very bad episode that becomes a point of comparison. Your brain is doing two things right now: healing and trying to get you to smoke again. You have been so strong that you've come this far. I know exactly what you are going through and I know that you will come out of this a stronger, happier, and healthier person. I couldn't believe it at the stage you are in, but low and behold, I made it to where I am today.

Initially, I was completely OBSESSED with every little symptom I got. I was also obsessed with this forum. Even though it is a godsend and really the only place in the world that you can find people that are suffering through the same thing. You are blessed to have made it this far and to have found this community for support.

if you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me through a message. I will try to check back regularly.

Also, visit the Dopamine Dialogues site, w"Withdrawal" thread. tThere you'll find some of my earliest posts and the moderators AMAZING replies to me.

Stay strong and be good to yourself!

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Postby helenadoc » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:08 pm

Thank you, OSR. I will visit the site. Since i am a new member on this forum i cannot send you a message.
Being good to myself is the hardest thing to do. And yes, i am obssesed with getting better and with this forum. I visit it several times a day and i read all over again good experiences.

I send you my regards! :)
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