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 Post subject: Re: 3 good days...then boom, i am annoyed
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:41 pm 
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Thanks. Anything on naltrexone induced panic attacks or shakes? I took 50mg at a coffee shop about an hour ago and tried to walk home from where I was. I literally felt like I was on a roller coaster and like I was drunk. I came home and rushed to pour myself a drink. I'm still very shaky. I haven't been like that when I wasn't taking naltrexone.


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 Post subject: Re: 3 good days...then boom, i am annoyed
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:11 pm 
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Some have reported anxiety, though some have reported feeling much calmer on Naltrexone.

It may be that quick a drop in your drinking is a bit much for someone your size and you're getting some withdrawal. Are you working with a doctor?


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 Post subject: Re: 3 good days...then boom, i am annoyed
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:07 pm 
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Yes, it could be withdrawal, as I cut down quite a bit over one week, while titrating up. It is the weekend, so I am a bit out of luck with MD answers. I am still feeling like I got off a crazy roller coaster ride. Forcing myself to eat more and finish off a second glass of wine so I don't feel worse from withdrawal. Luckily, I've got someone around to watch me tonight. Scary!


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 Post subject: Re: 3 good days...then boom, i am annoyed
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:57 pm 
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I got a side effect that felt like I was on the deck of a ship, that kind of persisted off and on throughout. Don't really know if it was the Naltrexone per se. It was going so well otherwise that I just stuck with it. Hopefully, you were just cutting back too hard. Keep us up on how you're doing, I hope you're feeling better tomorrow!


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 Post subject: Re: 3 good days...then boom, i am annoyed
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:43 pm 
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Hi again! I'm fine with 50mg but still disappointed with the 3-4 glasses a day thing. Granted, I am in a very stressful situation right now, with someone who is a bit rigid (and with very different political-social views) crashing with me a in a small studio apartment for a few months. Unfortunately, I can't say no. What I did notice is less urgency to start earlier in the day.


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 Post subject: Re: 3 good days...then boom, i am annoyed
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:37 pm 
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That will continue on for some time and very possibly climb. The initial drop is due to the First Drink Effect, so expect something of a rebound, then levels will drop more slowly from there. We're talking about changing actual gray matter here, neurons and synapses that got built up over years, but it will only take months to normalize. Patience and staying compliant are key here.

Search for "First-Drink Effect" (with the hyphen) here:

https://www.the-sinclair-method.com/the ... -drinking/

You can also search on this board or on http://optionssavelives.freeforums.net/ for "Honeymoon" for some more material on people's experiences.

Most people take 6-12 months to reach their goals with TSM, it was about 6 months for me.

3-4 month cures do happen, there's a graph of a 4 month cure with pre-TSM levels on this page:

http://www.cthreefoundation.org/options ... self-sober

It will at least give you an idea of the up and down nature of TSM. As I mentioned before, the upswings are a good time to qualify your yen for the next drink. As TSM is going to be working in the background, you may unexpectedly notice that you have an easier time letting go of some of the drinks later in the evening. This is also a good time to ensure you keep a NA drink close to you and the alcoholic drink far away, even in the next room. So don't forget to push back and see if you can gain some ground like that. It may not happen right away, but it will happen.

Sorry about the unexpected house guest, but you can kind of see that TSM is beginning to remove the "have a drink" remedy to that situation from your brain.


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