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Day 29. Normality restored - PAWS???

Well, I got up in a much better mood. Really proud of myself that I didn't crack and all cravings gone and no guilt! Result. Plus an unexpected 6 hours off work due to children or their parents being ill.


This corona virus thing is really getting hyped up, with loads of people panic buying and my facebook feed being taken up with panic buyers and non panic buying hating people! Whats funny is shops running out of toilet roll! In a crisis situation thats the last thing I wold think about!!


Anyway I was a good girl and spent my 6 hours off very wisely. I actually went for a run with the 4 dogs and I even cleaned the house, from top to bottom... go me. Generally then just run of the mill stuff watched a movie with the kids etc etc. Day kind of ended on a bit of a downer as Michael didn't get chosen to play for the match the following day and we don't know why. Feel a bit gutted for him. He tries so hard at Newport. Ended up emailing the manager bloke person but now am worried he is going to think that I am some crazy overprotective mother and perhaps I am pissing him off, which I am and hopefully not ... pissing him off that is. No cravings tonight either maybe I had PAWS. Read about PAWS in some of my quit lit. PAWS is apparentl, Post Acute Withdrawal Symptom - refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals who are addicted to alcohol or certain drugs after a prolonged period of withdrawal. Now the question is ,,, is 28 days considered a prolonged period? Oh and was I really that addicted? I mean I often think of people addicted being the drunks you see sat in shop doorways etc etc and I certainly wasn't one of them. In fact, I very rarely got completely drunk, just tipsy and most of the time I wouldn't even get tipsy it was just those two glasses that I needed. Needed or wanted? Not sure now. Anyway back to PAWS. The term was created to describe the cluster of ongoing withdrawal symptoms, which are largely psychological and mood-related, that can continue after acute withdrawal symptoms have gone away. Although post-acute withdrawal rarely involves aches and pains, nausea, cramping, headaches, or other physical symptoms, it can be just as intense as acute withdrawal and still puts a person at risk of relapse, as they may return to drug use in an attempt to stop the discomfort. So this is what my internet research found out.....



PAWS refers to any symptoms that persist after acute withdrawal has resolved. It can feel like a “rollercoaster” of symptoms, which come and go unexpectedly. Each episode of PAWS can last for a few days, and these can continue cyclically for a year. These symptoms can occur with any intoxicating substance, although post-acute withdrawal syndrome most often occurs among people discontinuing the following drugs:

  1. Alcohol: Though people have struggled to end alcohol addiction for much longer, the symptoms of PAWS were first defined for alcohol use disorder in the 1990s. Suddenly stopping alcohol consumption is dangerous, since it can cause delirium tremens (including seizures and psychosis) and can also increase the likelihood of PAWS (e.g., long-term cravings, exhaustion, and feeling ill).


As acute withdrawal symptoms fade, PAWS may be an issue for people in recovery. These symptoms, too, will vary in characteristic and degree based upon a number of factors. In general, however, many clients in recovery report experiencing some or many of the following post-acute withdrawal symptoms:

  1. The drug or drugs of choiceHow long, how frequently, and how much of these substances the person uses regularlyAcute emotional issues that arise during the first year or years of recoveryCo-occurring physical and/or mental health conditionsThe support provided by substance abuse treatment professionals Irritability and hostilityDepressionAnxietyMood swingsLow energy and fatigueSleep disruption, including insomniaLimited ability to focus or think clearlyLack of libidoInexplicable chronic painPHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES THAT EXACERBATE PAWS The following is a list of conditions that tend to inform and/or worsen the experience of post-acute withdrawal symptoms:Marijuana: A number of studies support the existence of acute as well as post-acute withdrawal symptoms during marijuana detox. One study suggests that sleep disruption including intense dreams may persist up to 45 days or longer.Cocaine: Impulse control continued to be a struggle for study participants after four weeks of sobriety, according to a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.Methamphetamine: Long-term issues with executive control function were shown to be a persistent issue for people in recovery from methamphetamine abuse, according to a study published in the journal Addiction.Opiates: There are a number of post-acute withdrawal symptoms that have been reported in the weeks and months following opiate detox, including sleep disruption, anxiety, and depression, as well as decreased executive control functions.Benzodiazepines: People in recovery from benzodiazepine abuse and addiction often struggle with reemergence of the symptoms that originally created the need for the prescription in addition to post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Any new symptoms that occur during the post-acute detox period are generally identified as post-acute withdrawal, even if they occur after a long period of being asymptomatic. For example, extreme anxiety, panic, and symptoms that often look like other mental health disorders may wax and wane during the months following detox but gradually dissipate as long as abstinence is maintained. In addition to the post-acute withdrawal symptoms listed above, those in recovery from specific drugs may also, or instead, experience various issues, as outlined below:

oh joys ................. anyway the website goes on to explain about PAWS in more detail and the link to it for your information is here : https://americanaddictioncenters.org/withdrawal-timelines-treatments/post-acute-withdrawal-syndrome



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