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Well I have decided to take the full plunge and have checked myself into Detox.

 

Yesterday morning I felt awful, had the shakes so bad I couldn't even hold a half full glass of water without spilling it everywhere, legs were like jelly and I could hardly walk plus when I stood up I felt so dizzy I had to lean on walls and /or furniture to stop myself collapsing.

 

I decided professional help was required so got myself over to BNH on Soi Convent and saw the Alcohol addiction specialist, I had consultation with me for half an hour and I told him the truth that I have been drinking nearly everyday for approx 33 years and not just one or two beers, but more like 6-8 with Vodka chasers. After I had convinced him I wanted to stop he agreed to take me on as his patient.

 

Because of the severity and duration of my addiction he said it would require strong medication and he would only treat me if I agreed to be an in patient and was under constant supervision, so I now have 7-10 days in BNH. The private rooms here are more like hotel suite, own kitchen and bathroom, True Vision TV, normal spare bed so girlfriend is with me, internet access and food is like a hotel room service a la carte menu.

 

I need to beat drinking in order to start medication for Hepatitis B

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Well I have decided to take the full plunge and have checked myself into Detox.

 

Yesterday morning I felt awful, had the shakes so bad I couldn't even hold a half full glass of water without spilling it everywhere, legs were like jelly and I could hardly walk plus when I stood up I felt so dizzy I had to lean on walls and /or furniture to stop myself collapsing.

 

I decided professional help was required so got myself over to BNH on Soi Convent and saw the Alcohol addiction specialist, I had consultation with me for half an hour and I told him the truth that I have been drinking nearly everyday for approx 33 years and not just one or two beers, but more like 6-8 with Vodka chasers. After I had convinced him I wanted to stop he agreed to take me on as his patient.

 

Because of the severity and duration of my addiction he said it would require strong medication and he would only treat me if I agreed to be an in patient and was under constant supervision, so I now have 7-10 days in BNH. The private rooms here are more like hotel suite, own kitchen and bathroom, True Vision TV, normal spare bed so girlfriend is with me, internet access and food is like a hotel room service a la carte menu.

 

I need to beat drinking in order to start medication for Hepatitis B

 

 

Good luck! And I hope you will become clean. I guess this will be the first step of a longer journey.

 

I always wondered why you did have so strange experiences, why so strange stories happened to you in the past months. Being a drug addict explains a lot.

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I have a close friend who is an ex-alcoholic. He tells me he cannot even touch a pint of beer any more. The problem isn't that he drinks - or ever drank - all the time. Rather once he starts, he cannot stop until he is totally wasted. It seems alcohol effects people differently. Thank God, I've always been able to stop when I needed to. Some folks can't.

 

Good luck, Mekong. We're cheering for you. :)

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I have a close friend who is an ex-alcoholic. He tells me he cannot even touch a pint of beer any more. The problem isn't that he drinks - or ever drank - all the time. Rather once he starts, he cannot stop until he is totally wasted. It seems alcohol effects people differently. Thank God, I've always been able to stop when I needed to. Some folks can't.

 

Good luck, Mekong. We're cheering for you. :)

 

Perhaps Mekong and Fiery Jack will do detox together at some stage ?

 

I often castigate myself for being such a pissweak drinker - one decent hangover and I swear off it for a month - but I guess the meek do get to enjoy a little more time on the earth.

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I am already half way through my Detox, the first three days were hell drugged up on adrelanin, valium, painkillers, intravenus glucose supplements, Vitamin B injections and some other drugs as well as copious amounts of sleeping tablets that induced sleep for 16 hours / day, last blood test results showed zero Alcohol in my blood stream.

 

Gastrolagist has now started me on medication for Hepatitis B and Liver Infection and I am now out of bed and able to walk around the Hospital and its grounds, they even allow me to continue smoking since stopping both Alcohol and nicotene at the same time is considered dangerous but I have cut down from 40 /day to 10 /day.

 

Blood pressure is down from 163 to a respectable 120, temperature has stabalised at normal and blood oxygen level is a perfect 100%, on top of that I am now eating three meals a day where as just over a week ago I was eating one meal every three days. Reason they keep me in for a few more days is to continue medication and keep an observation on me.

 

I am 95% sure I have beat Alcoholism when in Thailand but the acid test will come when I go on my next overseas project away from home and working with guys who hang out in bars after work and at weekends,I just have to keep telling myself I am an Alcoholic and demonstrate willpower but I am determined to do it this time.

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Gobbledonk

 

I am already half way through my Detox, the first three days were hell drugged up on adrelanin, valium, painkillers, intravenus glucose supplements, Vitamin B injections and some other drugs as well as copious amounts of sleeping tablets that induced sleep for 16 hours / day, last blood test results showed zero Alcohol in my blood stream.

 

Gastrolagist has now started me on medication for Hepatitis B and Liver Infection and I am now out of bed and able to walk around the Hospital and its grounds, they even allow me to continue smoking since stopping both Alcohol and nicotene at the same time is considered dangerous but I have cut down from 40 /day to 10 /day.

 

Blood pressure is down from 163 to a respectable 120, temperature has stabalised at normal and blood oxygen level is a perfect 100%, on top of that I am now eating three meals a day where as just over a week ago I was eating one meal every three days. Reason they keep me in for a few more days is to continue medication and keep an observation on me.

 

I am 95% sure I have beat Alcoholism when in Thailand but the acid test will come when I go on my next overseas project away from home and working with guys who hang out in bars after work and at weekends,I just have to keep telling myself I am an Alcoholic and demonstrate willpower but I am determined to do it this time.

 

 

sounds like you had/are having a tough time.

when i was admitted to hospital in may,i had very few memories for around 3/4 days and had no idea what was happening when i became aware of where i was.

it seems i was having detox treatment but no-one ever sat down with me and explained things,i only know because of a throwaway line from my gp sometime later when i was got home.

and i did have one visit from a nurse from the alcohol centre and we had a chat.

 

like you i was on a drug regime which seemed to help as i grew stronger/put on weight and my appetite returned.

i was soon looking forward to 3 meals a day and other small snacks during the day.

i used to skip the ward breakfast(only toast and cereal)but used to go to the staff restaurant and treat myself to a big egg/bacon bap...

 

luckily i was mobile and with permission would leave the ward often and stretch my legs or sit outside in the sun reading my book.

my nursing team were a bunch of treasures and always told me if any tests were planned for me that day(never saw a doctor for days on end) and as many of them smoked they would ask if i wanted to come out with them and i made friends with a few and we still keep in touch.

i was fortunate to have family and friends visit me every day and keep up my morale....except for when my birthday came along.

that day i felt sad and wanted to be alone.

but the staff were great,joking with me allday and getting a b/day cake made for me.

 

because of the first few days i think that helped with my detox and i did'nt miss the alcohol at all.

i was in for 15 days felt so good but after 2 days i fancied a drink and that was that.

i've drank every day for 2 months now and i'm afraid i enjoy it.

i don't get drunk and the amount varies from day to day but i know when i get tp Phuket in a months time i will get out of my tree more than once.

but i've had no follow-ups from the hospital since and i have various tests done weekly by my gp and he seems satisfied with my recovery.

 

i wish you all the luck in the future mekong,try not to fall into bad habits again after doing so well so far.

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Good move!

 

It takes a firm mind set and then to do what needs to be done.

 

A few years back, the blood sugar was getting high so I quit

drinking for six months or so.

Didn\'t real miss it and took it on as a challenge...I hate to lose,

so making a game of it seemed to work for me.

 

Haven\'t been really pissed up in a long time, never did like the

next day hangovers.

Also being a \"Cheap Charlie\", I couldn\'t see spending piles of $$$

on booze.

 

Hang tuf!

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Sayjann

 

BNH (Bangkok Nursing Home) is more like serviced apartment than a Hospital, private room, kitchen, bathroom, cable TV and a second normal bed for a guest to stay, the Girlfriend has been with me for the duration so it has not been that bad. Food is either from a la carte menu similar to hotel room service and there are also a couple of restaurants. It ain't cheap, looking in the region of 100K Baht for 10 days stay, but I probably spent that in 6 months on booze when I was drinking,

 

I had two choices, continue drinking and kill myself before I hit 50 or stop drinking and save my liver and live to see my grandson grow up, I chose the later.

 

Thanks to you guys who have offered support and best wishes, it gives me more of an incentive to stay teetotal.

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best of luck mekong.

i was in a romm with 7 other patients who were a lot worse than me as all were bed bound and fully dependant on the staff and visitors for their every need.

i eventually got used to my surroundings and in the end quite enjoyed my stay,but did get frustrated by having no info.

the lowest point was spending my 51st b/day in hospital instaed of thailand and then watching man utd lose against barca.

 

a good experience i thought as i had worked for over 25 years in a hospital helping others.

but i'm annoyed at myself for going back to my old ways almost immediately.

but i like to think i'm being responsible in my drinking,a little every day makes me happy,a lot better than my past exploits,but as someone said i am probably in denial.

 

but as i said i still like the sauce but think i handle it better.

i hav'nt been in a pub/bar in england for almost 3 years but they say drinking alone at home is more dangerous.

at the moment i'm content but i know there will probably be a downfall later.

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