Excerpt from a highly-functional alcoholic from Quora:
I drank for ten years and quit in May of 2016. I relapsed briefly in June and November and have not touched alcohol since. Let me say up front that I am 25 and started when my dad passed away at 15. I also have used other drugs and alcohol was always the catalyst that got things going right before a major bottoming out. At my worst, I was homeless, jobless, friendless, penniless etc. The hardest part about quitting drinking is the emotions. Physically you will feel like crap for awhile, especially if you drank every day and drank a lot. It is dangerous to detox at home. You should go to a hospital that is specially made for addicts to wean off of drugs and alcohol. If you quit cold turkey you can have a fatal seizure. You will have tremors, cold sweats, nausea, and general digestive discomfort. There are a lot of other possibilities but I can only speak from my own experience. I’m not a medical professional..just a regular old addict. I applaud you for being so open about your problem because it took me years to even admit it to myself, let alone to others. My mom and sister knew I was an alcoholic long before I did. I went to an inpatient rehab in Florida to get clean and I was tired all the time. I slept constantly and it took me quite awhile to get out of that phase (Months). Drink tons of water, get onto a healthy diet that has lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, avoid caffeine if you can help it (especially in the evening), and get on a regular sleep schedule. The sleep is crucial. When you go to bed drunk every night, you don’t experience healing sleep until your liver has processed all of the alcohol in your body. So for me, I basically never got sleep. Your emotions are going to be all over the place. Alcohol numbed me out so it took several weeks for that to go away and then I was the opposite- super sensitive. It’s important to have support during this time because it’s when you are very vulnerable to relapse. Everything is new and raw and uncomfortable. You’re relearning how to feel and how to cope with problems without alcohol and it can be very painful. However, as annoying as it is to hear this, it does get better. And it gets better quicker than you think it will. Best of luck to you and I encourage you to look into AA or NA if you are open to it.