Liver Repair: How to Physically Heal from Alcohol Abuse

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Liver Repair: How to Physically Heal from Alcohol Abuse

Depending on what stage you are in your alcoholism, you may have caused serious damage to your liver. You have heard the expression, “What’s done is done.” This is not always the case with your liver. Since this is one of the only regenerative organs by nature, it’s actually possible to physically restore it to the state it was in before problem drinking began.

Can the Liver Repair Itself After Years of Drinking?

The liver is your body’s only regenerative organ. You are probably aware of the fact that some lizards can regrow their own tails. The liver works in very much the same way. It can rebuild itself. If you had 75 percent of your liver removed, it could grow back to its full size.

Part of the reason for this unique ability comes from what the liver actually does in the body. Since it acts as the main filtration organ, it comes in contact with many different toxins and chemicals. And some of these toxins can actually cause serious damage when they come in contact with cells.

As a result, the mere nature of the liver’s job – handling these dangerous toxins – means that it needs to be able to regenerate on its own. Otherwise, we’d fall victim to a variety of diseases much more frequently.

And the fact that this vital organ has this ability to heal itself is good news when it comes to repairing your liver.

heavy drinking destroys the liver

When Alcoholics Get Sober, The Liver is Always a Concern

Focused on regaining physical health, many recovering alcoholics worry about their liver and go get a physical from the doc when they sober up. Rightfully so. It is no secret that alcohol completely destroys the liver. Responsible for cleansing toxins from the body, the liver works overtime to process beer, liquor, and wine.

Not surprisingly, many alcoholics in recovery learn they have damaged their liver or contracted some kind of liver disease during the course of their alcoholism. And in fact, a damaged liver can lead to many of the various health problems that alcoholics experience because of their drinking.

Frantic to get healthy so they can enjoy their newly found freedom in sobriety, many ask –can I heal my liver?

By abstaining from alcohol, drinking lots of water, and eating a liver-friendly diet, you can reverse some of the effects of alcohol abuse. Yes, the good news is, the liver can repair itself after years of drinking.

What Does the Liver Do

What Does the Liver Do, Anyway?

To give you a brief lesson in biology, the liver is a large organ in the digestive system. It weighs about three pounds. Its number one function is to filter blood coming from your digestive tract before that blood flows to the rest of your body.

The liver works to detoxify chemicals that pass through the body. It metabolizes drugs and alcohol. It also secretes an enzyme called bile, which aids the body in digestion. Additionally, the liver produces protein, which is vital to the clotting of your blood.

When this organ is not healthy, your body cannot function properly. It is essential to your health and well-being. When your liver does not effectively rid the body of toxins and assist with the process of digestion, a host of really nasty health problems inevitably come about.

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When You Abuse Alcohol, the Liver Takes a Beating

Many alcoholics consume large quantities of alcohol for decades and then make the courageous decision to get sober. But by then, their liver has sustained years of abuse and has most likely become ill due to the effects of the alcohol.

Most chronic alcoholics have been told just how dangerous alcohol is to the liver at some point during their abuse of alcohol. Nevertheless, alcoholism doesn’t allow the alcoholic to care and the drinking continues. Sadly, the liver sustains a beating and becomes damaged. And after years of processing mass quantities of alcohol, it often no longer functions properly.

Before we learn about healing the liver from alcohol abuse, let’s take a moment to learn more about some of the most common liver diseases caused by alcoholism – liver fibrosis, fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis of the liver. All three of these conditions can be diagnosed with a blood test.

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Liver Fibrosis – The Beginning of Irreversible Damage

Just like the skin, serious or repetitive damage to the liver cells can cause scarring. And also like how normal scars tend to look different from the rest of the skin, scarred liver cells just don’t function the way that they’re supposed to.

In fact, these cells cannot self-repair like the rest of the organ or even function at all. They’re merely cellular bandages meant to hold the liver together.

This scarring of the liver is known as liver fibrosis. A small amount of fibrosis likely won’t impact the liver’s function too much. And in fact, most early fibrosis won’t have any physical symptoms at all.

But over time, this fibrosis can start adding up. And eventually, it can cause more serious problems like cirrhosis.

Years of Alcohol Abuse Could Result in Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver (also called “hepatic steatosis”) is a common liver disease. As the name implies, this condition develops when too much fat builds up in the liver. When the organ stores five to ten percent of its weight in fat, it is considered a fatty liver.

Fatty liver affects up to twenty percent of the U.S. population, mostly targeting people between the ages of 40 and 60.

Although many nondrinkers develop the condition, the most common cause for fatty liver is alcoholism. That’s because as continued alcohol consumption makes it harder for the liver to function, it becomes less able to break down fats in the blood. And as a result, this fat tends to actually accumulate on the liver itself.

It’s normal to have some fat on the liver. And in fact, most healthy people have at least some fat on this vital organ. Most people who have fatty liver disease don’t even experience any symptoms. And those that do may feel tired or have discomfort in the upper right side of the abdomen.  

But when too much accumulates, it can mean that there’s a serious problem. One study showed that people with fatty liver disease were at a higher risk of cancer and had an increased mortality rate than other patients.

And most importantly, alcoholic fatty liver is usually a precursor to cirrhosis.

Hepatitis – Death to the Liver

Many alcoholics contract what’s known as alcoholic hepatitis. This condition attacks the liver and breaks it down slowly over time. Essentially, it causes the body to poison itself. It’s a horrible illness.

Alcoholic hepatitis should not be confused with hepatitis C. While hepatitis C is a viral disease, usually spread through contact with infected blood, alcoholic hepatitis is a disease where the liver is severely inflamed due to continued alcohol abuse. And although it’s true that someone with alcoholic hepatitis is at higher risk of contracting hepatitis C, the two are not the same.

Like fatty liver disease, this is usually a precursor to more serious liver problems such as cirrhosis. But unlike fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis points to serious inflammation. Fatty liver disease does not.

And also unlike fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis usually comes with symptoms because it usually means the liver is in a worse condition. Some of the most common of these symptoms include:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain or swelling in the abdomen
  • Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Fever
  • Changes in your mental state, including confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Easy bleeding or bruising

It’s vital to contact your doctor if you think you have developed alcoholic hepatitis as it means the liver is in serious jeopardy.

And just as importantly, anyone who suspects alcoholic hepatitis should not continue drinking. Even mild drinking with alcoholic hepatitis can lead to irreversible damage and diseases like cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis of the Liver – The Number One Offender

Chances are if you’ve been abusing alcohol long enough, you’ve been warned about cirrhosis of the liver. This is one of the most commonly diagnosed alcohol-related liver diseases and the most serious.

Over a long enough period of alcohol abuse, liver scarring (fibrosis) can spread dramatically. And since the cells in this scarring don’t actually perform any functions other than being a physical barrier, the liver as a whole becomes less able to carry out its job in the body.

As a result, toxins don’t get processed and build up in the body, bile isn’t produced as quickly, proteins that help the blood clot aren’t released as readily, and other serious problems can occur.

Cirrhosis always shows up as the result of another liver-related disorder. This might be alcohol-related liver cancer, Hepatitis, or fatty liver. Cirrhosis is irreversible, but the progression of the condition can be slowed tremendously by following some of the suggestions offered later in this article about how to heal your liver.

Some of the most recognizable symptoms of cirrhosis include:

  • Blood capillaries become visible on the skin on the upper abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Itchy skin
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of bodyweight
  • Nausea
  • Pain or tenderness in the area where the liver is located
  • Red or blotchy palms
  • Weakness

And when cirrhosis progresses to more serious stages, it can bring a host of other symptoms too. These include:

  • Accelerated heartbeat
  • Personality changes
  • Bleeding gums
  • Lost mass in the body and upper arms
  • Difficulties processing drugs and alcohol
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fluid buildup on ankles, feet, and legs, known as edema
  • Hair loss
  • Higher susceptibility to bruising
  • Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, whites of the eyes, and tongue
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Memory problems
  • More frequent fevers and increased risk of infection
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nosebleeds
  • Pain in right shoulder
  • Breathlessness
  • Stools become black and tarry, or very pale
  • Urine becomes darker
  • Vomiting blood
  • Problems with walking and mobility

Alcohol-Related Liver Disease on The Rise

Addiction as a whole is becoming more and more of a problem in the United States. And in 2017 alone, more than 72 thousand Americans died from a drug overdose. On top of that, alcohol poisoning kills about 6 people every day.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, then, that alcohol-related liver disease is also at an all-time high. Studies have shown that while fatty liver disease has remained relatively stable, there is a greater number of cases involving cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death from liver-related causes.

Cirrhosis was one of the biggest factors here. And another study showed that cirrhosis-related deaths had increased in the U.S. by a whopping 65% from 1999 to 2016. Deaths from liver cancer had doubled.

Younger people (aged 25 to 34) experienced the biggest changes. According to the study, this group experienced an average of 10.5% more deaths from cirrhosis each year.

Binge drinking culture was pointed to as one of the major causes of this increase.

And since it seems like liver health has never been more at-risk than it is today, it’s never been more important than it is now to know how to keep your liver healthy and reverse as much damage as you can.

Healing the Liver

Healing the Liver from Cirrhosis, Fatty Liver, Alcoholic Hepatitis, and Other Liver Diseases

When talking about the liver’s ability to heal itself, people are always in a big hurry to know how long it will take. This is understandable, of course. But it is difficult – if not impossible – to answer this question.

Everybody’s body is different. The progression and type of liver disease, a person’s age, weight, and overall health are all contributing factors when it comes to how long it takes the liver to repair itself from an alcohol-related liver disease.

The liver is constantly in a state of regeneration. The moment it stops processing alcohol, it begins the process of healing itself. This process could take as few as four weeks or as long as several years. It really all depends on the health of the individual person.

This might seem like a frustrating answer, but it’s an honest one. To be sure, you cannot heal your liver overnight. You have to implement some new health practices over time and work with your doctor to measure your liver enzymes to measure the upward progression of your liver’s health.

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How to Repair Your Liver Naturally – Drink Water

Taking steps in recovery is about more than working the 12 Steps. It’s about taking steps to heal your physical body from the damage caused by your alcoholism. Want to heal your liver naturally? Drink lots and lots (and lots) of water.

Seriously, the very best thing you can do for your liver is flush it with pure, clean, unadulterated water. This does not mean iced tea. This does not mean juice. We fool ourselves into believing we are drinking plenty of water because we drink things with water in it. We need to be drinking water. Just water. Lots of it.

Enough cannot be said about the benefits of drinking water. Water cleanses the system of toxins. As you know, the liver is responsible for the flushing of toxins. Water aids the liver with this process. It hydrates your body and keeps your brain firing on all cylinders. It helps you stay alert, productive, and in a balanced mood. Water is just awesome!

Switching to water has to be a conscious decision. If you want to improve the health of your liver, you need to drink water.

The Healing Power of Exercise

“Get more exercise” – a typical response for doctors who may see early signs of liver problems.

As with so many other health problems, regular exercise seems to be a powerful force for combating alcohol-related liver disease like fatty liver.

And the science backs it up too. Researchers studied the effects of alcohol on active and inactive lab rats and found the effects on the liver were not as severe in the active ones.

Specifically, they found that the high metabolism of the active rats actually prevented the expected levels of liver inflammation.

According to the researchers, “chronic alcohol ingestion did not cause significant inflammation in the liver. Higher physical activity levels seemed to protect against the metabolic dysfunction that eventually leads to irreversible liver damage.”

It’s worth mentioning, of course, that more research needs to be done on the topic. But as it stands, it seems like regular exercise can go a long way towards preventing further inflammation and promoting liver health.

And on top of that, exercise has a number of other passive benefits that can help keep your liver in tip-top shape. Below are some of the most notable.

  • It’s a healthy hobby that can replace other habits like drinking out of boredom, one of the biggest causes of binge drinking.
  • It releases a surge of “feel-good” chemicals that can help substitute for the dopamine rush of a glass of booze.
  • It can help treat depression and anxiety, two major factors in the continuation and worsening of an alcohol abuse problem.
  • It can boost confidence and help treat low self-esteem, which is common among alcoholics.
  • Joining an exercise group can connect you with other people and reduce loneliness, another risk factor for developing alcoholism.

A Liver-Friendly Diet is Vital to Healing Your Liver

The liver is the main organ responsible for filtering out toxins and harmful chemicals in the blood. And the majority of these dangerous substances come from the food we eat and the water we drink.

Plus, in order for the body to heal itself, it needs the right kinds of compounds and molecules to patch up the damaged areas.

So it makes sense that in order to aid your liver in the healing process, you need to be on the right diet. Eating the right foods is essential when it comes to repairing your liver. Equally important? Staying away from the wrong ones.

Here is a quick list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to a liver-friendly diet:

Do:

  • Eat lots of veggies (broccoli, carrots, and green leafy vegetables especially)
  • Eat acidic fruits like grapefruit, berries, grapes, lemons, and oranges
  • Drink coffee. Yes, coffee is good for your liver…. Yay!
  • Drink green tea
  • Eat plenty of garlic
  • Maintain a plant-based diet as much as possible
  • Eat foods high in Omega-3, like fish, nuts, and healthy oils like olive oil
  • Eat foods high in fiber like oatmeal

Don’t:

  • Eat foods high in fat or loaded with grease
  • Eat starchy foods like breads, pasta, or cakes and baked goods
  • Eat a lot of processed sugar or salt
  • Drink soda
  • Consume a lot of fatty animal proteins (sorry, this means steak!)
  • Drink alcohol

Another thing to keep in mind as you focus on repairing your liver from alcohol abuse is maintaining a healthy weight. When you eat the right diet, this comes with the territory.

Plus, a nutrition-rich diet can go a long way towards supporting recovery too. So when it does come time to kick your alcohol problem for good, eating right can make quitting much easier.

Want to spice things up in the kitchen and cook up a good meal for your liver? Get some liver-friendly recipes.

To Heal Your Liver, You Must Stop Drinking Alcohol

Simply put, there is no way to heal your liver if you are still drinking alcohol. As long as you are consuming wine, beer, or liquor, you are continuing to damage your liver. There is just no way around it. If you want to regain physical health, you must make the decision and subsequent commitment to abstain from alcohol. No matter what.

If you have a problem with alcohol, help is available. You may need to go a detox to safely withdraw from alcohol. You might need to stay at an inpatient facility and get professional addiction treatment services. Or, you may be able to find freedom from your alcoholism at Alcoholics Anonymous.

Whichever path you choose, if you want to help your liver, please make the decision today to get the help you need to stop drinking alcohol.

Finding the Right Kind of Rehab When Liver Damage Is Involved

Finding the right professional alcohol rehabilitation program can be tough. It can be hard to determine which programs will have the right kind of amenities, the proper expertise, and even whether or not they use actual evidence-based strategies for treating addiction.

But for those with severe alcoholism, the search can be even harder.

When someone is suffering from serious liver damage caused by alcoholism, their body is in an especially fragile state. And when it comes time for these individuals to seek out professional treatment for their addiction, there are a few important points that they should consider when deciding on a particular program.

Complications of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

When alcohol-related liver disease has progressed to serious stages, it can cause a variety of complications that may also need to be treated during a professional addiction program.

And without a quality treatment program that’s actually qualified to treat these complications, patients may be at risk of developing serious problems as a result.

Some of the most common complications are:

  • Bleeding disorders (coagulopathy)
  • Buildup of fluid in the abdomen (ascites) and infection of the fluid (bacterial peritonitis)
  • Enlarged veins in the esophagus, stomach, or intestines that bleed easily (esophageal varices)
  • Increased pressure in the blood vessels of the liver (portal hypertension)
  • Kidney failure (hepatorenal syndrome)
  • Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma)
  • Mental confusion, change in the level of consciousness, or coma (hepatic encephalopathy)

The Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal

For many, alcohol-liver disease is an indication of severe alcoholism. If drinking has gotten to the point of liver damage, it usually means that the person has a very real dependency problem. And that can make treating alcoholism particularly tricky.

One of the main concerns involved has to do with the withdrawal stage. This is when the body has to reacclimate to functioning normally without alcohol. And for many, that means stopping drinking abruptly and entirely.

The problem, however, is that doing so can cause very serious health problems, some of which can even be life-threatening.

Tonic-clonic seizures, for instance, can be common for people who have an especially high level of addiction.

Others may experience what’s known as delirium tremens. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Delirium, which is sudden severe confusion
  • Body tremors
  • Changes in mental function
  • Agitation, irritability
  • Deep sleep that lasts for a day or longer
  • Excitement or fear
  • Hallucinations (seeing or feeling things that are not really there)
  • Bursts of energy
  • Quick mood changes
  • Restlessness
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, touch
  • Stupor, sleepiness, fatigue

This horrifying syndrome can also cause a range of complications like heart attack and stroke.  

It’s especially important, then, that anyone with alcohol-related liver disease finds a facility equipped to handle the medical emergencies that may come with severe alcohol withdrawal.

Because without it, alcohol detox and rehabilitation can actually end up being deadly.

The Good and Bad News When It Comes to Healing Your Liver

The liver is quite magical really. We destroy it with drunken binges. Then, we get our act together and make better choices, and shazam! We can bring healing to our poor, tired, overworked liver.

That being said, please keep in mind that some liver damage is irreversible. Many people wait until it is too late before they focus on repairing their liver. Long-term effects of drug and alcohol abuse, liver diseases, and untreated conditions like Hepatitis C can leave our liver in a perpetually damaged state.

This does not mean you cannot start making better choices today and live a long and healthy life even if your liver is a little under the weather. Doing the next right thing in terms of taking care of your physical body goes a long way when it comes to health and wellness.

Yes, your liver can heal itself but you are going to have to help.

Remember, to help repair your liver from years of drinking alcohol, follow the four simple suggestions offered in this article: drink water, get plenty of exercise, don’t drink alcohol, and eat a liver-friendly diet.

Do you have experience with healing your own liver? What health tips can you share?

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    Blacky March 26, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Very informative and positive article.

    Thanks!

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      Vicki Vannette June 8, 2019 at 1:58 am - Reply

      I am the caretaker of the love of my life,my husband and best friend, I say caretaker as he was diagnosed with end stage cirrhosis on August 4 of 2018 and suffers from just about every symptom you can think of. He was never a huge drinker but drank every day and according to his docs it just doesn’t matter how much you drink but rather how much your liver can take. He quit drinking and smoking on the day he was diagnosed and 10 months later still feels like heck, quitting was not a problem but the poor guy just can’t catch a brake. We are trying to get listed for a transplant, it takes so much time and there are so many hurdles, just when you think you are ready to be listed you get handed another list to overcome. We have learned to be thankful and enjoy the good days when he has them. He takes diuretics, krystulose, xfaxan and a plethora of other pills and supplements to keep him going why we wait to get listed. I saw something in these comments about reducing one’s meld, can you give me any suggestions on how to lower his meld which is currently hanging out around 27. Thank you in advance for any suggestions you may have.

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    Jim June 4, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Scared here , I have raised liver enzmiems 124 and was just sent for an ultrasound where music called two weeks after the ultrasound to give me the results ( actually had his nurse call me ) to say that I have a fatty liver. Beside that everything else is fine . They were very matter of fact. I am frustrated because I know I need to get my health together and drop drinking. I made an appt to see my doc but I may change my family doc now since I am not pleased with how they are handling this and I an a wreak

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      Ashwood Recovery June 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      So glad that this article resonated with you. Wishing you the best as you work on your health.

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      Amber December 25, 2018 at 3:12 am - Reply

      How are you doing now?

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      Neal February 5, 2019 at 1:55 am - Reply

      Amber,

      As someone who has alcoholic cirrhosis, I would like to say first, don’t be too scared, it won’t help. Second (and most important), do what ever it takes to STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL!!!

      After almost 35 years of extremely hard drinking, ignoring advice from laymen and professionals,
      and failing twice at AA and other rehab attempts, I finally was able to permanently quit drinking alcohol after my second seizure (no, it doesn’t take a ton of bricks to fall on my head… does it?). I would not wish the crap I went through on even my worst enemy.

      The good news is the single act of abstaining from alcohol is in my estimation at least 50% – 60% responsible for the incredible amount of healing my liver has accomplished within the first 4 to 6 months alone, not to mention the 14 years it has been since, and 100% responsible for me being alive today.

      Bottom line: When (not if) you stop drinking you can (and will) be well on your way to living a long happy life. Because at that point, it is only a matter of changing a few manageable choices in your life style (choices that are way easier to implement than the first one you will accomplish. And that you will look back on and realize wasn’t really as difficult as you made it seem) and your health (liver included) will improve. Just do the right things and listen to your health care professionals.

      Hang In There!

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        Tammy February 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm - Reply

        I have cirrhosis, and I’ve drink for many years and I am scared I have battled stoping and finally have. My question is you have had cirrhosis for 14yrs?

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        Nick May 15, 2019 at 1:21 pm - Reply

        Hi, I wondered if you have any advice on quitting? Also did you ever have any early signs before the seizures? Thanks

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          Luke May 16, 2019 at 3:45 pm - Reply

          I think he meant he’s stopped drinking for 14 years? and it was quite a story. Well done. And Nick if you want to stop drinking you need to meet people who have stopped. Google Search. AA find a meeting. You’ll find what you need in those rooms, good luck. Just for today ?

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            Paul August 17, 2019 at 1:17 am

            I’ve been diagnosed with cirhossis . I’ve read on a U.S. based site that a strict diet with alpha linoleic ( R ) acid, selenium and sylmarin can reverse damage and almost miraculous reversal and regeneration have been found in some cases . Can anyone out there comment on this ? ….what sort of amounts to take and so on . Rather desperate . I’m writing from South Africa by the way .

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      Cynthia February 10, 2019 at 6:11 am - Reply

      If you want to support yourself in healing your liver. We must take responsibility. I always do my research, come to my doctors appointment with my agenda and notes. The doctors do not know everything. I also suggest significant supplementation. You can heal your liver.

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      Shelli Shanti February 15, 2019 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Have you modified your diet? Interested to know how you’re doing since June

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      Melinda February 27, 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      I pray God not only heals your liver but delivers your mind from any doubt He can heal you and delivers you from g drinking. I pray He gives you the strength to eat a plant based diet and overall lifestyle change. Amen!

      It’s smart you changed your doctor but don’t solely depend on man. Change your diet as the article said AND take Milk Thistle and ‘Liver Refresh’. Drink alkaline water also, at least half of your body weight a day… at least. God bless you!!!!

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      Tessa March 27, 2019 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      How are you doing ? I just got diagnosed with a fatty liver too. I am freaking out inside. My doctor didn’t give me much to go on just to diet and exercise. Have you found out any more? I hope you are feeling better about your situation!

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        Steve May 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm - Reply

        Hi guys,

        I’m 28 years old and started drinking when I was 21. Extremely heavy for 7 years, all day every day, up to over a 1.75L of vodka a day. About 50 hospital visits later for detoxes and things of the such, in October of 2018 I was admitted for my last time with acute liver failure. I was told a couple weeks prior to that, that my liver was failing after I had to go to the hospital because a little scab would not stop gushing blood.

        I was in the hospital for 3 weeks. I was told I wasn’t going to make it by countless doctors, that I was going to die. And then as soon as I started becoming a little better that a transplant was imminent. It took me about four full months before I finally started feeling a little better. Hospital trips countless of them that they had to drain about 5L of fluid from my abdomen. Tons of diuretics, unnatural amounts the highest they’ve ever prescribed.

        It’s been 6 1/2 months later to this day. I am feeling much better I love life right now and everything is going great. Nothing can bring me down really. I have an appointment on June 20th, which was supposed to be the 6 month mark are they run more tests and figure out how my liver is actually doing. I’m a little scared and that’s how I found this article. But I know everything’s going to be okay just by the way I feel. But I’m still kind of scared that I might need a transplant or what the news is really going to be.

        Right now I’m out but I had to make sure I commented on this article. I’ll update more later and answer any questions any of you may have. Just really needed to get this out there. but these sober months have been the best month of my life and I am at complete peace with myself even if I were to die today. I really can’t wait for some positive news just so I can get my mind off it completely.

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          Ashwood Recovery June 3, 2019 at 4:59 pm - Reply

          Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! We wish you all the best and look forward to hearing the update from your appointment!

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      Angus Cooney April 12, 2019 at 3:34 am - Reply

      Fatty liver , just lose weight

      This may sound strange but there is a book called “eat fat get thin “, helps fatty liver by losing weight- written by bill Clintons dietician

      I know certain cholesterol meds also help fatty liver .

      I blend 3 apples ? 2 celery with Squeeze lemon put in blender filled to top with water … drink that from waking up to 11:30am nothing else , this gives your liver a big brake I do that for 2 weeks if Iv overdid it with booze . Liver bounces back ASAP .

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        Lissa August 14, 2019 at 10:07 pm - Reply

        Thank you. I was considering that same juice mix to detox. Celery, apple and lemon 🍋

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      Matt June 18, 2019 at 12:10 am - Reply

      Great article.
      Some things I would add to the food section:
      Add fresh lemon squeeze to water.
      Turmeric works wonders especially fresh juiced.
      Fresh dandelion will flush your liver.

      For supplementation
      N Acetyl Cistine helps create glutathione and speeds up detoxification.

      The first 3 days are brutal. Try to make this days have no work or responsibilities. You’re going to want to stay in bed and sweat out a lot.

      Lastly- sweat it out. This speeds up the process . A sauna or just the sweat from exercise is really beneficial.

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    Daryl June 16, 2018 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Gave a blood sample last Wed 13/6/18 was told results would be back following Wed 1 week
    Received letter today 16/6/18 letter dated the day after I gave blood sample asking me to get an appointment at doc to discuss blood test
    Gave up drinking a month ago worried about how Kwik they have asked me to make an appointment what do you think

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      Ashwood Recovery July 26, 2018 at 4:08 am - Reply

      Wishing you the best!

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    Leon mccrae June 19, 2018 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Thank you for the information.

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      Ashwood Recovery July 26, 2018 at 4:07 am - Reply

      So glad that this article resonated with you.

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    Drew June 21, 2018 at 5:12 am - Reply

    To anyone reading this: I drank until I bled out internally. Blood replaced twice from bursting varices, parecentesis, life support 4 days. Woke up with horrible HE. ALL of it. End stage liver disease meld score 32. I kicked the vodka, put in the emotional and physical work, went to meetings, changed my diet. It’s been 15.months and I am a new person. Life is so much better. My liver is damaged, I have cirrohsis amd I still have some symptoms but I can live with it. My meld is 9 now, no transplant. Whomever is reading this and is worried, do whatever it takes, no matter what, and it will slowly get easier. I couldnt go 1 hr in any day without a drink. It’s possible. Yea for you too. Put in the work and you will be rewarded. God bless

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      Ashwood Recovery July 26, 2018 at 4:04 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your story! Wishing you the best as you continue your sober journey!

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      Shae July 30, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      God bless you and thank you for sharing… I’m 5 mos sober after drinking daily for 15yrs…i fell like a new person with a new life… the program definately is working for me…. stay strong and fighting the good fight, my friend!!!!

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      Kyle September 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      I had the exact thing happen to me, it has been 4 years now

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      Sonja Casaldi September 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness I am so glad to be reading this….It gives me hope..I dont even know my Meld score yet but the doc thinks Im in end stage liver disease and I have been scared to death now for a week….I am making some drastic changes but I thought it was still too late….this gave me some hope…Thank you for sharing

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        Ashwood Recovery September 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

        So glad that this article resonated with you. Wishing you the best as you continue on your recovery journey!

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      Pmc October 4, 2018 at 4:09 am - Reply

      Do you recommend any special supplements or foods?

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        Bob March 28, 2019 at 3:25 pm - Reply

        I am stage 4 liver fibrosis. The next stage is cirrhosis. All of the posts are giving me new hope!

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      Sandy October 9, 2018 at 3:50 am - Reply

      Thank you, Drew! You give me hope that my liver will heal itself. Today is day 1 for no alcohol. So far so good. I’m not craving a drink at all. I have a little nausea and a slight headache. No shaking – – hopefully tomorrow won’t show more symptoms. God Bless
      you all!.

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      gale November 2, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      thank you i have 90 days today liver is way down to 278 from the thousands .

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      Shannon December 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      God Bless you, good luck on your path to being healthy. Thank you for posting, you are sure to inspire others.

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      Joy December 21, 2018 at 12:57 am - Reply

      Drew Ty for posting this positive note. Im not a drinker but was somehow infected with the hep C virus. & Was diagnosed in 2007. I did party drink in my young days, like after work payday & wkend. But ended up growing out of it as I began to mature & got older. Haven’t took,been on or tried any thing but prayer & relying on God & Christ . And just this past 2yrs experienced swelling symptoms in feet & legs. With exception of yesterday & today begun sharp stabbing pains in my Right side Liver area. & Called the specialist dr. Today.
      The 1 of a few things Pussing me Off from the start of this unknown terror is & was No info ! I mean none. It’s good ppl r finally speaking up, asking Q’s, & telling their stories so others can learn & find helpful info from real patients. Because this is some truly Scarry frightening stuff especially if your single, or no family or even friends support & no 1 to turn to with truthful , positive , helpful, legit info ( 1first hand experience, etc…) To know what to expect down this unknown Scarry road…

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        Jackie dixon January 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm - Reply

        God bless u for coming forward my Bro is currently in hospital drank all his life he was diagnosed with the deadly sclerosis. ..he is 49….my poor mam is devastated looking on she is a healthy young 81 yrs young I’m finding it hard holding them both up I’m 61 we are all living alone…scarey but these comments are a comfort DNT giv up x

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        Caroline February 26, 2019 at 6:22 pm - Reply

        Am very scared to read all this here…I have been told by my dr that my liver doesn’t work good…had some test for hp c but said wasn’t clear…gonna have another test over a month..hopefully all will be ok…I have been drinking alot but only on weekends…
        Was helpfully reading text from different people here.

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      virgie January 29, 2019 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      from all my heart thank you

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      randy March 22, 2019 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      boy would I like to know you a bit better for chats (online and such). Very inspirational

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      Joseph April 16, 2019 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Mr. Drew my name is Joseph ere in Austin Texas and my wife has been in the hospital for over a week now I brought her in a wheelchair and now ever since she’s been here she’s been and some type of coma where they’re feeding work for tube and giving her these types of medicines like golytely things like that but the ammonia levels not going down for some reason and all she is saying is is out and wow over and over again her eyes are open at times other than that we can’t get her to say anything would you know anything about that have you ever known anybody to come out of the situation that she’s in her ammonia level is very high and they can’t seem to get it down and thank God that you’re doing better.

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        Lisa May 13, 2019 at 3:58 pm - Reply

        Hello Joseph I’m 54 yrs old and was hospitalized for over a month 6 yrs ago. I was just like your wife, my ammonia level was very high I have no memory of any of it. I only know what I’ve been told. I had to be intubated for a week during the worst of it but eventually my ammonia level dropped far enough that I woke up and eventually got well enough to go to a rehab hospital which it took me 6 weeks to get back to being able to do everything for myself again. It was a lot of hard work. I was diagnosed with NASH. Which is basically cirrhosis of the liver not caused from alcohol. You see I have never been a drinker. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve drank anything containing alcohol in my lifetime. I come from a long line of alcoholics and never wanted to go down that road myself.

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      kevin May 5, 2019 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Drew Thank you for you comments. Wondering if you can email me directly? I have a few questions about how you were able to get your MELD score down? I had a tumor and now they are talking about transplant and I am searching for some advice.
      Thanks,

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    Michelle June 23, 2018 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Long time drinker here , it us to be as soon as the clock reached 12:00 I had to start drinking ( vodka) then a couple years go by then I made a decision to after 5 :00 then to were before bed to help me sleep and then I quit the vodka, rum and now to wine for a couple months now with the help with menatolen .. I’ve worked my way down and I really do need to take care of my self for my family …thank you for the ad and this helped me to start to work on my health and were to start,,, thank you for that ounce of kindness and understanding

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      Ashwood Recovery July 26, 2018 at 3:59 am - Reply

      Wishing you the best on your journey!

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    Theresa jack July 7, 2018 at 3:01 am - Reply

    I was diagnosed with end stage liver disease may 24 2016. I was told the amount of ammonia in my brain which was at 224 I was a day away from expiring, so they flew me to another bigger hospital which I know now as a hospice last day alive hospital. I looked like I was pregnant with 5 babies and yellow as the sun. I was given 19 banana bags full of vitamins cuz I was dehydrated like a cactus in Arizona. I stayed in the hospital for almost a month recovering. Now 2 yrs later I’m alive because I decided to get sober. I stopped cold turkey with no addictions and no suffering. During those 2 yrs I’ve drank pickle juice as a remedy for salt and hydration, believe me Now I’m happy I chose to stop because I made it to owning my own car a job I had for two years and I got my youth back. I feel good and glad that I got a second chance. I was scared cuz I knew I was dying now I’m full of life and living it sober

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      Ashwood Recovery July 26, 2018 at 3:51 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your personal story. Wishing you the best as you continue your sober journey!

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      ziga December 2, 2018 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Thanks a lot,I felt lifted can’t stop crying,I will be strong

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        Anitha March 15, 2019 at 8:54 am - Reply

        Therasa jack plz share your food and supplements after you diagnosed as end stage
        It will help my father.plz

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      Tony troop January 12, 2019 at 8:27 am - Reply

      How old were u when this happend?
      If you dont mind my asking.

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    Laarni Lim August 4, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Had been dringking almost ten years. Hard drinks. 2 months ago i had always have these persistent allergies. Last night i had weird stomach pains. I really hope i can stop drinking. I havent seen my doctor yet.
    My dad died of liver cancer two years ago

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      Ashwood Recovery September 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your story! You can stop if it something you want to do! If you need help stopping alcohol we can help you https://www.ashwoodrecovery.com/contact-us.php

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      Patrick Brouwer September 20, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Curious of your progress. My family drinks daily so i followed suit. Weird allergies and now right abdo pain qith right shoulder ache.

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        Claire March 7, 2019 at 7:45 am - Reply

        This gives hope to us who have the same disease. Thank you all for sharing your inspiring stories.

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      Julia Radford January 11, 2019 at 2:45 am - Reply

      What kind of allergies?

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    Jenn August 13, 2018 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Almost 6 months sober. It seems like an entire new life. I had some liver damage at the time I quit, now going back for follow up testing. I have high hopes, but am still a little worried.

    Today, I had bad cravings, which is rare for me. I didn’t drink….though I stared at the bottle on the shelf. Your blog helped me with a little inspiration from the other posters. Thanks!

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      Ashwood Recovery September 8, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      So glad that this article resonated with you. Great job on resisting the temptation! Wishing you the best as you continue your sobriety!

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      C J December 29, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Question Did your social life and friends change

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    Laura August 25, 2018 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Feeling pain in my right lower rib area. Im sure it is liver problems. Ive cut back to 2 nights a week of drinking, but after reding this Im gonna stop. Might not be for ever, but I will make sure to put my health first.
    Thank you all for your above comments. I really heard all of you, loud and clear

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      Ashwood Recovery September 8, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      So glad that this article resonated with you. Best of luck on your sober journey!

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      gale November 2, 2018 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      hope you find AA I DID AND I LOVE IT VERY MUCH,i even ran into friends from school and I’m 61

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    Cj August 27, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I started feeling sickly like just weird, I looked like hell, my legs and feet would swell and then go down so would my abdominal section I decided to go to the hosp where they pumped me full of IV fluids, but all that did was make me swell all over, they put me in a dounut shaped thing to take pics of my abdominal section which I was then told was full of ascities, they said I had internal bleeding too, they wanted to do a blood transfusion I said no to that, I went home and quit drinking right then havent touched a drop since.
    I was swelled up for many months after that and had to keep getting drained which I did, I was put on iron pills and water pills, FINALLY I stopped swelling up because I started on a all protein diet and I bought Super Albumin tabs which I still take now, they work to stop your ascities.
    I am now back to weight lifting an jogging again like I used to do before I became a heavy beer drinker and I feel great again !! So do your own research on liver probs because had I not done that I wouldnt be as well as I am now, thats how I found out that having low albumin levels will give you ascities, so you have to switch to a high protein diet to get your liver to start making albumin again and the super albumin supplement will also help with that, one you get that under control your ascities will go away and only then can your liver begin to heal itself. The docs wont tell you all this stuff but I wil beause I lived it. And for Gods sake never drink again once you get back to normal,

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      Ashwood Recovery September 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for this insightful information. Best of luck as you continue on your sober journey!

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      Parthiban November 12, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

      Thanks for the hope CJ, can i go job? Am habving mild to moderate asitice and dr told me to take high protein diet….

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    ks September 11, 2018 at 12:10 am - Reply

    my brother just died of this at 62, he had quit drinking but perhaps not soon enough or he did not cleanse his diet. It is sad Glad some of you pulled through to have another chance

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      Ashwood Recovery September 16, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Sorry to hear about your loss. Wishing you and your family the best.

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    Veritas September 14, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Drank daily for 25 years, towards the end of this decades long binge I was drinking from the minute I woke up til the minute I went to sleep. Problem was I only slept 2-3 hours a day so that’s a lot of drinking. I am very athletic and have a high pain tolerance so I never felt any pain but one day I stared having tremors, they got so bad I had to hold a drink with two hands. Finally the drinking ended when I collapsed in seizures. I bit my tongue so hard and also gave myself a concussion from falling so hard. I was in intensive care for 5 days at 2 different hospitals. Woke up finally at the second hospital two all sorts of tubes and wires coming out of me. Never saw it coming. I was always very fit. Ran or walked 7 miles a day, lifted weights anything to stay fit so I thought I was safe. The weirdest thing about sobering up is now my balance and coordination is worse, I have to re learn everything. That and now I have to face my own mortality rather than laugh at it.

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      Ashwood Recovery September 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Wishing you the best as you continue on your recovery journey!

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    Lynn Pafford September 30, 2018 at 4:43 am - Reply

    I just found out I have liver disease. And the funny thing about it all is I don’t drink. I have a hard time getting comfortable day and night cause I feel like I’m 9 months pregnant. Also everytime I stand I have to a go to the bathroom. I have a dr’s appointment on the 2nd. And will find out what stage I’m at. I will fight to get better

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      Ashwood Recovery October 16, 2018 at 3:18 am - Reply

      We hope that things are well for you. Best wishes!

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      Lisa May 13, 2019 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      I hope things are improving. Change your diet high protein increased vegetables and learn to love lemons and grapefruit. I was on the transplant list and now my meld score is to low for transplant and I’m continuing to improve daily. Not one doctor told me to change my diet or increase water intake. I learned this online on sites like this.

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    jamie October 3, 2018 at 2:28 am - Reply

    this is good news im changing my life thank you

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      Ashwood Recovery October 16, 2018 at 3:11 am - Reply

      Thank you, Jamie, for working on changing your life today for a healthy tomorrow!

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    Susie October 6, 2018 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I have drank daily for about 20 years or more, my father was an alcoholic, died of heart failure at 70. I was diagnosed with stage 2 liver disease. I am on Ursodiol 2ce a day and vitamin E. My drinking is off and on. I can stop for weeks and then start up for weeks befor I stop again. I worry a lot about it but not enough to stop completely. I have a cyst on my liver that is slowly growing.. I pray for the strength to stop completely. I love my family. I know it’s hard but so worth it, pray for me…

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      Ashwood Recovery October 16, 2018 at 2:59 am - Reply

      Stay focused on your family, and stay focused on yourself! Best wishes!

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      Jesus October 26, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      I have no trouble at all quitting cold. but not everyone has willpower I guess. This would be a good time to get a medical marijuana card if I were you.

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      Tony December 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Susie, i will pray for you

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      Edwin April 30, 2019 at 6:00 am - Reply

      Thanks a lot for this. It gives a lot of encouragement and hope.

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      D. Farmer May 26, 2019 at 1:08 am - Reply

      I will pray for you, Susie.

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    Monica L Hurst October 14, 2018 at 1:20 am - Reply

    I just found out my liver enzymes are elevated Im 47 I do not drink I am diabetic Im worried I go back for blood work in 4 weeks

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      Ashwood Recovery October 16, 2018 at 2:45 am - Reply

      Stay strong, Monica! Best wishes.

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      Paul Maraldo May 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      I have the same thing going on. Been drinking heavily on and off for 10-15 years, my liver enzymes were elevated at a 79. I was told to stop drinking for 3 weeks and get an ultrasound of my liver and another blood test after the three weeks. I’m scared also…

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    erik villanueva October 15, 2018 at 3:29 am - Reply

    wow thank you all for sharing i been getting lower right rib pain and i been drinking for 10 years i quit a few weeks ago hope i can get out of this one

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      Ashwood Recovery October 16, 2018 at 2:41 am - Reply

      Opening up and joining the discussion is greatly appreciated. Wishing you a solid recovery!

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      Ashwood Recovery October 16, 2018 at 2:44 am - Reply

      Joining the discussion is greatly appreciated. Wishing you a solid recovery!

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    Keli Nelson October 22, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Well I just found out today that my liver enzymes are elevated 64 and 54. I drink a bottle of wine everyday for the last 3 years. Plus I started drinking when I was 18. I’ve had many years with alcohol. I see my doctor tomorrow. I know I have to quit drinking and that scares me. I hope I can do it. The thought of being at a bad stage of liver disease is really scaring me. I hope it hits me like a brick, and I will have 2nd thoughts about drinking.

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      Ashwood Recovery October 31, 2018 at 5:30 am - Reply

      We hope things are going well for you, Keli! Take care, and you can do this!

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      Lily February 6, 2019 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      I felt the same way you described. I haven’t had a drink in a week. I read a book by Allen Carr the easy way to quit drinking and it really helped. I know it’s onky a week but it’s a start. I dowkoaded it on my iPad and have read it twice!!

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    Nell October 25, 2018 at 6:00 am - Reply

    I’m very concerned. Blood work said ast 615 and alt 135. I don’t think I drink a lot. Now I’m scared I have liver damage.

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      Ashwood Recovery October 31, 2018 at 5:27 am - Reply

      Wishing you the best, Nell. We recommend communicating with your care giver to ensure there is nothing to worry about.

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    Christine October 28, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I have been drinking at least a bottle of red wine every day. Been doing this for over 30 years! Never had any tests for liver damage but my face is very ‘tanned’. I just put some wine down the sink and have decided to get clean. I know I have liver disease and finally have decided to do something about it. I’m off to the supermarket to buy some healthy vegetables! Wish me luck. I really cannot continue like this. I never feel ‘normal’.

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      Ashwood Recovery October 31, 2018 at 5:18 am - Reply

      Not only do we wish you luck, we wish you the best we have! You’ve got this!

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      Carol May 1, 2019 at 3:27 am - Reply

      I have done the same routine for a long time
      Just got results today my enzymes are very high ALT 193 AST 235…last September they were at 18 and 5…
      I’m very concerned

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    Dean Michaels October 28, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Hi there
    I have been drinking for the last 30 years – initially just beer and an occasional vodka (but drinking almost everyday) Slowly my alcohol consumption kept increasing till for the last 5 years its pretty much been 6-8 measures of vodka or 3-5 pints of beer everyday. One day i woke up with a pain in my lower LEFT ribcage which I ignored as a bruise – but it did not go away. it kept coming and going sporadically till it became a bit painful and when i felt myself up, found that the pain was towards the back of the rib-cage. I started reading up and realised it was an enlarged spleen. Further reading on causes of that made me realise that i might be at the early stages) of liver disease – i had no swelling in my abdomen, no pain or swelling in the RIGHT lower ribcage, no bleeding, no blood in vomit or stool. But I did realise that i could be suffering from liver damage as i was suffering from other symptoms like loss of appetite, weakness, a bit of muscle loss, itchiness and insomnia (could not sleep when i stopped drinking). I was afraid to go to the doc lest my family find out – so i took charge of things in my own hand. I have stopped drinking completely based on will power alone and changed my food habits to include a protein rich diet. I drink 4 liters of water a day and not a drop of alcohol for the last 10 days. I am going to join a gym but am waiting for a month so that at least some bits of the liver might be better and help can someone advise me that if i have stopped drinking completely and lead a healthy lifestyle for the next six months, do I still need to get a full diagnosis? Now or wait till my liver improves a bit? I hope to get to full recovery in the next 6 months or so

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      Ashwood Recovery October 31, 2018 at 5:17 am - Reply

      Dean, we would definitely recommend contacting your care provider for advise regarding whether a checkup is necessary. It couldn’t hurt! Best of luck to you, thank you for sharing your experience, and thank you so much more for your work towards a healthier you!

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      Ralph May 4, 2019 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      Dean , checking on you….We are similar in respect to consumption and illness….How are you doing?

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    Dora October 30, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Hi, I get a yrly physical every year and everything comes back normal except my cholesterol Always a little high but this time was my liver that came high, I get a call from dr office to stop drinking and taking Tylenol which I rarel take, and to go back in a month for more blood work, should I be worried? As I use to be a heavy drinker 10 yrs ago.

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      Ashwood Recovery October 31, 2018 at 5:12 am - Reply

      Dora, only your care adviser can tell you whether something is going on. We wish you the best with your blood work, and try not to worry! You’ve got this, take care!

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    Heather October 31, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    It has been inspiring reading all your comments. I am on day 3 being sober. I started as a casual drinker but have been a daily drinker (rum and cokes about 5 every night) for more than 15 years. I haven’t come clean to my doctor yet but know I need to on my next visit. I’m hoping there isn’t too much damage done to my liver. I have to say even on day three, there are no more shakes when I wake up, I can think clearer and am able to say good night to my son vs being passed out. Only issue so far is headache. Thanks for sharing your stories

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      Ashwood Recovery November 5, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your story, as well, Heather! You’ve got this!

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    gary MacMullen October 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I’ve read about many vitamins a person can take to help restore the liver.
    Milk thistle
    Oregon grape root, Artichoke, Angelica
    Yellow dock root
    Red root
    Dandelion root
    Fringe Tree Root Bark
    Ginger Root
    Chanca Redra

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      Ashwood Recovery November 5, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing, Gary. Love ginger!

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      Harry January 2, 2019 at 5:04 am - Reply

      This is correct, these supplements help support the liver, the only thing else I can suggest is water, 2 to 3 quarts a day, clean water in a BPA free container or water from a glass container, Avoid water thats been left in the sun on a pallet as some stores do here in the south where the temp soars in the summer they will put water on sale outside near the entrance, if you leave a bottle in your vehicle in the heat for hours , dispose of it.Avoid city water due to the chemicals that are added to it, avoid city water for tea and coffee.Stop your water consumption 3-4 hours before bedtime so you can reach REM sleep uninterrupted . Best of luck to all, Happy New year.

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    Lee October 31, 2018 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    I’ve been drinking for 30 years. Every year a bit more. Weekend binge, weekday evenings. The past 5 years I’ve been drinking much more and far too much every day.

    6 weeks ago, I started having right abdominal pain and knew immediately it was from drinking and stopped, cold. Saw the doctor, liver function is normal but ultrasound showed mild fatty liver. After reading all the comments here, I feel like the wake up call didn’t come too late. I hope I can reverse some of the damage or at least it doesn’t get worse. I’m sure I’ll stay sober but regret not being able to have a social drink, now and then. But, I’d rather live.

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      Ashwood Recovery November 5, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Lee, thank you for adding to the discussion, and thank you more for your commitment to life, and a healthier you!

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    Joy November 1, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Thank you for this article. I’m bookmarking this discussion as people’s stories give me hope. I’m drinking turmeric in coconut milk with cinnamon, ginger & black pepper – the black pepper helps the body absorb the turmeric more readily. I hope that will start to reverse the damage I’ve caused. Oh, the recipe is 2 cups coconut milk, heat with 2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger & 1/4 tsp black pepper. Don’t boil! Just heat slowly. I strain it in my cup, otherwise you get a mouthful of spices! You can add a tsp of honey to sweeten it if you like.

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      Ashwood Recovery November 5, 2018 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome, Joy! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Greta VF November 2, 2018 at 8:58 am - Reply

    It’s just not working anymore. 35 years and counting, many of my friends have no idea how much alcohol a 5’3′ 58-year old woman like me can pound back. A bottle of wine a day was nothing, so I started adding vodka to my alcohol diet. It just kept taking more and more to not even get to where I was trying to go. In addition to starting to drink earlier in the day, my tolerance level is what scared me. Today is the one-week abstinence mark, and it’s do or die as far as I am concerned. I am going to get my blood work done this month and will pray for a miracle. Because at the rate I had been going, it would surprise me if there is no damage done.The time has come to stop the insanity because time’s a wastin’. Fate brought me to this site because I am going to a concert tomorrow night and I was already wrestling with the demon spirits in my head about exactly what I was going to drink, when I was going to start, and how much. Thank you for the impetus for staying sober..

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      Ashwood Recovery November 5, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      So glad that this article resonated with you! Congratulations on your commitment to a healthier you!

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      Lea April 18, 2019 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Blood work tests are good but I’d recommend the FibroScan which is a specialized ultrasound machine for your liver that measures fibrosis (scarring) and steatosis (fatty change) in your liver. Some in this thread have mentioned it by saying “ultrasound” so I thought I’d add the specific name for it- it is a wake up call – the question I have is are folks here who are giving up the daily alcohol able to drink socially? So maybe on weekends? That part I really enjoy-

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    gale watts November 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    all i can say is read bills story in the BIG BOOK OF AA

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      Ashwood Recovery November 5, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing, and adding to the discussion!

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    Todd November 5, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I have been drinking heavily my whole life since the age of 16. I am currently 45. About 9 months ago my doctor informed me that my liver enzyme count was slightly elevated (57ALT / 77AST). I had an ultrasound and was diagnosed with fatty liver and was told I should quit drinking. I struggled for awhile and finally quit drinking 3 months ago. Zero alcohol. I feel completely better, although, I did notice that I started to crave eating junk foods. I just went in again today for a 2nd blood test and my liver count was still slightly high (46ALT / 64AST). I think maybe I need to give it more time and keep doing the right things(not drink alcohol). Its heading in the right direction, but not as quickly as I would like it to. Maybe I need to make changes to my eating habits as well

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      Ashwood Recovery November 10, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      That is definitely significant improvement, Todd. We are glad you are working towards a healthier life one step at a time.

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    Dave November 11, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I binge drink on the weekends generally. Some weekends I just have a few beers and are ok others not so good. I’m trying to cut back, I drink lots of water and have a very healthy diet. I’m 49 and will get a full check up when I turn 50. Great to hear the power of the liver to regenerate. I started binge drinking regularly when I was 26 so looking to make some changes.

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      Ashwood Recovery November 14, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      We are excited to see this desire to make changes for the better, Dave! So glad that this article resonated with you.

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    Rusty Deweese November 14, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Hi I’m Rusty I’m 35 years old and I have cirrhosis of the liver. I drink hard liquor for about 15 years and it took a major toll. I’ve been sober for about 2 years now. About 8 months ago eye doctor said that going by the numbers that I only had 1 to 3 years left to live without a transplant. I have a son that’s 15 in and a daughter that’s 14. And it doesn’t look like I’m going to get one. So I want to eat healthy and live longer if possible

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      Ashwood Recovery November 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      We are grateful to know that you have been focusing on a healthier you, Rusty. We wish you and your family happy holidays.

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    Mark Atkinson November 17, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Hi ive got cirroses of liver had it for 16 year now my bloodtests come back normal now ive nevertouched a drink for 16 year some times at the right side of rib cage i feel like a small pain some times as though some 1 is poking me had scans said its just muscle docter said if i stay alcahole free i should live a normal life only thing people got to worry about with alchol cirhosis is that cancer doesnt set in you just keep your fingers crossed and hope

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      Ashwood Recovery November 18, 2018 at 1:34 am - Reply

      We are glad to know that you are doing well, Mark! Thank you for your best wishes, and happy holidays.

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    Valerie November 24, 2018 at 6:05 am - Reply

    My problem is I am in a wheelchair and mostly bed ridden can not walk for 15 years now! I DO NOT DRINK first of all so a lot of this information does not concern me! But I have MS/ Lupus / Fibromalagia/ I am diabetes/ I have badly advanced Osteoprorosis that my bones are crystalized/ because of this I have ribs and 17 vertebrates fractured they repaired 4 but now it is to dangerous to do more! I broke and fractured my right hip/ My left leg is paralyzed because of the MS. I have had 4 Myocarditis and Pericarditis in 4 years. I had a Pulmonary etubulation and went into a coma for 1 month went to the other side and they resuitated and brought me back but hospitalized for 3 months! I was on Immunoglobin for 10 years twice a week from 7:00am to 8:00pm and prednisone 100mg for 10 years and no calcium pills! But I was prescribe 65 pills PER DAY YES PER DAY! Plus 150mg of fentanyl and 2 Statex of 20mg every 4 hours on top of the 65 pills and Methertrexate every week! Now I have an infection they do not know where I have been on 3 times of Antibiotics very sick! / The Doctors are scared the infection will go into my blood. They say I have a medicated liver! What can I do because the information that the website is saying stop drinking! I got the Doctors to bring down the pills as much as possible the best they could do is down to 16 per day it has been 2 years. I lowered the Fentanyl to 50 and 2 Statex of 5 mg every 2 or 3 days when I can not bear the pain no more. Thank you for your help! Sorry for the misspelled words! Valerie

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      Ashwood Recovery November 28, 2018 at 2:21 am - Reply

      Valerie, please feel free to contact us at the information provided on the page, and we would be happy to speak with you regarding your questions. Alternatively, we recommend contacting your care provider for recommended treatment paths. Best wishes, we look forward to hearing from you.

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    Dat November 25, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Besides from alcohol affecting the liver. Everyone should also check for hemochromatosis. Where the body stores too much iron, specifically in the liver. Good luck to all and thanks for sharing your story.

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      Ashwood Recovery November 28, 2018 at 2:17 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing that tip.

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        Bill April 23, 2019 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        Hello. Alt 108 ast 54, mildly dilated hepatic ducts only findings on US and MRI, otherwise normal. Dr. Can’t figure out what is wrong. No drinks during week, twice/month binger for last 8 years. Thoughts?

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      Bo January 22, 2019 at 5:09 am - Reply

      Yes. Check your ferritin levels which is stored iron in the liver. My ferritin levels are 1605 which is very high. It’s basically from drinking everyday for the past 20 years. I’m having phlebotomy treatment now to lower the levels.

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      Jud March 1, 2019 at 3:29 am - Reply

      I’m curious what were your symptoms. I have low GGT and can’t eat any meat or dairy anymore. Just quit drinking again at Christmas. It was like a stabbing pain in my Liver. The scan showed I have 3 cysts on my liver.I was hoping it was just my Gallbladder. Nope. I had read that to much iron had something to do with low GGT. but I had been drinking Milk Thistle tea for a couple weeks before I had my blood work. Now my pain is just like a burning, itch or pinching feeling. My doc told me to quit drinking and we would look at the cysts again in a couple yrs. I need to try something.

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    Joe November 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Inspired article. Was l had moderate liver damage has been on and off alcohol but for some days now have stayed off. Scared to go for blood tests. Hope to stay off for ever. Any advice.

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      Ashwood Recovery December 1, 2018 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      We are here for you, Joe! If you need a helping hand, please reach out to us at the contact information provided on this page. Look forward to hearing from you.

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    William December 2, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    I’ve been drinking (scotch vodka rum gin bourbon beer anything you put on the table is fine wine to me) since I was 8yrs old. My dad died Nov. 1968 of a brain aneurysm, he was 36yrs old. His death blew my mind, I couldn’t bear the loss! My mother’ sister had a husband named Bobby and Bobby and my dad were two peas in a pod tight as buddy’s could be! Bobby would pick me up and we’d cry together (and cry and cry). Until one day Bobby and I were sitting in his car, a 1968 Buick Electra 225 4door with the Buick rims, tinted windows, aluminum mud flaps and, curb finders, that car was a real low rider! He pulled out a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, orange juice and these little plastic cups. He poured us both drinks, handed me a cup and said “Sip it and swallow slow”. It tasted good and it felt even better! It numbed the dull throbbing pain in my head ever time I thought about my father.. And so Bobby and I became drinking partners. It didn’t take long to figure out that Dad and Bobby were drinking partners and now that Dad was gone Bobby took me under his wing. Bob was a two fisted drinker, liquor glass in one hand beer bottle in the other, yeah I followed suit. By the time I was 13yrs old I could drink with the best of them and no one said anything about my age because I was “Billie’s son, Bobby’s nephew”! Joined the USMC in 1979 at 19 did 4 yrs there and got out 1983 Honorably. In 1985 I joined NYC Dept of Correction and retired in 2007 at 47yrs old! God has been good to me but I never put that bottle down. 3 weeks before my 50th birthday my girlfriend had my one and only child, a little girl.. I was so scared of being a father that I drank a whole 5th of Johnnie Walker Black and passed out.. Being a dad changes everything though and I didn’t want my daughter to see me drunk so I started slowing down.. I stopped buying 5th’s and only bought pints. When she turned 4yrs old I enrolled her in school so, I had to be presentable to the principal and teachers, I’d only drink on the weekends or take a few sips really late at night.. My daughter is 8yrs old now in 3rd Grade doing great! But thoughts about me and my dad haunt me and I don’t want her to be like me so on Sept 5, 2018 I tried to quit! On my birthday in Oct I slipped up.. Got drunk and fell and hurt my knee! Went to the doctor and my blood pressure was 160/108! The doctor put me on meds and did blood work, she said “My liver enzymes are elevated” so if I’m drinking I need to slow down. I laughed, this lady don’t know what I’ve been doing the last 50yrs! But, it’s no laughing matter.. Bobby is 83yrs old and the doctors had to cut both his legs off at the knees because of diabetes! I thought I’d loose my mind again seeing him in that hospital bed with no legs but the responsibility of my daughter made me snap back! It’s Sunday Dec. 2nd 2018 and I’m sitting on the side of the road pondering my life. God has been so gracious and merciful to me! Through many dangers toils and snares I have already come! ‘‘Tis Grace has brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home. I don’t think I’ve drank enough to fill a 5th bottle since school started and I’m grateful for the strength to fight it but sometimes the taste in my mouth is overwhelming! It’s like my own body is fighting with my mind to drink when I don’t want to! Anyway, I’m going to buy something to eat and go to bed. If I can make it to bed, I’ll be okay I won’t drink and tomorrow is a new day! Thank you for this website and for the opportunity to bend your ear.. I feel better!

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      Ashwood Recovery December 4, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your experiences, William! We are happy you stopped by, and happy holidays!

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      Harry December 9, 2018 at 7:02 am - Reply

      Merry Christmas William! Interesting to read about certain events,Two of my drinkin buddies have passed on and ones still alive at 68 years old, and recently had his foot cut off and he still drinks with his son under their carport, he won’t stop drinking. I retired from alcohol as I developed a yeast infection, Doc said no beer, nothing! No! No bread, potatoes, rice, no fruit, except raspberries. The good lord gave me the strength and will and I don’t drink anymore, it took 6 months of diet, no alcohol, meds and vitamins including milk thistle,Dandelion to get my liver readings back in the good. Enjoy that daughter, one day grandkids will follow, Hang tuff when that devil jumps on your shoulder and sys lets get a drink, tell him to go to hell.

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    Sean December 5, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Hi All ……………..

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    Sean December 5, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I’m excited to share news with everyone and anyone who reads.. Iv read All the comments and most of these stories/testimonies are so unique, passionate and relative…
    Im a 28yr Male who has struggled with alcohol addiction my whole life, most people if not everyone in my state drinks! I’m not kidding! I live in New Mexico, Abq my whole life til present, and there straight up isnt anything to do in this state so everyone drinks, theres always an excuse to get Lit here, holidays, lil kid birthdays, regular birthday’s, football, basketball, baseball on tv, Super Bowl, The World series, March Maddness, our NFL teams (Go Broncos), Let’s not forget the “But it’s the weekend” reason Etc. So at a very young age I saw my pop’s drink, my uncles, my aunts, older cousins, grandparents etc. So growing up no one ever had a problem with anyone in our family drinking. Accept my mom who at the time looked down on it but didnt judge or intervene until it became a problem.. I started drinking heavily at a early age of 14. My best friends dad owned 2 restaurants where we live so let’s just say they were never home and there was an abundance of alcohol to always replenish their restuarant’s.. Along with our selves.. I payed sports, football, basketball, baseball so it was inevitable to not be at parties or wherever there was pretty girls and a bottle.. I lost all my scholarship’s my senior year for baseball, I had full rides, and half rides to Amazing colleges, 2 fith’s of Vodka a suite and a tie Ruined my chances of ever playing baseball again.. while everyone was figuring out what to do that following summer I was still drinking hard everyday at least a pint and a few beers everyday. After 2 years of college I gave up worked odd constructive jobs made okay money to get by and afford my ciggerets and alcohol at this point still consuming as much as a pint and a half every day with at least a 6 pack..Then I landed a job working as a professional photographer from age 21 to 23.. I worked all around our state starting my mornings at 3Am and finishing at 10pm this took a tole on me because now I was drinking and driving not getting any sleep couldnt breathe because of the ciggerets and just burning both ends of my candle! Thank the lord withing those 3 years I didnt kill anybody! I made Amazing money but it would all go to Alcohol and cigarettes and once ur drunk u spend ur money on worthless crap.. I had enough of it, enough of the life style, i was about to give up on life! So i was in some shity hotel in some shity city in my state i got Down on my knees wasted and begged God to take away my pains, my addictions, my sorrows and laid it out on the table to give it all to the lord! Now I was always religious and in the back of my head I know I was truly doing wrong and I wasnt living with the spirit inside me! Months went on I quit that job became a backroom manager at target to be closer to my gf who now is my wife, and she straight up told me she was going to leave me because of the drinking, I buckled down went to church and the Spirit came flowing through me.. my first 2 weeks of sobriety was the hardest being so use to having 2 pints and a 18 pack a day along with 2 packs of cig’s I struggled.. But everyday at the beginning is the hardest.. After these initial 2 weeks it gradually became easier with the help of chantex to quit smoking cigarettes which helped my alcoholic cravings slowly decease.. at the End of this January I will be completely 5 years sober off ciggerets and alcohol, With a beautiful wife of 7 years and a beautiful gorgeous baby girl who is 2 and the reason I am still on an amazing path I am today along with her loving mother And our AMAZING LORD. I dont get ciggeret or alcohol cravings anymore and after that initial 1st year of being sober I could feel my body change my kidneys and liver stopped hurting, I had 100% more energy and i just felt like it was Go time! I’m ready to live life free of alcohol addiction! I still until this day dont ever think I will be able to drink an alcoholic beverage again And I can truly say I’m blessed to be extremely okay with that. I got nervous and anxious even trying a non alcoholic beer! I hated the way it made me feel and even having 1 those isnt even worth it to me! Thank u spirit for working through me! I know its him that courses through my vaccines to not need that addiction anymore! I pray for all of you that are struggling and I pray u find your light, And just know theres hope for you! If your willing to accept the facts, and accept that you have a problem and accept that you need help! That’s the first step to recovery and your Actions have to follow! Only you can want it, only YOU can stop it, And with help you can change your life around just like I did. I hope I can reach at least 1 person! That would truly make my sobriety worth even more! I’m praying for all of you! Faith, Hope, And Love!

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    Sean December 5, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Lol last comment I promise.. I just wanted to add that I no longer work as a manager in the backroom of target. Iv spread my wings and being sober brought a new ambitious state of mind. Sense I was 25 until present 12/5/2018 I have a full blown career. I’m a H.H.A coordinator (Scheduler for short) and I supervise 28 CNA’s along with a team of 25 RN’s , a team of 15 social workers and chaplains under my belt! I’m just saying with the lord anything is possible! Always praying, and God bless! Faith, Hope and love!

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      Ashwood Recovery December 7, 2018 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Congratulations are in order, Sean! Right back at you, best wishes!

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    Gregory December 6, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Hey guys I have been dealing with alcoholism for about 10 years now…have a little bit of liver damage and finally have decided to quit all together. It had definitely been a struggle especially since I manage a bar, bit I’m trying to fight. One thing I havent seen on here at all and I dont want to get kicked from the bored and I’m not trying to troll…but I have been doing a lot of research lately in how marijuana can help rebuild the liver. More so the oil form of it, now I know it’s not legal everywhere but I definitely think this is something I am going to give a try to, it might be helpful to some or not helpful at all I just figured I would give my two cents.

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      Ashwood Recovery December 7, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing that, Gregory. There is nothing wrong with pointing out research and healing methods you have been looking into.

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      Harry December 9, 2018 at 7:15 am - Reply

      Hey, you can also try Milk Thistle, Dandelion,Taurine, and clean water, no city water cause you don’t know what chemicals are in it. Buy some type of bottled water in a BPA free bottle, Drink 2 quarts a day, none after 6pm. I had a friend who restored his liver readings back to a normal range doing this. Best of luck and Merry Christmas

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        terry December 27, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        Hi Harry, I’m doing a similar recipe to heal my liver but wondering why no water after 6 pm?

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          Harry January 2, 2019 at 4:40 am - Reply

          Liquids after 6pm can cause you to need to pee in the wee hours of the morning, a time when you have reached REM sleep, If you are able drink some clean water as soon as you roll out of bed, I stumble to the fridge and chug some right away, after that basically every 30 minutes drink up. For me, I work straight days, same hours, after 6 pm no liquids.Good luck. LMK if you have any more questions, Happy New Year.

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    anissa December 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe I came upon this thread when I did! I am a 41 year female and probably go through a handle of Tito’s vodka straight every 3-4 days. only at night, come home to relax and pass out basically. up every day at 5 am to the gym and successfull all day. but there’s that glass of vodka every single night for years and years. Now I am starting to deal with serious stomach pains. My labs keep coming back normal but just recently my liver was elevated just a little. I know this should be taken as a warning sign to slow the hell down. I just work so hard, I’ve always looked forward to my evening cocktails. Guess I need to wake up and learn it’s not worth it! Thank you all so much for this!

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      Ashwood Recovery December 12, 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome, and thank you for stopping by! So glad this article resonated with you.

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      Mike December 14, 2018 at 3:31 am - Reply

      Anissa, I’m the male version of you I’m 16 days without alcohol. No real withdrawal issues. Just had to make the mental switch. I love my life and have a great family. My life completely blessed, I need to make sure I stay around to make the most of it. Leaving early due to issues with drinking is not how I’m going to go.

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    Gene December 17, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I am so glad I came across this site. It is good to see all these stories. Very inspirational. I have been drinking way too much for a very long time to heal deal with my anxiety which I have had since childhood. I am going to follow these instructions. I have been cold turkey for 4 days. If I cant do it on my own I will make the call.

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      Ashwood Recovery December 19, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

      We hear you loud and clear, Gene. We look forward to hearing from you, regardless of how you are doing.

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    Gene December 27, 2018 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Day 13 – Had no withdrawal symptoms at all. Feel much better. Feeling very positive and grateful.

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      Ashwood Recovery December 27, 2018 at 5:25 am - Reply

      That is great news, Gene! Happy you shared this.

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        Gene January 13, 2019 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        Day 32 and I feel really good. Have to drink a lot of metamucil though. Hiking everyday. Walked 5 miles this morning and felt great.

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          Ashwood Recovery January 21, 2019 at 3:43 pm - Reply

          Gene,

          Awesome! Wishing you nothing but continued success – you’ve got this!

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    Jacquelyn December 27, 2018 at 6:09 am - Reply

    I am 48yr old female. I abused alcohol for 8yrs. Mostly drinking beer and wine in the evenings and weekends. I would have a hang over at least once a week. About 2 yrs ago I started to feel a full feeling under my right rib but because all blood work and scans said I was fine I continued to drink. I did cut back about 6 months ago and stopped drinking completely 2 months ago because again I had pain in right rib and shoulder blade. I really didn’t have any problem stopping. Fear is a powerful motivator. Although blood work done a week ago was normal and CT scan done a month ago was normal I still know things are not normal. I feel nauseous, not all the time but sometimes it can last all day. I have lost 10 pounds and wasn’t trying and I’m not over weight. I have a flushing and itchy feeling and I am getting dark circles under my eyes. My doctors don’t feel like they can test any further even tho I told them about my drinking. What else can I do? I’m afraid!

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      Ashwood Recovery January 1, 2019 at 5:53 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your personal experiences, Jacquelyn! If you feel as though there could be something else going on or something that is wrong, you could always seek out a different doctor for another opinion. Glad so far everything is coming back fine for you. Best of luck heading into the new year!

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      LindaE March 25, 2019 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Have you had a biopsy or a fibroscan done? I just lost my husband to liver cancer (not from drinking, it was metastatic) and he had the symptoms you’re describing, especially pain in right shoulder and the itching. If you haven’t had a biopsy or a scan to check for cancer, please do it asap.

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    Debbie December 28, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I stumbled on this website. I’m really grateful to everyone being so honest with their stories. I got bloods done and was told my liver levels were high. Doctor told me to cut down on drinking during the week but weekends were ok? He doesn’t know how bad my drinKong is. Some nights I can drink two bottles of wine easily and still function the next day without feeling any effects. The reason Im telling is because I have that pain on my right side under my ribs. I know it’s my liver screaming for me to stop driking. So far I’ve managed two days . Today is my second day without drinking. I’m hoping I can keep this up. Anyhoo good luck to everyone

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      Ashwood Recovery January 1, 2019 at 5:49 am - Reply

      Debbie thanks for sharing, and awesome job on your 2 days sober – You can do this!

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    Bobby December 28, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    My story is very similar to the others here. I have been drinking bourbon for abt 10 yrs. At first it was just a couple drinks when out for dinner. Then I started buying my own to take home, usually a fifth. Since then it has escalated to more expensive bourbons. I don’t remember when but it became a habit which has prooved very, very hard to stop. In 2017 I managed a 3 month abstinance. One day I decided 1 drink wouldn’t hurt. Then I was back in the rut. I would be thinking about a drink before I got home from work. I have had pain in the R ribcage, back and side for a while. I am still trying. No bourbon since C’mas eve. I can’t believe how hard it is to just stop!

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      Ashwood Recovery January 1, 2019 at 5:48 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing Bobby! Wishing you the best on your sober journey! If you need anything we are always here 208-906-0782.

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    Mimi December 29, 2018 at 12:15 am - Reply

    46 year old female who drinks way too much every night after work, and in the afternoon onto bedtime on weekends (mostly beer). Been drinking for a long time. I know we all have our problems, but I have twin boys with autism and drinking helps me deal with their diagnosis and tantrums. Had blood work done last week and got a call from doctor today saying he wants to see me again on Monday. Said not urgent but we had to discuss, and no alcohol and Tylenol. He’s concerned since everything was fine 2 years ago. Not looking forward to the results on Monday.

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      Ashwood Recovery January 1, 2019 at 5:46 am - Reply

      Thanks for sharing and wishing you the best!

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    Tarah December 29, 2018 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Hi. I am 27 and started drinking at about 20 so daily drinking with a few breaks here and there.my teenage years I was very healthy and active. Played every sport and captain of the cheer team The last year I was drinking got really bad. From the time I woke up to when I whet to bed. But I thought hey I’m only 27 there’s no history in my family of liver issues. I’m good. Wrong. With in 1 week I bloated up. Looked pregnant! I threw up blood. Tons. And my eyes and skin got very yellow . I went to doc. Was told I may not make it thru the night. I thought what? I have busted varacies so it led to 2 blood transfusions a surgery to put bands on my veins. And 7 trips to ICU. I thought I’d never get better !! Now I’m 7 months sober. I thought I could never quit no way .. I dropped the alcohol the night I went to the ER. I’m back to normal weight. No bloating even with out meds. No pain feel great and energetic!!! You can do it !! I promise

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      Ashwood Recovery January 1, 2019 at 5:45 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tarah, for sharing your personal experiences! Sorry, you went through all that but congratulations on your 7 months sober – that’s awesome!

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    JPA December 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Such a great help this info n stories. Thx from the bottom of my heart and hope we all get better.

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      Ashwood Recovery January 1, 2019 at 5:41 am - Reply

      We are glad this article resonated with you! Wishing you the best on your recovery journey!

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    Peter January 3, 2019 at 1:21 am - Reply

    I am 33 and have been drinking since I was 18 I quit for 6 months when I was 26 but took it back up with a vengeance. in june 2017 I got diagnosed with severe NAFLD and swollen spleen I got a fibroscan and the score came back at 4.6 I was told my liver has significant liver damage but is reversible if i lose weight and get off the booze but I can still drink the safe limit. I cut right down on drinking from 3 six packs of beer a day to 1 to 1 and a half six pack a day then my father got very the following april and was hospitalized and I started drinking more he passed away in hospital in late may and I drink very heavy anything I could find. I started getting a small pain under my right rib cage and I knew it was liver as I have had it before because thats why I went too the doctors the previous year in the first place I decided in december 2018 that my new years resolution will be too quit booze and so I have been sober for 4 days now. I am finding it much easier than it was last time no withdraw symptoms I do crave a beer soemtimes but no heat palpitations no jitters no depression nothing I think I will be ok. I am going too wait a couple of weeks and go and see the new doctor and get my liver checked I think I should be fine I don;t think that my liver can chnage that much in a year or at least I hope not.

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      Ashwood Recovery January 4, 2019 at 2:22 am - Reply

      We hope all goes well, Peter! You’ve got this!

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    Brendon January 11, 2019 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Hi everyone. Reading this made me feel a bit better and I hope everyone is doing well. I’m kind of a novice in terms of being an alcoholic but I know how awful it must have been for everyone. After college I became depressed and turned to alcohol. I probably had 5-6 or so shots every night during the week and then drank to get drunk with friends on weekends. I stopped for a week or so a couple of times but after 3 and a half years of drinking almost every day, I finally stopped a couple of weeks ago for good and am going on my third sober week. I was concerned with the damage I had done to my body. Naturally the first thing I did was google my one symptom of abdominal pain around the rib cage and was petrified that I had done awful, irreversible damage to my liver or pancreas and was going to die because of a few years of daily binge drinking. I’m going to the doctor for blood work tomorrow and an abdominal exam so I’m less terrified and guilt ridden to know that even if I did a little bit of damage, I can turn my life around and be normal and sober with some hard work, dedication and sobriety. This thread helps me feel less alone and scared tonight, so thanks.

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      Ashwood Recovery January 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your personal experiences, Brendon! Wishing you nothing but the best as you go to your appointment. You can definitely turn it around and achieve sobriety as it sounds like it is something you want.

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    marc January 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I would suggest taking a balanced b complex (b50), milk thistle, dandelion root, liposomal glutathione, zinc, vitamin c, vitamin e, serrapeptase on an empty stomach evenings and mornings, vitamin k, vitamin d, nac, alpha lipoic acid and l-pyroglutamate.

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    Anon January 17, 2019 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    My Mother is a recovering alcoholic, and seeing her do that to herself growing up, I made the decision then and there to never abuse alcohol. The irony of the situation is, even though I rarely have a drink I managed to get NAFLD just from being obese, more than likely from the two liters of coke a day. My Liver enzymes are extremely elevated. So far I havent had anything except water to drink for the last ten days and i feel pretty good. Going to the doctor on Saturday to get some updated blood work. Wish me luck!

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      Ashwood Recovery January 21, 2019 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and we wish you nothing but the best! Switching from soda to water was definitely a good call! You’ve got this!

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    roger January 26, 2019 at 3:45 am - Reply

    hi guys, 73 and have alpha-1 anti trypsin deficiency, and i love a beer, what say you??? regards

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      Ashwood Recovery January 29, 2019 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Roger! Thank you for leaving your comment, but if you are concerned about your health you will need to discuss that with your doctor as they have your full medical history and can provide a full explanation.

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    Susan M Vigue February 1, 2019 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    53, heavy wine drinker for 2 years – 2 -3 bottles a day. Asymptomatic except fatigue which I attributed to depression. Recently had routine bloodwork done to find my liver enzymes in the 900’s. I quit almost all of my meds cold turkey, started eating liver healthy foods. Still drinking wine though. Hoping diet and less meds will help some. I know I need to quit drinking.

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      Ashwood Recovery February 2, 2019 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your experiences, Susan! We would recommend to cut back and/or stop drinking as well. However, your doctor will be able to monitor your health as a whole and recommend next steps. We are here if you need help stopping alcohol, and wish you nothing but success moving forward!

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    Lawdoc February 4, 2019 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I’m really happy to read this… I was a heavy drinker until I got sick, my eyes turned yellow but it wasn’t hap A,B nor C… the doc said it was caused by heavy alcohol use. I received treatment, got better, quit drinking, included a lot of fruits and vegetables and water to my diet. Sticked to fish and small amount of meat ( which I still do now). I think I’m very fine right now.

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      Ashwood Recovery February 6, 2019 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your experiences! Glad you were able to get better and stop drinking! Wishing you continued success on your sober journey!

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    Stephanie Decker February 7, 2019 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    This blog is amazing! My brother is end stage renal disease due to Cirrhosis. He was diagnosed almost three years ago now and he is still alive. He quit drinking and uses medication to help him clear out all the toxins. This blog has given me hope that he may live longer than his doctor has predicted. This blog has given me hope that his liver may indeed heal itself.

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      Ashwood Recovery February 8, 2019 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Glad this article resonated with you! Wishing you and your family nothing but the best as your brother continues his sober journey!

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    Lori P Baugher February 14, 2019 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Good morning all,

    Wow, all sounds like me. I’ve had an enlarge liver for more than 5 years, no increase in enzymes until last year. Had blood work, that came back with Hep C, Hemochomitois, and Celiac disease. Had a EGG and Liver Biopsy. Let me tell you the liver biopsy was extremely painful. Well, after all the tests, no Hep c, no Hemochomotois or Celiac. So I didn’t stop drinking. I’ve had no pain, just weight gain, more than 20 plus pounds. Many months of trying to cut back, without much success. It’s hard to stop when both socially and with family time was drinking. So, I decided to quit after Super Bowl. Going from a pint of bourbon a day and half dozen beers on the weekend, cold turkey. Bourbon hasn’t bothered me, beer on Saturday was hard. I broke down and had two. Will continue to stay strong, even after a few setbacks. Thank you all for sharing. I feel after reading, I too can do it for years to come. God bless.

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      Ashwood Recovery February 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your experiences, Lori! We wish you nothing but success on your sober journey! If you find that quitting is too hard, please reach out we are here 24/7!

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    Ashley February 17, 2019 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I’m 33 years old. I have been drinking since I was 13. I also used drugs until I was 21, then went to strictly drinking (drinking hard core at that) the only times I would quit drinking was when I was pregnant with my kids, and even then I’d have a glass of wine here and there. I was sent to the hospital a few months back with my 6th or 7th attack of pancreatitis. At that point they admitted me. I wasnt sure why at first. They told me that my enzymes were at 10,000….yes, you read that right. They asked me how much I drank a day, and I nonchalantly said 2 or 3 bottles of vodka. (Like it was normal) it was normal to me I guess. I couldn’t function without it. Throwing up, seizures, hallucinations, ect. So I had to drink. They kept me there doing tests and MRI scans and pumping me full of all sorts of vitamins through my IV. They kept trying to explain to me that I needed to stop drinking. They for whatever reason didn’t tell me exactly what was wrong. I left the hospital and against their advice I never did a follow up with a specialist. I went home sober and actually stayed that way for a few months. Then started drinking heavily again. My Family talked me into getting the print out and imagining from the hospital. Well, I did the other day….after reading it and looking at my liver I am in tears as I watch my 3 babies play outside. I have a fatty liver, sever alcoholic hepatitis, small volume ascites. I really did a number on myself, and worst of all, I am now possibly hurting my kids to grow up without me. I’m a single mom so I have no clue what will happen to them if something were to happen to me. My aunt and my uncle both died of liver failure and her I am….just throwing my life away. I did stay at my parents for 4 days while I detoxed this last time so they could help with the kids. I feel much better as far as detox symptoms, but I am very weak. I feel like I’m walking in a fog. I tried calling doctors, unfortunately I have state insurance so its difficult to have any want to take it for my condition. I wish I would have stopped this crap years ago. I pray for anyone that is going through this. I pray we all get through it. I started taking milk thistle and omega 3 vitamins. Went to the store and bought a bunch of healthy foods and through out all the junk. Idk if it will fix things, but I’m guessing it can’t hurt. I’m scared…..this is all I think about now. I just dont want to die. Not for my own selfish reasons, but for my kids. They deserve to have a good sober mom. They deserve a good life. I just pray I didn’t ruin that for them. Keep strong everyone, I’m trying to…..for my kids sake.

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      Ashwood Recovery February 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, Ashley. Eating healthy definitely can’t hurt and can help to lessen the withdrawals you may have from quitting drinking. Sounds like you are off to a great start! We wish you and your family nothing but lifelong happiness and success!

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      Corey February 24, 2019 at 11:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Ashley. I’m right there with you. I’m facing the health problems, wondering how I got myself into this. I’m scared and ashamed and a bunch of feelings I don’t want to feel. The problem is, for my entire life, when I didn’t want to have these feelings I drank, and now, I’ve got to face everything sober now. Scary.
      I’m not one for slogans or speaking in quotes, but I so keep thinking, “One day at a time.” I’m trying my very best to stop worrying about the words “never drinking again” and am thinking only, “just don’t drink today.” I’m also trying hard not to get myself all worked up about it. Stopping drinking doesn’t have to be a terrible experience or insanely difficult. Does it? I keep reminding myself that withdrawals WILL feel bad, but that’s just my body getting healthy. Ridding itself of toxins. And I also keep reminding myself of something I’ve read most recovering addicts say: That it was hard a first, but they eventually felt great and quitting was the best thing they ever did. And I figure, what one person can do, another person can do. Right?
      Just remember, there are countless people out there who were in your shoes and they all successfully quit drinking. Good luck Ashley. Write back anytime. Let me know how you’re doing.

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    Mike Key February 22, 2019 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Hello
    Thank you so much for this tread, it gave me some relieve. I have been having severe lower back pain for 6 months now. It became more severe that when i sit now, I experience numbness and weak eyes of the leg.
    I visited a Doctor last week and after blood and urine they discovered a bile pigment in my liver. Can that possibly cause lower back pain ? ( i have done a kidney pathology, MRI for lumbar vertebrae without contrast, xray of the back bone and nothing was discovered)

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      Ashwood Recovery February 26, 2019 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      We are glad you are finding support here with us and our other readers! We wish you all the best with your health as you continue your journey.

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    Corey February 24, 2019 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Hello, my name is Corey, I’m 50 yrs old and I’m here because I’m very aware of my drinking problem and very much feel the need to know I’m not the only one struggling with this insidious disease. – I think I’ve know I had a problem drinking very early on and not just because both my parents, both sets of grandparents and one grandmother (and entire step family) were all alcoholics. Often I think about myself as a child back in the 70’s, not realizing then that the odds were very much against me that I wouldn’t become an alcoholic. Now that I think about it, I had no chance to NOT end up an alcoholic. Through the years my problem became incrementally more prevalent and the last few years, not a day went by that I didn’t have a drink. The only thing that did change was the drink itself: I went through a beer stage. A wine stage, then vodka and now brandy. I was never in denial and always knew there would come a day where I’d have to quit, never thinking it would be this soon, but now that I think about it, my liver fought off my abusing it for over 30 years. No wonder I’m sick. – Last summer my doctor told me to stop because my blood test shows a fatty liver and we all know what that’ll lead to. So even after a gallbladder removal surgery last July, and a few weeks of sobriety, I started drinking again. So now I have some troubling health issues and I’m very much ready to quit, but I never realized how HARD it would be:

    THIE TRICKS MY BRAIN PLAYS ON ME.

    It’s like I have two brains. “Brain #1” tells me I’m an alcoholic and that I need to quit and am capable of doing so. Then when I’m in the middle of doing something and not even craving a drink really, “Brain #2” sneaks these little thoughts about drinking into my head. Brain #1 will say, “No! No more drinking!” but Brain #2 is very persistent and has an endless amount of justifications to drink: “It’s Saturday. You can start not drinking Monday.” Or, “Just buy a small bottle and only take a drink when you have a bad withdrawal symptom.” (But of course, if I do buy a small bottle, Brain #2 has plenty of reasons to drink the entire thing ready.) Then I only hear back from Brain #1 the next morning for the guilt and self-loathing sessions. It’s amazing how Brain #1 works from the moment I wake until late afternoon, then Brain #2 takes over and starts up again with the justifications to drink all over again and this battle has been going on for a few years now.

    I could go on and on about it, but I’m sure many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. The only thing different about my quitting this time is it HAS to work, or I’ll get sicker and sicker. My gallbladder surgery wasn’t directly linked to my drinking, but I’m fairly sure it was the reason, or was at least a big part of the problem. I’ve been having a bunch of symptoms, the worst of is some kind of HORRIBLE panic attacks. The feeling of these attacks I can’t quite describe, but let me tell you, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. It’s horrifyingly uncomfortable feeling that comes with tingling pain in the hands and feet, hyperventilating and throwing up. The worst thing about it is not knowing when one will strike and should be a GREAT motivator to quit drinking right? Not really. Brain #2 keeps throwing those “just one more drink” thoughts into my head.
    Tomorrow is Monday I have to get another blood test. and because of some new health symptoms, I’m scared to death of words like “cirrhosis” and “diabetes” coming out of my doctors mouth, but at the same time, I’m welcome to any new scraps of motivation. Those people out there who are not alcoholics, (you know the ones. The people who can stop after one drink) if they saw all the motivation I already have would be baffled about me suggesting I could use some more, but it’s amazing the grasp alcohol has on me.

    Anyway, I could go on and on for days about my health, warped thinking, cravings, self-loathing, Brains #1 & #2, etc, but I’m thinking I’ll have plenty of time to write when I’m fighting Brain #2 when it’s telling me to pick up a bottle just one last time… If any of you have ANYTHING that could help me get through the tough-craving days, I’m all ears.

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      Ashwood Recovery February 26, 2019 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your personal experiences. If you find that quitting alcohol is too hard to successfully complete on your own we are here 24/7 via phone 855-808-9591 or online https://www.ashwoodrecovery.com/contact-us.php We wish you all the best on your blood tests and your recovery journey.

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      Debbie April 24, 2019 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Hi Corey,
      I only intended to read other’s experiences when I found this website but I just had to let you know how much your story resonated with me, especially the two brain thing!! It drives me crazy!!
      I have drunk a bottle of wine or more every day for 40 years and, along with so many others on this forum, am now being driven to deal with my addiction because of pains in my abdomen. I have always found I can get my blood work back to normal if I stop for 4 weeks but I have a sneaking suspicion I have gone too far now.
      I have hated drinking over the last few years – it’s given me no pleasure at all – but rather than stop I have increased it to the point of 100 units a week, for many months now. Alcoholism runs in my family, my father and sister both died because of it. I have such a happy life, no problems to run from (oh really?) so why on earth I keep doing it have no idea. Brain number two will be the answer to that.
      Anyway, I just wanted to say your post made me laugh and cry and I wish I did have some help to offer, other than to tell you that you are not alone and that I find mindfulness helps shut number two brain up for a little while (still working on it!)
      I am trying to stay off the booze for now, have scans and blood tests coming so am desperately trying to get healthy for that, but what always happens is once I am given the all-clear I dive straight back into the bottle. This time though, I have a feeling I won’t be given the all-clear….I am panic-struck at the thought of having to live without alcohol but I am trying not to think of it as ‘giving up’ or ‘stopping’ but ‘gaining life and happiness’
      This time I am hoping to go to a recovery meeting for the first time but I am soooo resisitant (thank you brain number two) I am in the UK and am thinking of trying Smart recovery…not sure if anyone knows anything about it?
      Anyway Corey, I just wanted to say hello to you and let you know that for what it’s worth you are in my thoughts. Good luck 🙂

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    Stephanie February 28, 2019 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Hello, my name is Stephanie. I am 52 years old, about 30 lbs over weight and I have been addicted to box “red” wine for about 25+ years now.

    Like most folks and their drinking stories, I started out innocently buying 1 – 5 liter box (total amount in box was 5 to 6 bottles of wine) and it would last me for approximately 3 or more weeks, I would drink a glass here and there, then in my thirties, I started buying a box about once every 2 weeks, in my late thirties, I was buying a box every week, by my forties, I was drinking approx. 2 boxes a week, then my late forties until now… I was going through almost 3 boxes A WEEK – which means about 2.5 bottles a night I was drinking. I would start right when I got home from work at 5:15 and not stop until I went to bed – 9:30!! Never drank during the day though… I was a total functioning alcoholic I do believe.

    I was so amazed at how I progressed over the years into drinking almost “3” boxes a week? That is insane. It was not until about 3 weeks ago I noticed my breathing was becoming more and more labored, and it was hard for me to catch my breath – especially at night. I would wake up and have to fight for my breath and my heart would beat out of my chest… the heart beating out of my chest has gone on for a very long time, but the labored breathing just started… I got scared so I quit. Because I had read somewhere that excessive drinking and lead to lung problems and breathing.

    I am on 18 days of no wine – no alcohol period, and let me tell you – its hard !! But manageable… my breathing is much – much better, I am not struggling for a breath anymore and I do not wake up with my heart pounding out of my chest.

    I hope and pray I stay quit – my 13 year old child has pleaded with me to stop for years now, and finally he seems very happy that I have… my husband too.

    Another part to this story is, I was diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver back in January of 2018 and I have not been back yet, I am to scared to go and find out. But when I had all my labs / blood work back then, there was not Hepatitis’s. in my blood, no Ascites, nothing, my blood work came back normal.. just a fatty liver because they ran a SCAN on my organs because they thought I was having gallbladder problems..

    I hope I stop drinking for good now. I feel like a million bucks each morning – no sluggish feeling like I used to have…

    Thanks for listening. Good luck to all that is trying to quit and recover!! 🙂

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      Ashwood Recovery March 6, 2019 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Great job on your 18+ days of sobriety! We appreciate you sharing your story to hopefully inspire others. We wish you and your family continued success and happiness!

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    Pete March 3, 2019 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I had a routine blood work done six weeks ago and AST was 470, ALT 390. My doctor called and suggested an immediate visit to Urgent Care. I was scared and shocked but did not go to the hospital. After visiting my doctor and ultrasound (indicated fatty liver but no scarring) I stopped drinking cold turkey. I had a high blood pressure for a day, sweating but it all got better quickly. After 4 weeks my ALT and AST are back in normal range. I am going on my 6th week now, lost 10 pounds and sleeping well. Blood pressure is normal as well. I don’t know if I can or want to ever drink again. I miss good red wine and beer. However, getting my liver healed and saving my life with such dangerous liver values makes me feel extremely lucky. I am 53, male and consumed 6-10 drinks per day for years, often going to bed after falling asleep on the sofa.

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      Ashwood Recovery March 6, 2019 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your experiences! Great job on your sobriety and we wish you nothing but continued success on your journey!

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    Keith March 6, 2019 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    46yo man, I have been sober 10 days. Really no issues so far, but I knew it had to happen. I read in many places that AA was the only way to go and there is no way to successfully quit on your own. Maybe I’ll be an outlier? AA is a difficult proposition for an atheist! I was drinking 1 1/2 – 2 bottles of red wine every night, sometimes along with a beer or mixed drink. I also had too many nights out drinking and driving way too many times when I should not have. I have been drinking on for my entire military career and was a well-functioning alcoholic. Nobody seemed to have any idea that I had this problem and it became even more of an issue after my ex-wife left me for another man four years ago. I even drank heavily in front of my kids and really provided a poor example as a parent. I had a big scare two years ago when I went to the ER with appendicitis-like symptoms. They ran the scan and told me that I had a fatty liver. I blew it off after seeing my doctor and having my blood work all come back normal. I could tell that my liver is enlarged as I have the classical beer gut on a very thin frame. This was not the case when I was much younger, or even when I was in Iraq and was not allowed to drink. I know for sure this is the better route for me…for my health, for saving money I spent ($20 daily at home and so much more when I went to a restaurant/bar). I figure I am saving well over $700 a month on this habit and I have nothing to show for the habit except for a fatty liver. I hope I made the decision in time to turn around my health and not have anything more serious as a result of my drinking. I have a younger brother that is an alcoholic and my father had two uncles that drank themselves to death. My father won’t touch the stuff – good for him! I am hopeful I continue on this path and see positive changes and I wish everyone else the same hopes to change. I don’t want to look back and see this as a problem in my past, but a way that I changed my life for the future. Stay sober, friends!

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      Ashwood Recovery March 15, 2019 at 3:52 am - Reply

      Awesome job on your 10+ days of sobriety! There are many online support groups and non-religious groups you could look into, depending upon your area. It sounds like you are off to a great start and we wish you continued success on your recovery journey!

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    Kelly Kissinger March 12, 2019 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Really glad I ran across this website. Reading the comments I found many that parellel what I’m going through. Quit my weekend beer drinking cold turkey, it’s been over 3 weeks now. I’m proud of myself, just hope I can continue. Again great website and really constructive comments….I wish all the best of luck

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      Ashwood Recovery March 14, 2019 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your recovery journey with us! We wish you continued success on your path and great job with 3+ weeks!

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    Faqjewk March 13, 2019 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Alhamdulillah, great and informative article which confirmed alcohol is haram and dangerous!!!Lucky we muslims knew about it 1400 years ago. Bros and sis,love yourself dont easily drink like it will settle all the problems but actually adding it internally and externally….

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      Ashwood Recovery March 14, 2019 at 11:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Monica March 22, 2019 at 5:01 am - Reply

    I’m a 50 year old woman who drank with my husband almost every night for the past 30 years, except when I was pregnant with my three daughters and the few times I tried to quit. At the end we were each drinking a couple of pints of vodka a night. We’ve been sober for about 3 months. My husband started getting very ill…vomiting, and everyday he would feel like he had a hangover from hell, his eyes and skin we’re turning yellow. It scared me and him so we quit cold turkey, so far so good. I hope we caught it in time and we can reverse the harm we’ve done to our bodies. My mom died 3 years ago from liver failure and sepsis. You would have thought I would have stopped drinking when we lost her. I keep thinking to myself how incredibly stupid we’ve been drinking our lives away! God bless all of you. Please keep my husband and myself in your prayers. Thank you.

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      Ashwood Recovery April 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Great job at being 3+ months sober! We wish you and your husband all the best on your sober journey!

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    Ernesto March 24, 2019 at 5:38 am - Reply

    I was a heavy beer drinker for over 30 years. It started with a six-pack, them a twelve-pack, 18 and them 24, a case per day. Yes a case, every day. I tried to quit many times because I knew it was wrong but I couldn’t. I believed I was the worst type of alcoholic because I didn’t have an escaping reason to drink. I drank because I loved beer and I loved to get drunk, as it makes me feel great. At least that what I thought… Until the day before “Thanks Giving of 2012” that I stater to feel weird, with nausea, no hunger, shaking and a general sense of feeling bad. The next day, I went to the ER and lucky me my liver enzymes were not that high AST/ALT around 51. When I saw the results I thought that God gave me a chance and I quit drinking.

    I quitted for two months and felt great but I started drinking again. So for the next three years, I stop drinking, as soon as, the symptoms that I mentioned started. The problem went you drink a lot is that you think that you are right and that people around you are wrong and/or don’t understand. Especially if you are successful professionally (who are they to tell me…). I don’t remember the number of times my wife has to resuscitate me from an alcoholic coma or how many times, I argued with her because she told that I did something that I didn’t remember next day. So in 04-30-16, I had one of those episodes of going into an alcoholic coma again. The problem was that this time I was alone in the house with no one around to help me, neither I could reach the phone to call 911 and as I was losing my ability to breath I asked God to give me one more chance. Can you believe my arrogance of asking for one more chance after god giving me so many chances before? Well, I don’t remember what happened because I passed out. All I remember the very next day is that God gave me that final chance.

    I wake up sick like never before and make a promise to him of never drink again. On May 4, 2016, I’m going to celebrate 3 years of being sober. I chose May 4 because is the day before the celebration of the “Cinco de Mayo” a day that most people celebrate drinking and I wanted to have my ” Cuatro de Mayo” a day of sober celebration. I never thought that so many people care about me and that I will make so many people happy in my life after quitting drinking. It was hard, the first six months and the first year was very hard because I needed to learn to be a new person and deal as a sober person in a world full of challenges. For those of you that are trying to quit it is very important that you find sometime new to do during those hours that you usually drank. For example: when I was drinking, I started to drink beers around 7:00 PM until a passed out. But when I quitted those hours to me looked like an eternity. I remember looking at the clock hundreds of time, endless nights without being able to sleep, feeling sick to my soul. But I always knew it will be a matter of time, to stay strong, and to pray to the Lord for help.

    The temptation is always going to be there. But, if you think about all that you went through, the happiness of the people that love you and more important about yourself… you are going to prevail.

    Stay strong and pray to the lord.

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      Ashwood Recovery April 3, 2019 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story! Great job on being 3+ years sober! We wish you nothing but continued success!

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    Karen March 31, 2019 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    I’m thankful to have run across this blog as all the comments have helped me know I’m not alone. I’ve been a heavy drinker for years, mostly beer, started drinking hard liquor but recently stopped, so it’s still a lot of beer. My recent blood work showed an increase in cholesterol and ALT numbers. My doctor said my liver was being stressed. I have the pain under the right ribs symptom so I know what I have to do. I’ve been drinking for so long, the thought of stopping makes me anxious. My life hasn’t been ideal so drinking is my crutch. I retired a year ago and don’t want to drink myself to death in my golden years. These stories have been an inspiration and I’m going to try to get my life back. It sounds like many have been given a second chance and I thank you for telling your experiences.

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    David April 3, 2019 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I have read many of these comments over the past several weeks. It has encouraged me to do something I knew I had to do but was always putting it off. That is to quit drinking. I have committed to doing it and I have been without any alcohol for 14 days. After many years of almost daily drinking, I could never imagine going this long. I feel so much better physically and mentally. It is truly a day at a time. I am confident that I will continue this new journey.

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      Ashwood Recovery April 3, 2019 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      We are glad the article and comments have helped you to start your sober journey! Great job at 14+ days on your sober journey!

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    Josh April 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    My name is Josh I’m 29 and like many of you I drink about a 12 pack of beer a day sometimes more..on the weekends i may even have a bottle of wine as well. I know i can’t continue to drink like this going on 30 and want to stop before any health problems occur. I haven’t had any alcohol for 2 days so that’s a step in the right direction. My question is has any of you noticed like anxiety issues since you started drinking so much? Like I never had any anxiety issues before but now I’m so used to drinking it’s like I cant even do the simplest of things like go out to dinner at a restaurant or even go out for drinks or go to any social event without drinking first and getting a good buzz before I can feel comfortable going out and doing things. It’s like I’ve relied on alcohol so much that now I feel like nervous and irritable if I go out without it and not like myself. I also noticed I dont really want to eat much of anything until I got a good buzz or even kind of drunk like that’s when my appetite is the best and food tastes better so I find myself drinking for the night then I’ll eat and go to bed which I know isnt good for you either. Just curious if this is just me or do other people have issues like this as well. Thanks in advance for reading!

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      Ashwood Recovery April 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Great job on your 2+ days of sobriety, that is definitely a step in the right direction! We wish you all the best as you continue your sober path!

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    Rachel April 22, 2019 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I’m 41 and have been binge drinking for 10 years. I have a lot of the same symptoms I’m reading on here and figured it was too late for me but this has given me so much hope. Thank you!

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      Ashwood Recovery April 25, 2019 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Glad the article resonated with you. Please remember it is never too late! You just need to focus one day at a time, and you can do it! We wish you nothing but the best!

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    Michael May 17, 2019 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Hi. I am a 65 year old male who has been drinking a bottle of wine per day for many years with several periodic abstentions in between but I always seemed to get back to drinking. I have total blood work done once a year and it has always come back in normal range. But suddenly, my AST shot up from 23 to 60 in one year. My ALT is normal at 43. I realize the 60 AST number is not as high as some others on the thread have reported, but I am very concerned that it tripled in one year. I have not had a drink in 2 weeks. I do not have what I would call pain in my lower right region where the liver is but I have felt some steady slight soreness. I am seeing my doc for an annual physical next week. But in the meantime, any thoughts on a 60 AST with a 43 ALT and what that all might mean and if anybody has had similar numbers and their experience. Thanks

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    Bruno May 19, 2019 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Reading all these stories has brought me to tears and given me hope. I, like many of you have pain on my right side. 2 years ago I had really bad pain in my chest so I went to the er because I thought it was my heart. My heart was fine but my liver enzymes were high. The doctor said to stop drinking. After a few days I felt fine and went right back to the bottle. I was drinking about half a fifth of brandy 4 or 5 times a week. In December of the same year i went back to the er because the pain in my right side started and I kept getting really nauseous. Turns out my liver was inflamed but all my blood work came out normal. I stopped drinking for 2 months but as soon as I felt ok enough I started again. I switched from brandy to a 12 pack 4 or 5 times a week to try to ween myself off it. During 2018 I would drink for 2 months and then take a few weeks off. About 2 months ago I started having really bad pain in my lower back and nausea that came and went. I stopped drinking immediately and went to the er to get checked. I was told I have abnormal liver function. AST 51 ALT 110. The doctors didn’t seem too concerned but I’m very worried because the pain in my right side is still there and I haven’t been able to work since the back pain began. My back is feeling better and the nausea is almost completely gone but if i work for more than three hours I feel like I’m gonna pass out. (I work in construction). I know how hard it is to quit. I haven’t enjoyed a single drink over the last couple years and I still couldn’t stop. I have finally learned my lesson. I will never touch the stuff again. It’s just not worth it. It helps to know there are others out there going through similar situations. And you’ve all given me hope. I know we can beat this and I’ll be praying for you all.

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    True Alisandre May 25, 2019 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    This was very informative, and I just wanted to know about the helpfulness of increasing ones water intake to assist the liver in healing. I’t glad that diet esp., processed sugars were mentioned as well. My girl friend has cirrhosis and Hep C which morphed into liver cancer (two tumors which have been radio-logically treated successfully. Now we are moving toward getting on a transplant list. Thanks for your help.

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      Ashwood Recovery June 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Glad the article resonated with you! We wish you and your girlfriend all the best!

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    Oluwole June 2, 2019 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Woow…this is life saving, educative and highly informative.

    Thanks for sharing these knowings…

    Cheers.

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      Ashwood Recovery June 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Glad you found the article helpful! We wish you all the best!

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    Jacob June 4, 2019 at 2:14 am - Reply

    I’m just curious to how much everyone was drinking when they were heavy drinkers and for how long? I’m 29 and I drink a good amount 3 times a week, been doing it for the last 6 years. My liver levels came back normal last year when i went for a check out. But i know I do need to quit to avoid any health issues later on down the road.

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    April Marie Burton June 9, 2019 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Hi I’m April, an alcoholic. I’m 46 years young and started drinking at the young age of 13. I’ve been in been struggling with this disease for my entire life. Rehab at 17 years old. Rehab at 38 years old, I was told that my liver enzymes were elevated. Now I’m 46 and did another blood panel yesterday. I’m scared of the results. I’ve been having pain in my right upper abdomen for weeks. I’ve stopped drinking alcohol for 1mo, 5d. I want to continue to not drink regardless of the results. Tired of the repercussions that I have endured due to my alcoholism. Almost every bad thing that has happened in my life has been alcohol related. And now this, my health. I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone for sharing. I feel alone and scared. This disease is so tricky. I would definitely like to keep in touch and let you know how my tests come out. Prayers for me please and everyone who is dealing with this disease. Blessed be to all. ♥️

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      Ashwood Recovery June 26, 2019 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Wishing you the best!

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    Cari Wagner June 10, 2019 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I had been having abdomen pain, I went to the Doc Thursday, all my levels were high… after ultra sound, and back the next day… my pancreas level is about normal, however my ALT is 141, and AST is 180. Before I left the doctor they took more blood to send off to test for hepatitis… THAT SCARES ME!! I Am Freaking Out Im having a “Light Scope” test done this week to see if my gallbladder is functioning, but deep down I know it’s all due to alcohol. I have been drinking steadily for 6 years, I’m 43 and am super scared. I havent drank since last wed. and feel great besides the abdomen pain. This article I read has made me feel so much better ~ can anyone tell me if my liver levels are off the chart?? Or any advice? I am perfectly fine without drinking, I did it, just to do it. I seriously have not craved a bit. I plan to work out and keep eating healthy.. thank you in advance

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    laurie heinrich June 10, 2019 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    hi my name is laurie and i am 57 years old i have been drinking daily for the last 20 years or so. never really thought it was a problem i would have a few after work to wind down usually 3 or 4 drinks and on the weekend it would be more as we always did social things with friends and they all drink. everything was fine until recently. i was feeling sick everytime i drank so went to the doctor and my gallbladder had to come out so i had my surgery and felt great afterwards i resumed my drinking and drank more as i was feeling good. recently i kept getting a fever everyday and kept going to the dr and he kept saying it was hot flashes this went on for 2 months finally he did extensive blood work and found my liver numbers were up. he said that they were not too high and to cut back on drinking but if i have only one drink i get a low grade fever a few hours after so i have decided to stop for a few weeks and give my liver a break has anyone else had problems with a low grade fever? i have no other symptoms thanks for listening

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    Carol June 18, 2019 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Hello, I have drank alcohol for a long time and had no health issues. I had a blood test that showed an AST of 75 and an ALT of 115. I haven’t had any alcohol for approx 2 months and had another blood test. My levels actually went up!! AST 94 and ALT of 152. Why have they gone up when I haven’t drank for over 2 months? Really scared!!! I am scheduled for an ultrasound on June 21. Does anyone have any insight as to why my levels would go up? Thanks, Carol

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    JLee June 18, 2019 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Has anyone on here been diagnosed with PBC ? Liver duct problem, not caused by alcoholism, but alocohol does contribute to damaging a liver. First step i was told my liver enzymes are high and i tested positive to that. Wondering if anyone has any experience, i drink moderately, but never considered it alot, however i am dreading being told i cannot drink at all!

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    Susy June 26, 2019 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Hi all…my problem was not alcohol but drugs. I only used for 2 and 1/2 years and I have been clean for 10 years. But I just found out about a month ago I have Stage 4 liver disease and Hep C. I was also told that there is a possibility there can be Cancer, I just had an MRI today to rule it out. I am scared shitless. I did begin to diet and eat healthy. If there is no cancer I will be treated for the Hep C and as long as I eat healthy and loose weight my doctor said I will can live a normal life. I have swelling in my right leg but other than that I am ok. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this?

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    Ram July 3, 2019 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Hello I’m from India and my dad being alcoholic is now diagnosed with Cirrhosis and now he’s developed Jaundice. His bilirubin levels are 19 and doctor says it’s a slow but long recovery back home. Will he make it through? He’s 65 yrs old and currently admitted in hospital and his Bilirubin levels have come down to 16.7 since the last week he was admitted. Pls. help!

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    Stella July 26, 2019 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Hi. This is the first time I am talking about this. I have been able to hide it from my family for about 8 years now. Drinking.
    I dont know where to go. I have OCD, GAD, and chronic depression my entire life. After my marriage ended, laid off from the only job I loved due to down sizing, I just started drinking. It would relax me, even help me sleep. At first.
    I have a history of GI issues prior to taking up drinking. As I got older my health got more involved. Arthritis, bulging discs, hypertension and knee pain. Was told by my doc “no nsaids”. Due to my GI problems. So choking down large amounts of Tylenol with my nightly bottle of wine was routine.
    I dont sleep anymore. Right quadrant dull ache that comes and goes. Now my levels are up. I was honest with the doc. Told him what I been doing. Had an ultrasound. Enlarged bile duct, enlarged liver and all I received from him was a curt phone call to refrain from drinking and watch my diet. I was told I had fatty liver disease.
    I have become so dependent on alcohol to calm my anxiety that the last few days have been absolute terror since quitting. Constant severe chest pain from anxiety. I actually had 2 panic attacks in one day.
    Im committed to quit drinking, I just hope I keep my commitment to myself. As for my mental issues I have made an appointment to see the psychiatrist next week to address my problems. I don’t think I have ever been more scared in my life than having to admit my drinking problem. Liver disease, sure no worries, but admitting it, hardest thing I am having to do. I fear judgment more than caring for my own health.
    I am great full I stumbled on this website. I believe I can do this now. Reading everyones own experiences has helped me not feel alone in this. Thank you all

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      Ashwood Recovery August 1, 2019 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      You are never alone! You can always seek out local support groups as well as finding your support online. Wanting to stop drinking is the first step – You’ve got this!

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    Lynne August 16, 2019 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I would like to know if drinking non alcohol beer is OK to cope with the social gatherings we all have to attend, and to avoid the constant awareness of others that your not drinking.

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    Cat August 17, 2019 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Hello, I am so glad I found this site. I am 54 years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 fibrosis/Cihrosis of the liver about a month ago through fibroscan. I have been a drinker since high school. The past 15 years though I have been drinking up to two bottles of wine per night and more on the weekends. I was diagnosed with FLD over 10 years ago and it did not stop me from drinking but let me tell you being diagnosed with cirrhosis horrified me I thought it was a death sentence. Since the diagnosis I have quit drinking. I did it on my own and claim the power of Jesus for giving me the strength to quit this desire. I am at 40 days and just had lab work down and my levels are down 50%. I asked my Doctor if I can reverse the damage and she said not likely. I am determined to reverse the damage and am interested in any stories of people being diagnosed with cirrhosis has been able to reverse the damage?

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