I have been struggling with alcoholism for 15 years. I drink pretty much every day, and I drink a lot (usually beer, at least 6 per night). I am a 5'2" female, so I think I drink a ton with respect to my size. I desperately want to quit drinking, and I am trying everything. I have done some research, and I believe that my poor body is probably seething with candida due to my drinking, and other bad habits that come with my drinking (eating crappy foods, smoking, not enough sleep, etc). I want to treat my candidiasis on this go-around of attempted sobriety (sober less than 24 hours). I believe it would help with alcohol cravings. I would really appreciate any guidance, knowledge, or experiences that anyone may have to share on this subject.
I believe most alcoholics will find upon investigation a candida situation, as I did. Right now you need to focus on one thing at a time. Google " Why alcoholics drink " and see about a diet change that will slowly help curb your crave. An A.A. meeting with eyeball to eyeball support would benefit these early days. Diet is key, candida or no-alcohol or no. One 24 hours will get you two. Hang in and hang on - sobriety is worth it, our natural state, and can be returned to. Everything has a solution.
I know that many people have been helped by AA at the initial stage of breaking off the addiction. If you drink from morning to evening and are at risk for DTs, better do that in a medical setting. After the initial break away from alcohol, you will need to work on maintaining sobriety and this is were you could use a stay at a Retreat center. Check this website http://www.rawdetox.org.
You should stay there for a month. You will have the opportunity to learn a new lifestyle and leave the old behind. You will be detoxified from all the metabolites of alcohol that make you crave alcohol and want to continue drinking, also your brain chemistry will be rebalanced and slowly you will regain clarity of mind and find a new path in life.
We can also create a protocol for you with supplements and phone counseling to help you to stop if you need support in the initial phase, in addition to AA meetings.
I would have loved a month away, and to work with a healing protocal right away, but since it was not possible I did a meeting or 3 every day - detoxing would have been easier for me with trained assistance for sure. I am coming from several years of sobriety and surely wish I had known of a forum like this when I put the bottle down. Only recently (2+ years) have health issues caused me to roll the camera back and connect the candida/sugar/alcohol dots. Granted - a BIG book and fellow sufferers is not enough for some of us. ANYONE embarking to change their life has my full support, anytime.
I had similar symptoms you described. For a while i thought that dealing with the candida would fix everything, but it didn't.
I found out i've got too much heavy metal in my body, and from what i've been reading, it looks like the metal poisoning is the source of the candida, and maybe even the source of the alcoholism.
It sounds like you've been drinking & smoking for a long time. When alcohol & smoking are done together, your body has had the opportunity to accumulate a lot of metal, since the alcohol knocks down your liver function, allowing you to absorb more metals from the smoke. The metals from the smoke mix w/ the saliva, and enters your digestive tract, creating an environment that yeast like.