WaPo‘s Dana Milbank survived the “tremors and sweats” of a Sarah Palin-free February. And he didn’t even have to go to Charlie Sheen‘s “Sober Valley Lodge” to achieve sobriety for his Palin obsession. During the month, he even got a Jay Leno shout-out, which served as a painkiller of sorts, as did his writing about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), which he referred to as his “methodone.”

Today he writes about the experience, admitting to moments of “terror” in which the words, “FOX NEWS ALERT”, flashed across his TV screen.

That was February 11. Milbank is fine, now.

An excerpt:

I can’t say that, by quitting Palin cold-turkey, I grew three inches taller or learned to play the oboe. But neither did my Palin-free February leave me with any journalistic regrets.

Uh oh…Learn about the editor who really screwed things up by posting a blog item under Milbank’s name with the words “Sarah Palin” in the headline. WaPo, of course, issued a correction.

Milbank says he’s “recovering.” But like a true addict, he says, he’s not “cured.”