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Doctor insights on: 12 Step Narcotics Anonymous

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Are 12 step programs still good?

Are 12 step programs still good?

Mutual support helps: Yes. 12 step programs are a well developed model for mutual support. ...Read more

Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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Is narcotics anonymous successful?

Is narcotics anonymous successful?

NA: Yes. This has been a very successful program for many people. ...Read more

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Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?

Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?

Yes: The steps are largely the same. All 12 -step groups are based on the same steps. Admitting they were powerless over their illness/problem. And admitting that a power greater than themselves could restore them to sanity. Then following a series of steps to come to terms with their past actions and to enable them to lead fruitful productive lives and to be of service to others who suffered simil. ...Read more

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How would you start an alcoholics anonymous and narcotic anonymous meeting in a local community?

Positive 12 steps: You can start a neutral program - positive 12 step program. You can find either local library or town/ church to give you space. Try to have weekly meeting and be consistent. Learn more at http://positive12steps.Org. ...Read more

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Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Controversial: There are some people who believe that 12-step programs can resemble a "cult" process. However, most professionals in this field definitely do not believe this, and having met tens of thousands of people in aa and na, I do not believe that this is true either. People who benefit from meetings go to more meetings, and get more out of it. Addiction implies it does harm- in most folks it does good. ...Read more

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How effective alcoholics anonymous?

How effective alcoholics anonymous?

Ask the people: Who are still alive and sober today because of this 12 step program. ...Read more

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Where to find pain management after opioid/opiate/narcotic addiction.?

Where to find pain management after opioid/opiate/narcotic addiction.?

Academic program: Treating pain in people who have had problems with opioids usually requires a referral center pain program which can 1) use procedures, such as nerve blocks, facet blocks and other techniques (TENS units etc) 2) use other medications, like anticonvulsants and certain cardiac meds that can also reduce pain and 3) help with a pain psychologist to assist you in managing pain through your own ability. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the 12 steps for gambling addictions?

Need expert help here. What are the 12 steps for gambling addictions?

Gamblers Anonymous: Is a confidential, free and supportive program. You can google the actual steps on line. ...Read more

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Ethically, should addicts and alcoholics receive organ donations?

Ethically, should addicts and alcoholics receive organ donations?

Only if abstinent: All humans are imperfect. Some people with drug and alcohol abuse histories have committed to sobriety, acknowledged their own responsibilities and succeeded in changing their lives in favorable directions. General txp requirements are at least 6 months abstinence and ongoing rehabilitation. Those patients meeting these requirements who receive txps have equal outcomes to all other patients. ...Read more

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How can I convince a family member to try an alcoholics anonymous meeting?

How can I convince a family member to try an alcoholics anonymous meeting?

Care for self 1st: Taking care of you first, is important. You can attend alanon meetings, which are for family and friends of alcoholics. This group can familiarize you with typical family patterns in alcoholism, and the 12 step process also. Thus supported, you'll be better able to deal with your family member. S/he may notice the changes in you, and be curious enough to seek aa help. I've seen this happen. ...Read more

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Can I still attend an aa meeting if i'm under 21?

Yes!: There is no minimal age, although some very young adults or teens may find it uncomfortable with so many adults in the room. That being said, i would commend you on any decision to attend a meeting and encourage you to go first, i suspect many of the attendees would welcome you and even help steer you toward other meetings with younger members. ...Read more

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How do I find a local alcoholics anonymous?

411 or go online: There are meetings everywhere and all the time.... ...Read more

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Do med assisted therapy drugs like Suboxone & Methadone continue to hinder dopamine production in the opiate abused brain?

Do med assisted therapy drugs like Suboxone & Methadone continue to hinder dopamine production in the opiate abused brain?

Still studied: Currently the thought is that although suboxone initially increases dopamine ultimately it blocks dopamine activity. Methadone may stimulate dopamine synthesis but recent brain studies do not see effect in the brain Stimulents are very potent dopamineric medications. ...Read more

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Could rehab stop drug addiction?

Could rehab stop drug addiction?

Yes: Do you think that if it didn't, anybody would go to it? However, unlike other medical treatments where success depends on the skill of the doctors/nurses and the effectiveness of medication, success in rehabilitation has more to do with how motivated you are, what resources are available to you, and how long you stay involved in treatment. Overall success can be as high as 90% in some groups. ...Read more

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Under MD's care, tried Subox after 20 yrs on opiates. Insur won't cover, down $2K aft 4 RXs. Bupe not reducing pain, now branded an addict. Options?

Pain management: Meet with a pain management specialist to plan a program to wean off pain medications using non drug techniques. No one should have to live opiate dependent. ...Read more