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When do my risks drop after quitting drinking and abusing drugs?

When do my risks drop after quitting drinking and abusing drugs?

Immediately: The difficulty is to stay sober and off all drugs in the long run. Stay the course! ...Read more

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After quitting drinking, 40 yr old son having trouble at work concentrating, finishing tasks, being on time easily distracted ..Has seen several dr.S?

After quitting drinking, 40 yr old son having trouble at work concentrating, finishing tasks, being on time easily distracted ..Has seen several dr.S?

ADHD?: While it could be residual effect from years of drinking (b12, b6, folate (folic acid) deficiency, etc), I have also found that adhd (symptoms you are describing) when undiagnosed, can lead to alcohol or substance abuse. Check out book by dr. Edward hallowell called delivered from distraction. That is where i first learned of this phenomenon. Good luck! ...Read more

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I abruptly ended venlafaxine, im fine - i now see what I have to do with cigarettes, what do I do once i get pleurisy after quitting? Drink water?

I abruptly ended venlafaxine, im fine - i now see what I have to do with cigarettes, what do I do once i get pleurisy after quitting? Drink water?

Pleurisy?: What makes you think you'll get pleurisy as a result of stopping smoking? Your lungs will actually function better when you're not inhaling smoke into them. Good luck to you with that -- your doctor can also help support your efforts. Hoping the condition for which Effexor (venlafaxine) was prescribed is stable also, and that you're working with your doctor on that as well. ...Read more

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Liver enzymes went down after quit drinking. If I have a few drinks on my vacation are there signs I should look for to let me know it's not processing?

Liver enzymes went down after quit drinking. If I have a few drinks on my vacation are there signs I should look for to let me know it's not processing?

Not really: Generally speaking there are no signs of elevated liver enzymes until you reach a state of severe disease. At this time you may experience some abdominal discomfort and yellowing of the skin. However, if you have had elevated liver enzymes from drinking alcohol, you should avoid further consumption. ...Read more

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Will you still have enlarged blood cells even after you quit drinking?

Will you still have enlarged blood cells even after you quit drinking?

Depends: If the large cells, macrocytosis, is due to alcohol use, it would disappear in 2-3 months. If there are other causes, e.g., folate (folic acid) deficiency, that would need to be corrected. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a person lose their sex drive after they quit drinking alcohol?

It could be possible that a person lose their sex drive after they quit drinking alcohol?

Possible, but...: Usually it is the other way around. Alcohol can kill your interest in sex (or at least your performance), & often stopping drinking --> regaining interest in lots of things including sex. Perhaps the emotions that are coming up, if numbed by alcohol, are now interfering with your sex drive. If you are in a program, ask about this. If not, seek a therapist who specializes in early recovery. ...Read more

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Upper abdo pain for over 9mths. After quitting heavy drinking. Dnt drink no more. All labs CT ultasound normal. Pain is better but NT gone. Why? Ty

Upper abdo pain for over 9mths. After quitting heavy drinking. Dnt drink no more. All labs CT ultasound normal. Pain is better but NT gone. Why? Ty

A guess: If you drink heavily, you are prone to toxic hepatitis or pancreatitis. You may have had a mild case of one of these that did not show up in the lab tests. It could be something unrelated to your alcohol consumption. As long as you are getting better with the normal lab test you mention, I would not worry about it. If your pain worsens, I would see a doctor, again. ...Read more

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How much time will I be irritable after quitting smoking and drinking?

How much time will I be irritable after quitting smoking and drinking?

Kind of up to you: Irritability following smoking cessation usually is maximal about a week out, and tends to fade by 2-3 weeks. If you were physically dependent on alcohol, some post-acute withdrawal syndrome can persist for several weeks. However, you don't have to just endure it. Exercise will help get your endorphins going and make you feel better, as can group supports, meditation and other activities. ...Read more

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When after quitting chantix can you drink again?

When after quitting chantix can you drink again?

Never: I worry about the person who asks, "when can i drink again." it indicates that they may have an alcohol addiction. I would ask yourself why you are already planning out when your next drink will be. ...Read more

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Can someone really quit drinking after 50+ years?

Can someone really  quit drinking after 50+ years?

Sure: Change is possible as long as you're on this plane. I've seen people of all ages turn their lives around. Please consider attending aa and getting a sponsor to help you work your 12-step program. You also may want to see a psychiatrist, to deal with any conditions like anxiety or depression that could interfere with your recovery. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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How good is quitting drinking to your weight?

How good is quitting drinking to your weight?

Alcohol: That depends on how much you drink. If you take in a considerable # of calories from alcohol it will make a considerable difference. Your body will appreciate it if you take in healthy calories in exchange for the alcohol. ...Read more

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My friends like to drink, but i'm trying to quit. Can I still go to bars with them?

Better not.: In every study ever done of recovering alcoholics, contact with drinking buddies or going to drinking places carried the worst risk for relapse in drinking. The more your life changes, the better your chances to stay dry. ...Read more

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Is there a recommended food or drink to reduce cigarette cravings when quitting? What else can I do to assure a successful attempt? Thanks

Is there a recommended food or drink to reduce cigarette cravings when quitting? What else can I do to assure a successful attempt? Thanks

Go for it!: There are no studies about certain food or drinks. Successful treatment will be based on how addicted you are. For example if you need your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking you may need a combination of nicotine replacement (patch, lozenge, or gum) and medication. Medication could be something like Chantix or bupropion. See your doc. ...Read more

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How do most people quit drinking?

How do most people quit drinking?

AA: Alcoholics Anonymous is a good resource for those who want to quit drinking: www.aa.org. You can find meetings local to you. Otherwise, it is important to believe that you have the power to do healthy things for your life. One has to have the belief that you can make healthy decisions and stick with them. Good luck you you. ...Read more

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How should I feel now that I quit drinking?

How should I feel now that I quit drinking?

Up to you: It's up to you of course -- but i hope you'll feel like getting into a recovery program to maintain your sobriety and find new ways of enjoying your life. Congratulations for deciding to quit drinking. For most people, this is a moment-by-moment decision -- and supports like aa help. ...Read more