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Voluntarily stopping: An "alcohol intervention" involves placing the person in question into treatment but only with their consent. Typically done with help of family and friends. The mission is to achieve complete abstention but integral to this is the ultimate agreement from the individual. This is important for success. It usually involves admission to an inpatient treatment program, of which there are many. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addictinos: Alcohol dependance, is very seldom just that. It has some reasons of its own, genetic predisposition and complicated co morbid factors. Ptsd, bipolar illness, maj depressive disorders, panic attacks and so on. It is also seldom alone. There are other drugs too. Depending on severity, it needs supervised detox. Has 15 percent mortality rate treat co morbid factors as well.Its a life long illness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: There is no evidence that acamprosate works for anything other than alcohol abuse. It works to decrease the potential of the brain to make a substance called glutamate, and alcohol abuse is the only known cause of elevating glutamate levels in the brain, so far as i know. There are other medications which may work for other drugs of abuse. If you are having drug problems, talk with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has been having severe flashes...Sweating intensely on and off for two days now. In addition to alcohol, he has had methadone for pain?
Withdrawal: It would appear given the short description that he may be in some form of withdrawal. If he has been on alcohol and/ or methdone for some time it may be best to have him under medical observation as he withdraws so they can keep him safe from seizing or having heart issues. ...Read more
AA Support Groups: Alcoholics anonymous or other peer-based support groups have good success rates of treating alcoholism. Disulfiram can help in some patients by serving as a deterrent if used under proper supervision. Drinking alcohol while taking it makes you incredibly sick. Counseling, outpatient rehab services are other options as is inpatient rehab. Bottom line don't go it alone with just campral. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Changed diet to DASH/Vegan and BP almost normal. Would BP normalize without smoking cigarettes in addition to moderate alcohol and caffeine?
Smoking and BP: In general each cig increase BP for at least 30 min for it would depend on how much you are smoking. The healthiest thing you can do is to stop smoking. Much more effective at preventing heart disease that anything else you can do. The benefits start immediately including reduction in sudden death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cutting down is hard: For someone with alcohol dependence or alcoholism cutting down is likely harder than stopping completely and usually does not work well. People without drinking problems rarely would ever even think they need to cut down. Sometimes they may be able, but most recovering alcoholics will tell you they tried again and again and could not succeed, the craving was to strong after the first drink. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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