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What is an alcohol addition intervention?

What is an alcohol addition intervention?

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 more

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How do u help a person that's trying to break a alcohol addition?

How do u help a person that's trying to break a alcohol addition?

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 more

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Could campral be used by patients who abuse other substances in addition to alcohol?

Could campral be used by patients who abuse other substances in addition to alcohol?

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 more

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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

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What can I do in addition to campral to help with my alcohol addiction?

What can I do in addition to campral to help with my alcohol addiction?

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 more

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Changed diet to DASH/Vegan and BP almost normal. Would BP normalize without smoking cigarettes in addition to moderate alcohol and caffeine?

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 more

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Does alcohol increase fats?

Alcohol: Alcohol calories are usually carbohydrates. But these are unneeded and not nutritional carbohydrates. So, when the liver sees this much sugar they make triglycerides, or fat storage molecules. Thus this sugar is made into fats that can be dangerous. ...Read more

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How can I cut down on alcohol?

How can I cut down on alcohol?

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 more

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Is alcohol good to clean face?

No. : Alcohol will strip away all of the natural oils that you do need and dry out your skin too much. Not only will you have dry and flaky skin, but usually it becomes oily as a result of trying to replace what is lost. Try a more gentle astringent or toner. ...Read more