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Doctor insights on: Alcoholics Anonymous And Stages Of Change

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Are control and power issues typical for alcoholics/adult children of said alcoholics?

Are control and power issues typical for alcoholics/adult children of said alcoholics?

The basic issue: Severe anxiety is what drives the alcoholic to drink alcohol (a potent anxiolytic). Sometimes anxiety is expressed as "control issues", and inflexibilty, and an inability to "go with the flow". Anxiety has been shown to run in families. So, the answer is yes. If you live with someone who suffers from alcoholism, get to al-anon, or go to aa meetings that are "open meetings". ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Alcoholics Anonymous (Definition)

AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous, is an organization of men and women who share their experiences, strength, and hope with one another regarding their struggles with alcohol. These individuals provide support for one another to achieve the shared ...Read more


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What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

Drug alcohol addicit: This is a serious problem. It seems that we have one of the highest rates in the world. Illicit/illegal drug use is a problem of society and family structure. Breakdown of the family structure results in deviant behavior. Alcoholism is no different. These deviant behaviors appear generation after generation. Correction lies with the family unit which has to be strong and supportive. ...Read more

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What is the aspect of sex addiction & hyper religiousity that keeps people in aa sober?

What is the aspect of sex addiction & hyper religiousity that keeps people in aa sober?

Wow - generalization: Alcoholics anonymous is a program that incorporates spirituality (not religion). Although there are some alcohol dependent individuals who also have sexual addictions - that is by no means the majority. People come back because it provides hope. It helps to keep them alive and helps to keep them sane. ...Read more

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Do the majority of people through the early and late stages of terminal cancer experience long term depression?

Do the majority of people through the early and late stages of terminal cancer experience long term depression?

Yes.: I believe having cancer itself will cause depression besides the physical effects of the cancer itself and the medications that are used to treat it. ...Read more

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Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Alcohol affects: Alcohol, especially when consumed in excess and over a long period of time, adversely affects every organ in the human body except one, the kidneys. If a person has changes in their personality or behavior while intoxicated, that is a big problem already. Such an individual should try and do whatever it takes to refrain from alcohol. Damage from chronic excessive alcohol use is irreversible. ...Read more

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What are the effects of alcoholism on children and youth, physiologically speaking?

What are the effects of alcoholism on children and youth, physiologically speaking?

Many: Low self Esteem, Guilt and Despair, feelings of abandonment, chronic depression, anxiety and stress. Often children of alcoholics are physically and emotionally abused. ...Read more

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What are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

What are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

Underage drinking: Technically, ingestion of any illegal substance constitutes abuse. Teens may not legally drink alcohol. Therefore a teen who is drinking alcohol is suffering from alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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I suffer from bipolar can cause mania lost control of the self with the words of strange words and lack of sleep and the desire to commit suicide?

I suffer from bipolar can cause mania lost control of the self with the words of strange words and lack of sleep and the desire to commit suicide?

Yes: Yes, bipolar disorder can do all those things. Thoughts can run so fast they're hard or impossible to follow. People can go without sleep for many days/nights. If you're thinking about suicide, please contact your physician . . . Or call suicide hotline @ 1-800-784-2433. This condition needs treatment so you can feel better! ...Read more

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If a mother's and/or father's abuse of drugs or alcohol throughout their lifetimes affect the health of their children?

I agree, parents: Are role models for their children. They are learning to drink. In addition, their children are at high risk to either become alcoholics or marry one. There is also a strong hereditary factor which make the risk of becoming addicted higher. Sons of alcoholic fathers ; daughters of alcoholic mothers are at highest risk. ...Read more

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What interpret feelings of depression and joy at the same time and sense of loss of control and attempted suicide?

What interpret feelings of depression and joy at the same time and sense of loss of control and attempted suicide?

Painful: Above all this sounds painful, and is something a psychiatrist could help you with. Bipolar disorder in a "mixed" episode could match this description . . . . Or use of certain substances as well. Please get yourself in to see a psychiatrist asap since you say you've attempted suicide! you can be seen in an emergency room if you still feel that way. ...Read more

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Why do the liver cells of some people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth ER?

Why do the liver cells of some people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth ER?

Induced effect: EtOH induces proliferation of smooth ER in hepatocytes in order to detoxify the body. Specific drugs will do the same. ...Read more

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What are some signs of depression when coping with the death of a parent?

What are some signs of depression when coping with the death of a parent?

Grief vs depression: Grief and extreme sadness are a normal reaction to the loss of a parent. Depression may also be triggered by this type of loss. I would recommend seeing a therapist to help work through the grief and determine if there is depression present independent of the grief. If there is difficulty functioning in daily life past a month it may be depression on top of the grief. Therapy helps both. ...Read more

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Resources and network that can support the cultural and spiritual needs of older people?

Resources and network  that can support the cultural and spiritual needs of older people?

Communities: If you have not taken a look at AARP, they are constantly re-upping their game and have many wonderful resources. AARP.com You should also take a look at this PDF file ~ great information: http://www.eldercare.gov/eldercare.net/public/Resources/Brochures/docs/ResourcesforOlderAdults.pdf ...Read more

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Which type of establishment, and doctors, handle c-ptsd? All abuse, deranged alcoholism, etc. My perception is diseased. 12 steps do not work

Which type of establishment, and doctors, handle c-ptsd? All abuse, deranged alcoholism, etc. My perception is diseased. 12 steps do not work

Psychiatrists: Psychiatrists, addiction medicine physicians, psychologists, ; counselors are trained to help in these areas. Inpatient treatment may be needed, but the greatest expanse of care happens in outpatient settings. 12 steps work for those who work them, and are the most common type of recovery ; support groups. Other alcohol recovery options include smart recovery -- http://www.Smartrecovery.Org/. ...Read more

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What can be initial signs of alcohol addiction / dependence?

What can be initial signs of alcohol addiction / dependence?

Here are some signs: There are four areas that you want to look at to see if there's any dysfunction or consequences or interference in your overall functioning. Have you had any legal problems like a dui? Has your drinking affected your job? Are you depressed ? Do you find it hard to stop once you started drinking? Do you drink daily and drink to get drunk? When you stop is there shaking and sweating and nausea? ...Read more

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Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

See below: The person takes the substance and cannot stop. Withdrawal symptoms - when body levels of that substance go below a certain level the patient has physical and mood-related symptoms. Addiction continues despite health problem awareness - the individual continues taking the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it. ...Read more

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What physically happens in the body with alcohol addiction and dependence?

What physically happens in the body with alcohol addiction and dependence?

A lot: Alcohol can adversely affect every organ in the body except the kidneys. The brain, the skin, the liver-all the organs. When dependency develops to alcohol, a person builds up a tolerance to the alcohol and the person then drinks more and more in order to obtain the desired effects. Drinking a pint of whiskey every day for at least one month, a person will have withdrawal symptoms when stopping. ...Read more

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Symptoms of alcoholism--like wanting a glass of wine when meeting friends?

Symptoms of alcoholism--like wanting a glass of wine when meeting friends?

Not like this: Alcoholism is an addiction. This is a craving for something, in this case alcohol, which causes physical and mental distress and dysfunction unless the substance is ingested. If your alcoholic intake is social as you described, it is not an addiction. If you drink in private, consuming glass after glass, you might have a problem. ...Read more