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Alcoholics Anonymous And Stages Of Change
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Do the majority of people through the early and late stages of terminal cancer experience long term depression?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do the liver cells of some people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth ER?
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
What are the effects of lack of nutrition on the physical, intellectual, and social development of a child?
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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