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Are Smart But Uneducated People More Prone To Drug Or Alcohol Abuse
Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. ...Read more
Some, not well: Many rock stars have become examples of the worst outcomes in drug and alcohol abuse: death. Alternatively, their sagas show revolutions into and out of rehab systems, and then back again. Chemical dependency is a heartbreaking disease for anyone. For recovery, one needs sober, rock-solid supports -- and chronic exposure to others abusing alcohol/drugs in "the business" makes it much harder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Interferes with life: If you are prone to alcohol abuse you will use alcohol despite knowing that there are negative consequences, if you want to drink less but feel that you can't, if you feel guilty for drinking too much, if you drink in the morning to treat hangover symptoms, if you spend more time and money obtaining and using alcohol than doing necessary daily tasks, and if alcohol interferes with work or family. ...Read more
Treatment/Support: Find someone who specializes in addictions, to help you design a plan to deal with urges, stress, find out triggers, and the big "why?" question. Additionally, stopping addiction might bring you a sense of loss -- with all the emotions a sense of loss carries and it needs to be worked through. It's a lot of work, but doable. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends: Generally an evaluation consists of questions about a persons relationship to drug use. This usually involves a good history, patterns , consequences etc. We try to understand what has the person had experienced in all spheres of life and who they are in this and why. ...Read more
Multiple: Workers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs represent major safety concern at their workplace in that they are usually prone to injuries due to impaired attention and accuracy in performing their job. Also, they create unsafe and disruptive environment for their co-workers due to inadequate behavior and failure to comply with the job code. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Any family member can help. Generally the better relationship you have, the more impact / higher "protective factor" you can have on helping to prevent alcohol or drug use in another family member. There is also no substitute for modeling. Avoid the "do as i say, not as i do" phenomenon. If someone you love is addicted, don't give up, keep trying to get help, but don't facilitate codependency. ...Read more
Consider the group: It depends a lot on who is in the group and how much supervision you have and need. Also, remember to provide options. Don't ask someone to do something totally out of character in the beginning. Some ideas: yoga, meditation instruction, serving food to the homeless, organized tours of museums, hiking, working with animals. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol abuse is also known as Alcoholism. Abuse is the use of a substance (or doing an activity) that the user knows (or has been told by competent authority) that continued use is dangerous or unhealthful. Addiction is escalation of dose/frequency of use, drug/activity seeking, and not doing daily ...Read more
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