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Can a beer drinking so called functional alcoholic and pot smoker effectively quit without in patient rehab?

Can a beer drinking so called functional alcoholic and pot smoker effectively quit without in patient rehab?

Anybody can quit: Many people stop drinking and drugging without any formal help whatsoever. Some do it through self help groups like aa or na, or smart recovery and lifering secular recovery. Others do it through their religious beliefs and even through increasing involvement in other healthier activities (alice cooper quit through golf). Outpatient treatment is highly effective, with inpatient when this fails. ...Read more

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Is disulfiram used to treat patients who are addicted to alcohol?

Is disulfiram used to treat patients who are addicted to alcohol?

It can be.: The are several medications available to help with alcohol dependence, one of which is Disulfiram or antabuse (disulfiram). ...Read more

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Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Not a Good Idea: You should not undergo tummy tuck surgery or any other type of elective surgery while in the recovery phase of addictions. Patients should be medically, psychosocially, financially stable prior to proceeding with any type of elective surgery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can psychology be used to treat binge drinking?

Can psychology be used to treat binge drinking?

Yes: Different types of psychological therapy can indeed be used to help binge drinking symptoms decrease. Also, 12 step programs if run effectively, in addition to therapy can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Is juice fasting recommended for liver detoxification related alcoholism? If yes, should we include honey to support our liver's energy demand?

Is juice fasting recommended for liver detoxification related alcoholism? If yes, should we include honey to support our liver's energy demand?

As above : Sound like u do have alcohol induced liver disease, this is serious do not experiment with medicine and just do what u physician asked u to do...Good luck. ...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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How could improved drinking water be negatively correlated with life expectancy?

How could improved drinking water be negatively correlated with life expectancy?

Drinking water: I cannot imagine how this would happen. Let's do 2nd opinion and discuss exactly what you mean. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to continue taking metfomin even though one has managed to maintain glucose levels through healthy lifestyle?

Is it necessary to continue taking metfomin even though one has managed to maintain glucose levels through healthy lifestyle?

Variable: Congratulations on your healthy lifestyle changes. However, you really need to work closely with your physician about the metformin, to make sure that blood glucose levels are remaining stable. Your doctor will be testing HGB a1c to check on this. I have seen some people be able to get off metformin through exercise ; weight loss, but it's not a quick process. Consistent follow-up is needed. ...Read more

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Once someone with diabetes insipidus begins treatment are they able to resume a diet with moderate sodium (after being on a very low sodium diet)?

Once someone with diabetes insipidus begins treatment are they able to resume a diet with moderate sodium (after being on a very low sodium diet)?

I'd still restrict. : Di results in inappropriate water loss in the urine. As long as you have free access to water, you shouldn't run into any serious problems, but even with specific treatment, modestly restricting your salt and protein intake can lessen the thirst sensation and subsequently the volume of urine you will make. That means less trips to the bathroom. ...Read more

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If suicide were accepted, then people could get lethal injections at hospitals with organ harvest benefiting others and less botched suicide attempts?

If suicide were accepted, then people could get lethal injections at hospitals with organ harvest benefiting others and less botched suicide attempts?

No: In many instances of suicide, the organs are not usable due to trauma, illness, or exposure to toxins, anoxia, etc. So this is not a viable solution for "organ harvest." also, suicidal thoughts or attempts often come from mental illness, which can be treated. There are places allowing assisted suicide, but it requires thorough evaluation by at least 2 physicians & a competent patient. ...Read more

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Will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?

Will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?

Yes: Most transplant programs require 6 months of abstinance from alcohol before placing a patient on the waiting list. Successful completion of a rehab program also puts the patient in a stronger position. ...Read more

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Can a candida cleanse be completed successfully with diet alone ?

Can a candida cleanse be completed successfully with diet alone ?

No, of course: If you mean that that by using an anti yeast medication , or by using a nutritional probiotic such as yogurt the answer is no. There are many medical situations such as diabetes or antibotic overuse which could complicate any regimen to treat candida. Please be evaluated by a physician who is knowledgeable in this .Area of medicine. Only an expert can evaluate your situation. ...Read more

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Might gingivitis be cured while drinking alcohol ?

Might gingivitis be cured while drinking alcohol ?

NO: It will only help you to avoid dealing with taking care of it. ...Read more

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Can diet and exercise be enough to manage and reverse pre-diabetes without medication?

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Can diet and exercise be enough to manage and reverse pre-diabetes without medication?

Manage, yes: Likely you can manage pre-diabetes if sufficient lifestyle changes are made (with 7-10% weight loss)...But if you have some degree of pancreatic dysfunction on top of Insulin resistance due to excess weight, the pancreatic function doesnt go back to normal...So lifelong healthy lifestyle changes are necessary to slow progression. ...Read more

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Have moderate sleep apnea W/severe O2 loss. Will treat w/CPAP & oxygen. In future is it possible oxygen can be withdrawn & Cpap alone be adequate?

Have moderate sleep apnea W/severe O2 loss. Will treat w/CPAP & oxygen. In future is it possible oxygen can be withdrawn & Cpap alone be adequate?

Sometimes: Depends on whether patients have underlying lung disease and whether oxygen is also needed during the day as well. I have seen those that stay on oxygen and those that end up only on cpap over time. ...Read more

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Registered addiction specialist question - do they work only with drug addicts, or with others such as chocolate addicts?

Registered addiction specialist question - do they work only with drug addicts, or with others such as chocolate addicts?

Yes: I am an addiction psychiatrist and i work with people who are recovering from any addiction or compulsive behavior, as well as anyone who has a family member with an addiction or compulsive behavior. ...Read more

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I drink a lot. Does that make me an alcoholic?

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I drink a lot. Does that make me an alcoholic?

C A G E: If you drink and cannot routinely stop at one, you may have issues with control. If others have confronted you and you typically deny the issue or get angry at the messenger, you may have prototypical defenses. If you admit to feeling guilt about how much you drink and wish to cut down, this could signal a problem. Drinking in the am, blackouts, or legal trouble all are worrisome. 2 of 4 get help. ...Read more

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Can I still drink socially only and be an alcoholic?

Can I still drink socially only and be an alcoholic?

Possibly: Ask yourself these questions: 1) do you feel the need to cut back on your drinking? 2) are you annoyed when others ask you to stop? 3) do you feel guilty about drinking? 4) do you need an "eye-opener" drink in the morning to get going? More than one 'yes' response to any of these questions raises suspicion of alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

No: Drinking one to drinks per day does not make you an alcoholic. That is unless they are very large drinks. One drink is considered to be either one 4 ounce glass of wine, one-12 ounce beer of one-single ounce/shot of whiskey or hard liquor. More than two of such drinks per day are more problematic. One to two drinks per day has actually been proven to be beneficial. ...Read more

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Which medical tests for an alcoholic who stopped drinking?

Which medical tests for an alcoholic who stopped drinking?

The physician will: Know what to draw. The important thing is to stay sober and make sure you get to that evaluation. Alcoholics anonymous is a great organization to help with sobriety. ...Read more

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With an alcoholic history, why would I feel naucious after drinking?

With an alcoholic history, why would I feel naucious after drinking?

Nauseous alcoholic: It could be due to alcohol-induced pancreatitis, acid reflux, alcoholic gastritis or alcoholic liver disease. It's best to stop drinking and go see your doctor for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Are there more alcoholics in countries like france where kids drink?

Are there more alcoholics in countries like france where kids drink?

Good question: The definition of alcoholism differs from country to country and from culture to culture. A doctor's joke: how does a doctor diagnose alcoholism? Answer: a patient who drinks more than the doctor. ...Read more

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If I always have compulsions to drink, does that mean i'm an alcoholic?

If I always have compulsions to drink, does that mean i'm an alcoholic?

Maybe: One definition of addiction that i like is that an addiction is a brain disease which causes a person to engage in behaviors that he or she knows could lead to dire consequences-the person knows this is true-but still continues to engage in the behavior. One can become addicted to food, sex and substances. It has to do with how much of an impairment it causes in the person's overall functioning. ...Read more

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What will happen to a late stage alcoholic if he stops drinking suddenly?

What will happen to a late stage alcoholic if he stops drinking suddenly?

Seizures, DT's: In very heavy drinkers, especially those who have already done damage to their bodies with alcohol, the sudden cessation of alcohol can result in a severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome, where pulse and blood pressure can reach unsafe levels, plus vomiting, diarrhea and severe anxiety and tremor. Seizures and DTs, which may be lethal, can also occur. Cessation should be done in a medical setting. ...Read more

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Where do you draw the line between someone who likes to drink and an alcoholic?

Where do you draw the line between someone who likes to drink and an alcoholic?

Amount/frequency/etc: Could be a fine line, but people who are addicted to alcohol do not necessarily "like" to drink. Daily use of more than 5-6 beers/glasses of wine/shots i would consider overuse with potential for dependence. Also use of alcohol to escape one's current circumstancesand/or drinking alone is a risky slope whereas intermittent use with friends of a few drinks or possibly even 1-2 daily not necessarily. ...Read more

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How often do a person need to drink before you could consider a person an alcoholic?

How often do a person need to drink before you could consider a person an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continues to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. The amount of alcohol that can increase the risk of developing alcoholism include 15 or more drinks/week for men, 12 or more drinks/week for women, and 5 or more drinks/occasion at least 1x/week for any gender. ...Read more

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What symptoms would you expect in an alcoholic who has been heavily drinking for 35 years?

Highly variable: There are individuals who may drink heavily for decades and yet have few medical complications outside of a physical dependency on alcohol, and withdrawal symptoms when they stop, especially suddenly, including seizures, DTs and death. However, most get some complications - GI bleeding, gastritis, liver damage (cirrhosis), pancreatitis, heart failure, arrhythmias, increase in cancer, infections. ...Read more

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What happens if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

What happens if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

With some medication: Yes, With certain medication alcohol is prohibited, contraindicated, and dangerous. If you're taking medications it is always a good idea to talk with your doctor about alcohol use. ...Read more

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I'm 3 years sober as an alcoholic and my girlfriend likes to drink. How do I avoid going back?

I'm 3 years sober as an alcoholic and my girlfriend likes to drink. How do I avoid going back?

See details: This is an explosive combination. If your gf is that clueless and inconsiderate of you feelings, you need another gf. Imo, she either stops drinking in your presence or you move on. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

Generally: It is generally contraindicated with most medications to drink alcohol and take the medicine. Some medications are more strongly contraindicated. Read the labels, but as a good rule, don't drink and take medications. ...Read more

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I used to consider myself a social drinker but find myself drinking more and more- when am I an alcoholic?

I used to consider myself a social drinker but find myself drinking more and more- when am I an alcoholic?

CAGE Questionnaire: Ask yourself these questions: 1) do you feel the need to cut back on your drinking? 2) are you annoyed when others ask you to stop? 3) do you feel guilty about drinking? 4) do you need an "eye-opener" drink in the morning to get going? More than one 'yes' response to any of these questions raises suspicion of alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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Will i become an alcoholic if i drink every week? I feel like there's no way out, how do I fix this problem?

Weekly pattern: Binge drinking on a weekly basis can develop into alcoholism. Especially if the person shows the inability to stop, blacks out, etc. Try this. Do not make plans for the weekend. Don't go with anyone or do anything socially. Remove all the liquor from your house (put it in the garage or storage if that helps). Then go about your business for the weekend. See how you manage your time. ...Read more