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Can Alcoholics Successfully Achieve Controlled Drinking
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes: Certainly a person with cirrhosis can have non alcoholic beverages ...Read more
Is juice fasting recommended for liver detoxification related alcoholism? If yes, should we include honey to support our liver's energy demand?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drinking water: I cannot imagine how this would happen. Let's do 2nd opinion and discuss exactly what you mean. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?
Can long term alcohol abuse damage your motor skills and balance? and can you recover with abstinence? 3 months sober still have symptoms liver's fine
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Registered addiction specialist question - do they work only with drug addicts, or with others such as chocolate addicts?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Alcoholic: If never drank, not likely.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Delirium tremens: A life threatening condition usually managed in the hospital setting. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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