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Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

Yes: Valium affects the brain in a similar way as alcohol. Taking it could "trigger" the brain and cause cravings for alcohol. Try to avoid and if they must be used make sure your treating physician knows about addiction and your history. Best to avoid if at all possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Valium (Definition)

Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, ...Read more


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Husband a recovering alcoholic is going to have eye surgery. Md said he will prescribe Valium for procedure. Is it safe? Worried about relapsing.

Husband a recovering alcoholic is going to have eye surgery. Md said he will prescribe Valium for procedure. Is it safe? Worried about relapsing.

See below : Eye doctor needs to know this, perhaps no med is needed or alternative could be used. If absolutely necessary, and it's a one time thing, best bet is open dialogue, have a plan if cravings develop. Talking with people whom know him and his disease, being open and honest is a great way to reduce the power of cravings, and avoid relapse. Have a plan, communicate and should be ok. ...Read more

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How to get pain relief for recovering alcoholic?

How to get pain relief for recovering alcoholic?

Recovering alcohoic: Pain can affect anyone! But due to your history of alcohol addiction, most physicians would not prescribe pain meds. Please see one of the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic for non-opiate meds for your pain and possibly interventional pain management options. It is a great place for pain management. ...Read more

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How do I get pain relief as a recovering alcoholic?

How do I get pain relief as a recovering alcoholic?

NSAIDs and COX-2: However, when effective pain management cannot be achieved by these medications, use of opioids and other psychotropic medications is warranted. The main goal of acute pain management is effective pain relief and prescribing narcotics and other psychotropic medications for a recovering alcoholic will necessarily result in relapse. ...Read more

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As a recovering alcoholic is it a good idea to date a drinker?

As a recovering alcoholic is it a good idea to date a drinker?

Hmmmm.: If you are in aa, this is a good question for your sponsor, if newly sober, less than a year, no, but really should not be dating then either. If you are very stable in your recovery and this person has no inclination of a drinking problem them self, then maybe. Really need to be crystal clear on your motifs with this one. Concerns, could be trigger and trying to save other if they have a problem. ...Read more

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What medicine can a recovering alcoholic take to mitigate their withdrawals?

What medicine can a recovering alcoholic take to mitigate their withdrawals?

A few: Most of them are in the benzodiazepine class. There are protocols for "detox" and they are important. They shouldn't be taken just as needed to mitigate withdrawal symptoms. This is because alcohol withdrawal is potentially quite serious, medically and behaviorally; and because, unsupervised, people often resort to combining the medicine and alcohol, which is dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a recovering alcoholic ever drink socially again once sober for some years?

Is it possible that a recovering alcoholic ever drink socially again once sober for some years?

Drinking again: Controversial. If it's not broke don't fix it. Evaluate your desire or perceived need to drink. Any level of drinking social or otherwise is some type of modulation of our emotions. Some people withdraw from situations , some people blame themselves for their feelings , some people blame others. Some people escape into activities:video games working, substances. We all do. It's a matter of degree. ...Read more

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How many years of sobriety should a recovering alcoholic have before working in a place that sells liquor?

How many years of sobriety should a recovering alcoholic have before working in a place that sells liquor?

No right answer: For some people it is never, and for others it can be immediate. I have known people enter recovery who were working as bartenders, while continuing to work. For most people, the first 3 years are critical at dealing with relapse triggers (like being around alcohol or being around drinking), and i advise my patients to avoid triggers for at least one year when possible. ...Read more

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Why all I want to do is sleep when im not working. Even if it means I neglect other important task. Fyi I am a recovering alcoholic addict.?

Why all I want to do is sleep when im not working. Even if it means I neglect other important task. Fyi I am a recovering alcoholic addict.?

Consider Depression: The dividing line between "normal" exhaustion as address by dr. Brown, and the neurotransmitter depletion that results in depression is a very blurry one. Any mammal that is under chronic stress may become depleted in 3 to 6 months and then show the signs of depression. An evaluation by your primary care physician or a mental health professional would be a good idea. ...Read more

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What kind of vitamins should a recovering alcoholic take?

What kind of vitamins should a recovering alcoholic take?

Whole Food Vitamins: Vitamins are widely available in all of the places you have mentioned, and they are also widely VARIABLE in quality. In general, vitamins made from whole foods (they will be labeled as such) are more easily absorbed and used by your body and are a better choice. These types of vitamins are generally only available at health food stores, both local and online. Look for one rich in B vitamins. ...Read more

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Could a recovering alcoholic/addict stay in an oxford house for free if they have no income in oregon?

Could a recovering alcoholic/addict stay in an oxford house for free if they have no income in oregon?

Have no clue: You can access them at www.oxfordhouse.org and they have a locator where you can find houses in Oregon and link to an application. However, I very much doubt that "for free" is available. How many people gave you drugs or alcohol for free? Recovery requires work and commitment, and perhaps they have some system where you can work in the house for your room/board. Good luck with your recovery. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic. What are some things I can do to stop drinking when I have a craving?

Mutual support helps: Are you going to aa meetings? Do you have a sponsor? Do you have a phone list of aa members whom you can call when you have a craving? ...Read more

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I am 31 years old and i my weight is just 45kgs, n I am not growing fat at all, I am an recovering alcoholic as well ws addicted to tea n smoke n quit?

I am 31 years old and i my weight is just 45kgs, n I am not growing fat at all, I am an recovering alcoholic as well ws addicted to tea n smoke n quit?

The question is not: Clear to me but if you are asking about why you are not as heavy as you would like to be it may be due to your past use of alcohol. This can be associated w/poor nutrition. Please ask your doc about this and he/she may refer you to a nutritionist to help you regain your weight and health. Congrats on stopping drinking and the very best to you. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic with rosacea. How can I get rid of it?

I am a recovering alcoholic with rosacea. How can I get rid of it?

See dermatologist: Other than metro gel which is considered the standby and traditional treatment there are a whole new set of medications which may help (oracea, finacea) as well as some off label techniques using botulinum toxin. Obvious avoidance of triggers is good to minimize flares. Rhinophyma component may require surgery. ...Read more

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Which are the best vitamins to help recovering alcoholic cravings ?

Which are the best vitamins to help recovering alcoholic cravings ?

B1: Vitamin B1 needs to be repleted in alcoholics and the usual dose is 100-200 mg/day. I am not aware of any vitamin that will help with cravings. There are few meds approved for maintenance in alcohol detox, but none of them will work outside of a comprehensive program. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic. Can my addiction contribute to cardiomyopathy?

I am a recovering alcoholic.  Can my addiction contribute to cardiomyopathy?

Yes: There are a cardiomyopathies with direct association with various types of alcohol ingestion, some of which may not be directly related to the alcohol but some of the other ingredients of the drink. ...Read more

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Can using mouthwash that contains alcohol be dangerous to a recovering alcoholic?

Can using mouthwash that contains alcohol be dangerous to a recovering alcoholic?

Alcohol / mouthwash: If you are in recovery from alcoholism you should not use mouthwash that conatins alcohol. There are many different brands of mouthwash that contain no alcohol. You should use one of these. The alcohol in the mouthwash could trigger the addiction to return. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your kidneys ache sometimes, I am a recovering alcoholic. Would that have anything to do with it. I have been sober for a month.

What does it mean if your kidneys ache sometimes, I am a recovering alcoholic. Would that have anything to do with it. I have been sober for a month.

Kidneys?: There's lots of stuff in there besides your kidneys. This is going to require a physical exam and some blood tests. Do it for your own peace of mind. And keep up the good work on your sobriety! ...Read more

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I need a med that helps for social anxiety.A med I can take daily that isnt a benzo cuz im a recovering alcoholic. What med would u recommend?I was thinking luvox (fluvoxamine)?Would that help?

I need a med that helps for social anxiety.A med I can take daily that isnt a benzo cuz im a recovering alcoholic. What med would u recommend?I was thinking luvox (fluvoxamine)?Would that help?

Serotonin reuptake : Most of the serotonin reuptake inhibitors are very helpful for anxiety as well. I have found Lexapro to be very effective. There is another medicine called Buspar (buspirone) that also works for anxiety and may be beneficial. Talk to your doctor about which one would be best for you. ...Read more

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