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Earlier my g/f blacked out; upon waking she had amnesia and thought it was the day after we started dating (dec. 21, 2011). She recovered later. Diag?

Earlier my g/f blacked out; upon waking she had amnesia and thought it was the day after we started dating (dec. 21, 2011). She recovered later. Diag?

Full eval needed: I'm sorry, but questions of this nature require a full evaluation to correctly diagnose. There are many possible causes for "blackouts" like this, including drugs, alcohol, seizures, dissociation, etc. Your girlfriend needs to see her doctor. ...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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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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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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When can you have alcoholic drinks after recovering from cardiac mayopathy?

When can you have alcoholic drinks after recovering from cardiac mayopathy?

Drinking and heart: Alcohol can have a direct toxic effect on the heart tissue, the very tissue that istrying to heal. It would probably be a good recommendation not to drink it all. That said you should talk to the physician he knows you the best. ...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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How long does it take to recover from alcoholic hepatitis? Can this disease cause HE?

How long does it take to recover from alcoholic hepatitis? Can this disease cause HE?

Acute or chronic?: Acute alcoholic hepatitis will cause a rise in your liver enzymes and the damage will be transient but continued alcohol consumption may lead to chronic hepatitis with cirhossis and other sequelae including hepatic encephalopathy. If you know alcohol is a problem for you or a loved one, you should get help before it becomes irreversible. ...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?

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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