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Are benzodiazepines dangerous for recovering alcoholics?

Are benzodiazepines dangerous for recovering alcoholics?

Not really: Benzodiazepines when prescribed by a physician is in fact used to treat alcohol dependance. ...Read more

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Binge drinker 9+yrs,6 mos on most recent. Weaned off, having physical withdrawals,work nights &can't attend AA. Is there a# I can call during the day?

Binge drinker 9+yrs,6 mos on most recent. Weaned off, having physical withdrawals,work nights &can't attend AA. Is there a# I can call during the day?

Day meetings and...: Most communities have AA meetings during the day as well as nite. Even if you just go on the nites you have off, get a sponsor who you can call during the day. A healthy diet, good multivitamin & niacinamide 500 mg 3x/day can help. Avoid sugar, caffeine & tobacco. Exercise & try meditating to reduce stress. See http://www.naturalnews.com/039432_alcohol_addiction_remedies.html for more ideas. ...Read more

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Do the twelve steps of recovery work for alcoholics?

Yes, absolutely: Why else would people be hanging out in those rooms for over 70 years, it works without a doubt. It takes a lot of work though, 1-2 meeting is not a cure. People who listen to others go to lots of meeting, 90 in 90 days, do the steps and get a sponsor have amazing results. Its not the only answer and others find excellent recovery in other ways this is true, but it does work. Its also free! ...Read more

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In 2 years i shifted from a drug addict and alcoholic to a healthy strong bodybuilder who east healthy. getting married tomorrow,okey to drink alcohol?

In 2 years i shifted from a drug addict and alcoholic to a healthy strong bodybuilder who east healthy. getting married tomorrow,okey to drink alcohol?

No way: The folks I see that do best are in 12 step programs, change their thinking, and don't drink anything w/alcohol. Enjoy your freedom. If you start drinking again you may destroy all you have worked so hard to build up. Peace and good health. Wedding blessings. ...Read more

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Somewhat complicated drug abuse question? Pregnant, meth user, still involved with boyfriend who got me hooked.

Somewhat complicated drug abuse question? Pregnant, meth user, still involved with boyfriend who got me hooked.

See your doc: You need to talk openly with your doc about this and ask for help. It is very dangeros situation for you and the baby. And believe me your life and baby life are far more important. Please talk to your doc openly about this and he or she will be able to come with a plan to help and support you. ...Read more

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Will my children become alcoholics after watching me abuse alcohol for years?

Will my children become alcoholics after watching me abuse alcohol for years?

Not necessarily: Many studies indicate that there is a genetic component to alcoholism. Being brought up in an alcoholic home can only enhance this risk. Children tend to develop problem solving skills that they have observed in a parent. Taking a drink is not a good example. If you care enough to be concerned, you have already taken a positive step toward sobriety and a better life. ...Read more

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Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years.No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever.Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety(12

Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years.No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever.Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety(12

I : I added a link below from the center of disease control that may answer all of your questions in depth. To summarize: you can only catch hepatitis b from: - birth - mom to baby transmission - sharing needles with an infected person - having sex with an infected person - being in direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person - sharing a tooth brush or razor with an infected person (because of bleeding with those 2 activities) you cannot catch hepatitis b through breastfeeding, drinking, saliva, sharing utensils, hugging, kissing, touching, coughing or sneezing. 6-10% of adults with hepatitis b go on to have chronic hepatitis b (that means in 90-94% of people, it just goes away). 15-25% of people with chronic hepatitis b will go on to have liver disease. ...Read more

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What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

Many things: Such a painful situation here. Many people who abuse or molest children were themselves abused . . . . Thus perpetuating a generational crime against younger (and less powerful) kids in the family. The key is to shift the victim to survivor through timely treatment, as was probably not done for the perpetrator. Sometimes when the child "tells, " she or he is not believed, either. Tragic. ...Read more

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What should I do about an alcoholic father who won't attend aa meetings and is physically addicted?

What should I do about an alcoholic father who won't attend aa meetings and is physically addicted?

Consider becoming : Part of al anon. This is where you can learn both to cope and deal with the addiction of a loved one. This is often about planting a seed and then praying it will grow. Explain to your father what your concerns are and emphasize your love (not your frustration). Offer to take him to an open meeting (expecting full well that he will likely say no). Let him know that the offer remains open. ...Read more

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Post traumatic stress disorder recovery time. Is there an average recovery time for CPTSD. I have been unable to work for 2 years. My illness was caused by 3 years w/a verbally abusive boss at work. ?

Post traumatic stress disorder recovery time. Is there an average recovery time for CPTSD. I have been unable to work for 2 years. My illness was caused by 3 years w/a verbally abusive boss at work. ?

Depression: Yes, you can heal from verbally abusive boss at work. • Go to Big Bend National Park in your State and Feel the Wonder and Peace. • Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds for 34years • Scream out all your angry feelings. • Then listen to Wise Woman within you Not to spend energy on his behavior • Have Therapy ...Read more

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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

Addiction: Aa & na groups, also deterrents such as antabuse, (disulfiram) campral, zyban, etc., depending on the type of substances used. ...Read more

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Is recovery from meth addiction possible and if so, how?

Is recovery from meth addiction possible and if so, how?

Yes.: Depending on the severity, an inpatient program is generally most advisable, although an outpatient program might work if you have strong family/social support. But, if you are planning on continuing to hang around your fiends who use it, don't waste your money on treatment. Just make sure your affairs and your will are in order. ...Read more

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Are control and power issues typical for alcoholics/adult children of said alcoholics?

Are control and power issues typical for alcoholics/adult children of said alcoholics?

The basic issue: Severe anxiety is what drives the alcoholic to drink alcohol (a potent anxiolytic). Sometimes anxiety is expressed as "control issues", and inflexibilty, and an inability to "go with the flow". Anxiety has been shown to run in families. So, the answer is yes. If you live with someone who suffers from alcoholism, get to al-anon, or go to aa meetings that are "open meetings". ...Read more

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I have two buddies of mine who drink 3-5 alcoholic beverages a day, is that a clinical alcoholic?

I have two buddies of mine who drink 3-5 alcoholic beverages a day, is that a clinical alcoholic?

Abuse or at risk: In men less than age 65 more than 3 drinks in 1 day or 14 in a week is considered abuse and at risk. We do not use clinical. However we use abuse or dependency both are present > 1 year but abuse has 1 criteria , dependency 3 or more they are at risk and abuse. Have them talk to their doctor. ...Read more

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Please suggest a positive (work?)book to help: born w/adhd, years of physical/emotion/sexual abuse by parent, now has c ptsd, bipolar 2, & borderline.

Please suggest a positive (work?)book to help: born w/adhd, years of physical/emotion/sexual abuse by parent, now has c ptsd, bipolar 2, & borderline.

Possibility: This sounds like an extremely complex situation that would benefit more from working individually with an experienced psychologist or psychiatrist. However, the mind-body workbook for ptsd by block(s) may be a nice accompaniment to your own more individualized therapy. Good luck to you. ...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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How do you deal with supporting a recovering drug addict who has relapsed and is trying to stop agin?

How do you deal with supporting a recovering drug addict who has relapsed and is trying to stop agin?

Narconon: Send him/her to naronon. They have the expertise and experience as well as a proven track record to help in a meaningful way. http://www.narconon.org/ If the person refuses, there's not much you can do (you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink). ...Read more

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Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?

Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?

Yes: The steps are largely the same. All 12 -step groups are based on the same steps. Admitting they were powerless over their illness/problem. And admitting that a power greater than themselves could restore them to sanity. Then following a series of steps to come to terms with their past actions and to enable them to lead fruitful productive lives and to be of service to others who suffered simil. ...Read more

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My husband is a recovering drug addict (meth) - clean 2 years. Since he quit, he is never in the mood for sex. Is there treatment for this?

My husband is a recovering drug addict (meth)  - clean 2 years. Since he quit, he is never in the mood for sex. Is there treatment for this?

Methamphetamine: I understand your concern. Commend your husband for not using Methamphetamine for 2 years. Have heart to heart talk with him about your relationship and honestly understand lack of: Emotional Intimacy Physical Intimacy And Sexual Intimacy See a Therapist for continued maintenance of sobriety from all drugs and Alcohol; to understand each other's feelings, needs, expectations and sexuality ...Read more

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