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Doctor insights on: Evidence Based Treatment For Chemical Dependency

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol dependence?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol dependence?

Treatment: You will be disappointed going to the drug store. You could buy some vitamins and try to stop. Most alcohol dependent people need a structured program, such as aa, or an inpatient treatment program were you can be treated with detox meds. Not all alcoholics need detox meds, all need support, education, vitamins, and do better with a structured program. ...Read more

Chemical Dependency (Definition)

Continued use with psychological or physiological dependence and difficulties in psychosocial, interpersonal, legal, occupational, ...Read more


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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol withdrawal?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol withdrawal?

This is up to YOU: There is no easy treatment for alcoholism. This disease is more common than you think. The first step towards recovery is as simple as you deciding you are ready. Seek help, support, and camaraderie from others (who have been there) in a group, such as aa. If 12 steps are not for you there are plenty of other options (save our selves, lifering, women for sobriety). Make the call, and good luck! ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of substance abuse treatment?

What are the proven advantages of substance abuse treatment?

Drug free: The bottom line answer to your question is "get drug free and stay drug free". Become substance abuse free helps you avoid all the mental and physical problems which can occur with substance abuse and addiction. ...Read more

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What is existing medical research on alternative meds/herbs for bph?

What is existing medical research on alternative meds/herbs for bph?

Here are some...: The excitement to search alternative meds/herbs seems having died down lately. The ingredients of so-called alternative meds usually include saw palmetto, pygeum, bee pollen, zinc, selenium, lycopene, vitamins, etc. The studies on these failed to constantly prove their claimed effects, at best, marginal and inconsistent. Of course, another wave of similar effort may loom; time will tell. ...Read more

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Can any of the alternative treatments for schizophrenia work?

Can any of the alternative treatments for schizophrenia work?

Alternative tx?: I don't know what you mean by "alternative treatments for schizophrenia". It you can tell me what they are - i will try to comment on each. Schizophrenia requires life-long treatment with use of atypical antipsychotics as the mainstay. Conventional neuroleptics are an option. Psychosocial treatments that go hand in hand with meds include: family therapy, social skills training & voc rehab. ...Read more

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Is there any peer reviewed research supporting cranial electrotherapy stimulation as an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder?

Is there any peer reviewed research supporting cranial electrotherapy stimulation as an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder?

Yes: There have been over 140 human studies done on ces, many of these on anxiety and many in the peer-reviewed literature. One of the best summaries of this research with references is here: https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/cranial_electrotherapy_stimulation this site has information on a meta-analysis done by the harvard school of public health: http://www.Cesultra.Com/ces-research.Htm. ...Read more

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Is there a facility that offers both alcohol and drug treatment?

Is there a facility that offers both alcohol and drug treatment?

Some resources: Below are some online resources for you. Substance abuse and mental health services administration (samhsa) is a good starting point. http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/treatmentlocator/faces/quicksearch.jspx http://www.Hazelden.Org/ http://center-for-addiction-recovery.Com http://www.Alcoholalcoholism.Org/national-alcoholism-center-nac good luck! ...Read more

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Do the herbal based compounds widely advertised for skin tag/mole removal work?

Do the herbal based compounds widely advertised for skin tag/mole removal work?

Herbal mole removal: I think that they are a bad idea. Destroying a lesion without being able to examine it pathologically is bad because sometime the most innocuous looking "moles" can be cancer. An amelanotic melanoma will not have any pigment in it and can look like a small reddish bump. It is unlikely that the creams would adequately remove such a lesion.I have seen cancers in "skin tags" and other unexpected spot. ...Read more

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

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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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Can you reccomend a reliable, available and personable practitoner of biomedical treatment for autism?

Can you reccomend a reliable, available and personable practitoner of biomedical treatment for autism?

Here is a place to start: www.lifescript.com/.../a-autism-la-new-orleans.aspx find a doctor who treats or diagnoses autism in new orleans, la. You can also get referrals from: support.Autism-society.Org/site/clubs?Club_id=1170;pg=main new orleans, la 70130 ... The autism society of greater new orleans appreciates donations in support of our mission to provide information and referrals, ... ...Read more

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How is ERP carried out for treatment of OCD (fear of certain chemical)? Is there any reliable website available for reference?

How is ERP carried out for treatment of OCD (fear of certain chemical)? Is there any reliable website available for reference?

If ERP is: referring to Exposure Response Prevention, this is a treatment for OCD wherein you are gently exposed to situations that may trigger OCD and the various rituals that folks use to ward of perceived danger (often vague or unknown dangers). The response or ritual is prevented with the help of a therapist and in time the behavior extinguishes, dies off. Don't know of a specific website. Peace. ...Read more

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What kind of treatment is available for anxiety due to long term prior ecstasy use? Is there a surgery available to reduce anxiety level?

What kind of treatment is available for anxiety due to long term prior ecstasy use? Is there a surgery available to reduce anxiety level?

Anxiety: Is sometimes at the root for people who use substances. Now that you have a clearer picture of what you want to work on, anxiety, please see a mental health professional who specializes in this. Please do not use medication alone but get treatment. Clinical Hypnosis can be helpful. See www.asch.net for a list. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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ETG test: Is there a list of pers. care ingredients that cause/yield incidental exposure to alcohol or its breakdown products? Is Phenoxyethanol one?

ETG test: Is there a list of pers. care ingredients  that cause/yield incidental exposure to alcohol or its breakdown products? Is Phenoxyethanol one?

Don't know of a list: but phenoxyethanol would not be on it in any case. Ethanol is NOT absorbed through intact skin, and in this product, the ethanol is complexed with a benzene ring that does not allow it to become free. Only alcohol containing mouthwashes that are swallowed, and skin sanitizers that are inhaled can cause positive ETGs. If a sensible cut-off (250-500 ng/ml) is used, this eliminates most of them. ...Read more

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Is infusion therapy for non responsive chronic migraine a tested, safe and efficacious therapy ? Are the benefits temporary or long lasting ?

Is infusion therapy for non responsive chronic migraine a tested, safe and efficacious therapy ? Are the benefits temporary or long lasting ?

Infusion therapy: If the patient is rebounding, inpatient management or ambulatory infusion treatment may be required. It is safe, evidence based and effective in the majority cases. Major concerns are: comorbid medical illness that may require monitoring and allows only short-term follow-up. I use modified Meyers cocktail for my patients. Good luck. ...Read more

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Other than retin-a, what other topical therapies are evidence based for treating facial wrinkles and/or aging in general?

Other than retin-a, what other topical therapies are evidence based for treating facial wrinkles and/or aging in general?

Creams: Bioidentical hormones can be compounded into creams and are an effective way to improve skin tone. Consider consulting with a physician with specific training in bioidentical hormones. Search A4M.com for a physician in your city ...Read more

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Prior to behavior therapies, what type of therapy was used for the treatment of phobias?

Prior to behavior therapies, what type of therapy was used for the treatment of phobias?

Treatments: Prayer, mesmerism, hypnosis, psychoanalysis, time spent at mental hygiene hospitals, a range of experiments with drugs all preceded behavioral exposure therapies. ...Read more