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What are some fun activities for drug and alcohol abuse group therapy?

What are some fun activities for drug and alcohol abuse group therapy?

Consider the group: It depends a lot on who is in the group and how much supervision you have and need. Also, remember to provide options. Don't ask someone to do something totally out of character in the beginning. Some ideas: yoga, meditation instruction, serving food to the homeless, organized tours of museums, hiking, working with animals. Good luck! ...Read more

Alcohol Abuse (Definition)

Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...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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Which treatment works the best and fastest for alcohol abuse?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for alcohol abuse?

Best is not fast: There is no "best and fast" treatment for alcohol abuse. The treatment is to quit, often in a medical detox facility, and then join a support group such as aa or celebrate recovery. It takes time and support and lots of hard work but recovery is possible. If this is for you, seek out an aa or cr group today! ...Read more

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Will undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse also get rid of the person's smoking habit?

Addiction=addiction: Addiction treatment centers used to not address smoking. Many people still resist being asked to stop smoking when they stop drinking or using other drugs. However it lights up the same reward pathways in the brain. Many treatment programs now strongly encourage quitting smoking @ the same time. It is a good idea. Those that continue to smoke have higher rates of relapse to the other substance. ...Read more

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What is the risk of a heart attack for a late 20's person after drug and alcohol abuse?

What is the risk of a heart attack for a late 20's person after drug and alcohol abuse?

Drug use: It depends on the amount of prior use and whether use is continuing. Certain drugs, such as cocaine, are particularly dangerous in this regard. ...Read more

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Is there specific classes that are needed to become a drug and alcohol abuse counselor?

State requirements: Each state has different requirements. In north carolina, where it appears you are, check the following: www. Ncsappb. Org/credentialing/certified-substance-abuse-counselor. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do rock stars deal with drug and alcohol abuse?

How do rock stars deal with drug and alcohol abuse?

Some, not well: Many rock stars have become examples of the worst outcomes in drug and alcohol abuse: death. Alternatively, their sagas show revolutions into and out of rehab systems, and then back again. Chemical dependency is a heartbreaking disease for anyone. For recovery, one needs sober, rock-solid supports -- and chronic exposure to others abusing alcohol/drugs in "the business" makes it much harder. ...Read more

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How does both drug and alcohol abuse affect workplace health and safety?

How does both drug and alcohol abuse affect workplace health and safety?

Multiple: Workers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs represent major safety concern at their workplace in that they are usually prone to injuries due to impaired attention and accuracy in performing their job. Also, they create unsafe and disruptive environment for their co-workers due to inadequate behavior and failure to comply with the job code. ...Read more

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Which types of questions would a drug and alcohol abuse counselor ask a client?

Depends: Generally an evaluation consists of questions about a persons relationship to drug use. This usually involves a good history, patterns, consequences etc. We try to understand what has the person had experienced in all spheres of life and who they are in this and why. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Alcohol abuse?

What are the treatments for Alcohol abuse?

Alcohol use disorder: Treatment may include several different FDA approved medications, individual therapy, and there are groups such as SMART recovery and others. Some patients require inpatient treatment depending upon the severity of the disease. ...Read more

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Which family members are most important to the prevention of drugs or alcohol abuse?

Depends: Any family member can help. Generally the better relationship you have, the more impact / higher "protective factor" you can have on helping to prevent alcohol or drug use in another family member. There is also no substitute for modeling. Avoid the "do as I say, not as I do" phenomenon. If someone you love is addicted, don't give up, keep trying to get help, but don't facilitate codependency. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can stop drug/alcohol abuse?

Can I tell me how I can stop drug/alcohol abuse?

Treatment/Support: Find someone who specializes in addictions, to help you design a plan to deal with urges, stress, find out triggers, and the big "why? " question. Additionally, stopping addiction might bring you a sense of loss -- with all the emotions a sense of loss carries and it needs to be worked through. It's a lot of work, but doable. Good luck! ...Read more

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How much of a role do drug & alcohol abuse by parents play in addiction in their children?

How much of a role do drug & alcohol abuse by parents play in addiction in their children?

A Lot: There is controversy over whether these traits are genetic in origin, altho I believe they may be. But the modeling behavior of parenting is clearly a factor. ...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 does 3 years of alcohol abuse do to your body, damage & lasting risks? Average 3 promille...

Alcohol Damage: The damage is related to the amount you are using, the strength of the alcohol, and your sensitivity to your level of use. Alcohol damages the liver, then the brain, can damage the lining of the stomach. The nutritional/vitamin deficiencies can lead to further liver damage, muscle wasting, and neurological damage, including numbness, problems with strength and balance. ...Read more

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Do women face greater health risks from alcohol abuse than men?

Do women face greater health risks from alcohol abuse than men?

No: According to the CDC, US men have higher rates of alcohol abuse and dependence (17% lifetime) than women (8%). Men also have much higher rates of injury and hospitalization related to alcohol. Male drivers are twice as likely to be intoxicated in fatal car accidents than female drivers. Men who commit suicide are more likely than women to have consumed alcohol. ...Read more

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Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Yes: Alcohol becomes abuse when it starts affecting your life negatively:if you having problems at work or showing up late or missing work; if it is making you fight with others or causing problems in your relationship; if you have legal problems from drinking; if you find yourself "sneaking" alcohol or hiding how much you use from other people. ...Read more

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How long do you have to be drinking to cause the affects of chronic alcohol abuse?

How long do you have to be drinking to cause the affects of chronic alcohol abuse?

Addictive Disease: Dr. Nora volkow, head of the natl. Institute for drug abuse describes an addiction as a: brain disease, which causes a person to engage in a behaviors which may lead to dire consequences, the person knows that, but continues the behaviors. It is possible to be addicted to food, gambling, sex, drug or alcohol. Chronic alcohol abuse can adversely affect every organ in the body except kidneys. ...Read more

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Why does alcohol abuse make the skin pale?

Diet & Sun: Alcoholics tend to stay indoors. They also lack vitamin B6 and B12 due to gastritis and poor diet. They are often anemic and frequently have liver disease that causes the skin to be pale. They frequently are malnourished as many times their major calorie intake is from alcohol. They also tend to be heavy smokers which causes problems in all the systems. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for alcohol abuse?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for alcohol abuse?

Multiple: For treatment, psychiatrists and addiction specialists are important, while the pcp can also be a great asset. However, alcoholics have many medical problems including trauma, liver, GI and pancreas probs, neuro probs, hematologic dz. These need imaging, procedures and treatment from physicians from er to neurosurg to radiology...And frequently anesthesia. Medical costs of alcoholism very high. ...Read more

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What are the liver diseases related to alcohol abuse?

What are the liver diseases related to alcohol abuse?

Several: It could be an acute inflammation ("alcoholic hepatitis") to more chronic and serious conditions such as alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatocarcinoma (liver cancer). ...Read more

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How specific is raised GGT as a marker of alcohol abuse?

How specific is raised GGT as a marker of alcohol abuse?

Not: Liver disease or damage will elevate ggt--but it is elevated in 75% of pts with chronic alcoholism and can b used to follow drinkers. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse harm other organs than just your liver?

Can alcohol abuse harm other organs than just your liver?

ABSOLUTELY: Try BRAIN
NERVES
ESOPHAGUS (GULLET)
STOMACH
BLOOD/BONE MARROW
SKIN

FOR "STARTERS" ...Read more

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How much alcohol abuse does it take for the onset of liver disease?

How much alcohol abuse does it take for the onset of liver disease?

Alcohol consequences: Some people are resilient and can absorb a lot withut results till late. But mental consequences are disastrous to self and family and to all your loved ones. It is deadly inherited and younger generations suffer much more than the first gen, from schizophrenia and severe mental problems along with alcoholism. Autism also is a result on kids, adhd, disabling anxiety. Treat now. ...Read more

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A common problem associated with alcohol abuse is malnutrition. Why is this?

Alcohol abuse: Automatically will produce vitamin b1 deficiency and affect normal brain function, plus the fact that this interferes with appetite, hence malnutrition. It is a dangerous experiment for anyone. ...Read more

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What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

Old Terms: In the DSM 5, all substance disorders are characterized as Use Disorders and are classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the number of criteria that are met.
Dependence and abuse are not used. ...Read more

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Can long term alcohol abuse cause motor function and balance problems, even after quitting?

Can long term alcohol abuse cause motor function and balance problems, even after quitting?

Alcoholism: Long term alcohol use can cause different neurologic effect and even dementia. some are caused by a vitamin deficiency and other by overt neural damage. Some will resolve to a degree with treatment and cessation of alcohol use and others will not. ...Read more

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Please advise! How much alcohol abuse does it take for the onset of liver disease or symptoms of?

Depends on: Your ability to detoxify alcohol. Certain people have inefficient enzymes and can get liver damage and GI cancers with even small amounts of alcohol, while others seem to be spared. Moderation, especially with alcohol, is important. ...Read more

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Question:why do people w/chronic alcohol abuse start havn seizures when they never have beforehand?

Question:why do people w/chronic alcohol abuse start havn seizures when they never have beforehand?

Withdrawal effect: Chronic alcohol use may cause a physiologic dependence, such that when it is abruptly stopped, one may experience a withdrawal syndrome. Alcohol has sedative effects. Stopping it leads to activation of the brain. A seizure is a severe form of activation. It can be prevented by properly treating the withdrawal with the appropriate medicines like benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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For teens with alcohol abuse, will they admit you into the psych ward or can they just send you home after you sober up?

For teens with alcohol abuse, will they admit you into the psych ward or can they just send you home after you sober up?

Greatly varies: The length of stay at a psychiatric hospital can be dependent upon multiple things including laws in your state severity of the illness and also insurance coverage. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse or alcohol withdraws cause hyperactive refelxes hyperactive refelxes. Not sure if that is the medical term

Yes: Hyperactive reflexes are a common sign of alcohol withdrawal, and are related to the overall hyperactivity of the central nervous system - anxiety, insomnia, tremor, restlessness, irritability, which can progress to grand mal seizures/and or delirium tremens (the shaking delirium). ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse?

Can you tell me the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse?

Nomenclature: Alcoholism is a disease which may be ctive (drinking) or remission (sobriety). Alcohol abuse refers to the act of drinking excessively which would imply alcoholism. ...Read more

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I'm always depressed when sober actually extremely depressed and dysfunctional could it be the result of lots of alcohol abuse?

I'm always depressed when sober actually extremely depressed and dysfunctional could it be the result of lots of alcohol abuse?

Alcohol: Is a depressant. The aftermath of a bout of drinking has physical and psychological effects. Please try to catch this problem early on or it can ruin your relationships. Self-esteem, job, and life. So glad to see that you are thinking in this way. Consider a 12 step program. Be careful not to make excuses w/yourself or minimize the danger. See mental health pro to help w/depression. Peace. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse cause iron deficiency? Thank you

Can alcohol abuse cause iron deficiency? Thank you

Not by itself: Alcoholics may have iron poor diets and may bleed from the stomach lining after drinking causing iron loss. This is why they are often iron depleted. ...Read more

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How does chronic alcohol abuse affect Arterial blood gases?

How does chronic alcohol abuse affect Arterial blood gases?

Depends: Acute alcohol intoxication can cause acidosis. The effect blood gases from chronic alcoholism would depend on the end-organ damage. Cirrhosis with marked ascites may cause respiratory acidosis. Hepato-renal failure may result in metabolic acidosis. ...Read more

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Alcoholism (Definition)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to ...Read more