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How can I handle alcoholism during the holiday season?

How can I handle alcoholism during the holiday season?

Plan: Plan to not drink, plan ahead. Do not allow yourself to have a single drop of alcohol. Imagine yourself going home after a party sober and in complete control. Imagine how proud you will be of yourself. Then, imagine how disappointed and humilated you will feel after having made a drunken fool of yourself. Think about ir. It's called consequencial thinking. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more


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Which type of establishment, and doctors, handle c-ptsd? All abuse, deranged alcoholism, etc. My perception is diseased. 12 steps do not work

Which type of establishment, and doctors, handle c-ptsd? All abuse, deranged alcoholism, etc. My perception is diseased. 12 steps do not work

Psychiatrists: Psychiatrists, addiction medicine physicians, psychologists, ; counselors are trained to help in these areas. Inpatient treatment may be needed, but the greatest expanse of care happens in outpatient settings. 12 steps work for those who work them, and are the most common type of recovery ; support groups. Other alcohol recovery options include smart recovery -- http://www.Smartrecovery.Org/. ...Read more

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How can alcoholism be a disease?

How can alcoholism be a disease?

Many reasons: Like heart disease ; diabetes, alcoholism is due to genes ; poor life style choices- diet, no exercise, smoking. Genetics are 50% responsible. Children of alcoholics are 8 x more likely to become alcoholics. Alcoholism is a brain disease. Evidence shows altered neurotransmitter response to alcohol. If one of your family members is alcoholic, you risk surprise addiction to a prescribed pain pill. ...Read more

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Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

Yes : As i understand it, the brains of alcoholics process alcohol differently than the brains of those that are not alcoholics. Therefore, they become addicted more quickly and easily and have much more difficulty stopping drinking than others. This is only part of the explanation of alcoholism as there are psychological components, as well. Both md and addictions specialist need to treat together. ...Read more

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Help please! is alcoholism really an incurable disease?

Help please! is alcoholism really an incurable disease?

Not that I think: Granted, long term use of alcohol can result in permanent damage such as liver cirrhosis, and cerebellar atrophy, but, if handled in a timely fashion, especially with working a an alcoholics anonymous setting, outcomes should be often highly successful, and control achieved. Meds are available to ease the process. Work closely with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is alcoholism considered a disease, but smoking isn't?

Why is alcoholism considered a disease, but smoking isn't?

Alcohol/Smoking: A disease by definition is an abnormal condition with signs & symptoms, causing distress & dysfunction & social problems & even death. Since both alcoholism & smoking fit that picture, i see no reason not to classify both as diseases, such as alcoholism & nicotine addiction. ...Read more

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I am curious if alcoholism is a disease, how much is the alcoholic at fault?

I am curious if alcoholism is a disease, how much is the alcoholic at fault?

DIFFERENT TAKE: Fault is not a useful concept. The alcoholic has pleasure centers in his brain that create a demand for more, and small amounts will accellerate the urgency. A better concept would be a neurophysiologic one. ...Read more

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Supposing that alcoholism is a disease then why are people mad at alcoholics?

Good question: One - because many people give lip service to the disease concept, but believe in their heart of hearts that this individual is making a choice, and it is a bad choice. Alcoholics' behaviors affect and hurt ones they love and care about, and this makes people angry - they take it personally. "if you really loved (or cared about) me, you wouldn't drink like that!" family therapy is important. ...Read more

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I am curious if alcoholism runs in my family, how do I know if I have or will inherit this disease?

I am curious if alcoholism runs in my family, how do I know if I have or will inherit this disease?

Unknown: Genes are for risk, not destiny. Children of alcoholics, some studies show, are at 4 times the risk of being alcoholic as those whose parent is not alcoholic. The gene expresses a vulnerability to alcoholism or addiction & may bless you w/ forewarning . Many people go their whole life not knowing a potential chronic disease may otherwise loom. Being alert about drugs/alcohol is wise & possible. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more