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How Can I Get Through To A Drug Addict With Love
Alanon: People who are in love with a drug addict commonly have a hard time "getting through" . Until someone admits that they have a problem, options for helping are very limited and feelings of helplessness, anger and sadness are common al-anon is a support group for family and friends of addicts who use alcohol and drugs. (not group therapy) http://www.Al-anon.Alateen.Org. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Addiction: Go to an al-anon meeting for support and guidance in how to intervene. Also consider being direct in a caring manner with the person you are concerned with and tell him how much you are worried about him or her and ask him to go for treatment. If he is resistant talk of attending an aa or na meeting. Best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In a mental health program im on pass and i once again used opiates, my addiction to them is to strong and don't know how to tell doc?Withdrawal suck
Accept it: Make sure pt. Has a diagnosis (like dementia). Once diagnosis is sure you have to avoid taking it personally when the patient does not recognize you or ask you the same thing often. Follow the flow, do not get angry with him. Try to ventilate your frustrations with a positive and productive way. Involve the whole family. Reserve some time for you personally to do thongs you use to love. ...Read more
Can you tell me how i could get over my anxiety to where i can enjoy life with friends and actually get to date someone?
Managing anxiety:: The most effective treatment for anxiety is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that helps you modify the thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learning to calm your body and your mind is the key. Biofeedback training can help you learn relaxation skills. Check out www.bcia.org and www.aapb.org for biofeedback professionals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
VARIETY OF PLACES: First off great if you are finally getting help. There may be an inpatient facility where you can begin the detox process or a clinic. There may be a doctor in your area that does suboxone treatment and you can locate this on suboxone.Com then you will want some support like narcotics anonymous or some other group. Good luck and hang in there. The treatments really do work. ...Read more
Can you tell me easy ways to cope with my mom whos dying from MS and how to stay off harder drugs then weed?
Sorry about your Mom: Hopefully, there is a knowledgable neurologist who is managing her care. If she is progressive, most of our current meds are of little benefit, although Novantrone might be useful. If pain is an issue, a pain specialist can help. If marijuana is used, can assist with spasticity, and maybe pain, but is limited in other applications. You and she may benefit from counseling, assisted exercise. ...Read more
Encourage abstinence: Encourage them to seek help from a counselor or other professional or offer to take them to a support group such as alcoholics or narcotics anonymous. ...Read more
Try AA: Depending on how much you have been drinking or using an addictive drug, you can stop it without medical detoxification, and begin to attend a 12 step support group each day to get you on the path to sobriety. If you have already tried this and failed multiple time then an inpatient rehab setting is the next step, and often successful. The advantage is you are away from temptation. ...Read more
Avoid codependency: While it is important to support a person with an addition, you also want to make sure you don't facilitate or enable their addictive behavior. One of the best things you can do is become more educated about addiction and addictive behavior, then you will be able to avoid things that enable the addiction. Consider going to a support group like alanon to learn more. Also read about codependency. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I need to know an OTC drug to help a friend relax and get through his issues with his heroin and meth addiction. Same effect as alcohol. Thanks.
Drug Withdrawal: First an addict coming off of meth and heroin needs to be observed during withdrawal. There is too much risk in detoxing without medical attention close at hand. There is no otc medication to help one stay safe while detoxing. Your friend needs to be in a safe and medical place for this. ...Read more
Suggestions: If severly depressed, seeing your doctor can help and is always encouraged. Soliciting help from friends and family can be useful. Depending on where you live, the local hospitals often offer support groups. Home health and hospice are great options. For alzheimers, the alzheimer's association offers many suggestions. Other chronic diseses have similar organizations. ...Read more
Tough one.: If close to this person, have a chance influence. He or she has to get the message that you are there for them, you care, your not going to enable them, they're r headed down a path that only ends badly. Give them the # of drug rx center for when they are ready--usually when things can't get worse. Drug addiction is extraordinarily hard for those that love them, because cures are the exception. ...Read more
Tough question: When push comes to shove, only the person with addiction can help themselves. We can help family/loved ones by being caring, loving and supportive, and by not enabling their addiction (making excuses for them, fixing their screw-ups, giving them money for drugs/alcohol etc.). Alanon is a self-help program for the people who care about those with addiction, and meetings can help you help yourself. ...Read more
Good question: Theoretically once someone has been addicted to a drug, they are always addicted. Therefore, infants who are addicted to drugs during pregnancy are addicted for life. They are at higher risk of reverting to drugs as adults & would need to be warned of this. They also are at higher risk due to their mother's addiction. Dr al sclar is an expert in these kinds of addictions. ...Read more
I would like to know if anyone lives with a spouse with erectile disorder and how they cope. Can it be treated?
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