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How Can I Not Give In To Alcohol Cravings
Plan: Eat a healthy diet with high quality calories--6-8 fruit and veggie servings a day, whole grains, lean protein, and foods with calcium such as yogurt etc daily. Plan for three meals daily along with 2 healthy snacks so you don't suddenly feel like you are starving or have no energy. Bring healthy snacks such as nuts, fruit etc with you everywhere so you aren't tempted by poor choices. ...Read more
AA Support Groups: Alcoholics anonymous or other peer-based support groups have good success rates of treating alcoholism. Disulfiram can help in some patients by serving as a deterrent if used under proper supervision. Drinking alcohol while taking it makes you incredibly sick. Counseling, outpatient rehab services are other options as is inpatient rehab. Bottom line don't go it alone with just campral. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Focus on benefits: Typically people feel overall more alive and energetic when eliminating processed foods and simple carbohydrates. Focusing on how good you feel, coupled with being sure that you are receiving enough protein and complex carbs (steel cut oats, vegetables) and water will reduce the cravings for candy/cake/cookies/ice cream/chips/soda, etc. Entering into your fast and post fast diet will be easier. ...Read more
I may have a peptic ulcer can I inject myself with alcohol if so how much and what would be the best spirit to use thanks?
NOT a D.I.Y. project: There are successful treatments of bleeding peptic ulcers with endoscopic ethanol but this is not a procedure to be done for yourself. It is not the kind of alcohol used for drinking. And, not to be a party pooper, but it would be a very good idea to limit drinking to as close to none as you can at least until the ulcer is well healed. Smoking is also irritating your cells. Enjoy yourself later. ...Read more
How can I minimize withdrawal symptoms from psych meds? What can I do to make it not such a shock to my body? Thanks
Psychiatrist: Psychiatrists (especially integrative ones) can help you with your medications -- or tapering them as appropriate. You want to be sure that your clinical situation and needs are being cared for. Please don't do this on your own. If your medications are not working effectively for you, your psychiatrist can help with that by adjusting doses or changing. Please don't give up! ...Read more
What happens if someone takes Xanax (alprazolam) and overdoses, what can you give them to drink or eat to reverse the effect, and help them get back to normal?
More to it: well depends, the bigger picture may be, why did they ingest more then suggested? was it a suicide attempt? are they suicidal? they should seek help with a psychiatrist and therapist. take them to the ER to monitor their vitals and give the appropriate treatments. enough xanax (alprazolam) can cause respiratory depression and even death. ...Read more
In the middleof drinking what is the best way to get him to stop when asking for more alcohol what else can I do and does putting water in beer help?
Real tough: No answer for this. If he is already intoxicated, he will unlikely be able to adapt behavior. Drinking issues need to be addressed when he is singer. ...Read more
What can I do to make detoxing from painkillers easier . Is there any over-the-counter meds that i can use to help with withdrawal symptoms?
See a doctor: First of all congratulations for making the first step of recognizing you have a problem and wanting to do something about it. As far as withdrawal, it really depends on specifically what and how much you have been using. It is better to taper rather than going cold turkey. A doctor can also help you get connected to a support system so you can stay off. Keep up the good work. ...Read more
What to do if I have a few dried buttons of peyote. How many will it take to get me high, and how many to hallucinate?
A doctor should not: Be involved with helping people potentially hurt themselves. If you are native american and this is part of a religious ritual, tribal elders would be the better ones to give you advice. Hallucinogens are not benign drugs, especially as you get older. They raise heart rate and blood pressure, which might be benign when you are 25 but not at 40. My advice is to throw them away. ...Read more
How can you tell if you're addicted to caffeine and depend on it? I heard headaches in absence of your coffee are one way.
A LOT: Generally seizures occur when people who are drinking a lot stop drinking. Rarely, people who have underlying seizure disorders will get a seizure from alcohol, but this is rare. Most people who get alcohol withdrawal seizures have been drinking more than a pint of 80 proof liquor, usually for months, and have already experienced morning shakes, or have started drinking in the morning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Opaite.Addiction /sedative medicines. How can I get help to refrain from not using. My cravings are very strong. Can the doctors prescribe something?
See pain specialist: It seems that you are dependent on two classes of medications, and the combined effects if at too high a dose, could be very dangerous. Yes, physicians who specialize in pain management, such as physiatrists or anesthesiologists, can help substantially, and relieve your urges. You might seek help locally at Univ of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. ...Read more
Fiber helps.: Fiber with every meal helps control the appetite, keeping you full longer in between meals. If you're not hungry, you shouldn't be focused on looking for snacks in between meals. Shoot for about ten grams of fiber with each meal, and p,entry of water in between meals to keep the stomach content. ...Read more
How do I stop craving junk food, i can't seem to stop i'm not over weight, just want to be healthier, or is there anything i can take to help?
Behavioral change: Your craving for junk food is a habit that you developed after years of repetitive behavior. Every habit has a trigger, action and reward. There are usually a chain of behaviors that lead up to the urge or craving to eat junk foods. You can break the chain at any link and when you do you can change the outcome. Being mindful of your desire to be healthy will allow you to make better decisions. ...Read more
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What do you recommend if I have a few dried buttons of peyote. How many will it take to get me high, and how many to hallucinate?
Why do you think an: Ethical physician would give you the answer to how you can make yourself crazy? If you are entering this as a religious experience in a native american culture, there are tribal elders who can give you the information about whether you are ready for it and what you should do. If a 40 year old woman wants to get high and hallucinate, my suggestion is to enter counseling and get help. ...Read more
I was in the hospital for not eating or drinking for a long time and my body will not take in any food. How can I get better?
Slow tube feeding: You probably need to be refed very slowly over a long period of time and with physician supervision. In anorexics, they use tube feeding, over a long period of time and at a very slow rate. Fast introduction of food, can lead to electrolyte imbalance and possible death. ...Read more
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