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Giving Up Alcohol
Just don't drink it!: Tapering off soda is probably the best way to do it: try mixing in other beverages that aren't carbonated. If, for example, you drink 5 cans of soda a day, start by cutting down to 4 a day for a week, then 3, and so on. Make it a point to drink water or any other type of healthy drink and increase those as you decrease your soda. Maybe you'll end up liking something else better that's healthy! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Reach out for help: Right away. Call a trusted family member or friend (who doesn't drink) and ask for help. Find out where your local aa meetings are and plan to visit one every night this week, if they are available. Get a sponsor at aa! find an addiction psychotherapist or psychiatrist to help you sort through all of the emotional issues and help you with medication if indicated. ...Read more
Don't buy it: Who is purchasing it for you? Ask them not to stock it in the house and that will be the biggest way to control temptation. If you like the fizz buy club soda or sparkling water. ...Read more
Recovery is possible: BED is way of resolving a internal conflict through physical action. People think they are triggered by food but actually are triggered by emotions that lead to bingeing. They binge to numb, distract or comfort themselves. To stop, you must seek treatment to identify what's eating "at" you instead of focusing on what you're eating, and find new ways to respond to yourself. Recovery is possible ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cold turkey.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great, and has proven to be the most successful method overall. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Overeaters Anonymous: Just as with other addictions, there is no "cure, " but, one day at a time, there is recovery. Overeaters anonymous is based on the principles of alcoholics anonymous. Oa is not just for binge eaters, many with anorexia or bulimia find help there as well. Check www.Oa.Org for meetings in your area and more information. ...Read more
Variable: There is not a simple answer for this question. Many people with alcoholism have been -using alcohol to self medicate anxiety, depression or other conditions. In that situation, detoxification will help rid the brain/body of toxins but will not resolve underlying mental health conditions. Anxiety symptoms may be more prominent as they are no longer being covered up by alcohol. ...Read more
Stop Smoking Options: Auricular (ear) acupuncture ; hypnosis have no significant side effects ; can work well. Nicotine replacement options: nasal spray, patch, inhaler, gum ; lozenges. Smoking cessation programs offer support, meds. Monitoring ; education. Electronic cigarettes may or may not prove helpful. Prescription meds: zyban (wellbutrin) ; Chantix (bupropion).Check potential psychiatric side effects w chantix. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wean yourself: Wean yourself slowly. You don't want to go through caffeine withdrawal. Start by cutting your normal amount in half, in a few days to a week, cut the amount you take in half again. I recommend replacing it with water, since water is the healthiest. There are alternatives such as green tea or coffee which also contain caffeine and antioxidants. ...Read more
Up to 10 days: in some people drinking within 10 days of taking disulfirma (antabuse) can cause a reaction. The larger question is why you want to go back to drinking that has obviously been very destructive to your life. There are better medications that reduce craving to drink - acamprosate, Naltrexone - and a counseling program is necessary to help you make better choices.Talk to your doctor rather than drink ...Read more
Tricky: The drug is going to be out of the system by 3 to 5 days even being pessimistic. BUT: 1) you can develop a psychological queeziness to alcohol that is not from the drug anymore. This can be permanent. 2) you can develop liver injury from either and this makes alcohol a bad idea. so... can't say in your case; generally a week is really pessimistic. ...Read more
Seek help: It is not the act of binging eating that you need to control.There is some underlying reason that you have to try and deal with. This can only be done with help from other people. Talk to someone that you trust about your life and what you feeling and try and unwind the driving agents.Doing this with a professional counselor will accelerate the process.You are damaging your body, seek help. ...Read more
Topamax (topiramate) : Anthenelli et al 2008 showed topiramate produced effects on smoking cessation. Male smokers had markedly greater quit rates than female smokers and men were roughly four times more likely to quit smoking when treated with topiramate as compared to placebo. Topiramate triple effects aiding smoking abstinence, attenuating nicotine withdrawal and preventing post-cessation weight gain. Its promising. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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