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How To Live With An Alcoholic Spouse
Many years: That's a very complicated question. Co morbidities would play into the calculation. With good follow up care, you could live for many years ...Read more
Options: If this is from alcohol, if you quit you may have a normal life ahead of you as the scarring can partially reverse. If this is a hepatitis that can be managed, or hemochromatosis or wilson's that can be treated, or if a transplant is available, you may be in excellent shape. Untreatable cirrhosis usually kills within 5 years but these things are never certain. Embrace each day. ...Read more
No certain answer: There is no real answer to this question since there are a number of different artificial hearts implanted for different reasons, some just assist the damaged heart and some replace its actions all together. Usually the artificial heart is a bridge to transplant with a real donor heart. The longest survival without a replacement human heart transplant is a little over 1500 days at present. ...Read more
Narcissist: Therapy for narcissists is often arduous, painful for both patient and therapist, as the narcissist is eventually brought to a place of what is known as profound narcissistic injury, which is the beginning of his poor self esteem that the narcissism resolutely defends against. I would opt for psychoanalysis. Living with a narcissist often means constant devaluation and being objectified. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I would like to know if anyone lives with a spouse with erectile disorder and how they cope. Can it be treated?
Consult nephrologist: Taking care of the kidney problems. Of course subject may drink her/himself to death. Could die from acute alcohol poisoning, liver cirrhosis, kill him/herself in a dui accident or just walk into traffic on a highway. There are many ways to shorten one's life as an alcoholic. ...Read more
Live with Liver CA: Days, weeks, months or years. Depends on what type and where it is. Need to see someone who specializes in this. ...Read more
Counseling may help: Losing a relationship with anyone, whether an alcohol/drug abuser or not, is always difficult. It is a loss, and it is a lot of stress. We go through the same kind of stages of grief that happens when someone close to us dies. It is more complicated with abusers. Attending Alanon to get over your guilt, anger, shame or other emotions may help, as may a therapist if you are having problems. ...Read more
Many do for years...: Having virtually any chronic disease puts you at risk for a shorter life, but some are more severe than others. Hepatitis b/c are treatable and as long as you get appropriate treatment/follow-up, along with avoiding liver-toxic substances such as alcohol/drugs; don't smoke, eat healthy/keep ideal body wt, sleep adequately, and exercises regularly will enhance your life! good luck to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Boundaries: There is a program you may not need called Al-Anon. In that program one learns that we cannot control or change others. And, often we did not cause the problems that others are causing. I would bet at your age it is time to stop the war and to create safe space in your life so that you can have a full life. That may mean changing how you interact with your mother: i.e. no more arguments.... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alanon?: I haven't heard it mentioned for awhile, but there was a 12-step program for relatives of addicts. You could join whether or not the relative/friend attended a group or any treatment. Also, of course, you have tried to encourage your mother to get some help - right? It's especially hard with illegal or socially sanctioned substances. The 12-step people might provide ideas for this challenge. Best! ...Read more
Varies: This is not usually a simple process and varies based on a number of factors including income, insurance coverage, severity of illness, as well as the state in which you reside. Nami is a good resource for information, 1-800-626-4199 is the number for the alabama branch. Nimh.Org is another good source. Often in ohio the case manager/ social worker at the community mental health center is key. ...Read more
Aspergers: Psychologists do not talk about achieving a " normal life"- we don't know what that is! I have had many individuals in my practice who were considered high functioning find good jobs, get married and have a family. Their social difficulties do cause difficulties, but they manage to find understanding spouses and employment where they can flourish. ...Read more
There is no "pat": Answer to this question. In general, I do not advise friends or family to "confront" people with alcoholism, since they usually have greatly developed denial, and will almost always react with anger and resentment, and it will even increase their level of denial. Being open, honest and caring, avoiding labeling and insults, avoiding loaded terms like alcoholic (better-problems with alcohol) best. ...Read more
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