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How To Prevent Children Of Drinkers From Becoming Alcoholics
Can you tell me, are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?
Yes: Both because of the potential trauma growing up in an alcoholic household, with all of its stresses and possible abuse/neglect, as well as genetic predisposition. Some physicians strongly caution children of alcoholics to not even begin to drink because of their heightened risks. Even children separated at birth from alcoholic fathers had a fourfold increase in alcoholism later in life. ...Read more
Can you tell me are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?
Yes: And for many reasons. Being raised in an alcoholic household can increase stress and anxiety, and promote use of alcohol as a coping strategy in children as they grow older. In addition, there are genetic influences even if the person is not raised in their home of origin. It does not mean that an adult child of an alcoholic is destined to have alcoholism, but does increase the risks, esp. In men. ...Read more
Are people who are trying to recover from a drug addiction usually violent? Frightened of my boyfriend.
Caution!: It is common for someone to experience depression, irritability, anger & frustration while going through the early stages of recovery. Rarely this can lead to episodic violent behavior. If he has been verbally or physically abusive, you need support and guidance to avoid injury. Al-anon is a support group for the families of addicts. Don't hesitate to reach out to familiy and friends. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress management...: There are some simple stress management techniques that you can learn quickly, but i would also encourage you to get into psychotherapy & start talking about what is stressing you out. Learn some relaxation techniques. Take time to exercise and talk to friends. Let me know how if you need additional help. ...Read more
Dentures : Get the alignment and color of the teeth in your denture characterized to you. Make sure it is to you liking. Keep your dentures well fitted to your gums by regularly getting them realigned. Keep them clean. Do not use toothpaste to clean your dentures. The polish in toothpaste will cause your dentures to look dull. Use adhesives if you have poor retention. Get new dentures minimum every 5 years. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does anyone know if there are any aa meetings for the children of alcoholics (the kids not being alcoholics)?
Yes: Yes i agree with other answer, al-anon is for any family member or friend affected by someone else's alcoholism, however there is also a specific 12 step group for adult children of alcoholics. If in a big enough city it is actually amazing how many different kinds of 12 step meetings there are. There is also ala-teen and ala-tot for kids and teens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, relapse happens: Relapses and remissions are usual in recovering from alcoholism -- and relapsing does not mean the treatment is a failure. One can always start again. The key is in having a support system (such as aa or other) to return to, and doctors to assist when relapse is happening. There are inpatient and outpatient alcohol recovery programs -- the choice depends on need at the time. ...Read more
Is detox tea (or any kind of tea) people with AIH can take? Because most of them aren't for people suffering from liver disorder. Thank you!
Tea: Autoimmune hepatitis has been associated with environmental insults that include items described as green tea and Chinese herbal tea in the medical case reports. That being said, some naturalists have recommended green tea to those with the disease. No formal studies have been done, so people should recognize the potential risks and make an educated decision. ...Read more
It's obvious alcohol and tobacco users greatly increase their risk for developing this cancer, what about those who don't abuse these substances? What do they need to be aware of to prevent this?
Many: Being harmfully involved with substances causes a broad range of difficulties in a young persons life, including academic difficulties, health-related problems (including mental health), poor peer relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Obesity avoidance: Sedentary lifestyle (not enough exercise), excessive portion size and high sugar/carbohydrate/fat/processed food diets are the most prevalent culprits in childhood obesity. All family members should be engaged in healthy lifestyles to prevent obesity in both short and long term. ...Read more
A lot of spouses die within 6 months when their ill spouse dies. What are the most common diagnoses of the well spouse that leads to a demise?
Addiction=addiction: Addiction treatment centers used to not address smoking. Many people still resist being asked to stop smoking when they stop drinking or using other drugs. However it lights up the same reward pathways in the brain. Many treatment programs now strongly encourage quitting smoking @ the same time. It is a good idea. Those that continue to smoke have higher rates of relapse to the other substance. ...Read more
Multiple issues: Obviously if the vision is lowered and uncorrectable that would be an impairment impossible to overcome. The vision should be good in each eye and some pilot licenses require documented stereovision and normal color vision. That depends upon the type of license. Anything that would disallow a normal driver's license would also prevent getting a pilot license. ...Read more
Healthy ones: If you're in recovery from meth, that is a hard road. You've used a lot of your resilience in your habit, and now need to build it up again. As many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can eat, leafy green salads, and lean meats like chicken and wild alaskan salmon would be good. The latter will help replenish your omega-3's to stabilize neuronal membranes. Whole foods that are not processed. ...Read more
Too many: Dont' be one of them. Get help. Go to an aa meeting. ...Read more
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