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I am a recovering alcoholic. Can my addiction contribute to cardiomyopathy?

I am a recovering alcoholic.  Can my addiction contribute to cardiomyopathy?

Yes: There are a cardiomyopathies with direct association with various types of alcohol ingestion, some of which may not be directly related to the alcohol but some of the other ingredients of the drink. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Would any doctor prescribe clanazepam to a recovering alcoholic? A family member of mine is a recovering alcoholic. He was prescribed clonazepam and takes it daily. I fear this will cause him many issues with addiction and will hinder his ability to bec

Would any doctor prescribe clanazepam  to a recovering alcoholic? A family member of mine is a recovering alcoholic.  He was prescribed clonazepam and takes it daily. I fear this will cause him many issues with addiction and will hinder his ability to bec

Hello. : Hello. I agree with dr. Kahn's response. Does the prescriber know that your family member is alcoholic? I try to avoid using benzodiazapines (like clonazepam) when possible for patients who have substance abuse problems. Medications in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class can be helpful for anxiety (if your family member suffers from an anxiety disorder) as well as non-medication forms of therapy: cognitive behavioral therapy, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback, yoga and acupuncture. Your relative could consider aksing his doctor if there are an options that would be a safe alternative to use of clonazepam. This was an excellent question. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic with rosacea. How can I get rid of it?

I am a recovering alcoholic with rosacea. How can I get rid of it?

See dermatologist: Other than metro gel which is considered the standby and traditional treatment there are a whole new set of medications which may help (oracea, finacea) as well as some off label techniques using botulinum toxin. Obvious avoidance of triggers is good to minimize flares. Rhinophyma component may require surgery. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic. What are some things I can do to stop drinking when I have a craving?

I am a recovering alcoholic. What are some things I can do to stop drinking when I have a craving?

Mutual support helps: Are you going to aa meetings? Do you have a sponsor? Do you have a phone list of aa members whom you can call when you have a craving? ...Read more

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What does it mean if your kidneys ache sometimes, I am a recovering alcoholic. Would that have anything to do with it. I have been sober for a month.

What does it mean if your kidneys ache sometimes, I am a recovering alcoholic. Would that have anything to do with it. I have been sober for a month.

Kidneys?: There's lots of stuff in there besides your kidneys. This is going to require a physical exam and some blood tests. Do it for your own peace of mind. And keep up the good work on your sobriety! ...Read more

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Why all I want to do is sleep when im not working. Even if it means I neglect other important task. Fyi I am a recovering alcoholic addict.?

Why all I want to do is sleep when im not working. Even if it means I neglect other important task. Fyi I am a recovering alcoholic addict.?

Consider Depression: The dividing line between "normal" exhaustion as address by dr. Brown, and the neurotransmitter depletion that results in depression is a very blurry one. Any mammal that is under chronic stress may become depleted in 3 to 6 months and then show the signs of depression. An evaluation by your primary care physician or a mental health professional would be a good idea. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic. I often throw up bright yellow mucus like substance early mornings even before i eat anything. What is going on?

I am a recovering alcoholic. I often throw up bright yellow mucus like substance early mornings even before i eat anything. What is going on?

# of things going on: Throwing up yellow bile can be caused by a number of different circumstances including a malfunctioning pyloric valve, a respiratory infection or excessive dehydration. No matter which of these conditions you think you may have, see a doctor if you are vomiting with no apparent cause. •. ...Read more

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I need some answers about current symptoms I am having. I am a recovering alcoholic. I have only been sober for 11 days. I also had a gastric bypass in 2004. I was drinking a 5 liter box of wine a day and prior i was drinking vodka. Within the last 4

I need some answers about current symptoms I am having. I am a recovering alcoholic.  I have only been sober for 11 days.  I also had a gastric bypass in 2004.  I was drinking a 5 liter box of wine a day and prior i was drinking vodka.  Within the last 4

There is no ?: Unfortunately, both in the posting of questions and in our answers, we are limited to the space of a tweet. You need to find a shorter way to express yourself in asking a question. Am glad to hear you are working a program and have had 11 24 hours of sobriety. ...Read more

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Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years.No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever.Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety(12

Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years.No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever.Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety(12

I : I added a link below from the center of disease control that may answer all of your questions in depth. To summarize: you can only catch hepatitis b from: - birth - mom to baby transmission - sharing needles with an infected person - having sex with an infected person - being in direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person - sharing a tooth brush or razor with an infected person (because of bleeding with those 2 activities) you cannot catch hepatitis b through breastfeeding, drinking, saliva, sharing utensils, hugging, kissing, touching, coughing or sneezing. 6-10% of adults with hepatitis b go on to have chronic hepatitis b (that means in 90-94% of people, it just goes away). 15-25% of people with chronic hepatitis b will go on to have liver disease. ...Read more

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I am 31 years old and i my weight is just 45kgs, n I am not growing fat at all, I am an recovering alcoholic as well ws addicted to tea n smoke n quit?

I am 31 years old and i my weight is just 45kgs, n I am not growing fat at all, I am an recovering alcoholic as well ws addicted to tea n smoke n quit?

The question is not: Clear to me but if you are asking about why you are not as heavy as you would like to be it may be due to your past use of alcohol. This can be associated w/poor nutrition. Please ask your doc about this and he/she may refer you to a nutritionist to help you regain your weight and health. Congrats on stopping drinking and the very best to you. ...Read more

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How to get pain relief for recovering alcoholic?

How to get pain relief for recovering alcoholic?

Recovering alcohoic: Pain can affect anyone! But due to your history of alcohol addiction, most physicians would not prescribe pain meds. Please see one of the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic for non-opiate meds for your pain and possibly interventional pain management options. It is a great place for pain management. ...Read more

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Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

Yes: Valium affects the brain in a similar way as alcohol. Taking it could "trigger" the brain and cause cravings for alcohol. Try to avoid and if they must be used make sure your treating physician knows about addiction and your history. Best to avoid if at all possible. ...Read more

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As a recovering alcoholic is it a good idea to date a drinker?

Hmmmm.: If you are in aa, this is a good question for your sponsor, if newly sober, less than a year, no, but really should not be dating then either. If you are very stable in your recovery and this person has no inclination of a drinking problem them self, then maybe. Really need to be crystal clear on your motifs with this one. Concerns, could be trigger and trying to save other if they have a problem. ...Read more

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What medicine can a recovering alcoholic take to mitigate their withdrawals?

What medicine can a recovering alcoholic take to mitigate their withdrawals?

A few: Most of them are in the benzodiazepine class. There are protocols for "detox" and they are important. They shouldn't be taken just as needed to mitigate withdrawal symptoms. This is because alcohol withdrawal is potentially quite serious, medically and behaviorally; and because, unsupervised, people often resort to combining the medicine and alcohol, which is dangerous. ...Read more

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What kind of vitamins should a recovering alcoholic take?

What kind of vitamins should a recovering alcoholic take?

Whole Food Vitamins: Vitamins are widely available in all of the places you have mentioned, and they are also widely VARIABLE in quality. In general, vitamins made from whole foods (they will be labeled as such) are more easily absorbed and used by your body and are a better choice. These types of vitamins are generally only available at health food stores, both local and online. Look for one rich in B vitamins. ...Read more

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Which are the best vitamins to help recovering alcoholic cravings ?

Which are the best vitamins to help recovering alcoholic cravings ?

B1: Vitamin B1 needs to be repleted in alcoholics and the usual dose is 100-200 mg/day. I am not aware of any vitamin that will help with cravings. There are few meds approved for maintenance in alcohol detox, but none of them will work outside of a comprehensive program. ...Read more

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Can using mouthwash that contains alcohol be dangerous to a recovering alcoholic?

Can using mouthwash that contains alcohol be dangerous to a recovering alcoholic?

Alcohol / mouthwash: If you are in recovery from alcoholism you should not use mouthwash that conatins alcohol. There are many different brands of mouthwash that contain no alcohol. You should use one of these. The alcohol in the mouthwash could trigger the addiction to return. ...Read more

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How do I get pain relief as a recovering alcoholic?

How do I get pain relief as a recovering alcoholic?

NSAIDs and COX-2: However, when effective pain management cannot be achieved by these medications, use of opioids and other psychotropic medications is warranted. The main goal of acute pain management is effective pain relief and prescribing narcotics and other psychotropic medications for a recovering alcoholic will necessarily result in relapse. ...Read more

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I need a med that helps for social anxiety.A med I can take daily that isnt a benzo cuz im a recovering alcoholic. What med would u recommend?I was thinking luvox (fluvoxamine)?Would that help?

I need a med that helps for social anxiety.A med I can take daily that isnt a benzo cuz im a recovering alcoholic. What med would u recommend?I was thinking luvox (fluvoxamine)?Would that help?

Serotonin reuptake : Most of the serotonin reuptake inhibitors are very helpful for anxiety as well. I have found Lexapro to be very effective. There is another medicine called Buspar (buspirone) that also works for anxiety and may be beneficial. Talk to your doctor about which one would be best for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

A disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver ...Read more