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I Am A Recovering Alcoholic Can My Addiction Contribute To Cardiomyopathy
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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