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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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How can I have a drug addict and alcoholic committed?

How can I have a drug addict and alcoholic committed?

Differences by state: Each state has its own procedure, so you would need to check with the magistrate in your area. Generally for commitment, the person needs to be both mentally ill and dangerous to self or others. Alcohol and drug abuse may or may not meet these criteria. In some states, "gravely disabled" (judgment is so impaired that the person is incapable of accepting treatment) substitutes for mentally ill. ...Read more

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My parents are alcoholic. How can I prevent myself from becoming an alcoholic too?

My parents are alcoholic.  How can I prevent myself from becoming an alcoholic too?

Don't drink. Ever.: One of the common features of alcoholism may be a loss of judgment with a very low-level exposure, and it may be genetic. In short, one drink may make you too stupid to stop at two - regardless of how smart you are sober. ...Read more

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I am an alcoholic and a drug addict can that still make me gain weight?

I am an alcoholic and a drug addict can that still make me gain weight?

Sure: Nothing about abuse of either substance prevents weight gain. Many alcoholics are fat due to consumption of high amounts of carbohydrates in alcohol. ...Read more

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My brother is addicted to alcohol . How can I help him to come out of this addiction. Started drinking in morning also.He is diabetic and has bp, depre?

My brother is addicted to alcohol . How can I help him to come out of this addiction. Started drinking in morning also.He is diabetic and has bp, depre?

Is Alanon in India?: Alanon is part of the 12-step programs. It has the best success rate helping people who love or care about an alcoholic. If you can find a meeting, please go. Otherwise read what you can on their approach. There is only a little you can do for him but to be honest, caring and firm in refusing to help him hurt himself. It is very hard (as you know) and alanon offers support. Have faith in yourself. ...Read more

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My father died of liver cirrhosis due to alcoholism. Someone suggested it can be genetic. I drink occasionally, am I more exposed to it than my peers?

My father died of liver cirrhosis due to alcoholism. Someone suggested it can be genetic. I drink occasionally, am I more exposed to it than my peers?

Stop worrying: There may be a genetic component since a majority of problem drinkers never get cirrhosis. No risk gene has been identified. If you drink reasonably, you will not get cirrhosis from it, period. I'm sorry about your dad. If you feel yourself losing control with respect to alcohol, then stop for good. You won't be missing much. Otherwise, it's your decision. ...Read more

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How can I get over my relationship with an alcoholic/drug abuser?

How can I get over my relationship with an alcoholic/drug abuser?

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

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I am a wife and full time working mom with a toddler. I sufferfrom bulimia and addiction to porn. I'm worried about my addictions. How can I overcome them?

Behaviorl addictions: Addictive behaviors are not limited to alcohol and drugs. Overeaters anonymous (www.Oa.Org) and sex addicts anonymous (www.Sexaa.Org) offer lots of support and information helpful for these issues. A therapist who treats behavioral addiction can help too. ...Read more

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What to do if I am suffering from hypertrophic obstructure cardio myopathy. Will it effect my sex and my childrens life?

What to do if I am suffering from hypertrophic obstructure cardio myopathy. Will it effect my sex and my childrens life?

HOCM: Yes. It could affect your performance due to symptoms. Also your children could have inherited genes. Consult a cardiologist. Please refer to the following website for full details: http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/heart/disorders/hcm/default.Aspx. ...Read more

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I must quit nicotine "cold-turkey" for a job drug test. I am bipolar. How might this impact my emotional health if I quit suddenly and permanently?

I must quit nicotine "cold-turkey" for a job drug test.  I am bipolar. How might this impact my emotional health if I quit suddenly and permanently?

Improve your health: Stopping smoking will increase the longevity and overall health. SOME SHORT term side effects may be irritability, headache, increase in appetite. Yous sense of smell and taste will come back. You will cut your risk of throat, bladder, lung, and stomach cancer. You will have bronchitis and pneumonia less frequently. You will save money. You may even be less anxious. ...Read more

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I am suffering from hypertrophic obstructure cardio myopathy. Will it effect my sex and family life?

I am suffering from hypertrophic obstructure cardio myopathy. Will it effect my sex and family life?

No: Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy needs to be followed closely, especially as it puts some (not all) people who have it at risk for sudden death on the sports field. It's fairly treatable both by conservative means and by operative interventions. Sex is the least of your worries. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm afraid of my alcoholic husband. Who can I turn to for help?

Many places: If your life is in danger call the police. Many communities have shelters for battered persons who live in abusive relationships. Alanon is an organization to support family members of alcoholics and has many local chapters. Bottom line is if you feel you may be at risk, you probably are. Leave any abusive situation before you are harmed. ...Read more

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I am a young male suffering from anxiety depression, detachment from people, and mostly schizophrenia. I was hoping you could refer a specialist to me?

I am a young male suffering from anxiety depression, detachment from people, and mostly schizophrenia. I was hoping you could refer a specialist to me?

Need to know where: There may be a good referral service from your best local hospital or Medical School if there's one near. The phone book might provide a resource number or you can check online - Location and Psychiatric specialist in Schizophrenia. This site has listings by location too. Best! ...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 current addict to smoking herion. I relapse due to emotions. On Suboxone. But can opiates help maintain depression? No one understands me.

I am a current addict to smoking herion. I relapse due to emotions. On Suboxone. But can opiates help maintain depression? No one understands me.

Yes and no: Sometimes people use opiates or heroin because of depression. Sometimes people develop depression because of their use of care when or opiates. The term dual diagnosis is usually used when people have an addiction problem plus a depression problem. Both things need to be treated. Antidepressants counseling or exercise would help with the depression. ...Read more

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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