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Yes: Do you think that if it didn't, anybody would go to it? However, unlike other medical treatments where success depends on the skill of the doctors/nurses and the effectiveness of medication, success in rehabilitation has more to do with how motivated you are, what resources are available to you, and how long you stay involved in treatment. Overall success can be as high as 90% in some groups. ...Read more
Seek support: Treatment for amphetamine addiction involves rehab counseling that can either be done on an outpatient basis or residential treatment (or inpatient) depending on the severity. Sometimes there are other psychiatric disorders that are co-occurring with the addiction and thus it is good to have an evaluation to see if other treatments for other disorders are necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both!: It depends on what your body responds to the most. Both drugs are highly addictive and both are extremely difficult to stop using. One body may respond more to one of the substances and another body to the other one. However, neither drug is something to fool around with because of the detrimental effects on the body, brain and life of the addict. ...Read more
Formal program.: Quitting heroin is tough. But using heroin can be fatal. So it's better that you try to quit if you're so motivated. But I wouldn't try it alone. Find a formal program locally to help you. Specialists are available to help you to quit heroin safely and to help you stay off it in the long term. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?
You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...Read more
Per Naloxone Info.Org, Narcan is specific for opioids so it would not be used for problems due to alcohol ingestion.
http://naloxoneinfo.org/sites/default/files/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions-Naloxone_EN.pdf . However, there are a few case studies in which Narcan was reported to reverse alcohol related coma. REF: http://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/695479/reversal-alcoholic-coma-naloxone ...Read more
Yes: By using methadone, physicians are able to ease the withdrawal symptoms and to keep the addict in treatment. Facilities may not be able to come up with statistics that say their patients have completed their program and are clean and drug-free, but that they are heroin-free. According to many, this is a better alternative. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mutual support helps: Methadone replaces the heroin, releasing the addict from the time, energy and legal risks of using heroin. Consider using some of this time and energy to engage in a recovery process involving a mutual support group like narcotics anonymous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol poisoning.: This is a pretty good summery : <a href="http://wiki.Answers.Com/q/can_you_use_narcan_to_treat_alcohol_poisoning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://wiki.Answers.Com/q/can_you_use_narcan_to_treat_alcohol_poisoning</a> that said suboxone in non-acute situations has been shown clinically to curb alcohol craving along with opiate craving, however, it is not approved for alcohol use. ...Read more
Yes: Detox only helps to address the initial physical symtoms, but outpatient treatment is essential such as medications to allay craving, meetings and counseling to treat the reward and survival response of the brain. Addiction is a day to day disease that involves treatment from addiction specialists, counselors, therapists and the patient .It is a team effort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a specialist: In addiction treatment. The alcohol and Alprazolam need specialized treatment in order for you to safely withdraw. Adderal can simply be stopped, and there are many ways to stop smoking. There are many chemical dependency treatment programs and your access depends on your resources, insurance etc. www.asam.org and www.Aaap.Org can give you names of addiction physicians in your area. ...Read more