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Doctor insights on: My Best Friends Mom Thinks Im A Drug Addict

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What will my friend do about her mom's drug addiction?

What will my friend do about her mom's drug addiction?

Encourage treatment: She needs to get into treatment. In some states including florida, patients can be involuntarily ordered into treatment for drug abuse. ...Read more

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So, I'm abused by my dad, and my mom wants to do family therapy but I want my own. I don't feel ready for family therapy, what should I tell her?

So, I'm abused by my dad, and my mom wants to do family therapy but I want my own. I don't feel ready for family therapy, what should I tell her?

Depression: I feel your painful hurt. Thank you for informing about Pregnancy, Tylonol pm, Methylphenidate and insomnia. Methylphenidate can cause insomnia and emotional lability. You have right to have Individual Therapy. See Psychiatrist soon. Inform your mother that it is urgent that she and your father have Individual, Marital Therapy; and you will decide Family Therapy when you are emotionally ready. ...Read more

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I am a 21 yr old who is addicted to gambling?

I am a 21 yr old who is addicted to gambling?

Seek help!: Gambling can be as much an addiction as a drug addiction. You certainly need to seek help. There are many support groups out there for gamblers, such as gamblers anonymous. You could also get a referral to a mental health specialist from your pcp. ...Read more

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My friend got dumped by his girlfriend,his best friend cheated him.Now my friend always talks suicidal,he's 18 yrs old. What can I do as a good friend?

My friend got dumped by his girlfriend,his best friend cheated him.Now my friend always talks suicidal,he's 18 yrs old. What can I do as a good friend?

Suicide Prevention!!: Thanks for asking.You're a good friend.First,keep checking up on him maybe twice a day.Let him talk to you.But if he is really talking a lot about it,especially if he has a plan,he needs immediate intervention by a specialist.Try and take him to the ER to be evaluated. If he resists,call a suicide hotline for help and they'll talk with him.Do everything you can to get him evaluated. 911 if needed! ...Read more

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My fiance is a heroin addict. I've been told i'm probably codependent. I understand enabling but what is codependency?

My fiance is a heroin addict. I've been told i'm probably codependent.  I understand enabling but what is codependency?

Co-dependency: Stanford health library links to this site for co-dependency: http://www.Mentalhealthamerica.Net/go/codependency. Also check out http://www.Webmd.Com/sex-relationships/features/signs-of-a-codependent-relationship. I think of enabling as what you do while codependency is what you receive emotionally as a result of enabling behavior. ...Read more

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My dr. Wants to give me Valium for anxiety, my family has a history with substance abuse so I have always stayed away from drugs/alcohol. Is it ok?

My dr. Wants to give me Valium for anxiety, my family has a history with substance abuse so I have always stayed away from drugs/alcohol. Is it ok?

Anxiety: I try to stay from benzodiazepines like Valium regardless of Family History but even more so given yours. Have you tried any SSRIs? Even before turning to medications, have you tried psychotherapy like cognitive behavioral therapy? It does wonders! And is side effect free. In meantime, ask your FamilyDoc to check for hyperthyroidism. And cut down on caffeine intake. ...Read more

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How do I convince my girlfriend she is a 30 yr pain pill addict?

How do I convince my girlfriend she is a 30 yr pain pill addict?

Pain pill addict: This is a difficult task but can be life saving. Google narconon.Org and browse this site for information on how to help your girlfriend. Go to a narconon meeting to get information about how to proceed. Your girl friend needs an intervention to get her into a rehab situation. ...Read more

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How can I help a friend who is experiencing a crack cocaine addiction that is ruining her life?

How can I help a friend who is experiencing a crack cocaine addiction that is ruining her life?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of al-anon or codependents anonymous (coda). ...Read more

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My brother is stealing money from me to fuel his addiction. Who should I tell?

My brother is stealing money from me to fuel his addiction.  Who should I tell?

Tell parents, doctor: This is a difficult situation. For sure "enabling" your brother is not going to solve the problem. Please consider discussing it with your parents, and your brother's clinician; although the clinician may not be able to disclose your brother's medical information to you, he/she can receive an information from you. Addiction is a disease. When treated, it often responds well to therapy. ...Read more

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My sister has a gambling problem and a pill addiction, how to help her?

My sister has a gambling problem and a pill addiction, how to help her?

Addicted sister: I'm sorry to hear about your sister's difficulties. Has she acknowledged a problem in either of these areas? This affects what you can do. If she's open to it, you could attend some gamblers anonymous meetings with her. See http://tinyurl.Com/camw3oa for meetings -- info there can educate you too. Regarding the pills -- will she let you meet together with her ; her doctor? Might be a help. ...Read more

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Should my boyfriend get prescribed suboxone? My boyfriend wants to start being prescribed Suboxone for his opiate addictions. Personally i don't think he has an addiction. He does do opiates on occasion and at one point was addicted to heroin. When he

Should my boyfriend get prescribed suboxone? My boyfriend wants to start being prescribed Suboxone for his opiate addictions.  Personally i don't think he has an addiction.  He does do opiates on occasion and at one point was addicted to heroin.  When he

Sounds like an addic: To me. It's not up to you to decide if he has a problem. This is about him. Sounds like he does. Suboxone is no panacea. He will not feel high. People fail therapy if not motivated. Drug addiction kills people. Every day. Support him and help him get help if he needs it. Go to meetings with him. Suboxone is a way to get off opiates. Then get off the suboxone. Get into a good life. Be well. ...Read more

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I wrote earlier bout a friend mom with the Xanax (alprazolam) and dines her mom refused treatment she wants to kino if u kino now long it will take her 2 pass hr50?

I wrote earlier bout a friend mom with the Xanax (alprazolam) and dines her mom refused treatment she wants to kino if u kino now long it will take her 2 pass hr50?

Confusing question: I'm sorry but i was able to understand everything except the "hr50" part of the question? If you are asking about passing a drug screen, xanax (alprazolam) will show up for up to a week or more but if is a prescription medicine, then she has nothing to worry about as her doctor will give her a note stating that she is authorized to take it. If that is not your question please re-write it a little clearer. ...Read more

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Daughter with drug addiction wants my help quitting. I need advice please.

Daughter with drug addiction wants my help quitting. I need advice please.

Be glad: This is a time when you must, above everything else, refrain from critizing her. Remember that drugs and alcohol make people not be themselves. Be ready for initial disappointment. Say, 'i love it when you...' and 'remember you said you would...' go with her to sessions. Never be too busy for her. Be ready for weird stuff. If you can love unconditionally and not enable, you are truly blessed. ...Read more

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My friend is abusing Oxycontin and Xanax (alprazolam) what should I do? tell his doctor?

My friend is abusing Oxycontin and Xanax (alprazolam) what should I do?  tell his doctor?

Yes: Misuse of dangerous medications is indeed dangerous. People die. You should call the doctor, and do not be surprised when you are asked for your name and some more details. The doctor's staff might have no way to tell if you are an angry ex friend getting back at whoever.... If you are serious about this then you might really step up.. ...Read more

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My best friend is a single mom of two, but uses drugs and is slowly destroying herself, how can I get her help? Should i stop being friends with her?

My best friend is a single mom of two, but uses drugs and is slowly destroying herself, how can I get her help? Should i stop being friends with her?

Don't stop ....: It wouldn't be good to stop being her friend. It's better to be supportive, to not judge, to offer her help when she needs it. She has the right to do what she pleases with her life but don't stop trying for her. Be a good support for her kids, help her through tough times and encourage he always to seek help. ...Read more

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16 year old cousin has been using cocaine. Her mother is taking her to their family doc today to get help for her. How do family docs respond to this?

Rehab referral: Probably by helping her to find some rehab/therapy options; most often starting as an outpatient. Unless she is resistant to treatment, in which case as a minor she could be placed in rehab involuntarily. Hopefully she wants help. Until she does, it will be very difficult to help her. ...Read more

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My mom (i don't even want to cal her that) is mentally torturing me my family knows & laughs at it like its a joke.What should I do?I can't trust any1

My mom (i don't even want to cal her that) is mentally torturing me my family knows & laughs at it like its a joke.What should I do?I can't trust any1

What r your choices?: Have you spoken to your mother in a forthright manner about your concerns? Do you have any trusted relatives with whom you can talk? Do you have to live at home? Can you talk to a counselor or a minister? Perhaps you need to learn how to manage your mother by establishing better boundaries and letting her know when she has gone too far. Hope things work out for you. ...Read more

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Daughter of mom disagrees with MD's advice for mom to get 2nd biopsy opinion. Mom wants it. How to deal with such a loud and unfair daughter?

Daughter of mom disagrees with MD's advice for mom to get 2nd biopsy opinion. Mom wants it. How to deal with such a loud and unfair daughter?

Second Opinion: Ignore her. As long as Mom is within her right mind, she has a right to make her own medical decisions. A second opinion on a biopsy is not something to trifle with. ...Read more

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My sister smokes(like a chimney!)andi love her dearly. What do I do/say to convince her to stop smoking?

My sister smokes(like a chimney!)andi love her dearly. What do I do/say to convince her to stop smoking?

Second hand smoke: Although it isn't your responsibility to get your sister to stop smoking, it is important to convey your concerns to her. Let her know how much you love her. It is also important to set limits because her habit could kill you. No smoking in your car, your home, your presence. She needs to understand the damage that the second hand smoke she generates can do. ...Read more

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