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Doctor insights on: Non Medical Treatment For Alcoholism

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Is psychotherapy a realistic treatment for chronic alcoholism?

Is psychotherapy a realistic treatment for chronic alcoholism?

Treat Alcoholism: Definitely. I would recommend a cognitive-behavioral therapist (cbt) who specializes in substance abuse and is familiar with motivational interviewing. This treatment is the most research-supported. However, initial detoxification in a hospital may be necessary (to prevent life-threatening withdrawal symptoms) and the person should seek an evaluation for this as a first step. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

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What are some alternative groups for addiction treatment (non aa) for alcohol?

What are some alternative groups for addiction treatment (non aa) for alcohol?

Rational Recovery: Rr is a alternative which is based more on cognitive therapy and is less spiritual. There are also psychotherapy programs and many religious based programs. However aa is by far the most accepted ...Read more

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Is there alcoholism treatment besides aa?

Is there alcoholism treatment besides aa?

There are many: Ways to treat alcoholism. Smart recovery, which uses rational behavioral therapy, is becoming more widely available (www.Smartrecovery.Org) as is lifering secular recovery (www.Lifering.Org). Neither of these are spiritually/religiously based. Formal treatment programs use cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), motivational enhancement and other psychotherapies. Women for sobriety is also available. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for chronic pancreatitis?

Is there any treatment for chronic pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis most often due to alcoholism. Other causes are hypertriglyceredemia, certain medications, stone in common bile duct, etc, treatment of the cause. Quit alcohol, surgery for gall bladder stone or withdrawing offending medications, pain control, control of diabetes if any, digestive enzyme replacements if needed. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hypoactive delirium?

Is there a treatment for hypoactive delirium?

It depends: Usually, yes -- but it depends on the cause of the delirium, which must be found and treated. It is generally a medical problem, such as overdose, stroke, metabolic encephalopathy, etc. For instance, liver failure and diabetic hyperglycemia can cause this. Based on history & exam, doctors investigate and attend to what they find. Delirium may resolve along with the causative illness. ...Read more

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What treatment, medical or holistic, is there for grover's disease?

What treatment, medical or holistic, is there for grover's disease?

Grover's disease: Since heat and sweating may be triggers for grover's disease, you should avoid activities that expose you to such triggers, whenever possible. High potency topical corticosteroids, moisturizers, and emollients are usually recommended as first-line therapy. Antihistamines may help with itching. Other options include vitamin d analogs, phototherapy, systemic retinoids, and systemic corticosteroids. ...Read more

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Are there medicinal treatment option for curing alcoholism?

Are there medicinal treatment option for curing alcoholism?

No: Most mental health professionals would agree that there is no cure for alcoholism. There are several medications on the market to assist with sobriety. Millions of individuals have overcome their illness by maintaining sobriety through twelve step programs like alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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Is refusing necessary medical treatment or surgery considered a form of suicide?

Is refusing necessary medical treatment or surgery considered a form of suicide?

Treatment: I would say if refusing treatment could definitively and absolutely result in death, than one could make an argument for some level of suicidality. However, reusing one form of treatment in favor of another with which the patient feels more comfortable is not especially suicidal or self destructive. ...Read more

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What are the medical criteria for an addiction?

What are the medical criteria for an addiction?

DependenceWithdrawal: The hallmarks of physical addiction = (1) physical "dependence" - user experiences withrawal symptoms if stops using/taking it (happens w/many substances, incl meds 4 high blood pressure); & (2) "tolerance" -over time, user requires higher & higher amounts of the substance 2 get same effect. User experiences cravings in relation to cues that become associated w/substance -time of day, place, etc. ...Read more

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Any non-medical treatments for Parkinson's disease?

Any non-medical treatments for Parkinson's disease?

Like what?: Exercises and physical activities are recommended but no so called alternative medicine treatment has been shown to benefit the patient beyond placebo effect which by the way can be useful in some cases ! ...Read more

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Is there any provision for free residential care for elderly people with mental illness?

Is there any provision for free residential care for elderly people with mental illness?

Chck medicaid: Check with your sate medicaid program if this patient is eligible, some states have home aid service. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol dependence?

Treatment: You will be disappointed going to the drug store. You could buy some vitamins and try to stop. Most alcohol dependent people need a structured program, such as aa, or an inpatient treatment program were you can be treated with detox meds. Not all alcoholics need detox meds, all need support, education, vitamins, and do better with a structured program. ...Read more

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What is the medical treatment for social anxiety?

What is the medical treatment for social anxiety?

Get evaluated first: To determine if you really have an anxiety disorder and if you need to be treated or not. If it turns out that you do, then the best treatment is usually a combination of therapy and medication. Cbt is a well-known and well researched form of treatment, although i myself am an advocate of insight oriented psychodynamic psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Is there any reccomended medications or treatment for borderline personality disorder ?

Is there any reccomended medications or treatment for borderline personality disorder ?

DBT: Dbt, or dialetic behavioral therapy, formulated and developed by marsha linehan, pH.D. Is currently though of as being very effective. Just about the biggest goal of this kind of therapy for this kind of disorder is to maintain boundaries. ...Read more

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Which type of medical expert is most effective for a schizophrenic patient and why?

Which type of medical expert is most effective for a schizophrenic patient and why?

A psychiatrist: Schizophrenia is one of the more severe and difficult mental illnesses and nearly no one would attempt to treat it without medication - some might use other techniques too, but since there is a need to prescribe and a need to understand very challenging symptoms, psychiatrists are the best choice if not the only one! ...Read more

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Is nuclear medicine for diagnosis or for treatment purpose?

Is nuclear medicine for diagnosis or for treatment purpose?

Both, mostly diag: Most work we do in nuclear medicine is for diagnosis. However there are a few things we do for treatment.For example, we help treat thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism), and help treat thyroid cancer. There are also some medicines (monoclonal antibodies, tagged with a radioactive material) which can be used to treat some cancers (lymphoma). ...Read more

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Hi doctors, are there any non surgical treatment for endometriosis?

Hi doctors, are there any non surgical treatment for endometriosis?

Yes: Mild caes can be treated with pain control with non steroidal anti inflammatories and also hormonal treatments can be used in some situations. Consult with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more