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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

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Is there another type of alcoholism treatment besides aa?

Is there another type of 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 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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Are there herbal treatment option for curing alcoholism?

No: Most substance abuse experts would state that there is no "cure" for alcoholism except abstinence. I am unaware of any herbal preparations that help on a reliable basis. There are prescription medications that are fda approved to assist with abstinence from alcohol. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get treatment for alcoholism?

Wanted to know where can I get treatment for alcoholism?

Detox or rehab?: For acute withdrawal - an emergency room would be a good option. Otherwise see an addiction specialist. Alcoholics anonymous is the bedrock of a solid program. ...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 alcoholism a condition that one cannot help other than the choice to seek treatment?

Is alcoholism a condition that one cannot help other than the choice to seek treatment?

Mutual support helps: Treatment helps, and starting with mutual support may provide a strong foundation for recovery. Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) useful in the treatment of alcoholism?

Is Neurontin (gabapentin) useful in the treatment of alcoholism?

Yes: Gabapentin reduces alcohol consumption and craving, which may help patients to maintain abstinence. These results, together with the virtual absence of side effects and a favorable safety profile, support Gabapentin as a potential drug for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal and dependence. ...Read more

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How does alcoholism and tuberculosis treatment complicate each other?

See below: Alcohol and TB meds combine to increase liver risk. Drinking may reduce immunity. ...Read more

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Can smoking lead to alcoholism and the need for substance abuse treatment?

Can smoking lead to alcoholism and the need for substance abuse treatment?

Related but no cause: Tobacco & alcohol r both addictive. Many people w/ alcohol dependence also smoke tobacco & r addicted. However, it is a stretch to say that tobacco use "causes" alcohol addiction. Smoking cessation classes r a form of substance abuse treatment. If u r alcohol dependent it's important to be assessed to see if u need detox meds to avoid dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Aa & treatmt r also very helpful. ...Read more

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What are some of the non-drug treatments for Alcoholism?

What are some of the non-drug treatments for Alcoholism?

AA: Alcoholics Anonymous is a program that has been proven successful by many thousands of people. Look up a meeting in your area and go talk to some members. Many people need additional counseling and drug therapy as well. ...Read more

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Do treatments for alcoholism work?

Yes: But alcoholic patients may need several episodes of treatment before they attain sobriety. Alcoholism is a complicated disorder that requires a comprehensive approach--therapies, medications, life changes, etc. ...Read more

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How effective is aversion therapy for treating alcoholism?

Alcohol aversion: Therapy is effective under supervision. If no supervision, non-compliance due to unpleasant effects of mixing alcohol with Antabuse, (disulfiram) becomes a major barrier to recovery. ...Read more

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I suffer from dermatillomania and other OCD related symptoms for many years, including alcoholism, cigarettes and overeating. Therapy, meds don't work?

I suffer from dermatillomania and other OCD related symptoms for many years, including alcoholism, cigarettes and overeating. Therapy, meds don't work?

You need a plan: When you're ready to truly change your behaviors, work with a professional to get your overall treatment plan in place, one that addresses all of your disorders in a systematic way. Your problems with impulse control and "will power" are significantly related to your addiction (dependence) on substances (especially alcohol), which undermines your ability to stick to your long-term goals. ...Read more

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Is weed a good non medical treatment for ptsd. Tired of the way pills make mw feel.

Is weed a good non medical treatment for ptsd. Tired of the way pills make mw feel.

Healing is Possible: Ptsd is a whole body tragedy, but healing is possible. An excellent resource is the book: the trauma tool kit. The trauma tool kit maps out stages of healing from stress-related disorders and provides immediate first- aid techniques that help alleviate the most intense symptoms of traumatic stress in a small amount of time. It combines modern neuroscience and ancient healing to help recovery. ...Read more

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I have anhedonia without other depressive symptoms, is this condition is depression? What is the non medical treatment of anhedonia?

I have anhedonia without other depressive symptoms, is this condition is depression? What is the non medical treatment of anhedonia?

Therapy: Looking into the possible reasons for your anhedonia in your life experiences with a therapist may give you better understanding and help you make changes. Good luck! ...Read more

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What non-medical treatments are there for wrinkly lips?

What non-medical treatments are there for wrinkly lips?

Non-medical lip tx: All the procedures discussed by prior doctors are very good options for improving wrinkled lips. To smooth your lip surface, try skinmedica's tns lip plump system. For significant, long-term improvements a combination of (medical) treatments, such as dermal fillers like Restylane and juvederm, and peels, laser resurfacing, etc work best. ...Read more

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Any non-medical treatments for glaucoma, like a low salt diet, etc ?

Any non-medical treatments for glaucoma, like a low salt diet, etc ?

No good ones: A low salt diet is good for hypertension, but high blood pressure and high eye pressure haven't been linked. There aren't any clear lifestyle changes you can make to decrease eye pressure, that I am aware of. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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