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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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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 31 years old and i my weight is just 45kgs, n I am not growing fat at all, I am an recovering alcoholic as well ws addicted to tea n smoke n quit?

I am 31 years old and i my weight is just 45kgs, n I am not growing fat at all, I am an recovering alcoholic as well ws addicted to tea n smoke n quit?

The question is not: Clear to me but if you are asking about why you are not as heavy as you would like to be it may be due to your past use of alcohol. This can be associated w/poor nutrition. Please ask your doc about this and he/she may refer you to a nutritionist to help you regain your weight and health. Congrats on stopping drinking and the very best to you. ...Read more

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What kind of vitamins should a recovering alcoholic take?

What kind of vitamins should a recovering alcoholic take?

Whole Food Vitamins: Vitamins are widely available in all of the places you have mentioned, and they are also widely VARIABLE in quality. In general, vitamins made from whole foods (they will be labeled as such) are more easily absorbed and used by your body and are a better choice. These types of vitamins are generally only available at health food stores, both local and online. Look for one rich in B vitamins. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic with rosacea. How can I get rid of it?

I am a recovering alcoholic with rosacea. How can I get rid of it?

See dermatologist: Other than metro gel which is considered the standby and traditional treatment there are a whole new set of medications which may help (oracea, finacea) as well as some off label techniques using botulinum toxin. Obvious avoidance of triggers is good to minimize flares. Rhinophyma component may require surgery. ...Read more

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Which are the best vitamins to help recovering alcoholic cravings ?

Which are the best vitamins to help recovering alcoholic cravings ?

B1: Vitamin B1 needs to be repleted in alcoholics and the usual dose is 100-200 mg/day. I am not aware of any vitamin that will help with cravings. There are few meds approved for maintenance in alcohol detox, but none of them will work outside of a comprehensive program. ...Read more

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Can using mouthwash that contains alcohol be dangerous to a recovering alcoholic?

Can using mouthwash that contains alcohol be dangerous to a recovering alcoholic?

Alcohol / mouthwash: If you are in recovery from alcoholism you should not use mouthwash that conatins alcohol. There are many different brands of mouthwash that contain no alcohol. You should use one of these. The alcohol in the mouthwash could trigger the addiction to return. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your kidneys ache sometimes, I am a recovering alcoholic. Would that have anything to do with it. I have been sober for a month.

What does it mean if your kidneys ache sometimes, I am a recovering alcoholic. Would that have anything to do with it. I have been sober for a month.

Kidneys?: There's lots of stuff in there besides your kidneys. This is going to require a physical exam and some blood tests. Do it for your own peace of mind. And keep up the good work on your sobriety! ...Read more

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How to get pain relief for recovering alcoholic?

How to get pain relief for recovering alcoholic?

Recovering alcohoic: Pain can affect anyone! But due to your history of alcohol addiction, most physicians would not prescribe pain meds. Please see one of the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic for non-opiate meds for your pain and possibly interventional pain management options. It is a great place for pain management. ...Read more

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Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

Yes: Valium affects the brain in a similar way as alcohol. Taking it could "trigger" the brain and cause cravings for alcohol. Try to avoid and if they must be used make sure your treating physician knows about addiction and your history. Best to avoid if at all possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Cardiomyopathy is 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 it throughout the body. A common symptom is chest pain, although mild cases ...Read more