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Doctor insights on: Recovering Alcoholic Personality Traits

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I am a recovering alcoholic. What are some things I can do to stop drinking when I have a craving?

I am a recovering alcoholic. What are some things I can do to stop drinking when I have a craving?

Mutual support helps: Are you going to aa meetings? Do you have a sponsor? Do you have a phone list of aa members whom you can call when you have a craving? ...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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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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How do I get pain relief as a recovering alcoholic?

How do I get pain relief as a recovering alcoholic?

NSAIDs and COX-2: However, when effective pain management cannot be achieved by these medications, use of opioids and other psychotropic medications is warranted. The main goal of acute pain management is effective pain relief and prescribing narcotics and other psychotropic medications for a recovering alcoholic will necessarily result in relapse. ...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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As a recovering alcoholic is it a good idea to date a drinker?

Hmmmm.: If you are in aa, this is a good question for your sponsor, if newly sober, less than a year, no, but really should not be dating then either. If you are very stable in your recovery and this person has no inclination of a drinking problem them self, then maybe. Really need to be crystal clear on your motifs with this one. Concerns, could be trigger and trying to save other if they have a problem. ...Read more

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What medicine can a recovering alcoholic take to mitigate their withdrawals?

What medicine can a recovering alcoholic take to mitigate their withdrawals?

A few: Most of them are in the benzodiazepine class. There are protocols for "detox" and they are important. They shouldn't be taken just as needed to mitigate withdrawal symptoms. This is because alcohol withdrawal is potentially quite serious, medically and behaviorally; and because, unsupervised, people often resort to combining the medicine and alcohol, which is dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a recovering alcoholic ever drink socially again once sober for some years?

Is it possible that a recovering alcoholic ever drink socially again once sober for some years?

Drinking again: Controversial. If it's not broke don't fix it. Evaluate your desire or perceived need to drink. Any level of drinking social or otherwise is some type of modulation of our emotions. Some people withdraw from situations, some people blame themselves for their feelings, some people blame others. Some people escape into activities:video games working, substances. We all do. It's a matter of degree. ...Read more

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How many years of sobriety should a recovering alcoholic have before working in a place that sells liquor?

How many years of sobriety should a recovering alcoholic have before working in a place that sells liquor?

No right answer: For some people it is never, and for others it can be immediate. I have known people enter recovery who were working as bartenders, while continuing to work. For most people, the first 3 years are critical at dealing with relapse triggers (like being around alcohol or being around drinking), and I advise my patients to avoid triggers for at least one year when possible. ...Read more

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Why all I want to do is sleep when im not working. Even if it means I neglect other important task. Fyi I am a recovering alcoholic addict.?

Why all I want to do is sleep when im not working. Even if it means I neglect other important task. Fyi I am a recovering alcoholic addict.?

Consider Depression: The dividing line between "normal" exhaustion as address by dr. Brown, and the neurotransmitter depletion that results in depression is a very blurry one. Any mammal that is under chronic stress may become depleted in 3 to 6 months and then show the signs of depression. An evaluation by your primary care physician or a mental health professional would be a good idea. ...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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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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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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Could a recovering alcoholic/addict stay in an oxford house for free if they have no income in oregon?

Could a recovering alcoholic/addict stay in an oxford house for free if they have no income in oregon?

Have no clue: You can access them at www. Oxfordhouse. Org and they have a locator where you can find houses in Oregon and link to an application. However, I very much doubt that "for free" is available. How many people gave you drugs or alcohol for free? Recovery requires work and commitment, and perhaps they have some system where you can work in the house for your room/board. Good luck with your recovery. ...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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I need a med that helps for social anxiety. A med I can take daily that isn't a benzo cuz im a recovering alcoholic. What med would u recommend? I was thinking luvox (fluvoxamine)? Would that help?

I need a med that helps for social anxiety. A med I can take daily that isn't a benzo cuz im a recovering alcoholic. What med would u recommend? I was thinking luvox (fluvoxamine)? Would that help?

Serotonin reuptake: Most of the serotonin reuptake inhibitors are very helpful for anxiety as well. I have found Lexapro to be very effective. There is another medicine called Buspar (buspirone) that also works for anxiety and may be beneficial. Talk to your doctor about which one would be best for you. ...Read more

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Should you give Ambien (zolpidem) to someone with ptsd and is a recovering alcoholic?

Should you give Ambien (zolpidem) to someone with ptsd and is a recovering alcoholic?

Other choices: Prazosin has become very popular for ptsd treatment as it helps with both insomnia and nightmares. The combination of Buspar (buspirone) with melatonin can also be quite effective. Insomnia can be devilishly hard to treat with ptsd. Ambien would not be my first choice of medication for the situation described and would warrant monitoring for tolerance or side effects. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there ways to treat narcolepsy for a recovering alcoholic and drug addict? I am both, and taking amphetamines is not an option.

Are there ways to treat narcolepsy for a recovering alcoholic and drug addict? I am both, and taking amphetamines is not an option.

Well...: First congratulations on you entering recovery, and being serious about it....
You should consult a sleep disorders specialist. You will get better.
Have faith.
And be pro-active ...Read more

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Why can't a recovering alcoholic take Xanax but can take Abilify (aripiprazole) or seroquel?

Why can't a recovering alcoholic take Xanax but can take Abilify (aripiprazole) or seroquel?

Mirrors alcohol: Xanax's effect in the body mirrors and potentiates that of alcohol. Abilify and Seroquel do not. Though you shouldn't drink on those drugs either. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic. I often throw up bright yellow mucus like substance early mornings even before I eat anything. What is going on?

I am a recovering alcoholic. I often throw up bright yellow mucus like substance early mornings even before I eat anything. What is going on?

# of things going on: Throwing up yellow bile can be caused by a number of different circumstances including a malfunctioning pyloric valve, a respiratory infection or excessive dehydration.

No matter which of these conditions you think you may have, see a doctor if you are vomiting with no apparent cause.

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I have severe anxiety nd been on several meds. I'm a recovering alcoholic nd doctors will not give me benzos bcuz there afraid of me relapsing w/ alcohol. I've tried Buspar nd tons of others like it that aren't addicting but they don't help at all. My anxiet

I have severe anxiety nd been on several meds. I'm a recovering alcoholic nd doctors will not give me benzos bcuz there afraid of me relapsing w/ alcohol. I've tried Buspar nd tons of others like it that aren't addicting but they don't help at all. My anxiet

Work with doctors: Work with your doctors to find safe ways to reduce your anxiety. Non-medical psychotherapeutic techniques are often useful, but they take practice over time. Benzodiazepines increase the risk of relapse into alcohol dependence. Be sure to work with a 12 step program to maintain your sobriety. Have a sponsor. When you are ready, sponsor others. ...Read more

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I need some answers about current symptoms I am having. I am a recovering alcoholic. I have only been sober for 11 days. I also had a gastric bypass in 2004. I was drinking a 5 liter box of wine a day and prior I was drinking vodka. Within the last 4

I need some answers about current symptoms I am having. I am a recovering alcoholic. I have only been sober for 11 days. I also had a gastric bypass in 2004. I was drinking a 5 liter box of wine a day and prior I was drinking vodka. Within the last 4

There is no?: Unfortunately, both in the posting of questions and in our answers, we are limited to the space of a tweet. You need to find a shorter way to express yourself in asking a question. Am glad to hear you are working a program and have had 11 24 hours of sobriety. ...Read more

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Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years. No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever. Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety (12

Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years. No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever. Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety (12

I: I added a link below from the center of disease control that may answer all of your questions in depth. To summarize:
you can only catch hepatitis b from:
- birth - mom to baby transmission
- sharing needles with an infected person
- having sex with an infected person
- being in direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person
- sharing a tooth brush or razor with an infected person (because of bleeding with those 2 activities)

you cannot catch hepatitis b through breastfeeding, drinking, saliva, sharing utensils, hugging, kissing, touching, coughing or sneezing.

6-10% of adults with hepatitis b go on to have chronic hepatitis b (that means in 90-94% of people, it just goes away). 15-25% of people with chronic hepatitis b will go on to have liver disease. ...Read more

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I have high cholesterol, but am also a recovering alcoholic. Is there anything that does the job as well as red wine without the alcohol?

I have high cholesterol, but am also a recovering alcoholic. Is there anything that does the job as well as red wine without the alcohol?

Yes: Red wine contains interesting molecules, but anyone who tells you this is the best way to lower cholesterol is joking with you. One of the key "red wine" papers was a fraud. Your physician has almost certainly recommended diet, exercise, and perhaps a statin (use only if the others fail and get a 2nd opinion). Very glad you are recovering -- this move will be a greater plus than anything else. ...Read more

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Recovering alcoholic on day 17. My seizure meds stopped working 2 weeks in, I have been getting so dizzy I fall and can't move, arms get tingly, help!

Recovering alcoholic on day 17. My seizure meds stopped working 2 weeks in, I have been getting so dizzy I fall and can't move, arms get tingly, help!

Go to ER: It sounds like you could be in withdrawal or even something more serious. I recommend you see a doctor to be evaluated physically ASAP. The Emergency Room would be your best option. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What should I do if spouse is taking klonopin (clonazepam) oxycodione and cannibis recreationally? He is recovering alcoholic with kidney stones, 2 different docs

What should I do if spouse is taking klonopin (clonazepam) oxycodione and cannibis recreationally? He is recovering alcoholic with kidney stones, 2 different docs

Not in Recovery: He may be a recovering alcoholic, but he is not in recovery. He has substituted one drug for another. He needs to be confronted in a loving manner. Consider contacting A.A. or a treatment center to find out what resouces are available for an intervention. ...Read more

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Husband a recovering alcoholic is going to have eye surgery. Md said he will prescribe Valium for procedure. Is it safe? Worried about relapsing.

Husband a recovering alcoholic is going to have eye surgery. Md said he will prescribe Valium for procedure. Is it safe? Worried about relapsing.

See below: Eye doctor needs to know this, perhaps no med is needed or alternative could be used. If absolutely necessary, and it's a one time thing, best bet is open dialogue, have a plan if cravings develop. Talking with people whom know him and his disease, being open and honest is a great way to reduce the power of cravings, and avoid relapse. Have a plan, communicate and should be ok. ...Read more