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Doctor insights on: Relapse Rates For Addicts

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Aadderall addiction: is outpatient treatment a viable alternative to an inpatient program? Are success rates significantly lower?

Aadderall addiction:  is outpatient treatment a viable alternative to an inpatient program?  Are success rates significantly lower?

Mutual support works: Both inpatient and outpatient programs work most effectively when combined with mutual support. Consider attending a meeting of Narcotics Anonymous or Crystal Meth Anonymous. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for a smoking drug addict?

Life expectancy for a smoking drug addict?

Less than : 10 years, if by drugs you are referring to opioids (heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, Vicodin). The average opioid addict has a 10 year life expectancy from their date of first use. ...Read more

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How effective is drug rehab for meth addiction for someone with bi-polar disorder?

How effective is drug rehab for meth addiction for someone with bi-polar disorder?

Very difficult: This is a very difficult combination of problems, and would need a dual diagnosis program to work with both bipolar disorder and meth addiction. They each need care -- and long-term aftercare monitoring. If you find a credible program, and the person is truly committed to recovery, s/he has as good a shot as possible for success. Success in addiction recovery, though, is a day to day process. ...Read more

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What are your personal experiences of success using erp to treat adult ocd? Relapse rate? Treatment success in symptom reduction?

What are your personal experiences of success using erp to treat adult ocd? Relapse rate? Treatment success in symptom reduction?

ERP works if you do: Exposure and response prevention (erp) for ocd works. It only works, however, if you work and stay committed to it. A therapist who is a good fit will push you to stretch your limits but not so hard that it feels impossible, and will support you through setbacks and encourage you to keep on pushing your limits. If you keep working on it, little by little you will be successful. ...Read more

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Any docs believe prescribing adderall/other prescription amphetamine effective/acceptable sub to prevent relapse, aid in withdrawal symptoms for meth addiction?

Any docs believe prescribing adderall/other prescription amphetamine effective/acceptable sub to prevent relapse, aid in withdrawal symptoms for meth addiction?

Harm Reduction. : The ideal treatment for meth addiction is one that does not include use of stimulants. The meth addict treated with stimulant replacement runs the risk of impaired control over use. At the same time, the physician should "first do no harm", and in rare case by case basis may have to employ the lesser of two evils for purposes of harm reduction. Ideally addressed by an addiction psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

AAC: Ketamine is gaining popularity as a club drug between young adults. Separate perception from sensation. Call american addiction centers at 866- 572-1806. ...Read more

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How many people often relapse into smoking after going through a smoking cessation program?

How many people often relapse into smoking after going through a smoking cessation program?

Depends: But long term success at smoking cessatoin under the most optimized clinical trial curcumstances is about 25%. This is why its best never to start. The tobacco companies know how hard it is for you to stop, and they have known for a long time. They have iontentianally designed their products to maximally addictive. ...Read more

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What are the success rates for people using suboxone to get off of drugs for good?

It depends: Switching to Suboxone from other drugs is only part of the process. If you only trade one drug for another, that is not too beneficial. It is going to therapy, working on recovery and using the time while taking Suboxone to deal with the issues you have either avoided or created while using, which is beneficial. Finding support for your commitment to stay sober is the most useful part. ...Read more

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Most preferred apps for quitting an addiction?

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Depends: There are so many new addiction apps that it is very hard to tell which are good. Many are substance or behavior specific. There are many for nicotine and sexual addictions. I would advise research and to try them. Most are free or very inexpensive. If you are motivated your chances are much greater to achieve some assistance from these. ...Read more

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Has anyone had success in hypnotic treatment for cigarette cessation?

Has anyone had success in hypnotic treatment for cigarette cessation?

Yes: Hypnosis is absolutely effective for smoking cesation but is no more effective than any other sort of therapy and will only help patients who are motivate to stop smoking. Hypnosis is an excellent form of therapy but is not a miracle cure. ...Read more

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What are the statistics for the morbidity and mortality rates for children's leukemia?

What are the statistics for the morbidity and mortality rates for children's leukemia?

Good: Childhood leukemia (usually all) is a highly curable disease. It has close to a 90% cure rate today with modern treatment approaches. Unlike childhood all, childhood AML has an extremly poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for depression and suicide?

Who is at risk for depression and suicide?

Nearly anyone: Anyone could be at risk, but more so if you have a family history of depression or bipolar illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, etc. If you use substances like that yourself, you would be at higher risk. If you have ongoing medical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and ms, etc you have higher likelihood. Some medications like antihypertensives & oral contraceptives can add risk also. ...Read more

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Cure for alcoholism naltrexone?

Cure for alcoholism naltrexone?

Not a cure: Naltrexone will help alcoholism by staving off the effect and making you sick if you drink. Alcoholism is not curable but treatable addiction disordet. ...Read more

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Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

No: I'm not aware of any data on this, but in general individuals with ASD are less likely to be risk-takers, more likely to be under the watchful eye of an adult, and less likely to congregate unsupervised with peers who are experimenting with substances of abuse. Among my fairly substantial patient population, i've not seen any problems, even with marijuana. ...Read more

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How effective is life support for treating cardiac arrest?

How effective is life support for treating cardiac arrest?

That's a tough one: If the arrest is from heart rhythm problem, then good BLS (=CPR) + defibrillation can at least temporarily save 20-60% (studies vary a LOT). When CPR used on terminally ill pts from perceived obligation "to try," rate more like 4-8%. Combined, about 15% respond positively to get to ICU to work on fixing what caused the arrest. ...Read more

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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

Addiction: Aa & na groups, also deterrents such as antabuse, (disulfiram) campral, zyban, etc., depending on the type of substances used. ...Read more

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Are patients with bipolar disorder at high risk for suicide?

Are patients with bipolar disorder at high risk for suicide?

Yes: Studies have shown that 25-50% of patients with Bipolar disorder attempt suicide. This is much less likely to happen if prsons with this condition are in a good relationship with a psychiatrist and are on the proper medication . ...Read more

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