Doctor insights on:
Short And Long Term Goals For Drug And Alcohol Abusers
Can long term bulimia cause liver cancer? My mom has a 90% chance of liver cancer but hates alcohol has never drank or abused any drugs but pukes alot
Varied and severe: Long term alcohol abuse has a variety of negative physical and psychological symptoms including vitamin deficiency, liver damage, premature aging, dementia, and chronic sleep deficiency due to inhibition of rem sleep. It is nothing to take lightly, and treatment should be sought as soon as possible to avoid the start of permanent damage. ...Read more
Memory problems: Long term alcohol abuse can cause something called amnestic syndrome as part of a condition called wernicke-korsokoff syndrome. With such a condition, a person's short term memory is greatly diminished and in severe cases, non-existent. One can imagine the problems not being able to remember any new information can cause. An individual with such a problem can forget all new information. ...Read more
Memory. I tend to forget things easier in the last month. Either long and short term. I think it's due to my moderate alcohol abuse. I've quit already, will I regain it or is it lost forever?
Check b12: Abstinence from alcohol will definitely improve your memory and focus but it may take months. Alcohol abuse can cause significant nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Have your doctor do bloodwork such as B12 levels and start taking a good multivitamin and eat a varied diet. Do mind games, exercise and laugh. Also find out if you have sleep apnea and treat it. You will be surprised at how resilient to mind is when it is given a chance to recover. ...Read more
Healthy living: I think you have taken the first step by admitting you have a problem. Join AA. Get a good Physical. Talk to a nutritionist about healthy eating healthy. After you are cleared for exercise by your doctor, start a walking program. Start slowly and increase your time snd distance gradually. This will improve your cardiovascular fitness and help you drop some weight! Good luck! ...Read more
Can long term alcohol abuse damage your motor skills and balance? And can you recover with abstinence? 3 months sober still have symptoms liver's fine
Many ways: The abuse of alcohol and or drugs can lead to many issues which can affect your health mentally, emotionally, and physically. All these not only can have negative influence on the user but ultimately those close to you. Those who care most are affected by watching the user destroy his/her life without the user not realizing what is happening. ...Read more
"Turned in"?: What means "turned in, " here? Dr. Friedlander is right about the laws of confidentiality being strict. In general, your medical records cannot be revealed without your permission. There are certain conditions where the law requires reporting, though - - such as, when a child is at risk, being neglected or abused. Also if the doctor believes you may harm yourself or another & you refuse treatment. ...Read more
Treatment/Support: Find someone who specializes in addictions, to help you design a plan to deal with urges, stress, find out triggers, and the big "why? " question. Additionally, stopping addiction might bring you a sense of loss -- with all the emotions a sense of loss carries and it needs to be worked through. It's a lot of work, but doable. Good luck! ...Read more
Some, not well: Many rock stars have become examples of the worst outcomes in drug and alcohol abuse: death. Alternatively, their sagas show revolutions into and out of rehab systems, and then back again. Chemical dependency is a heartbreaking disease for anyone. For recovery, one needs sober, rock-solid supports -- and chronic exposure to others abusing alcohol/drugs in "the business" makes it much harder. ...Read more
Depends: Generally an evaluation consists of questions about a persons relationship to drug use. This usually involves a good history, patterns, consequences etc. We try to understand what has the person had experienced in all spheres of life and who they are in this and why. ...Read more
State requirements: Each state has different requirements. In north carolina, where it appears you are, check the following: www. Ncsappb. Org/credentialing/certified-substance-abuse-counselor. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends: Any family member can help. Generally the better relationship you have, the more impact / higher "protective factor" you can have on helping to prevent alcohol or drug use in another family member. There is also no substitute for modeling. Avoid the "do as I say, not as I do" phenomenon. If someone you love is addicted, don't give up, keep trying to get help, but don't facilitate codependency. ...Read more
Might it be that a a doc turn his patient in for alcohol or drug abuse to the police or social services?
No: The exception is when you are a immediate danger to others ie drive to clinic visit drunk and you were going to drive home. ...Read more
How do I know exactly what do you have to study / major in to become a alcohol / drug abuse counselor?
Why do the liver cells of people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth tissue?
Alcoholic liver: Not sure what you mean by smooth tissue. Generally, early in the disease alcoholics get more fat in their liver, followed shortly by liver inflammation, and eventually by fibrosis or scarring of the liver. At that point the liver appears shrunken. And hard in texture.. Best to try to quit drinking now. Your doctor can provide help. Good luck. ...Read more