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Doctor insights on: Should Medical Professional Withhold Pain Medication From Addicts And Alcoholics

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How can I have a drug addict and alcoholic committed?

How can I have a drug addict and alcoholic committed?

Differences by state: Each state has its own procedure, so you would need to check with the magistrate in your area. Generally for commitment, the person needs to be both mentally ill and dangerous to self or others. Alcohol and drug abuse may or may not meet these criteria. In some states, "gravely disabled" (judgment is so impaired that the person is incapable of accepting treatment) substitutes for mentally ill. ...Read more

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I am an alcoholic and a drug addict can that still make me gain weight?

I am an alcoholic and a drug addict can that still make me gain weight?

Sure: Nothing about abuse of either substance prevents weight gain. Many alcoholics are fat due to consumption of high amounts of carbohydrates in alcohol. ...Read more

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What happens if a drug addict, alcoholic, smoker was in a comer for 12 months - would he crave on waking up?

What happens if a drug addict, alcoholic, smoker was in a comer for 12 months - would he crave on waking up?

Addict after coma?: Without treatment, a coma, which would create a situation of forced abstinence, would NOT treat addiction. It may allow someone to avoid withdrawal. Of course, they would also have the added trauma of recovery from a 12 month coma. Specific treatment to address addiction, which may include psychotherapy, motivational techniques, 12 step, meds, & more is needed 4 addiction treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a drug addict, alcoholic, smoker was in a comer for 12 months - would he crave on waking up?

Can you tell me if a drug addict, alcoholic, smoker was in a comer for 12 months - would he crave on waking up?

Hard to say: Craving is more complex than just physical dependency, and involves psychological/emotional issues as well. I think it would also depend on the cause of his coma, and what level of normal consciousness he achieves after awakening. ...Read more

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How long can alcoholic and drug addict live with aids?

How long can alcoholic and drug addict live with aids?

HIV: Their normal natural life span as long as they take the medications to treat the virus. Go get clean and sober. You have a whole life ahead of you. ...Read more

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Help! what is alienation therapy when done to a drug addict or alcoholic?

Help! what is alienation therapy when done to a drug addict or alcoholic?

About connection?: I'm wondering whether u might b referring 2 therapy that focusses on helping the person struggling w/substance abuse/addiction 2deal w/ her/his sense of connectedness 2others ... His/her attachments 2people. It's common 4them 2have lived portions of their lives feeling disconnected or even alienated from others and even from themselves - esp. From their own emotions. See http://amzn.To/12mjvam. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can help kids with alcoholic or drug addict parents?

Can i tell me how i can help kids with alcoholic or drug addict parents?

Be very careful: Glad you want to help. Nowadays it is dangerous to try to help other people's children because of possible legal liability. Become involved with an organization that reaches out to all kids, especially these -- this is one of the major reasons that i support amateur boxing. Work only on providing a safe environment and useful skills, and don't be a counselor if you don't have the expertise. ...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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In 2 years i shifted from a drug addict and alcoholic to a healthy strong bodybuilder who east healthy. getting married tomorrow,okey to drink alcohol?

In 2 years i shifted from a drug addict and alcoholic to a healthy strong bodybuilder who east healthy. getting married tomorrow,okey to drink alcohol?

No way: The folks I see that do best are in 12 step programs, change their thinking, and don't drink anything w/alcohol. Enjoy your freedom. If you start drinking again you may destroy all you have worked so hard to build up. Peace and good health. Wedding blessings. ...Read more

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What happens if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

What happens if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

With some medication: Yes, With certain medication alcohol is prohibited, contraindicated, and dangerous. If you're taking medications it is always a good idea to talk with your doctor about alcohol use. ...Read more