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Doctor insights on: Structures Of Motivation To Quit Drinking

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How should I feel now that I quit drinking?

How should I feel now that I quit drinking?

Up to you: It's up to you of course -- but i hope you'll feel like getting into a recovery program to maintain your sobriety and find new ways of enjoying your life. Congratulations for deciding to quit drinking. For most people, this is a moment-by-moment decision -- and supports like aa help. ...Read more

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Why would need counseling to quit drinking?

Why would   need counseling to quit drinking?

Mutual support helps: Counseling may help the alcoholic learn how to use mutual support. ...Read more

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If you suddenly stop quit drinking what do withdrawals feel like?

If you suddenly stop quit drinking what do withdrawals feel like?

Jittery to seizure: Depending on how much and how long have you been drinking, withdrawal can be mild symptoms of jitteriness, anxiety, sleep disturbance, sweating, diarrhea, headache etc. To more severe symptoms such as confusion, delirium, hallucination, tremors and some case of seizure--bad! so, if u have been a heavy drinker, consult doc for treatment. Stay sober, stay well, stay alive. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there something i can do to quit drinking when i can't go to aa or rehab?

Is there something i can do to quit drinking when i can't go to aa or rehab?

Options: I agree wdr. Wong. Are you incarcerated or live in a rural area with no aa? Although physically going to an aa meeting is best - online aa is also available. See: www.Aa-intergroup.Org/directory.Php. Many people rely on a 12 step program as they can not afford inpatient rehabilitation programs. Addiction medicine specialists are very helpful. If you need to detox - do this under medical care. ...Read more

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How else can I quit drinking if I don't like aa and am too shy to contribute?

How else can I quit drinking if I don't like aa and am too shy to contribute?

Find a counselor: Some counselors can help you get comfortable with aa. With that said try smaller meetings, you don't have to talk at first. Just show up, go with friend if possible. You contribute by showing up. ...Read more

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What number of alcoholics can actually quit drinking and live a productive life?

Most of them IF: they get proper treatment. Recovery rates of alcoholics who enter treatment, in a number of large studies, approaches 60%. This may take more than one treatment episode, and there may be relapses, but about two thirds of alcoholic patients will attain long-term sobriety WITH TREATMENT. However, fewer than 20% (10% in some populations) ever seek or receive treatment. ...Read more

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I quit drinking and i eat once a day but i can't lose weight. I workout. What is wrong with me?

I quit drinking and i eat once a day but i can't lose weight. I  workout. What is wrong with me?

What are you eating: It's not how often you eat but what you eat that matters. Typically eating once a day results in a slower metabolism that causes the body to try to consume energy by burning fewer calories. Also, being physically active is a major part of losing weight. You are better off eating three times a day with more of the calories consumed earlier in the day. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what number of alcoholics can actually quit drinking and live a productive life?

Can you tell me what number of alcoholics can actually quit drinking and live a productive life?

Depends: on which study you read about which population. Alcoholism is not monolithic, and some people do very well, and others not so much. If you pool several of the largest studies, you come up with about 2/3 of patients - 60% - who are treated for alcoholism will make a good recovery, although it may take several tries at it. However, most never get treatment and there is no data on them. ...Read more