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Doctor insights on: Structures Of Motivation To Quit Drinking

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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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What can I do to help with the emotional intensity of just having quit smoking, drinking alcohol and coffee?

What can I do to help with the emotional intensity of just having quit smoking, drinking alcohol and coffee?

Auricular acupunctur: Speak with your physician to ensure that stopping alcohol cold turkey will not put you at risk for withdrawal symptoms. If coffee use was high, a gradual taper is usually recommended. Auricular acupuncture is quite helpful for all three of these things. It can help you to feel calm and reduce cravings. ...Read more

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I suffer from bipolar can cause mania lost control of the self with the words of strange words and lack of sleep and the desire to commit suicide?

I suffer from bipolar can cause mania lost control of the self with the words of strange words and lack of sleep and the desire to commit suicide?

Yes: Yes, bipolar disorder can do all those things. Thoughts can run so fast they're hard or impossible to follow. People can go without sleep for many days/nights. If you're thinking about suicide, please contact your physician . . . Or call suicide hotline @ 1-800-784-2433. This condition needs treatment so you can feel better! ...Read more

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What is the hardest to quit- alcohol, cocaine, or tobacco?

What is the hardest to quit- alcohol, cocaine, or tobacco?

It depends: On what you are most addicted to. Most addicts find that they have a "drug of choice", and that is the one that is the hardest to quit. ...Read more

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Ways to quit smoking and drinking?

Ways to quit smoking and drinking?

Get support: You've started by asking here for help. There's no one way to quit drinking or smoking. Find what works best for you. That said, support makes a huge difference. Tell your doctor your goals. Ask about smoking cessation. Go to http://www.aa.org/ to see if AA is the next step for you. Lots of support there. Stay positive and go at your own pace. It's not how fast you go, it's staying the course. ...Read more

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How long once you quit smoking dose the nicatine stay in the body i'm about to quit smoking and want to remain smoke free?

How long once you quit smoking dose the nicatine stay in the body i'm about to quit smoking and want to remain smoke free?

Great question!: There are actual health benefits literally minutes after you stop smoking, however your ability of your body to recover from smoking depends on how long you smoked. ...Read more

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What's the best way to quit smoking without developing depression?

What's the best way to quit smoking without developing depression?

Get help: Lots of medicines and smoking cessation aids out there. Talk to you doctor and ask them for help. Ask your friends, family, co-workers and everyone in your life to help you quit and "stay quit". ...Read more

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Does emotional instability increase with alcohol consumption? Days of heavy drinking back to back as opposed to binge drinking?

Does emotional instability increase with alcohol consumption? Days of heavy drinking back to back as opposed to binge drinking?

Yes but : Binge drinking is not better! the first organ to b dammaged by alcohol is the CNS meaning the brain. Alcohol is the fakest friend u can imagine! it is a CNS depressant that destroys sleep, mood & personality much quicker than pple usually think. Avoid both daily heavy drinking or weekend alcohol binge, b safe & keep ur best asset healthy! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of smoking weed and cigarettes but taking a break from weed and start to smoke cigarettes more ?

What are the side effects of smoking weed and cigarettes but taking a break from weed and start to smoke cigarettes more ?

Respiratory/heart: Neither is good to use, so taking "a break" from both would have the side effect of better health. Smoking tobacco or weed creates the same dilemma for lung health -inhaling partially combusted botanical material laced with chemicals. Equally, cardiovascular health is compromised by using either. Infections occur more frequently in smokers too. So quit both & try not to rationalize their use. ...Read more

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Is there something i can do to quit drinking and recover from all the past binge drinking i've done?

Is there something i can do to quit drinking and recover from all the past binge drinking i've done?

Alcoholics Anonymous: If you are binge alcoholic, it is best to obtain help with your endeavor. The best program that i know for sobriety is alcoholics anonymous. It is free. It is supportive. It will will help you to remain sober. It will allow you to work through regrets. Working with an addiction medicine specialist would also be beneficial. ...Read more

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What is the hardest to quit- alcohol, food, or cigarettes (tobacco)?

Pick your poison.: All are addictive and usually have physical addictions as well a psychological components. There is no way to score one higher than another. Just pick one and start from there. Talk to your family doctor. ...Read more

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Why don't people use nicotine gum/lozenges to harness the power of nicotine to improve certain cognitive tasks?

Why don't people use nicotine gum/lozenges to harness the power of nicotine to improve certain cognitive tasks?

Nicotine: On its own has bad effects. It causes high bp, deposition of cholesterol, ulcer, probably correlates with urinary bladder cancer, lung problem, heart problem, etc., what you are asking for has no real basis and no controlled study to prove it. I can promise you I am more intelligent and more successful than any of my siblings, and i was the only one who did not smoke. ...Read more

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What changes will occur if I start drinking lots of water and quit drinking caffeine?

What changes will occur if I start drinking lots of water and quit drinking caffeine?

No caffeine: You may have some mild withdrawal headaches far afew days. You may also see a mild diuretic effect from increasing you water intake. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of addiction to cigarettes vs. Non-addicted smoking?

What are the symptoms of addiction to cigarettes vs. Non-addicted smoking?

Addiction is: Hallmarked by a persistent, compulsive dependence on a substance despite knowledge of negative consequences. So the person who has one cigarette a month while out with friends is likely not addicted. ...Read more

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I'm 24 and quit smoking today. When will cotinine be out of my system? And the effects of smoking reverse themselves or is it to late? Smoked 6 years

I'm 24 and quit smoking today. When will cotinine be out of my system? And the effects of smoking reverse themselves or is it to late? Smoked 6 years

As soon as 20 minute: Look at this site from the American Lung Association http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/i-want-to-quit/benefits-of-quitting.html You begin to improve in 20 minutes but some things take time - 15 years to have normal cardiac risks. ...Read more

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What are the positive advantages of cutting soda out of my life? Im.22 and addicted to soda

What are the positive advantages of cutting soda out of my life? Im.22 and addicted to soda

Eliminating soda: Better health, less inflammation in your blood stream, possibly weight loss, less dental decay. ...Read more

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Thinking of quitting smoking and starting sprinting again. What tips can you offer?

Get to starting line: If you are otherwise healthy, there is no reason you can't start exercising. Aerobic exercise can help when you quit, by working to reduce withdrawal symptoms, improve your circulation and help you get fit faster. With any exercise, you should plan to start small and work up gradually. Jogging around a track, and see how you feel. Add distance ; speed as you are able. Get enough sleep, eat healthy. ...Read more