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Aside from aa and counseling is there any medical tx available for overcoming alcoholism and how do I ask my dr about it?

Aside from aa and counseling is there any medical tx available for overcoming alcoholism and how do I ask my dr about it?

Treating Alcoholism: Yes. Of course. There is the old and popular drug called Antabuse (disulfiram) which can make you sick if you drink. There is also the approach of using the addiction medicine, Naltrexone as a way to diminish cravings. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more


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How do I overcome alcoholism?

How do I overcome alcoholism?

Join AA: Follow their protocol, work with other members. There are meds available to curb craving, and you could discuss with your doctor. Some psychiatrists and psychologists deal with addictive personalities, and may be very helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get over my bulimia, alcohol dependence, and horrid depression?

Can you tell me how to get over my bulimia, alcohol dependence, and horrid depression?

The fact that you: are motivated is a good sign. You need a mental health professional. The conditions you mention are all linked at some level so try not to become hopeless. A 12 step program can also be of great value. Peace and good health. Alcohol is ultimately a depressant. ...Read more

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How can alcoholism be a disease?

How can alcoholism be a disease?

Many reasons: Like heart disease ; diabetes, alcoholism is due to genes ; poor life style choices- diet, no exercise, smoking. Genetics are 50% responsible. Children of alcoholics are 8 x more likely to become alcoholics. Alcoholism is a brain disease. Evidence shows altered neurotransmitter response to alcohol. If one of your family members is alcoholic, you risk surprise addiction to a prescribed pain pill. ...Read more

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What can be done for alcoholism?

What can be done for alcoholism?

Treatment available: A desire to stop drinking has to come from patient to be successful. Pressured into treatment, forced to quit w/o commitment is rarely successful. There is no cure but many treatments can keep drinking at bay ; bring a person to a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. Stages 1. Coming to a decision, 2.Detoxification, 3. Active work--rehab, 12 step, support group, meds for craving 4. Relapse prevention. ...Read more

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What solves alcoholism in older men?

What solves alcoholism in older men?

Recovery: Typically, alcoholism doesn't get cured. It is an ongoing disorder that requires ongoing work to treat it. Recovery can occur, but it does involve connections to other people and persistent work. Find a good alcohol treatment facility and commit to the recovery process. You an also seek out alcoholics anonymous or rational recovery groups as well. ...Read more

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Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

Yes : As i understand it, the brains of alcoholics process alcohol differently than the brains of those that are not alcoholics. Therefore, they become addicted more quickly and easily and have much more difficulty stopping drinking than others. This is only part of the explanation of alcoholism as there are psychological components, as well. Both md and addictions specialist need to treat together. ...Read more

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What is Alcoholism a risk factor for?

Alcoholism increases the chances of:: Breast cancer, Cervical cancer, Dupuytren's contracture, Epidural abscess, Hemorrhagic stroke, Hepatitis C, Lipoma, Liver abscess, Liver failure, Low folate (folic acid) level, Obesity in adults, Sepsis, Septic arthritis, Sporotrichosis, Status epilepticus, Toxic shock syndrome, Transient ischemic attack, Vascular dementia, Vitamin B3 deficiency, Vitamin C deficiency, Wernicke encephalopathy, Zinc deficiency, Obesity, Acute kidney failure, Chronic atrial fibrillation, Mallory Weiss tear, Hepatitis, Gingivitis, Encephalitis, Hiccups, Kidney failure, Stroke, Alcohol intoxication, Atrial flutter, Transfusion related acute lung injury, Tuberculosis, Alcoholic hepatitis, Chronic pelvic pain, Cocaine abuse, Dementia, Gallbladder diseases, Liver cancer, Nerve pain, Neuropathy, Receding gums. ...Read more

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What should i do to cure my alcoholism?

What should i do to cure my alcoholism?

Start with AA: Asking your question here is a first step. Go to an AA meeting today. Find a meeting near you: http://www.aa.org/ and be surrounded by countless others regaining their lives from alcohol. Great to want to cure your alcoholism, but "one day at a time" is the best mind-set. Find a sponsor. Listen to those at the meetings for courage. Maybe a therapist or doctor can also help. Don't give up! ...Read more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more