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Need help for a dual diagnosed person. My husband is bipolar and is addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine. He has medicare and federal blue cross and blue shield. He is danger to himself and family. I baker acted him numerous times but his psychiatrist ge

Need help for a dual diagnosed person. My husband is bipolar and is addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine. He has medicare and federal blue cross and blue shield. He is danger to himself and family. I baker acted him numerous times but his psychiatrist ge

In : In the state of florida, the marchman act addresses getting help for individuals with serious problems with substance abuse, who are not open to treatment. This law can help families through the courts to get loved ones into court ordered and court monitored "intervention assessment stabilization, or detoxification, and long-term treatment". A family member can petition the court . Under the baker act, which is specific for psychiatric conditions, even if he has known psychiatric diagnoses, his doctor can only detain him against his will for a brief period unless there is court intervention and he is deemed to be at imminent risk to self or others. I suggest you obtain legal advice. Additionally, do not remain in the home iwith your spouse if you are afraid that you or your son are in danger. You can ask the police who intervened for local contact information regarding domestic violence advocacy. If is important that a safety plan be developed. "knights of kindness" lists a number of florida resources that may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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I am doing a research paper on crack cocaine . . . Is the crack trend gone away, as I haven't heard much about it lately?

I am doing a research paper on crack cocaine . . . Is the crack trend gone away, as I haven't heard much about it lately?

Yes: You will not find this in the politically-correct literature, but during the late 1990's, the communities in which crack was dealt decided that the drug was doing more harm to their own people than the money that it brought in was worth. Extrajudicial street justice put the dealers out of business. There's a paper in scientific american february 2004 that's straight-talking. ...Read more

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How long can crack cocaine recovery take?

How long can crack cocaine recovery take?

Lifelong: Crack Cocaine is particularly addictive. Recovery involves changing behaviors, getting support from those who care about you and taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. An addictions specialist can be very helpful. ...Read more

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How much time does crack cocaine stay in my system I am a heavy user?

How much time does crack cocaine stay in my system I am a heavy user?

A contradiction: There seems to be a paradox in your query. It sounds suspiciously like a question one would ask when one is trying to beat a drug test. But how could a heavy user hope to beat a drug test consistently? That would entail NOT being a heavy user pretty often. I guess I don't follow the logic of your question. ...Read more

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Can the use of crack cocaine cause seizures in infants?

Can the use of crack cocaine cause seizures in infants?

Yes it could: I assume you mean the mother using crack Cocaine while the baby is still in her uterus? Whatever the mother uses, comes to the baby through the placenta. Absolutely Cocaine can cause problems in the fetus, and seizures once it is born. The baby will be tested for substances, and it could mean child protective services getting involved as well. ...Read more

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Why do peoples' teeth fall out from smoking crack cocaine?

Why do peoples' teeth fall out from smoking crack cocaine?

Neglect: Most addicts do not take the time to care for their teeth at home and seek regular preventative dental care. Combining the effects of crack/cocaine on saliva, with poor diet and the neglect means quick tooth destruction. ...Read more

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My mother has been smoking crack cocaine for six years. What is she doing to her health?

Destroying it.: Sadly, she is destroying it. She if she will allow you to bring her to a narcotics anonymous meeting. Encourage her to see an addiction specialist. If she isn't willing to do these things, remember that the bad choices she is making are hers and that you can't force sobriety. Take care. ...Read more

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I had over 70 puffs of crack cocaine one time in one night when i was 12 weeks pregnant and i never and wont have it again. Is my unborn baby affected?

Hard to know: Doing Cocaine in any form while pregnant can harm your baby, but it's hard to know how your baby is without watching its development or seeing how it is when born. Sometimes there might be no physical changes, but there can be behavioral problems that show themselves later. I hope you're successful in staying away from cocaine. Asking your doctor for help with this might be a good idea. ...Read more

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How long does crack cocaine stay in your system?

How long does crack cocaine stay in your system?

48-72 hours: Typically 48-72 hours. If use is extremely heavy and chronic, maybe up to 96 hours. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


Crack Cocaine (Definition)

Crack is slang term for crack cocaine, a form of cocaine that can be smoked. It is the most ...Read more