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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

Addiction: Aa & na groups, also deterrents such as antabuse, (disulfiram) campral, zyban, etc., depending on the type of substances used. ...Read more

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Alcohol Abuse (Definition)

Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more


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How effective are acamprosate and naltrexone for alcohol abuse? Does the literature show one to better than another?

How effective are acamprosate and naltrexone for alcohol abuse? Does the literature show one to better than another?

About the same: Acamprosate and naltexone (as well as other drugs) are used to treat alcohol dependence in people who have quit drinking. However, drug therapy must be combined with counseling. These drugs reduce craving but a significant number of treated patients will still relapse. Some physicians have also combined both drugs and suggest a measurable benefit. You should speak with your therapist ...Read more

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Taking Benicar/HCT , and concern about FDA ROADMAP trial study that it increased risk of cardiovascular death. How safe is it and how widely used?

Taking Benicar/HCT , and concern about FDA ROADMAP trial study that  it  increased risk of cardiovascular death. How safe is it and how widely used?

Still safe and used: Benicar (olmesartan) w/ and w/out HCT sells at 8.3 million Rxs/year, and it's in the Top 40 most prescribed. (See Medscape art. #829246.) The most recent info from the FDA was in June 2014; it reported it "found no clear evidence of increased cardiovascular risks." The increased deaths in ROADMAP came mostly in those with the lowest BP. It may be too aggressive BP control rather than the drug is the danger. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol or drug addiction treatment process?

What is the alcohol or drug addiction treatment process?

First Step: Admit you are powerless over alcohol and that your life has become unmanageable. Call local treatment center. Begin a new life. ...Read more

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Is there a facility that offers both alcohol and drug treatment?

Is there a facility that offers both alcohol and drug treatment?

Some resources: Below are some online resources for you. Substance abuse and mental health services administration (samhsa) is a good starting point. http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/treatmentlocator/faces/quicksearch.jspx http://www.Hazelden.Org/ http://center-for-addiction-recovery.Com http://www.Alcoholalcoholism.Org/national-alcoholism-center-nac good luck! ...Read more

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What is the alcohol or drug addiction detox process?

What is the alcohol or drug addiction detox process?

Slow withdrawal: You are placed on medication with similar sedative like process to each and withdrawn in a stepwise fashion. Much quicker in the case of alcohol, couple weeks vs. At times months with opioids. ...Read more

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Is the medication baclofen useful for people going through alcohol withdrawel?

Is the medication baclofen useful for people going through alcohol withdrawel?

Yes: Several studies have shown that Baclofen (liorisal®) can reduce or eliminate alcohol withdrawal. This is not surprising, because this drug is a direct gaba-acting agent and gaba is the neurotransmitter that is also affected by benzodiazepines like valium and librium, and work in withdrawal. However, it can cause physical dependence as well if used for prolonged periods. ...Read more

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Is there specific classes that are needed to become a drug and alcohol abuse counselor?

Is there specific classes that are needed to become a drug and alcohol abuse counselor?

State requirements: Each state has different requirements. In north carolina, where it appears you are, check the following: www.Ncsappb.Org/credentialing/certified-substance-abuse-counselor. Good luck! ...Read more

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I know there is controversy regarding use of ssri/snri in bipolar 2 but if OCD is highly prevalent how can the use of one be avoided.Cbt is also used?

I know there is controversy regarding use of ssri/snri in bipolar 2 but if OCD is highly prevalent how can the use of one be avoided.Cbt is also used?

Yes, CBT for sure: Cbt is a very well-researched and useful part of treatment for ocd. Other-than-ssri medications may be used, and you may still be able to use ssri's. However, you need to work with a skilled psychiatrist who keeps up with the most recent psychopharmacological treatments. http://ocd.stanford.edu/treatment/pharma.html. ...Read more

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What is the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery?

What is the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery?

Mind, body, spirit: Holistic treatment would provide what the individual needs in order to withdraw from the addictive agent, and change the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual environment in which the addiction formed. Detox, relaxation, meditation, prayer, 12step programs, nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy, acupuncture, medications might all be used in some cases. ...Read more

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Is there a safe way for clozapine de addiction slowly, and to use roadback.Org researched supplements sleep supplements ambesleep somabien?

Is there a safe way for clozapine de addiction slowly, and to use roadback.Org researched supplements sleep supplements ambesleep somabien?

TheRoadBack.org: Clozapine is not an "addicting" medication -- it is an antipsychotic used mainly in schizophrenia. I am familiar with theroadback.Org -- but they do not have any supplements called "ambesleep" or "somabien." I do not recommend going off your antipsychotic medication without working with your psychiatrist, as symptoms could re-emerge. ...Read more

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What does the science show about treating opiate abuse with suboxzone?

What does the science show about treating opiate abuse with suboxzone?

Buprenorphine helps: Opiate addiction may be treated quite effectively with the combination of Buprenorphine (suboxone) and psychosocial support. The longer the treatment lasts, the more likely recovery is sustained. Mutual support helps; consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how effective is drug rehab for meth addiction combined with bi-polar disorder?

Can you tell me how effective is drug rehab for meth addiction combined with bi-polar disorder?

Can be effective: Effectiveness depends on many things, including the commitment of the patient. You need a program for "dual diagnosis" -- meaning they treat both the substance abuse and the bipolar disorder. When the person is actively using, it can be hard to tell mood episodes from drug effect. Meth is a very challenging drug, and ongoing outpatient recovery efforts are still needed long after discharge. ...Read more

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In Clinical trials x cirrhosis, "No illegal drugs or abused drugs" allowed before or during the study? Do they test you using urine or blood? Is legal

In Clinical trials x cirrhosis, "No illegal drugs or abused drugs" allowed before or during the study? Do they test you using urine or blood? Is legal

Read protocols: Trials are highly controlled to monitor for potential side effect of medications and interactions with other drugs as well as cure. It is legal to test as you are a voluntary participant in a study. A positive test would most likely result in your dismissal from the trial as you would have ongoing risk of infection with Hep B/C and HIV skewing the results of the trial and efficacy data. ...Read more

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In drug trials, is a placebo used to avoid harming some of the volunteers?

In drug trials, is a placebo used to avoid harming some of the volunteers?

A placebo: Is a preparation made as much as possible just like the drug under test except missing the ingredient being tested. Ideally neither the patient nor the doctor knows which each patient is given. After a period of time, the results are evaluated to see if the drug group got a significant improvement over the control (placebo) group. Hopefully neither group is harmed. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

Habituation: In any physical dependence the body adapts and the withdrawal symptoms are the body responding to the lack of the substance. Because addictions cause changes in neurotransmission they are difficult to treat and require enough time for the body to adjust to being "clean.". ...Read more

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Is it ok to use mnemonics during the Montreal cognitive assessment?

Is it ok to use mnemonics during the Montreal cognitive assessment?

Yes: Mnemonics are a great way to improve memory. Most med students use them to survive! So....whatever helps! Live healthy and be well! ...Read more

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What are the suggested steps to commit someone for alcohol and drug treatment?

What are the suggested steps to commit someone for alcohol and drug treatment?

Avvo.com: You may want to ask this question on avvo.Com. Lawyers answer legal questions as a public service on that site. There are usually different requirements depending on the state. ...Read more

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Occupational Therapy (Definition)

Occupational therapy is a type of physical therapy to improve one's engagement of activities of daily living and their occupation. It includes reintroducing daily tasks of living including physical and mental task to help one improve a type of disability. Hand therapy is also a ...Read more


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Alcoholism (Definition)

An addiction to alcohol or mental illness and compulsive behavior ...Read more