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I had withdrawal seizures. Does that mean that I now need to take an anticonvulsant?Alcohol Treatment for AdolescentsHow is treatment different for someone with a dual diagnosis?What causes the disease of alcoholism?Factors Associated With Drinking and Older PersonsWhat aspects of alcoholism are voluntary or involuntary?I got into a vicious cycle using alcohol to come down from cocaine. The doctors tell me that I'm an alcoholic, but my drug of choice has always been cocaine. Do I need to be concerned?The Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists or the Nurse PractitionersNeurons and NeurotransmittersHow do I know whether my child is just experimenting with alcohol and drugs or has a real problem with them?Classical ConditioningV. Associated ConditionsMy daughter refuses to take the medication prescribed and continues to abuse drugs and alcohol. She repeatedly points out that she doesn't see any difference between a drug that the doctor prescribed to help her moods and the more "natural" approach that she chooses. How do I counter that?Are there any alternative treatments or herbal remedies for alcoholism?Anxiety, Insomnia, and DepressionI read somewhere that drinking alcohol was good for you. Is that true?What is a safe level of alcohol consumption?I heard of a new injectable form of medication for alcoholism. What is it, and what are its advantages?What is A SAM, and what are the criteria for placement in a particular program?We are thinking about moving to a rural area to avoid the drug and drinking problems that our children are exposed to in the city. Do rural Americans, especially teens, have similar problems with alcohol or drugs?Native AmericansIV. TreatmentAll of the programs I attend are group based. I really feel I need some individual treatment. What should I do?What is a dry drunk?My spouse just returned from the service over seas. He refuses to talk about the time over there. He says he needs to drink because he has nightmares and trouble sleeping. I am worried that he is an alcoholic. What can I do?What are my rights to refuse treatment?Does alcohol affect older persons differently?What is the link between alcoholism and violence?I. The BasicsGastrointestinal SystemWhat are the different kinds of outpatient and inpatient rehabilitations?What are some of the triggers to relapse?What is addiction?How old do my children need to be before I start talking to them about alcohol?EvolutionI have cirrhosis of the liver. Is that reversible?Are certain religious groups at greater risk for alcoholism?GlossaryMarijuana EffectsMy teenage child is taking a class trip to Germany where drinking is permitted. Is that a problem?What is the DSM-IV?TopiramateMy teenager has a serious problem with marijuana. He constantly points out that I drink., and therefore, he doesn't see the problem with his marijuana use. What do I tell him?Distinguishing Discontinuation SyndromesWhat is co-dependency? How do I know if I am co-dependent, and what can I do about it?OndansetronI have been prescribed a medication off-label. Does that mean that it is experimental?What resources are available for women whose spouses are alcoholic and abusive?Where can I get more information?What are the screening tools available for alcoholism, and are they reliable?PsychologistsNature Versus NurtureWhat different kinds of medications are available for alcoholism?Am I at risk for other kinds of addictions if I have been addicted to alcohol?What is the prevalence of alcohol use and alcoholism?What is the Prometa® treatment protocol for alcoholism?Am I eligible for a liver transplant if my liver failure is from my alcoholism?HispanicsAlcohol Withdrawal SyndromeWhat is alcohol dependency?Harris Interactive Survey of ParentsAlternatives to Benzodiazepines in the Management of AnxietyInformed ConsentAcknowledgmentsSurvey of TeensHealth BenefitsAdult Children of AlcoholicsWhat is the morbidity and mortality associated with alcoholism?I was arrested for a DUI. What should I do?Asian AmericansTwin and Adoption StudiesHow does alcohol affect the brain?What sexual problems does alcohol cause?What is the impact of alcoholism on children?What is detoxification, and how do I know whether I need it?Who is qualified to diagnose and treat alcoholism?ModelingHematologic and Immune SystemsWhen I stopped drinking, I started smoking a lot more. I'm afraid that if I try to quit smoking I may go back to drinking. What can I do?VI. Special PopulationsMy employer ordered me into treatment or risk getting fired? What are my rights?I have heard the term "impaired professional. " Do professionals have similar problems with alcohol or drugs as others? If I suspect that a professional is impaired, what should I do?Psychotropic EffectsMy baby was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. What is that, and what does it mean for my baby?I was drinking during my first trimester of pregnancy before I knew I was pregnant. What are the risks to my unborn baby?What is Antabuse, and how does it work?What are the medical consequences of alcoholism?Guidelines For ParentsWhat other medications are prescribed for alcoholism?Genitourinary/Endocrine Systems and MetabolismDifferences Distinguishing the Benzodiazepines From One AnotherHow is acamprosate different from other medications?Vascular DementiaWhat is the risk of inheriting alcoholism?What medications are used for detoxification?Are there any medications that I should avoid if I have hepatitis?What is AA, and how does it work?My mother has been drinking wine daily since my father died. Could she be an alcoholic, or does she need treatment for depression?What makes alcohol addictive?Respiratory SystemInheritanceAre there other neurological effects of alcoholism?Is alcohol a drug?Psychiatrists Wernicke/Korsakoff's SyndromeVII. Surviving AlcoholismIf I am suffering from continued anxiety after achieving sobriety, can I continue to take Ativan or similar antianxiety medication?Are vaccines available for various addictive drugs?The Elements Necessary to Refuse TreatmentHow is alcoholism a disease?What is alcohol abuse?I understand that some programs teach alcoholics to drink moderately. How successful are those programs?Social WorkersWhat is the difference between type I and type II alcoholics?Operant ConditioningWhen and how was alcohol discovered?A family member hears voices even when he is not drinking. Is it caused by the alcohol or does he have schizophrenia?What are DTs?What other risk factors are associated with alcoholism?Why do humans use alcohol?Is alcoholism a disease or just a bad habit?What exactly is an "intervention"?I am worried about my employer finding out about my treatment. How can I prevent his or her finding out?How do you know whether you are an alcoholic?Ever since I quit drinking I cant sleep at night. What should I do?Young Children of AlcoholicsHow are alcoholism and mood disorders linked?Genetic and Environmental FactorsII. DiagnosisWhat is rehabilitation, and how is it different from AA?African AmericansI experimented with drugs and alcohol as a teen and grew out of it without the need for treatment. So why are they telling me that my daughter needs treatment?How do chemicals work in the brain?Characteristics of Alcoholic FamiliesCardiovascular SystemTreatment for InsomniaCan alcoholism cause dementia?Chronic InsomniaSleep ArchitectureI am concerned that my teenager is drinking. I have heard about parents having "key parties" in their homes to ensure that the teens don't drive home drunk. What are they fTreatmentWhat are my rights to privacy?How successful are the various treatment options?Life-Threatening ConditionsHow do African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans compare with respect to risk of developing alcoholism? Are there any biological tests that aid in the diagnosis of alcoholism?Insulin SensitivityHow are men and women different in their responses to alcohol?My spouse has mood swings along with his/her addiction problem. Could he or she have bipolar disorder?Alcohol-Related DementiaLearning TheoryWill I ever be able to drink again?I grew up in another country where alcohol was part of the culture and teenagers were allowed to drink. Why cant I continue that tradition with my own children?Long-Term Treatment with BenzodiazepinesIs there a gateway drug that can lead to alcoholism?I understand that Re Via is an opiate. I have never been addicted to opiates. Why would that be prescribed, and will I become addicted?Risk, Prevention, and EpidemiologyIs the treatment approach for adolescents different than adults?My family member is an alcoholic and refuses to get help. What should I do?What is the difference between a faith-based program and others?Does it matter how long I stay in an inpatient program? How successful are they?Musculoskeletal SystemWhat is alcohol?
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