Charles Herrick's 100 Q&A About Alcoholism & Drug Addiction (100 Questions & PDF

By Charles Herrick

ISBN-10: 0763739189

ISBN-13: 9780763739188

ISBN-10: 1429492600

ISBN-13: 9781429492607

Even if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a pal or relative, this ebook deals aid. the single quantity to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Alcoholism grants authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions on treatments, recommendation on dealing with the ailment, assets of help, and lots more and plenty extra. Written through a admired psychiatrist, with real sufferer remark, this e-book is a useful source for a person dealing with the scientific, mental, and emotional turmoil of alcoholism.

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No test, not even specific laboratory tests, is 100% sensitive and specific. False positives and negatives exist for every test. That does not make them useless. Keep these concepts in mind when considering the use of the various screening tools used. Several screening tools are available to identify alcoholism. In 1982, the WHO developed the AUDIT, which is an abbreviation for Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. It was designed as either a brief structured interview or self-assessment to be incorporated into general health screening or during a general medical history.

Socially, alcoholism is linked to stressful life events, usually entailing an overwhelming psychological trauma. Individuals with a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more prone to alcoholism. In summary, no one cause of alcoholism exists. It is a multifactorial disorder caused by a genetic predisposition, personality traits, psychological trauma, and environmental factors. Susan’s comment: The “biopsychosocial” model can easily be applied to Ben. Biologically, a very significant family history of alcohol abuse exists on both sides.

After pouring a toxic substance into his body with little to eat for days and subsequently stopping, Ben’s body is completely depleted—like a car running out of gas. Interestingly enough, Ben’s surroundings directly impact the severity of his symptoms. The progressive nature of the disease, along with “kindling” (Question 66), has resulted in his suffering from serious delirium tremens (DTs) (see Questions 63 and 64). This condition, however, has only manifested itself in the hospital setting. During the times that he takes Ativan and withdraws at home, I watch very carefully for signs that he may be headed “off the reservation,” but it doesn’t seem to happen.

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