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How to beat tobacco & alcohol addiction?

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how to overcome addiction to tobacco & alcoholism
Posted Wed, 25 Dec 2013 in Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
Answered by Dr. Preeti Parakh 43 minutes later
Brief Answer: Explained below. Detailed Answer: Hi, Welcome to Healthcare Magic! There are two main ways in which any addiction can be overcome. One is to gradually taper off the amount one uses, before ultimately stopping completely. The second is to stop abruptly, use medicines to manage the withdrawal symptoms if any, and also use medicines to control the craving. The first method requires a lot of motivation and strong will power. The second method involves taking support from family and doctors, and so, is suitable for those people who genuinely want to quit but do not have a strong will power. There are some other factors that matter, like the amount and duration of intake, how severe the withdrawal symptoms have been in the past, and the general physical condition of the person. Whether the person himself wants to quit or is doing so only under pressure from his family is another important factor. I shall be able to help you better if you give me more details. Best wishes. Dr Preeti Parakh MD Psychiatry
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