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Suggest remedies for alcohol withdrawal symptoms

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Posted on Fri, 7 Oct 2016
Question: My husband is currently undergoing what I believe is alcohol withdrawal. The problem is he stays off the whiskey for about 5 days, then falls to desire to drink. He has been drinking since 19 years of age, heavily over the last two years with whiskey daily. He is also suffering memory loss at 59 years of age. Sometimes, when I ask him directly if he drank, he says no. But I suspect their is liquor hidden in our home. My question is would he be a candidate for alcohol rehab? He says he needs help, but still likes drinking. Currently, he suffers from what he believes is drops in his blood pressure, dizziness and wanting to vomit. He is very "needy" with me in my presence. Literally clinging to me and telling me he's sorry. What do you recommend, if anything, I can do at this point.? Thank you for your advice.
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Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
He is right candidate for rehabilitation

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for using Healthcaremagic.

I read your query and understand your concerns.

From the available description it appears to me that he is contemplation stage of quitting alcohol which is characterized by ambivalence. In this stage patient understands harms associated with his substance using behavior but at the same time remains confused about his desired goal.

I feel he is the right person for rehabilitation as it will not be easy for him to observe abstinence without medical supervision. In the rehabilitation he can be motivated from the current stage to next stage so he can stop alcohol altogether.

I hope this answers your question.
If you have more questions feel free to write back to me.
Thanks and regards.
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Brief Answer: He is right candidate for rehabilitation Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for using Healthcaremagic. I read your query and understand your concerns. From the available description it appears to me that he is contemplation stage of quitting alcohol which is characterized by ambivalence. In this stage patient understands harms associated with his substance using behavior but at the same time remains confused about his desired goal. I feel he is the right person for rehabilitation as it will not be easy for him to observe abstinence without medical supervision. In the rehabilitation he can be motivated from the current stage to next stage so he can stop alcohol altogether. I hope this answers your question. If you have more questions feel free to write back to me. Thanks and regards.