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Question by Adamismyname: Is this common for an alcoholic to recover the way I describe below?
I am wondering if it is common that an alcoholic, in the case of the neighbor a severe alcoholic, can just get better on their own as this neighbor of my parents did. The neighbor just died of cancer (unrelated to her past alcoholism) and was much better in her last 10+ years of life to the point of being sober for about 6 years or so. She did not go to AA or therapy and just on her own seemed to get better. The son of hers who told my parents this at the funeral was very open about her drinking so he seemed sincere in saying that for unknown reasons it just got better. He credits prayer and I wondered if this happens sometimes. She had been an alcoholic for about 20-25 years before getting better.
So I was just curious if this happens or if it almost always requires detox and therapy?

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Answer by zeldaslexicon
No, “detox” is not necessarily a requirement for an alcoholic (or anyone with an addiction problem) to “get better”. Some people deal with alcohol or drug addiction without the help of a doctor, AA, counseling, or similar. While detoxing off alcohol is perhaps more dangerous than detoxing off other drugs of abuse, it can and has been done.

It’s not uncommon for those with an addiction to “transfer” their addiction to something else while in recovery. Many find that religion works well for this, and become, in effect, “addicted” to religion or prayer instead of alcohol or drugs. Others may become “addicted” to exercise, or food, or some other coping mechanism that is a bit less damaging to their physical health and more socially acceptable. So it may be that your neighbor found prayer to be an acceptable substitute for alcohol.

Some people actually become “addicted” to therapy. But it’s not required. Many have kicked a bad habit on their own.

Yough drug symposium attracts full house
Drug abuse is a public health epidemic and people need to become aware of the problem – both illegal drugs and prescription medications – and educate themselves to the dangers of drug abuse, speakers said last week at a drug symposium at Yough High …
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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman at the
With roughly 700,000 people coming out of our state and federal prisons every year, plus the millions that flow through jails at the local level, recidivism has terrible consequences for the lives of offenders and their families. … As the Director of …
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Forum is for addiction workers
The session, sponsored by the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse, is for professionals involved in drug abuse education, prevention and enforcement programs, as opposed to a recent meeting to which the public was invited, according to …
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Human trafficking awareness at The Ohio State University at Marion
EleSondra 'El' De Romano, a former drug addict and prostitute, points to an alley off Starr Avenue where young girls, mostly herion addicts, perform 'quick sex' for as little as $ 10 during the evening hours. De Romano walks the streets of east Toledo …
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3 die of apparent herion overdose in Florence
Counselors at Bradford Health Services tell us in the last year they have seen an increased number of heroin addicts. Counselor Reginald Watkins says, "Since the schedule has changed for prescription medications it's much more difficult to get the …
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Anti-drug success comes in communities pulling together, AG says in Warren
Mandatory drug screening in the schools “will either prevent use or catch it at an early level,” she said. One woman expressed the opinion that lack of jobs is a factor that adds to the incidence of drug addiction in the area. “What I would like to see …
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Businesmman Robert Johnson left prison a changed man
NEW BEDFORD — After sunset once a week, the parents of drug addicts gather at St. Luke's Hospital to share stories, comfort each other and ask: "What should I do with my child?" They ask Robert Johnson, a tall, slender, well-dressed man with …

Hoffman among thousands of addiction victims
His death, which came after a long period of sobriety that ended last year, "epitomizes the tragedy of drug addiction in our society," said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Here you have an extraordinarily talented …
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Belmont Common Pleas Court accepts drug grant
"Unfortunately, the drug addiction problem around here has really, really exploded recently," he said, adding that opiates are the current drug of choice, with prescription medication and heroin as well. The probate courts commonly see 150-200 eligible …
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Honolulu Drug Detox Launches Women's Program for Substance Abuse
Through this program, women who fill their lives with alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs and other substances, learn how to deal with life's stresses without turning to mind-altering drugs and substances. Physical detoxification from drugs …
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Help available to addicts seeking recovery, though space sometimes limited in
“But we can't control whether there are spaces” available at those programs, she said. Anyone who wants a first-time appointment for help with drug addiction may call ServiceNet at 877-984-6855. Detoxification facilities where patients have brief stays …
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Novus Medical Detox Hires New Clinical Supervisor to Lead Direct Care Staff as
Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment—putting the …
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Saint Matthews House Drug/Alcohol Rehab Plan To Fail?
The report notes that there are 60 townhouses and condos across the street from the Port LaBelle Inn and the proposed change in use for a drug and alcohol rehab facility is not an established use for property in this area and the closing of public …
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5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, January 24
The center's 28-day residential treatment program will treat addictions and all forms of substance abuse including prescription medications. A number of athletes are joining Strawberry for the opening of the center including NFL Hall of Fame inductee …
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Question by Sky: Why do some prescription drugs have some really adverse effects on people?
I just came out of kidney surgery yesterday for stones–twice this year alone–and the drugs I’m on have made me really jumpy, nervous, wiped out, and just too energetic for my tastes.

Why am I feeling like this? Is it because I don’t have the same tolerance to meds as some people do, or is it because I lack that “addiction” factor that sometimes pops up with blatant drug abuse?


(Yes, they put a stent in me.)

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Answer by rick29148
Nothing is perfect, everything is a compromise. The drug(s) have a side affect, and your doctor has decided that the side affect is not bad enough to have you stop taking it. I has in a truck wreck 5-1/2 years ago, and there were some internal injuries. One of my daily meds is a super niacin pill for spleen damage. If I don’t take it with an asprin at the right time, it will make my skin turn red and try to crawl up my back….not terrible, but not my idea of a good time. Doc says it’s the only med available to keep the spleen producing the white blood cells I need, so, I take the pills. Ask your doc, maybe there is another med you can take that will do the same thing without the side affects… Good Luck.

Answer by Susan Yarrawonga
Prescription drugs are regarded as invasive alien substances by our bodies that reject them and the side effects are basically protests by our bodies.

Unfortunately, we sometimes or even often need prescription medication as it usually works much faster than natural medication which often fails to overcome the relevant medical problem. Natural medication sometimes helps a bit but often not enough so then you have to take prescription medication which is rarely without side effects.

CARE brings its program to combat drug abuse into Collin County
Barker has 14 years of experience working with families in private and educational settings for adolescent substance abuse and addiction. She earned a master's degree in family studies and human development from Texas Woman's University. Barker is a …
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Spiritual River Launches Infographic Advocating Drug Addiction Treatment
Spiritual River's informative infographic reveals surprising information about substance abuse and demands a “call to action” for struggling addicts to get clean. The infographic brings to awareness the percentage of people who have used and eventually …
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