Alcohol Withdrawal: Anxiety

Alcohol Related Anxiety The line “I need a drink” is often used by people who are high strung, who might have had a bad day, and they need something to relax themselves. Alcohol is an anti-anxiety agent for many. One of the symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal is the opposite of this calming effect, it is …

Alcohol Withdrawal: Shakes

Alcohol Shakes A classic sign or symptom of Alcohol Withdrawal is the shakes. Alcohol shakes can occur a number of hours after the last drink of alcohol. Members of the healthcare profession refer to the shakes as tremors. Alcohol Shakes or tremors can be a mild to moderate sign of alcohol withdrawal or can be …

Not Leaving Las Vegas

The film starring Nicholas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas, about a chronic alcoholic who makes a decision to drink himself to death is a lasting impression about Las Vegas, Nevada and the futility of alcohol treatment. I’m not leaving Las Vegas, in fact I am going to Las Vegas! Going to Las Vegas to assist an …

A Lesson Learned

Sandy was coming in again. She was being admitted to the dual diagnosis unit at the psychiatric hospital where I was employed. I knew Sandy well. She had thirty-eight (38) previous alcohol detoxes documented at this hospital. Thirty-Eight!! I made a choice that evening. I chose to give up on Sandy. She had not only …

Hope for Everyone

A well known actress has “tweeted” her fans to acknowledge she has failed a drug test, thus violating terms of probation. A well known celebrity has made a plea deal to avoid jail or prison time for her recent escapades in Las Vegas. In both these situations, I find hope. The actress, in her tweet, …

Campral or Acamprosate

Acamprosate is the generic drug name of Campral. Campral is one of the few drugs approved to treat alcoholism. Campral is used to decrease the likelihood of alcohol relapse. All medications that are approved for alcohol related disorders have the caveat that the medication must be used in conjunction with other non-drug related therapies (psychotherapy, …