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Alcohol cravings

I have alcohol addiction. I've tried many things to get rid of it.ive even consulted a doctor who gave me medicenes like baclofen and atomoxine. it helped at first but I'm back to drinking again. i really want to quit this habbit but the cravings i get for alcohol is too high and i end up drinking at last. please help.any excercise or practice i should follow or any medicenes. thank you
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Dr. Sonia Malhotra Pune | Psychiatrist
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Hello sir,
Well done that you are willing to fight one of the toughest disorders, alcohol addiction. I do understand the trouble that you are facing as well. I have a few suggestions for your problem:
1. We need to find out the real resson for your drinking like any stress, depression, anxiety, sleep issues, peer pressure, social norm and treat that too.
2. Craving of alcohol is like hunger to food. It will always subside in about 30-40 minutes, but after it reaches a peak always.
3. To cross over the peak, you need to divert your mind and expend the energy that craving generates, fo e.g., by doing a hobby, exercising at that time, engaging in spiritual activities etc.
4. There are anticraving drugs available, but they should be prescribed and monitored by a psychiatrist only.
Alcohol addiction is not a habit, its a disease. It needs a multimodality treatment.

Pls feel free to contact me for a private conaultation.
Regards!

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Ms. Hema Sampath Bangalore | Clinical Psychologist
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It's really a welcome thought in you about ur addiction.
As u hv experienced though it is tough to get rid of that it is definitely NOT IMPOSSIBLE.

Along with the medication do consult a Psychologist and speak out ur feelings.

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Dr. Suhasini Das Bangalore | Psychiatrist
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Hello.. First you need to understand that any substance dependency or addiction is just not a habit anymore.  It is a medical illness. It requires combination of medication and therapy like relapse prevention or motivational enhancement therapies to sustain long-term abstinence. Try joining groups like Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Dr. Lakshmi T Rajan Chennai | Counselling Psychologist
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Dear friend,
I welcome and appreciate your thinking of quitting alcohol. Follow the below given simple tips.
1. Avoid non veg at nights
2. Avoid junk foods and aerated drinks
3. Increase the intake of water
4. Follow healthy sleep pattern
5. Go for regular exercise - walking, swimming , any sports or gym
6. Daily before going to sleep at night,  lie down comfortably and watch your breathe.
Any further guidance, feel free to contact.
Wishes
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Dr. Udayan Bhaumik Kolkata | Psychiatrist
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Consult a psychologist for motivational interviewing or enhancement therapy.And you have to be patient.It is not easy and requires a lot of willpower but you also should not pressurize yourself too much.All the best !!
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