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First of all, if the colonoscopy was done in the recent past ( 1 year or so) you can stop worrying for a bit about the bleeding, though you should have one every two years to make sure this is nothing more than hemorroidal bleeding (most likely).
The bleeding could also be a consequence of the drinking, especially if you have CIRRHOSIS
If you have this (usually diagnosed by ultrasound) you are more prone to hemorroids AND enlarged veins in the neck called VARICES
which can be life threatening if they bleed
so I really strongly suggest that you see your doctor to find out about the cirrhosis question
regarding the drinking
most people can not simply stop on their own
most need treatment and ongoing support
therer are many programs including alcoholics anonymous
and many that are inpatient to guide you through the discomfort of quitting and in maintaning sobriety
as to a medicine to help you quit
many doctors are advocating for a drug called NALOXONE
and there is some evidence that it helps in becoming abstinent and in maintaing abstinence
again, your doctor would be knowledgable about this
I also had to have a blood transfusion last year because of the bleeding. They said that time that I did not have CIRRHOSIS, but my liver was damaged and I needed to stop drinking.
I have tried to go to rehab on numerous occasions and have not been successful. I am currently looking at different programs, but just want a little more help.
by the way, the all caps, blue lettering above are links to learn more about these issues
AA didn't work for you?
umm not really, it helps in the sense that I can talk about what I have done while I was drinking and the people I hurt, but I have tried to do the 12 steps and it hasn't worked. Like I said I have been to over a dozen rehab facilities over the past 2 decades, and within a matter of hours of leaving the centre I am back to drinking
okay, common story... there are alternatives... there is mounting evidence on the failure of 12 steps
I need to go out of the office for a few minutes
while I am gone, take a look at the following link
I will let you know when I am back and we can continue
Ok thank you
ALTERNATIVE ALCOHOL TREATMENT PROGRAM (and example... i have no affiliation with these folks but have had patients succeed here.
will be back shortly and will let you know when i am
are you there?
what questions do you have for me about all this?
So when I go to the doctors, what am I asking for? I get embarrassed telling them how much I drink so I tend to down play just how bad of an alcoholic I truly am.
time to come clean with your doc. he/she needs to know so that he/she can take appropriate steps.
for instance, it might be time to repeat a colonoscopy and do an upper endoscopy along with ultrasound and labs to see if your drinking now shows signs of damage to these areas
did you look at that website on alternative treatment ?
I have and I have also emailed then asking some questions. I really like their approach.
the reason I think that programs like that are gaining in acceptance is that AA's record of success is, quite frankly, terrible. they don't publish their results... the vast majority of people who go to AA do not succeed in quitting.
Personally, I have a problem with calling alchol addiction a disease... this puts me at odds with most of my colleagues
but my thinking is this
diseases can't be cured by putting someone in prison, for instance... you get cancer, you go to prison, you still have cancer
you have a desire to drink which is strong
you go to prison and you stop
My daughter feels the same why. She has a hard time thinking that I was born with this and that she also is a carrier for the gene
you may start the day you leave, but this is not a disease
there is no gene for alcoholism, there are suggestions that you may be genetically predisposed to addictive behaviors
but if there were a 'gene' for it identical twins would always be alcoholics... it's simply not that simple
AA teaches that you have a disease and have no power over your addiction
this sets you up for failure, in my opinion
and they also teach that relapse is part of recovery
makes no sense to me
the success rate for people who quite 'cold turkey' is acutally higher than the success rate for AA
sorry for the typos
Yes, and it almost gives you a reason and a justification for when you start drinking again. It does set you up for failure, but I have struggled with finding a place that could offer something different to me
the link i sent is a good one... there are others, and I would search the net for 'alternative alcohol recovery programs' in Canada.
find one you like and go do it
there IS a way out
but it IS hard work
I know you can do it
I will, this gives me hope.
hope is good to have!
so please talk to your doctor about this, your doctor can make sure you are medically 'okay', the quitting is on you, but you can find a way to do it
yes it is especially when you haven't had it for many years.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX been very helpful
do you have any final questions for me?
No I think thats it.
stand by one second
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WHEN YOU CAN
hardly a ringing endorsement of AA
ok, I will
if you have nothing else I will bid you good day
standing by for your last
Thank you and have a great day!
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