RadioMD: Inherently You with Dr. Holly Lucille

Are You Self-Medicating WIth Alcohol?

November 12, 20149 min
What if drinking alcohol is not a character defect but rather an attempt to self medicate for pain?Alcohol can be used for many things, but it is known to enhance social settings. For example, if you're going out to dinner, a sporting event, attending social gatherings or parties through friends, family or co-workers, it may be no surprise that alcohol is involved.However, alcohol can be used in negative ways too. Like, a coping mechanism, to relieve stress, or to self-medicate.Pain comes in all forms and has the ability to be masked behind all types of people. A pain can be physical, emotional or spiritual and can leave you wondering how to cope. It's true that you may handle sadness and pain in a different way than your peers, but if you're trying to self-medicate with alcohol, there are also metabolic and other health issues at play.Fortunately, if it's not a problem you may not have to stop alcohol entirely. The Sinclair Method helps people drink in moderation. If you've noticed (or heard from friends) that you're a mean drunk, this can happen from the sugar in the alcohol. Try switching to vodka and soda and see if this stops. Sometimes, it's all about metabolism!But, if you're starting to question whether or not you need you help, chances are if you're asking that question, you do. It's important to understand that only you can make this choice to get help if you are fully ready to quit drinking.If you do in fact need Rehab, there are many programs and considerations to keep in mind. There are many 12-step treatment options out there, but other treatment facilities use the Sinclair Method. This method is a treatment for alcoholism based on the use of opiate antagonists, naltrexone or nalmefene. This allows you to use these drugs while continuing to drink.What else do you need to know about alcohol as a self-medicating mechanism and the Sinclair Method?Jacob Teitelbaum joins Dr. Holly to discuss your relationship with alcohol, and if you're at the point where you need help where you can turn.

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