Is an Alcoholic a Drug Addict?

Most people have the idea that alcohol is not a drug. Hey, let’s face it, it’s legal to drink, as long as you’re old enough by the local law wherever you are. So that’s OK then. It’s seen as socially Acceptable.

But of course alcohol is a drug, and alcoholism is just as much a form of drug addiction, as serious as being addicted to marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or any other “Non-legal” drug. The problem is that so many people regard alcohol as just another beverage.

One definition of drug addiction is an uncontrollable desire for a substance that the person feels they have to have in order to function, even live.

We can define alcoholism in the same way. When someone is an alcoholic, i.e. adicted to alcohol, they can’t live without it. They just cannot see their life without the presence of alcohol. It is a fixture in their life, and has to be there. Alcoholics often do not see it as a problem, and will usually not give it up without a real fight. The plain fact is that they are just as much a drug addict as the dopeheads and cokeheads.

An alcoholic can’t live without the “high” that it gives them. Just to re-inforce the point the Food and Drug Administration has in fact classified alcohol as a drug. So by any sensible person’s definition an alcoholic is a drug addict.

It’s not all doom and gloom, alcoholics can get help for their addiction, just as addicts to other substances can. I’m sure we have all heard of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). These are groups of people in pretty much every town, usually run by ex alcoholics, who meets at regular intervals, and work on “The twelve steps to recovery.” This is a hard road, and it is accepted that an alcoholic is always an alcoholic and always “recovering.”

So called “regular” drug addicts, when coming off their substance of choice, suffer from withdrawal symptoms. This is also true of alcoholics. The various effects of both alcoholism and drug addiction are far reaching, and can linger for years. So we can see the connection between the two.

When an alcoholic reaches a point when they want help for their condition it is most important for them to realise that they are in fact in the grip of a powerful drug addiction. This realisation is often the main key to recovery.

Just as heroin addiction is a serious disease, so is alcoholism. We may not think that alcohol addiction is a serious as heroin addiction, but in fact it is just as debilitating, and can affect you just as badly, often in ways you couldn’t imagine. Try Googling “Effects of Alcoholism” and see what you come up with, you may be surprised, and probably not a little frightened.

If you believe that you may be addicted to alcohol and you want to do something about it then get help quickly. The sooner the better. It is everyone’s right to have a good long, healthy life. It’s not too late. As always, the best time to start your recovery is right now.

Fibromyalgia – What Questions Are You Asking When Prescription Drugs Fail You?

When Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is the topic, whether you’re brand new to the illness or you’ve had it awhile, the question of whether to take prescription drugs to ease your symptoms often comes up and you have to make an important personal choice.

Within the last couple of years, a number of drugs designed to specifically treat Fibromyalgia have been approved: Lyrica, Cymbalta and now Savella. Each one addresses symptom relief from a slightly different perspective and chemical approach. Some people react well to these prescription drugs; other people, not so much.

WARNING: When a drug fails, it’s you who pays the price.

A Google search of this topic can provide lots of information. Pay special attention to the warnings, drug side effects and possible drug interactions that are mentioned. Now, at that point, you will probably begin wondering:

  1. What if I don’t do well on this drug that they say is so great?
  2. What if it causes a secondary symptom and I’m forced to take another drug to combat that one, too?
  3. What if my body breaks out in hives or I faint on the floor?
  4. What if I gain 50 or 100 pounds of extra weight?
  5. When and if the drug fails me miserably, who pays the price? Who will be there to pick up the pieces of my shattered life and health?

With a little research you’ll realize that there are some big risks in taking prescription drugs for health problems, but particularly for Fibromyalgia. It’s such a complicated illness and there are so many symptoms to address. No one has invented a magic pill.

Fibromyalgia symptoms can be especially tough to conquer because of the high volume of symptoms. Simply trying to manage them could mean that you end up taking quite a few drugs. But, hold on. Taking multiple drugs puts you at an increased risk of 1) any one prescription going against your body (e.g. causing a side effect) or 2) a dangerous, negative interaction with other compounds.

Instead, lower your risk by seeking out alternative means of getting well, either as stand-alone health approaches or as adjunct, add-on techniques. Example: using Tai Chi to manage stress and help you recondition your body.

There are some distinct advantages in seeking out non-traditional doctors, therapists, health practitioners, nutritional advisors and the like for Fibromyalgia. Usually, if the type of alternative medical healthcare that a practitioner offers you doesn’t work, it just doesn’t work and you find out quickly. That means normally you don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of money or time loading up on a high-powered drug only to find out that your body reacts badly to it!

Take the time to check out several alternative therapies and protocols. Many of them are based to some extent on thousands of years of Eastern medical practices and philosophies. They can be varied in approach, methods and results. Some are truly outstanding and bring people with Fibromyalgia and related conditions lots of symptom relief.