4 Reasons Discussing Your Addiction with Your Doctor Can Maintain Your Sobriety

4 Reasons Discussing Your Addiction with Your Doctor Can Maintain Your Sobriety

Your medical doctor can actually help you stay sober in various ways in order to maintain a healthier life away from addiction.

In many cases, it is easy to make things more complicated than they need to be. Think about it, if you have a problem, you can spend a lot of time doing research about the problem. You may even find different ways to solve the problem, at least in theory. However, the truth is that research doesn’t solve problems. Taking action does. One of the best ways to treat alcoholism is to talk to your doctor. In many cases, it seems that doctors are often overlooked in the treatment process. Whether you are a functional alcoholic or an extreme alcoholic and you are good at hiding your drinking, your doctor can prove to be invaluable in your recovery. In many cases your doctor can also help you maintain your sobriety if you are in recovery. The following are four reasons talking with your doctor about addiction can help you stay sober:

  1. Your Doctor Cares About Your Well-being

Your doctor has your best intentions at heart and is not just focused on one specific area of your life but rather on your life as a whole. For example, let’s say Jeff is a functional alcoholic. He tells Dr. John Smith that he has a history of drinking heavily on the weekends and any time he is stressed. Dr. Smith notices that Jeff has gained close to eight pounds since his last appointment. Dr. Smith can ask specific questions about how Jeff is doing. Dr. Smith can also look at other areas of life that could be causing stress. Figuring out why the sudden weight fluctuation exists and any other significant life changes have the potential to play a very important role in Jeff’s recovery. Dr. Smith also knows because of this open communication that some specific medications are not safe for use with alcohol and are highly addictive.

This is very important. You are very fortunate if you have had the same doctor for a number of years. In those cases, he or she has the insight and the ability to look at your history. Even if you have a new doctor, he or she still can get access to your medical history.

  1. Some Medicine Can Cloud Judgment, Which Hinders Sobriety

If you personally know of any specific medicines you should avoid to stay sober, please tell your doctor. Be sure to disclose to your doctor all medications you are taking and have taken in the last couple months as some medicine stays in your system for a few weeks. Address your concerns in a direct manner. If you feel you would like to try some alternative therapy, do not hesitate to say so. If you are feeling side effects from any medication you are taking, tell your doctor what they are. It is important to not drink alcohol while taking a prescription. If you are not sure if something is a side effect, it is better to be safe than sorry. Some common side effects include nausea, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, pain and skin reactions. You can find more information on the United States Food and Drug Administration website for specific drug side effects.

  1. Tell Your Doctor if You Are Experiencing Cravings

Be sure to let your doctor know if you are having cravings to use again. This is normal, so do not be ashamed or embarrassed in any way. He or she wants to help and will have information and suggestions you can implement. You may want to assume that your doctor will just give you more medicine, but this is not always the case. Many times your doctor may want to prescribe a new diet or workout regimen to help improve your life.

  1. Continued Open Communication Can Lead to Solutions

Open communication with your doctor is the best way to help you move forward in recovery. If you feel something is preventing you from clearly expressing your situation, tell your doctor. Be intentional, honest and open so your doctor can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. In some cases, you may suffer from depression or some other form of mental illness. There is no shame in this. You can get the treatment you need and still live a healthy, sober life. If you feel you cannot openly communicate with your doctor, take the necessary steps to find a doctor you can talk openly to. You must take the initiative to find help so you can live a healthy life. If you would like to talk to someone about your addiction or treatment, our helpline is there so you always have a caring professional counselor to talk to. This way you always have someone you can reach out to who cares about your health and well-being. Whether you are really struggling with your addiction right now or just need some helpful advice, the 24 hour, toll-free helpline is there to answer your questions and give you the information you need. Please call today.

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