addiction psychiatrist

Discussion in 'Substance Abuse' started by tryingtobestrong, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. Has anyone used one of these for their loved ones? If so, did it help? What kind of medications do they prescribe? My son mentioned seeing one because he knows his brain is not well. Again, I fear he will be prescribed medications that will harm him. He seems to stop taking medications once he researches their side effects.
  2. ForeverSpring

    ForeverSpring Well-Known Member

    I personally think he was just playing you. He had addiction specialists in rehab and he left. I wonder if he remembers even saying that to you.

    He needs to detox before anyone can help him. The alcohol and weed would interfer with any medication. I believe a therapist would insist on rehab.

    He knows how to get help. He is an adult and this isnt his first rodeo. I wouldnt waste time trying to find anyone for him. His recent behavior shows no desire to quit. Words are cheap to an addict.

    If he really wants help there are places he knows he can go like AA and rehab. He needs more than weekly therapy and no medications can break through HIS medications of choice. I say these things not to hurt you, but because I went through it and still remember a decade later.

    Interesting that he researches medications that help but obviously hasnt done his homework on booze and how it can kill you and what it does to the liver and brain.

    My vote is that he is an adult. You no longer can make appointments for him. He has to do it and knows how and where and who. He needs to do this himself. Or not. Like all our adults. It is really in his hands and praying always helps me. If you believe,do pray.

    Go on with your life. I had to as I had two littles. It was gut wrenching. In our case my daughter quit. But it was many long nights not sleeping for me and lots of crying and many nights I had to sit on my hands not to bring her home. Its hard for us. We are in limbo. We are heartbroken. We are scared. The day is busy but the nights are long and somehow scary and lonely.

    But we can do nothing if the adult wont and they have to do it themselves or, as with RNs son, the adult is so fed up he is willing to go to rehab or lose us. But the bottom line is, only your son can make that decision.

    Love and light and I hurt for your sad heart .And I remember the whole nightmare and ai am very sorry anyone else must live it.
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  3. RN0441

    RN0441 100% better than I was but not at 100% yet


    I have to agree with SWOT. Your son needs to stop drinking. That is the first thing that can turn his life around. There is no magical doctor with magical pills for this.

    Please take a step back. He is grasping at straws and you are getting pulled in deeply. It's hard and it hurts. Trust me, I do know and it's hard to see the forest for the trees right now.

    I have been in the throws of my son's addiction too like many of us here. I am only giving my opinion on what I have learned - the hard way.

    His brain is sick, he is right, but until he stops drinking with professional assistance his brain will not have a chance to get better and heal.

    Prayers for your strength and him seeing the light and making changes.
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  4. toughlovin

    toughlovin Well-Known Member

    It is very hard to figure out what is due to substance use and what is due to mental disorders. I think there are addiction counselors who work with psychiatrists.... although in my experience there are very few programs that are truly dual diagnosis that treat both at once. My son has recently been in such a program and it was ironic because his biggest complaint was they didnt do enough with the substance use..... although I am very happy with them. But I dont think you will find an addiction psychiatrist who can treat addiction just with medication... it is way more complicated than that.
  5. Crayola13

    Crayola13 Active Member

    People drink for a number of different reasons: Depression, anxiety, boredom, social anxiety, PTSD, grief, loneliness, etc. A psychiatrist can help a person figure out why they feel the need to self destruct. Some people do it because their bodies cannot relax naturally. Others do it just because it feels good, or because they feel forced to stay in a particular work environment.
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  6. RN0441

    RN0441 100% better than I was but not at 100% yet

    My fear with psychiatrists is that they prescribe something that is addictive and/or can be abused.

    That is what happened to my son. I am very leery.
  7. ForeverSpring

    ForeverSpring Well-Known Member

    They wont prescribe anuthing while he is drinking, especially not benzos. Benzos plus alcohol can kill you.
  8. RN0441

    RN0441 100% better than I was but not at 100% yet

    Yes that was my son's favorite combo. His doctor knew he was abusing them and drinking and still gave them to him and I was an idiot for a while. I had never dealt with a shrink before and felt they knew it all.

  9. bluebell

    bluebell Active Member

    Benzos (not prescribed) and alcohol were what my son was on a month ago when he raged. Benzos always seem to be involved with his rages. I suspect Borderline Personality Disorder. I read where benzos/Borderline (BPD) are not a good combo, as studies have shown it decreases inhibitions and increases impulsivity. I wonder how many 'experts' know this.