Apr 12, 2008
Hey...I just wanted to pass on this info. I saw an addictionologist last week. He specializes in Internal Medicine, but has added addictionologist to his specialty also.I don't think it is a board certified thing...but he did have a certificate hanging on the wall. Anyway...I told him about this forum and these are some of the things we discussed.
First off..tapering is easier on your body and mind..and if you can do it under a drs. supervision..that is best. I asked him about PAWS..and how real it is. He said it is very real, and, if when you stopped your DOC, you had any signs and/or symptoms of wds...then you can have PAWS for up to at least one yr...NO matter your DOC or the amt. you took.
WE also discussed amino acids. He said there hasn't been enough testing done to know if they really help or not...he thinks the body and brain just need to heal and that takes time. He said taking the aminos won't hurt, but there is no conclusive evidence that it really helps or speeds the process up. I told him I am taking aminos...he said thats fine, to keep taking them if i want.
He did also say drugs affect different recptors in the brain than alcohol does. I have gotten clean from both and there are similarities and differences. I don't think you get PAWS w/ alcohol.....not sure on that one.
Not here to debate this...this is just what i was told by him.
He also told me the #1 trigger for relapse in women is MEN...and the #1 trigger for relapse in men is WOMEN!!!
When I got there..they wanted me to sign a contract for suboxone....I told them "no way"...I was already 2 1/2 mos.
clean. I guess he's only taking new pts. if they are trying to get off drugs....I was just looking for a new dr. who had experience w/ addiction. Because my friend who is a dr. recommended him to me..( and also sees him herself) I think he let me stay.