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Hi all. I have now began to realise I have a drink problem. Do not drink daily but three times a week. Can not go longer than two three days without. Going to docs this week but what can he do? Pitt there is no such thing as a patch. Like cigarettes. Has anyone tried counceling.? Cognitive therapy. ?

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    Hi,

    Talk to your doctor as CBT could help. Also have a look round the forum for people talking about Selincro or Nalmefene which taken before you drink helps to reduce the cravings and desire for more alcohol.

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    They will probably refer you to a drug and alcohol service. Thats the first thing my GP did. You'll see them and do an initial assessment and then they will decide what course of action needs to be done (the first thing they did for me is put me on Thyiamine and B12 tablets to try to counter the effects of drinking a little on my body). If they find you do have alcohol dependancy then it will probably be a choice of either a community detox (at home) or a hospital detox. I'm currently in my third week of treatment with my local service. The first two week was basically carry on as normal and fill in a drink diary to see what level you drink. This fortnight I've been told to reduce my intake.....I drink spirits so I've been told to replace vodka with cider or beer. And in the next fortnight I'll find out which detox has been chosen for my case. I see my counsellor every 2 weeks.

    Hope everything works out for you and keep us posted on your progress smile

    Emma xxx

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    Hi Kat, really good advice from odishon and princess death. I got referred to the local drug and alcohol service and then got prescribed naltrexone (similar to nalmafene) which has really helped me cut down.

    Good luck :-)

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    Dear Kat,

    If you have some time start researching what are the options and discuss it with your doc to select what is the best for you. 

    The chemical option exists and it works really well for some (like me) just stoping any urge to drink after a month. That was 16 month ago and I never looked back. The drug I took, baclofen, is still as the research stage and I am not sure if it prescribed in the UK, but is it in France where it has a temporary indication to treat overdrinking. A very large double blind study called BACLOVILLE is due for publishing at  the end of the year.  Preliminary  (double blind against placebo) study in Germany (BACLAD) published in Aril 2015 is extremely positive. Much better results than patches against nicotine.

    So do not start defeated, although it may take a year or two to cross the channel there may be real good news coming for people wishing to regain self-control. Also, talking to your doctor is always a very good idea.  It should relieve you of part of the guilt and stress.

    Very very best wishes.

    Any extraordinary journeys start with a single step - good luck to you.

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