Articles in Category: Intervention Questions

Helen from Chicago, Il writes:

on Thursday, 19 July 2012.

Helen, writes:
Cindy, I have been drinking at least 3 bottles of wine a day for the past 3 years. I drink alone and I am concerned that this is abnormal. What do you think?

Cindy, writes:
Helen, drinking 3 bottles of wine a day is not normal and certainly is not healthy. You should stop immediately and enter detox as soon as possible to address any withdrawal issues. I would suggest that you subsequently enter residential rehab. Lastly, you should follow-up with Alcoholics Anonymous.

Shaw from Tulsa, OK writes:

on Thursday, 19 July 2012.

Shaw, writes:
My 18 year old son, Ethan, graduated from high school 6 months ago. Since that time, he smokes Marijuana every day, does not work, and is not enrolled in school. Additionally, he sleeps all day. More recently, he has started to drink a 5th of Vodka daily. Is this normal teenage behavior?

Cindy, writes:
Shaw, this is not normal teenage behavior. In fact, Ethan is underage and should not be drinking alcohol, nor using illicit substances. Ethan has a substance abuse problem. An intervention should be staged immediately. Ethan should then undergo detox and then check into an in-patient rehab.

Addison from Lexington, KY writes:

on Thursday, 19 July 2012.

Addison, writes:
Cindy, I tend to be an anxious person and what has helped me for the past year is drinking a bottle of wine each evening to relax my mind. Apparently, my husband thinks I have an alcohol problem. Should I be concerned?

Cindy, writes:
Addison, your consumption of wine is abnormal and unhealthy; it’s a form of self-medication. Based on the amount you are drinking per day and depending on your weight, you could be damaging your liver to say the least. If you cannot stop drinking you have alcoholism and should seek treatment as soon as possible.

Abigail from Charlotte, NC writes:

on Thursday, 19 July 2012.

Abigail, writes:
Cindy, I have a slightly overweight, yet insecure teenage son who is taking my doctor prescribed Adderrall without permission, as an appetite suppressant. Is this dangerous?

Cindy, writes:
Abigail, what your son is doing is a lot like playing Russian Roulette. Many factors are taken into account before prescribing a medication, including current condition and past medical history. Your son is depriving himself of these considerations and leaving himself vulnerable to a host of problems, some of which are fatal. He should stop immediately and perhaps even enter treatment.