Ultimately, this is a decision that you and your doctor will need to make together. Sit down with your physician and tell him or her your concerns.
Once you believe you have identified all your triggers and dealt with them, ask your doctor if he/she thinks it would be alright to go off the medication. Don't stop it yourself. I can't tell you how many times a person was sitting across from me because they stopped their medication and relapsed. Every time that happens, I would say, "Let me guess. You relapsed because..." and I was always right. The doctor may see something that you don't...an area that still needs to be addressed. Good luck!
Some of the options available include entering into a detox unit. This would allow him to be monitored closely to treat any seizures, hallucinations or other life threatening symptoms that arise during the withdrawal. From there, he should go into a rehab facility. Medications such as antabuse, campryl, and vistaril to name a few, are available to help defeat the alcohol abuse. Some of these stop cravings. Others will make him sick if he drinks alcohol while taking them. As always, the best outcomes are when a person combines counseling with medications.
Your brother needs to take a good look at his drinking pattern to see if any causes can be identified. For example, does he drink more when he is stressed? When he is angry? When he is hungry or tired? How about when he's lonely? Once he knows his triggers, the counselor will be able to target his treatment to help him overcome them.
Make sure your brother contacts his physician so he can get the help he needs.
I hope this helps!
Having said that, many cravings are caused by the brain wanting a reward. Some people find relief by taking a hot shower or bath. Others by simply drinking a glass of water. Also, exercising can relieve cravings by releasing the feel-good hormones called endorphins. Also, she needs to see if she has any triggers that make her crave sugary treats more. Does she crave them more when she is stressed? Angry? Tired? Since it is at night time, fatigue may be a trigger for her, in which case getting a bit more sleep may help.
I would also suggest you have her remove any and all sugary snacks from the house to take away the temptation. If these suggestions don't help, have her contact her physician. Good luck!
I know you're anxious and scared and want more than anything for your son to recover, but you can't let it take over your life. My heart always bleeds for the parents, but the thing is this: you wanting his recovery doesn't make a difference in the outcome. He has to want it. He has to do the work. He has to bear the consequences. You can help a bit, but if you do more of the work on his recovery than he does, he won't make it. I know this is hard to hear. I've been where you are. I would suggest you enter Al Anon, Narc Anon, or counseling to help you with all the emotions you are feeling. It helps. Trust me.
I'm so sorry this happened to you. Do they know what the cause of your headaches is? Have you had a full work-up for them? What sort of treatment have you undergone for your addiction? Detox, rehab, buprenorphine, methadone? Buprenorphine does provide relief from pain so that may be an option for you. Also, there are some powerful painkillers (such as diclofenac) that aren't addicting. Your doctor does have some weapons in his arsenal that can help you. Just sit down and talk to him or her.
The simplest way to answer this would be to explain the difference between 2 common terms used in addiction. The first term is called dependency. A dependent person is physically dependent on a drug to feel normal. Their body has adapted to the drug so now their body needs it. If they don't take the drug, they go into what is called withdrawal. On the street, most people call this addiction but it's not.
An addicted person, on the other hand, will actually continue using the drug despite negative consequences. Their spouse leaves because of drugs and they continue to use. They lose their children because of drugs and they continue to use. They go to jail because of drugs and they continue to use. They lose their job because of drugs and they continue to use. They value the drug so much that they are willing to lose everything or almost everything for it including their life.
Let me tell you about a conversation I once had with a recovering addict so you can understand what a true addiction is like:
Me: "With all these overdoses, I don't understand why my phone isn't ringing off the hook."
Recovering addict: "That's because it's good stuff."
Me: "Yeah but they could die."
Recovering addict: "We don't care. We know it's the best high we're ever going to get."
Says it all. Hope this helps!