I’m lucky in so far as I get to share so many patients success stories and some are really inspiring. Less so are the sad ones where regain rears its ugly head and I try to help some who struggle with this – it isn’t easy but I’m pleased to say doable. Heart-breaking however are the pleas I get from a few who have experienced addiction transfer and whose lives are blighted because of it. Just recently
I seem to have seen a surge in these cases where alcohol is the major problem – the numbers for whatever reason seem to be growing and there seems to be an emerging pattern within the community of rapid onset alcoholism.
I don’t have the medical know-how to explain why this happens, although we have covered alcohol and addiction several times on the website (see here) and I know there are several research projects looking into this as I write. Maybe they will unearth more facts and more importantly paths for treatment.
I am not the only person to have noticed this trend and on social media and other websites this is being highlighted as a subject for concern. I know there are also new communities and support groups being set up to help those for whom it has become a real problem.
One of my contacts, Steph Wagner, who also helps patients in the WLS community has recently interviewed 3 patients who have suffered such an addiction and they are happy and willing to share their experiences in the hope that it may help others … read on … it makes sobering but necessary reading … and please share to the community – it may just help someone feel that they are not alone and should seek help.
In a nutshell, it comes down to this: In a patient who has had Gastric Bypass, blood alcohol levels rise much faster after drinking, they peak at least two times as high, and it takes much longer than pre-surgical patients for the blood alcohol levels to return to zero.
- I was unwilling to go to any and every length to find and remain in sobriety
- I was unwilling to do exactly what I was told, to understand the feelings are not facts.
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