Cirrhosis Of The Liver Final Stages

A lot of people have had to sign off from life due to end stage alcoholism. This stage takes place when the liver in the body will stop functioning completely. A lot of people die at a relatively young age due to end stage alcoholism. But people, who are completely aware of the detrimental effect which alcohol has on their health, find it difficult to give up their emotional dependency on alcohol and they find it difficult to survive without drinking everyday.

The liver is the main part of the body which suffers during end stage alcoholism. A fatty liver is created using the fat which gets accumulated inside the cells of the liver. Cirrhosis of the liver is another condition which can be noticed in most people who are alcoholics who have reached the final stages in their life. People who have chronic alcoholics for a time period which lasts for more than ten years are likely to suffer from cirrhosis of the liver. The healthy tissues of the liver will be replaced by tissues which are completely damaged and scarred. This will prevent the normal supply of the required amount of blood for the liver. This will ensure that the liver does not function in the right manner.

The symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver will not be detected in a very easy manner. As time goes, the person who is an alcoholic will start feeling tired quite often and he will also start experiencing very severe pain in the abdominal area of the body apart from a complete loss of hunger. The blood vessels of the skin will start looking like spiders. Jaundice is also another condition which will be experienced by people who are in the last stages of their life as an alcoholic. The skin and the eyes will start turning yellow since the liver does not have the capacity to absorb the right amount of bilirubin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What symptoms might a person experience in the final stages of cirrhosis of the liver?
    I’m planning a story where a character finds out he has cirrhosis, and it’s in the final stages. How long is someone typically given to live if they are in the latter stages of this disease, and what symptoms might they experience?

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with cirrhosis when 90% of my liver was already destroyed with scar tissue. I had 10% function left. The doctors still gave me a time frame of 5 years before I would reach total failure. If a person drinks or has hep C on top of the cirrhosis, the progression can be much quicker.

      Later stage symptoms would be fluid retention (ascites), jaundice (yellow skin and whites of eyes, blood clotting problems, internal bleeding if unwanted veins that form burst or leak, encephalopathy that can cause confusion, forgetfulness, memory loss, behavior changes, violence and even hallucinations if severe enough. If left untreated, it can progress to coma. Fatigue is always a problem that increases over time. It is not unusual for someone with cirrhosis that is near failure to sleep 16 hours a day. They also become increasing weak.

      If you look up cirrhosis on Wikipedia, it will give you a lot of details that you could use.

  2. QUESTION:
    what happens to the liver at the final stage of cirrhosis of the liver?
    My mother-in-law just passed away due to this disease. She was diagnosed with it 5 years ago. Although she did not drink at all, what could have been the possible reason why she got it? Some people die right away when they are diagnosed, yet others last longer. At the end her kidneys started shutting down too. They did dialysis but did not work. Everywhere she had a cut or sore, blood started coming out. This was happening as we knew she was not making it. Blood came out from her eyes, ears etc. What was happening?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of reasons people get cirrhosis which is scarring of the liver which makes it impossible for the liver to do its job. Some reasons are chronic hepatitis B C and D, autoimmune hepatitis (immune system attacks liver), inherited diseases, NASH (fatty liver that progresses to cirrhosis), primary biliary cirrhosis (immune system attacks the bile ducts), and iron overload. Then there are those people who do not have any reason for having the cirrhosis and fall into the category of cyptogenic (reason unknown).

      When the liver slows or stops production of the proteins needed for blood clotting, a person will bruise or bleed easily. This happens in cirrhosis. Cirrhosis can also lead to kidney failure.

      A person will die from cirrhosis when the disease has progressed to its final stage when total failure happens. At that point, only a liver transplant will save a person. The life span of someone with cirrhosis depends on many different things, so that’s why some live longer than others. Example: Someone who has cirrhosis from being an alcoholic that stops drinking can slow down their disease very much and maybe even stop it. Someone with cirrhosis that continues to drink will progress to the end stage of the disease much quicker and it will certainly be fatal if drinking continues.

      I’m sorry that your mother-in-law died from this terrible disease. Try to remember the good times you had with her. It must have been terrible to see her like she was at the end, so try not to focus on that. Focus on the good things.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long can Lactulose work for someone with end-stage liver cirrhosis?
    Sorry I ask so many questions about this, but I’m really confused, because one minute my Grandfather looks near death, and then he can get out of bed and wheel himself to the bathroom. There is however blood in his stool…what would happen if this happened daily? How long can lactulose work in a patient with the final stage of liver cirrhosis? A few months? A few weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      Lactulose is used to get rid of ammonia for people with cirrhosis. It will work as long as the patient takes it. The ammonia is removed through bowel movements. High ammonia levels can cause a condition called encephalopathy which causes confusion, memory loss, behavior changes, hallucinations, and even coma and death if the levels get super high with no treatment. Of course, Lactulose also can cause a lot of diarrhea since that is the side effect.

      If your grandfather has continued bleeding day after day, he could get anemic from the blood loss. Cirrhosis causes lots of problems with bleeding. Unwanted veins grow called varix that can leak and bleed. Blood doesn’t clot like it should. Any bleeding can be hard to stop. They bruise very easy. It’s all part of the disease which is especially true when a person is in the end stage of the disease. Your grandfather can take the Lactulose as long as he is alive. The doctors usually increase the dosage if the ammonia levels continue to go up.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the final stage of Cirrhosis of the Liver?
    What symptoms tell you that the final stage has arrived and there is no chance of survival?

    • ANSWER:
      When your heart stops beating and you don’t breathe.

  5. QUESTION:
    final stage of cirrhosis liver?
    can you still get a liver transplant if you are in the final stage of cirrosis of the liver

    • ANSWER:
      Most people who are in the last stage of cirrhosis receive a transplant before others because the sickest people go first in receiving the donated organs. As long as you have been evaluated and placed on the waiting list and are healthy enough to survive the surgery, the answer is yes, you can get a transplant.

      Everyone on the waiting list is given what is called a MELD (model for end stage liver disease) score which goes up to 40 which 40 is the sickest. The score is based on the results of 4 blood tests that shows how close to total liver failure you are at the time. When an organ is donated, the person with the highest meld score that is a match to the donor will be the one to receive the transplant. I have seen them transplant some very sick people. The doctors will decide whether or not they think you can survive the surgery. Those people in the final stage would most likely be at the top of the list and the closest ones to getting the donated organs. People in the earlier stages of cirrhosis usually have to wait until they are sick enough to get to the top of the list. The chances of anyone who is in the last stage that has been placed on the waiting list are very good that they will receive their transplant very soon.

  6. QUESTION:
    The final stage of liver damage from drinking is called(A)liverostomy (B)lipidosis (C)cardiosis (D)cirrhosis?

    • ANSWER:
      D. definitely.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I find a care facility for my husband?
    My husband is in final stage alcohol cirrhosis of the liver. He is malnourished, weak, and falls a lot. He really needs full time care by medical professionals but I don’t know how to get him into a hospital. Since he has to wait 6 months to be considered for a transplant, the Dr. who diagnosed him says there is nothing he can do right now.

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to look into assisted living or full help nursing homes: http://www.ahca.org/, www.longtermliving.com. Or you may want to look into Home Health Agencies: http://www.nahc.org/, http://www.medicare.gov/HHCompare/Home.asp?version=default&browser=Firefox%7C1%7CWinXP&language=English&defaultstatus=0&pagelist=Home&CookiesEnabledStatus=True

  8. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about alcoholism and liver disease. My mom’s an alcoholic and I need advice!!!?
    My mom is an alcoholic and has been for about 5 years. Her face is puffy and her abdomen is bloated. Her arms and legs are just flesh and bone. She doesn’t look healthy. She is in total denial that she has a problem. On top of that, her mother died a few years ago of cirrhosis of the liver. She is now taking care of her boyfriend who lives with her and is in the final stages of cirrhosis. Her boyfriend is dying in her home, right in front of her and she continues to drink. I honestly don’t know what her “rock bottom” is, that is, if it’s not death. She lives in another state so there’s not much I can personally do to help her. Can somebody help me? I don’t know what kind of help I’m seeking here, but if anybody has any advice on how I should confront her or if anyone knows anything about liver disease and whether or not I should be concerned about the health of her liver based on her physical appearance, it would greatly be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to seek out an Al-Anon group. It doesn’t really do any good to confront an alcoholic, all you can really do is stop being supportive of it and control the effects on your own life. The bloating you describe could simply be the result of malnutrition and protein deficiency, and there could also be liver damage as well. But to know that, your mom would have to go see a doctor, and from the sounds of it she isn’t willing to do that. Perhaps she is in denial, perhaps she’d just rather not know for sure. Perhaps she does know, and still isn’t willing to give up the alcohol. Confronting an alcoholic really never works out, all it does is give them another reason to drink, and you end up frustrated. You can offer to support her if she chooses to dry out, otherwise there just isn’t anything really you can do except save yourself. I’m sorry, it’s rotten. But in this situation, the only person you can save is yourself. You can’t make your mother do a single thing she isn’t willing to do. The first step is hers. But do find the Al-Anon group, because there you will find folks in the same spot as you, and they will have a lot more support to offer than you can get here. Good luck, I wish you well.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the final symptoms in end stage liver failure?
    My father was diagnosed with Hep-C which has caused severe cirrhosis. He is not a candidate for a transplant because of pulmonary hypertension (most likely caused by the sanding of toxic woods – he was a cabinet maker). He is on oxygen, has acites, takes lactulose and lasix/diuretics, sleeps for about 15-18 hrs a day, can hardly walk, trembles and is in pain. He was diagnosed about 1 month ago (because he was too stubborn to go to the hospital) and has rapidly been declining since. I am very sad for my mother, she feeds him all the right foods and takes care of him according to his GI/cardiologist/pulmonologist. Does anyone have experience with a loved one who has died from liver failure? Any experiences with respect to a time frame and the final symptoms before death?

    • ANSWER:
      You wrote, “Does anyone have experience with a loved one who has died from liver failure?”

      Sadly, yes, my Mom. She was diagnosed with some liver disease or other and lived for many years after that, but then, at the end, she just started failing rather quickly.

      It started with her being very weak and confused, which was followed by a swollen, distended stomach, called “ascites” and more confusion as she lost her faculties, kind of like Alzheimer’s but on fast-forward, and she finally lapsed into a coma and passed away a few weeks later, coincidentally on the exact same day that my Dad had died, only ten years earlier! We think that she must have known somehow and was waiting for that day so that she could go on the same day he did.

      I’m very sorry for your troubles, I went through it with my Mom and wouldn’t wish it on anyone, to see your loved one slipping away like that, it was just heart-wrenching.

      Good luck!… ☺

  10. QUESTION:
    How much longer does a person have to live after the doctors say there is “nothing left we can do”?
    My aunt is in the final stages of cirrhosis of the liver and is swollen almost three times her size. Her eyes are pretty much swollen shut and it seems like no matter how much blood she loses she still retains her other body fluids. The doctors told her and my family yesterday that they’ve done everything they could and she is going to die. They gave her the choice to die either in a hospice or at home. It’s a very sad situation for my family and I understand her way of living with the bottle has resulted in these problems but I wanna know for sure how much longer she has. Will it be days or weeks longer that she has to suffer?

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t put someone to sleep like a dog such as Dion suggested they do. That would be murder. I had cirrhosis and the doctor is going to be the one to know how much longer she might have. Even that would be an estimate. If she stops eating and drinking, can no longer care for herself and needs round the clock nursing care, and slips into a coma, then it would be just a matter of days. It is very sad. I had cirrhosis from an autoimmune disease and got a transplant which is the only cure for cirrhosis. I have seen alcoholics that do get transplants and do well, but maybe this was not an option for your aunt. There are extra requirements for an alcoholic to get a transplant. The first thing they require is at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even consider you. Many are too sick or refuse to quit drinking and just can’t do all that is required. I would have been dead years ago without my transplant. My heart goes out to your family and aunt. It’s not an easy way to die.

  11. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won’t stop drinking…?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don’t live with her anymore because honestly I don’t want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister’s husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter’s fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person’s hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that’s why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can’t stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don’t die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person’s short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it’s like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don’t know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn’t know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I’m done writing I’m going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn’t like that very much. They couldn’t hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn’t do anything because my mom wouldn’t admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn’t take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can’t help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don’t know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don’t find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won’t stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      You are in a difficult situation with difficult answers. You are a good researcher, I can only disagree with one small thing you said. When someone has liver disease, ammonia builds up in the blood, this is what causes the “loss of mind” you mention. But the ammonia build up is treatable with lactulose. Without the build up of ammonia, there is no development of confusion. There is Wernicke Encephalopathy that develops in people with chronic alcohol abuse. It is different than the effects of ammonia in cirrhosis. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/794583-overview

      You know a lot about the health and physiological consequences of abusing alcohol. Now you should point your research in a different direction. Look into family dynamics in alcoholism,http://family.jrank.org/pages/246/Children-Alcoholics.html http://organizedwisdom.com/Alcoholism_and_Family_Dynamics Look into co-dependency and enabling. Here is a pace to start. http://alcoholism.about.com/od/coda/Codependency_Resources.htm Look up AA (alcoholics anonymous) in your area. Look up Drug and alcohol treatment and intervention in your area. http://www.intervention.com/ You grew up with this and have a learned pattern of behavior built around reacting to your mom’s drinking and protecting her from herself. If you keep doing the same thing, she will keep doing the same thing. Change your reactions, she won’t be able to do the same thing. You have leverage. Gonna sound very harsh. She has money to drink on, she has her apartment, she cannot be taken in for pubic drunkenness BECAUSE she has a job from your brother-in-law. Could she keep a job with anyone else? Who would hire her? “Mom, if you go to treatment, when you get back your job is here waiting for you, we will pay the rent on the apartment it will be here for you. As long as you stay sober, you have a job. If you won’t go to treatment, the job is gone as of right now, you are fired for drinking at work. We won’t pay the rent, you cannot move in with us, you can get what you want out of the apartment and put it in a shopping cart, we are not helping you hurt yourself, we will help you get well.” Don’t do that without the help of a professional though….you need the treatment set up, you need to be determined, you need a professional to back you up. This is the only way I know of to get help for someone who doesn’t want it.

  12. QUESTION:
    I’m scared I have got cirrhosis?
    I’m only 25, and have been a heavy drinker for several years now. About 8 years ago I started drinking heavily, 6 pints or more each night in the pub. I was diagnosed with depression aboout 5 years ago and so didn’t drink at all when I was on anti-depressants for 9 months or so. Since I came off antidepressants I have been drinking heavily again, at one stage about 2 bottles of red wine each night, and sometimes drinking all day at weekends (up to ten cans of lager). I am now terrified I have cirrhosis, I have no symptoms other than that I am tired all the time, and more worryingly I have red palms of the hands and feet, also some minor jaundice in my eyes, but not so bad that anyones commented on it. I am seeing the doctor on Friday on an unrelated manner but wonder if I should mention it to her. I am scared of hospitals and dont want to be sent for a liver biopsy. I am quite prepared to stop drinking from today, but I am worried that the damage may now already be done and irreversible. I’m too young to die, its seems that everything that could have gone wrong in my life has gone wrong and now this looks like it could be the final nail in the coffin. I totally regret the way I have been drinking over the last few years and if I could turn the clock back I would. :’( Do I have cirrhosis or could the damage have not gone that far yet? Everywhere I’ve looked, red palms (palmar erythema) is associated with cirrhosis and not any of the preceeding conditions (fatty liver, hepatitis). Dear God help me
    Forgot to say, a couple of years ago my liver was noticabley enlarged (fatty liver?) I am now concerned because my drinking has only reduced slightly, but I can no longer feel my liver at all which makes me think its shrunk due to cirrhosis

    • ANSWER:
      If you continue to drink, I guarantee that liver failure is going to kill you and it’s not an easy way to go. I hate being so blunt, but you are playing with fire here and need to know the truth. Everytime you drink alcohol it is poison to your liver. Remember that everytime you take a drink.

      You could have cirrhosis, but from what you tell me, it would indicate the early stage of the disease. You should at least get some labwork that would determine whether or not there is a serious problem. There are 4 stages of cirrhosis. In the early stage, when the source of the problem is taken away such as alcohol, people can get better. If they ignore the warning signs and continue to drink, the disease will progress to the later stages at which time only a transplant will keep them alive. You never want to reach that stage.

      Let this be your wake up call. Tell your doctor. Get the bloodwork done and stop drinking forever. I think you can get well again if you stop drinking NOW. You are very young and have your entire life ahead of you. Don’t make it a short one. Good luck and wish you the best.

  13. QUESTION:
    Have Obama’s “death boards” of people getting to decide who lives already been created?
    Big Island resident Kimberly Reyes, who was diagnosed with Hepatitis in March 2008, had been told in July that she had less than 30 days to live. Her family claimed the Waimea resident had followed doctor’s orders, but her insurance carrier, Hawaii Medical Service Association, denied her coverage for a liver transplant she needed to survive because three toxicology tests showed trace amounts of cannabis in her system.

    According to Reyes’ attorney, Ted Herhold, with San Francisco-based Townsend and Townsend, toxicology tests from June 14, July 3 and July 14 were the sole final basis for HMSA’s final denial of coverage for the 51-year-old mother of five.

    Reyes’ mother, Noni Kuhns, and Kimberly’s husband, Robin, acknowledged HMSA’s decision was based upon a failure to comply with the insurer’s policy forbidding drug use. However, both claimed after the claim denial that neither HMSA nor her doctors notified Kimberly or the family of HMSA’s apparent policy on drug use.

    Following at least five separate telephone inquiries from West Hawaii Today made over a one-week period, HMSA public information officer Chuck Marshall replied through an e-mail that HMSA declined to comment. HMSA also declined to provide the insurance carrier’s standard policies in regard to drug use or drug use and transplant approval.

    Kimberly Reyes died July 27 at Hilo Hospital, 16 months after being diagnosed. In the months after her diagnosis, she suffered cirrhosis of the liver, chronic Hepatitis infection, end-stage kidney disease and hepatorenal syndrome, which is caused by low blood flow to the kidneys due to liver deterioration.

    “Just because someone takes a hit off of a joint doesn’t mean that it should be the end of their life — this is not a reason to deny life,” said Kuhns.

    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090809/BREAKING01/308090006/Marijuana+use+may+have+cost+Big+Island+woman+a+life-saving+liver+transplant

    Something doesn’t add up here… Oh wait, it’s a NON-government board of people getting to decide gets to live and who gets to die.

    That makes it OK, right?

    • ANSWER:
      This shows a need for tort reform, not a trillion dollar a year “health care reform”. I would be all for taking the insurance companies to task for this.

  14. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won’t stop drinking…?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don’t live with her anymore because honestly I don’t want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister’s husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter’s fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person’s hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that’s why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can’t stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don’t die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person’s short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it’s like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don’t know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn’t know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I’m done writing I’m going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn’t like that very much. They couldn’t hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn’t do anything because my mom wouldn’t admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn’t take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can’t help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don’t know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don’t find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won’t stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      i know exactly how you feel! my mom was a very big drinker all throughout my child hood, to the point i was taking care of my younger siblings. She would drink all day, half the night, then when she would wake up if she even went to sleep would wake up and drink again. My mom couldnt even keep a job. I had tried calling the cops, NOTHING! It actually took something HUGE for my mom to change. The day before easter on March 22, 2008 she stood up from the bed and fell forward. Being drunk she didnt have the reaction to catch herself. She hit head first making a whiplash motion and snapped the disc between C5 and C6 invertabrae. When the disc shattered bone marrow went into her spinal cord and damanged it. She is now a partial quadriplegic. She is able to move her neck, shoulders, and elbows. So i advise you to get help ASAP! There is actually a law that you and your sister can put her into a rehab even though she is over 18. Look into rehab centers around her place and see about them taking your mom. The SRS can help as well, just call them up and tell them your situation and how you and your sister feel as if she is endangering her own life. If you can give them enough information they will be forced to investigate and put her in a rehab facility, but only if you can prove its for her own good.

  15. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won’t stop drinking…?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don’t live with her anymore because honestly I don’t want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister’s husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter’s fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person’s hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that’s why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can’t stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don’t die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person’s short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it’s like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don’t know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn’t know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I’m done writing I’m going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn’t like that very much. They couldn’t hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn’t do anything because my mom wouldn’t admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn’t take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can’t help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don’t know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don’t find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won’t stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, my sister is in your mother’s position. There is nothing you can do about it, even if you beg and plead, and get on your knees, and cry they don’t listen. You can talk to them about the advantages of not drinking, and not spending money on drugs, but they go ahead and do it anyway, they don’t stop. They are addicted. Just learn from what they have done, and remember what your life is without the drug. This is a fucked up country, but that doesn’t mean you have to live up to it. Pot smokers do hurt themselves, by inhibiting their ambition. Do people need pot? Then why are they buying it?

  16. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won’t stop drinking…?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don’t live with her anymore because honestly I don’t want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister’s husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter’s fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person’s hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that’s why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can’t stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don’t die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person’s short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it’s like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don’t know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn’t know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I’m done writing I’m going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn’t like that very much. They couldn’t hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn’t do anything because my mom wouldn’t admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn’t take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can’t help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don’t know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don’t find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won’t stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I’m really sorry for her.

      Personally I would try to introduce her to marijuana smoking in order to get her to stop from drinking. I don’t really know what else to say because I know that people who drink a lot won’t even consider what other people say.

      You could also let her be how she wants, I know it is hard but she is another human being and she probably went through a lot as a result in drinking and as a human being she has the right to live her life how she wants (even though alcohol took over her mind). We all die at some point, she might have found her own strange happiness.

      Take care and please do not be upset about her.