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    Substance Abuse and Addiction

    People abuse substances such as drugs and alcohol for varied and complicated reasons. Substance abuse may begin in childhood or the teen years. Early recognition of drug or alcohol addiction increases chances for successful treatment.

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    The overuse or abuse of alcohol (alcoholism) or other drugs is called substance abuse. It can cause or worsen many medical problems and can destroy families and lives.

    If you think you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, take a short quiz to evaluate your symptoms:

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