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  1. Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturates, once commonly prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders, can cause death even in small doses - and their abuse is on the rise among teens. Learn more about the effects of barbiturates.

  2. Signs of Drug Addiction

    Worried that you or someone you love has a drug addiction? Here are some signs to look out for.

  3. Treating a Drug Overdose With Naloxone

    Naloxone can reverse overdoses from heroin and other painkillers. Now, some family and friends of users can use it to save lives.

  4. Heroin: What You Need to Know

    Heroin use is on the rise in the U.S. – and so are deaths from heroin overdoses. Here's what you need to know if you think a family member or friend is using it.

  5. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Medications

    Medicines can be used to help treat alcohol abuse and dependence. Some medicines reduce withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. Other medicines help you remain sober during lifelong recovery.Medication ChoicesMedicines most often used to treat withdrawal symptoms during detoxification include:Antianxiety medicines (such as diazepam), which treat withdrawal symptoms such as delirium tremens ...

  6. Teen Substance Abuse: Signs at Home - Topic Overview

    Your teen's behavior at home will most likely be affected if he or she is drinking alcohol or taking other drugs. The following are some questions to ask yourself if you suspect substance use in your teen: Has your teen recently developed a negative attitude and become less motivated toward activities such as sports or hobbies? Has he or she talked about suicide or running away? Does your teen ...

  7. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Overview

    This topic is about drug abuse and dependence in adults. For information about drug abuse in teens or children,see the topic Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse. For information about alcohol abuse in adults,see the topic Alcohol Abuse and Dependence. What is drug abuse and dependence? Drug abuse is using drugs in a way that harms you or that leads you to harm others. You can abuse illegal drugs,...

  8. CAGE Questionnaire for Alcohol Problems - Topic Overview

    The CAGE questionnaire is used to test for alcohol abuse and dependence in adults. It is not used to diagnose the disease but only to indicate whether a problem might exist. The CAGE questionnaire consists of four questions that relate to your use of alcohol: 1 Have you ever felt that you ought to C ut down on your drinking? Do you get A nnoyed by criticism of your drinking? Do you ever feel G ...

  9. Alcohol Problems: Helping Someone Get Treatment

    Helping a person to stop drinking can:Reduce possible health problems and injuries caused by alcohol use.Ease family conflicts or other relationship problems.Reduce legal problems caused by alcohol abuse or dependence. What resources are available to help you get treatment for a person who has an alcohol use problem? Why do I need to help a person who denies having a problem? How can I help a ...

  10. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Helping a person get treatment for alcohol abuse or dependence How to stop drinking alcohol ...

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