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  1. 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.

  2. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services for a person who has consumed alcohol and is:Experiencing alcohol poisoning symptoms-such as unconsciousness, seizures, or difficulty breathing-after binge drinking.Having serious withdrawal symptoms, such as confusion and severe trembling. Severe withdrawal symptoms, such as delirium tremens (DTs), can in rare cases lead to death.Thinking or talking about suicide

  3. Substance Abuse: Staying Alcohol- or Drug-Free After Treatment - Topic Overview

    Treatment helps you quit alcohol or drugs,but your recovery doesn't end there. After you're done with treatment,it's important to focus on quitting for good. After treatment,you may choose to continue with counseling or group therapy. These meetings can help you stay committed to an alcohol- or drug-free lifestyle. It's also important to be around friends and family who support your ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Cause

    It is not clear why some people develop alcohol abuse or dependence problems and others do not, although experts know that alcoholism often runs in families. People with depression or other mental health conditions also tend to be more likely to abuse alcohol.Over time, if you regularly drink too much alcohol, you might become dependent on it. ...

  6. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - What Happens

    Alcohol abuse or dependence can develop very quickly or gradually over your lifetime. In the beginning, your drinking might not appear to be any different from the way other people drink. Some people drink only occasionally but drink a lot (binge drinkers), which can lead to alcohol abuse. Over time, your drinking might become a way for you to feel normal or to cope with life's problems.People ...

  7. Marijuana - Topic Overview

    Marijuana is a commonly abused drug. It is often called pot,grass,weed,reefer,Mary Jane,or buds. Marijuana cigarettes are commonly referred to as joints or spliffs,and the butt of a marijuana cigarette is called a roach. Marijuana can be eaten,brewed in tea,or smoked. In the United States,it is most often smoked in rolled joints,in pipes,or in hollowed-out cigars (blunts). ...

  8. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about teen substance abuse:What is teen substance abuse?What substances are teens abusing?What are club drugs?What is ecstasy?What are inhalants?What are the signs of substance abuse?What increases a teen's risk for substance abuse?How does addiction develop?How is an abuse problem diagnosed?Preventing teen substance abuse:Can teen substance abuse be prevented?Getting treatment:Is ...

  9. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Is Your Teen Using Alcohol or Drugs?

    Sometimes it's difficult to tell if your teen is using alcohol or drugs. Parents may worry that their teens are involved with drugs or alcohol if they become withdrawn or negative, although these behaviors are common for teens going through challenging times. It is important not to accuse your teen unfairly and to try to discover why your teen's behavior has changed by telling him or her that you

  10. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - Topic Overview

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a long-standing self-help organization for people who want to stop drinking or using other drugs. AA uses a 12-step program based on a spiritual connection to a higher power (such as God) to help people overcome their addictions. Although the program's success has not been validated by scientific study,it has helped many people. Meetings are available in most ...

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