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  1. Counseling and Addiction

    Being addicted to opioid drugs goes beyond physical dependence. Counseling helps addicts stay clean and cope with life. Which type of therapy is right for someone with an addiction?

  2. Alcohol Detox Programs

    WebMD explains the various kinds of alcohol detox and rehab programs, including what they offer and how to find the right one for you.

  3. Crystal Meth: What You Should Know

    What you need to know about the dangerous and addictive drug crystal meth.

  4. Alcohol or Drug Use During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    During pregnancy,everything you eat,drink,or take into your body affects you and your growing baby ( fetus ). Pregnant women often need to make changes to have a healthy pregnancy,such as eating better or exercising. But one of the most important things you can do when you are pregnant is to avoid alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and drugs can cause problems for you during your pregnancy and ...

  5. Self-Test for Breath Alcohol

    A breath alcohol test is an estimate of your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the test. It is measured as a percentage (millimoles per liter (mmol/L)) of alcohol in the blood.

  6. Blood Alcohol

    A blood alcohol test measures the amount of alcohol (ethanol) in your body. Alcohol is quickly absorbed into the blood and can be measured within 40 to 70 minutes after you have consumed any alcoholic drink.

  7. Drug Abuse and Dependence - What Happens

    You may not feel that using drugs is a problem. Maybe you feel that you are a casual user because you use drugs only now and then. You may feel that you can stop using drugs at any time. But drug use quickly can become a habit,and for many people it may lead to abuse and addiction. You may begin to use drugs without thinking about how drugs can harm you and those you care about. Drug use ...

  8. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Recovery

    Recovery from drug abuse or dependence means finding a way to stay drug-free while changing your attitudes and behaviors. In recovery,you work to restore relationships with your family and friends and with people at your job or school. You seek to find meaning and happiness in a healthy lifestyle that doesn't include drugs. Recovery is not a cure. It is a lifelong process. It begins in ...

  9. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Topic 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,...

  10. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Treatment

    Treatment for drug abuse or dependence usually includes group therapy,one or more types of counseling,and drug education. A 12-step program is often part of treatment and continues after treatment as part of your recovery. Treatment doesn't just deal with drugs. It will help you manage problems in your daily life. It helps you take control of your life so you don't have to depend on drugs. ...

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