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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. 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.

  5. Alcohol and Drug Problems - 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 ...

  6. 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.

  7. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Medicines

    Your doctor may prescribe medicine during detoxification to ease withdrawal symptoms or during treatment to help you move away from dependence. These medicines are mainly used for dependence on heroin or other opiates. Medicines that can help include: Buprenorphine,such as Subutex. Buprenorphine works by targeting the same places in the brain that opiates do. This relieves drug cravings ...

  8. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Symptoms

    When drug use,abuse,and dependence occur,you are more likely to have changes in your behavior than to have physical symptoms. Changes in behavior Behavior changes may include: Changes in sleeping or eating habits,less attention to dressing and grooming,or less interest in sex. Up and down moods,a mood or attitude that is getting worse,or not caring about the future. Anger toward others ...

  9. Alcohol and Drug Problems - What Increases Your Risk

    Not everyone who uses a drug develops a drug problem. Certain things make abuse and dependence more likely. These are called risk factors. Risk factors you can't change include: Genes. People with drug problems often have a family history of drug use. Studies report that genes may influence whether you use drugs and whether you move from drug use to drug abuse and dependence. 1 Gender. ...

  10. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about drug abuse and dependence What is drug abuse and dependence? What are the signs of drug abuse? What causes drug abuse and dependence? How do drugs affect pregnant women? What increases my risk? Do older adults have problems with drug abuse? What about drug abuse and the military? What happens if someone has a mental health problem and uses drugs? Being diagnosed Do I have a drug ...

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