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  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems - Topic Overview

    Some people have an alcohol or drug problem and a mental health problem. Doctors call this a dual diagnosis. You need to treat both problems to fully recover. Mental health problems that can happen with alcohol or drug abuse include depression,bipolar disorder,obsessive-compulsive disorder,post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),and schizophrenia. Either problem may come first. If you ...

  2. Drug Abuse and Dependence - 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. ...

  3. Al-Anon - Topic Overview

    Al-Anon is a long-standing self-help organization for family members and friends of people who have alcohol and drug use problems. Al-Anon is based on the steps and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The message of Al-Anon for family members is that: You are valuable and need to take care of yourself. You are not responsible for the person who is using alcohol or drugs. You shouldn't ...

  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. Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment for Substance Abuse - Topic Overview

    If you have a drug or alcohol problem,your doctor may suggest treatment at an inpatient or outpatient facility. At inpatient facilities,you stay overnight. At outpatient facilities,you come only during the day. How long you stay varies among programs. How are inpatient and outpatient treatment similar? Inpatient and outpatient treatment programs both usually involve the 12-step program ...

  6. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - What Increases Your Risk

    You are more at risk for developing alcohol abuse and dependence if you:2, 3Have a family history-this includes a genetic link-of alcohol abuse and were exposed to alcohol in your home as you grew up.Use alcohol at an early age. The younger you are when you first drink alcohol, the higher your risk of developing alcohol use problems later as an adult.Are male. For every woman who develops alcohol

  7. Inhalant Abuse - Topic Overview

    Inhalants are substances that produce chemical vapors that,when inhaled,result in mind-altering effects. The term inhalant is used because these substances are rarely,if ever,abused by any other means. These substances are common household,industrial,or medical products that most people do not think of as drugs because they are not meant to be used in that way. Inhalants commonly abused ...

  8. Drug Abuse and Dependence - 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. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - 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. Responding to teen substance use ...

  10. LSD - Topic Overview

    LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is the most widely used hallucinogenic drug. Hallucinogenic drugs cause a person to see vivid images,hear sounds,and feel sensations that seem real but are not. LSD is also called acid,doses,hits,Microdot,sugar cubes,tabs,and trips. It is odorless and colorless and has a slightly bitter taste. It can be obtained as a colored tablet,clear liquid,or ...

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