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  1. Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Brain

    WebMD explains how drug use can lead to addiction, and why drug addiction is considered a disease.

  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. 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?

  4. Maintaining Hope and Health During Drug Abuse Recovery

    Staying in recovery after prescription drug abuse means coping with psychological addiction and craving. Find out what's needed to stay clean.

  5. Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy - Topic Overview

    Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is caused by long-term alcohol abuse. The heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump blood efficiently,leading to heart failure. Symptoms are the result of heart failure and include fatigue,shortness of breath,swelling,and cough. Muscular weakness may also be present because of the effect of alcohol on muscles (alcoholic myopathy). Hospitalization may be required if ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Marijuana Use and Its Effects

    WebMD examines marijuana use, including the physical and psychological effects as well as risks associated with the illegal drug commonly called "pot."

  8. 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 ...

  9. Narcotics Anonymous - Topic Overview

    Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a self-help organization patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). NA groups consist of individuals who meet regularly to help each other stop using drugs and to maintain a drug-free lifestyle. NA has replaced the word "alcohol" with "addiction" in AA's 12 steps to reflect the disease concept of addiction. Through this 12-step program,NA provides a recovery ...

  10. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Why Some Teens Abuse Alcohol and Drugs

    Personal, family, and community factors increase a teen's risk for using substances and possibly developing a substance abuse problem.Personal risk factorsThese include:Genetics. People with alcohol and drug abuse problems often have a family history of substance abuse. Studies indicate that when this genetic predisposition for abuse is combined with environmental factors, the person is more ...

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