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  1. Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse - Topic Overview

    In residential treatment,you live in an alcohol-free and drug-free setting while recovering from addiction. How long you stay varies. You may stay for a number of months or more. Residential treatment may be a good option if you have a long history of alcohol or drug use or crime,have a bad home situation,or don't have social support. Most residential treatment programs involve the 12-step ...

  2. Physical Signs of Alcohol Dependence - Topic Overview

    The physical signs of alcohol dependence can be vague in the early stages of the disease. Some early symptoms include: Blackouts,which cause you to not remember what happened when you were drinking. Blackouts are not the same as passing out. Passing out occurs when you lose consciousness. You don't pass out when you have an alcohol blackout,but you lose your memories of the event. ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Substance Abuse in Older Adults - Topic Overview

    Many people think alcohol and drug abuse happen only to teens and younger adults. But all ages can have problems with drugs and alcohol,including older adults. Older adults may use illegal drugs,use prescription or over-the-counter medicines in harmful ways,drink too much alcohol,or mix alcohol and medicines. Doing any of these can cause serious health problems and problems with money and ...

  7. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor can diagnose alcohol use problems by asking about your medical history and doing a physical exam. Your doctor might do other tests to detect the amount of alcohol in your blood and any damage to your body caused by alcohol.You might be given a mental health assessment to determine whether you have other conditions (such as depression or social anxiety disorder) that commonly occur ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Making a Plan to Help Someone Get Treatment for an Alcohol Use Problem - Topic Overview

    Use this list to help you plan how to help someone you care about get treatment for an alcohol use problem. A health professional who has special training in conducting interventions (intervention specialist) with people who have alcohol use problems can help you set up your plan. The plan should include: When you will talk with the person. Don't try when he or she is drunk. Usually,the best ...

  10. Questions About Substance Abuse Treatment Programs - Topic Overview

    When visiting a treatment center to see whether the program offered there meets your and your family member's needs,ask the following questions. About the staff Are the counselors certified chemical dependency counselors (CDC)? Counselors who are certified have special training in counseling people with substance abuse. Are any medical doctors associated with the program? If so,are they ...

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