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  1. Drinking and Your Health - Topic Overview

    Alcohol can be a safe and enjoyable part of life. If you choose to drink alcohol,the key is to keep your drinking at low to moderate levels. People who drink too much are hurting their health. Heavy drinking can cause all kinds of problems,from stomach and sexual problems to stroke and liver disease. It can also lead to problems at work,school,or home,and to drunk driving and violence. ...

  2. Alcohol and Heart Disease - Topic Overview

    Low to moderate alcohol use (no more than 2 drinks a day for men,1 drink a day for women) might lower the risk of coronary artery disease. If you drink alcohol,drink in moderation. But if you do not drink alcohol,do not start drinking to try to lower your risk of heart disease. You have many other options that can lower your risk. These options include a healthy diet,exercise,and not ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Teen Substance Abuse: Choosing a Treatment Program - Topic Overview

    The program you choose for your teen needs to view substance abuse as a primary disease and not as a symptom. Your teen needs to have a comprehensive evaluation to determine the level of substance use and the presence of psychiatric or medical conditions. If you need to place your teen in a treatment program,look for one that has the following components. Education: Treatment for teen ...

  5. Substance Abuse: Staying Alcohol- or Drug-Free After Treatment - Topic Overview

    Treatment helps you quit alcohol or drugs,but your recovery doesn't end there. After you're done with treatment,it's important to focus on quitting for good. After treatment,you may choose to continue with counseling or group therapy. These meetings can help you stay committed to an alcohol- or drug-free lifestyle. It's also important to be around friends and family who support your ...

  6. Drug Abuse and Dependence - For Family and Friends

    Drug abuse and dependence can harm your family and friends. You and your family may feel you have turned against each other. You may be angry at your family and friends,and they may be angry at you. If you can,talk with your family about your drug problem and recovery. Your family and friends need to know that they did not cause your drug problem but that they can help you during recovery. ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. Drug Problems: Helping Someone Get Treatment - Topic Overview

    If you have a family member or friend with a drug problem,you probably want to help. This can be hard. You can't force a person into treatment. One thing you can do is to stop making excuses for the person. For example,if the person is late to work,refuse to make an excuse. The person has to deal with the problems that his or her drug use causes. If you feel that you'd like to talk to ...

  10. Signs of Drug Abuse - Topic Overview

    What are the signs of drug abuse and dependence?The signs of drug abuse and dependence depend on the drug and the person using the drug. Behaviours that may be signs of a drug problem 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 or treating others badly.Sneaky behavior, lying, or stealing.Poor family relationships, or relationships that are getting worse.New problems at work or school, or problems with the law.Dropping old friends and activities, finding new friends, and not wanting old friends to meet them. Having these signs doesn't always mean a person is using drugs. The behavior could be because of work or school stress, or it could be a sign of depression or another medical problem. But behavior changes like these are common in people who abuse drugs.Physical signs of drug abuse and dependence include:

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