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  1. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Treatment

    Treatment for drug abuse or dependence usually includes group therapy,one or more types of counseling,and drug education. A 12-step program is often part of treatment and continues after treatment as part of your recovery. Treatment doesn't just deal with drugs. It will help you manage problems in your daily life. It helps you take control of your life so you don't have to depend on drugs. ...

  2. Drug Abuse and Dependence - 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 ...

  3. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Topic Overview

    This topic is about drug abuse and dependence in adults. For information about drug abuse in teens or children,see the topic Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse. For information about alcohol abuse in adults,see the topic Alcohol Abuse and Dependence. What is drug abuse and dependence? Drug abuse is using drugs in a way that harms you or that leads you to harm others. You can abuse illegal drugs,...

  4. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Exams and Tests

    Drug abuse and dependence may be diagnosed during a routine doctor visit or when you see your doctor for a health or other problem linked to drug use,such as anxiety,depression,or family conflict. If your partner or a friend suspects a drug problem,he or she may urge you to see your doctor. If you think you or a loved one might have a drug problem,use this short quiz to check for drug ...

  5. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Cause

    People don't use drugs because they want to be addicted. Most of the time,drug abuse starts with casual use. How does casual drug use turn into abuse or dependence? Drug use changes your brain structure and how it works. If you continue to use the drug,you may develop strong cravings for the drug,and it may get harder to say "no" to further drug use. At the same time,you may begin to lose ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Drug Abuse and Dependence - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services right away if you or someone else: Has used or currently uses drugs and is having a hard time waking up or can't stay awake. Has abused a child or partner when using drugs. Has overdosed or has withdrawal signs. Be sure to tell the emergency workers that you or someone else is using or trying to quit using drugs. Overdose or withdrawal signs may include: ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. Substance Abuse: Dealing With Teen Substance Use

    Use of alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants, and other drugs among adolescents is a major concern for parents. Preteens and teens are starting to use harmful and illegal substances at younger ages. Teen drinking, smoking, and drug use can affect general health, physical growth, emotional development, and school performance. You can recognize and respond to substance use by: Knowing the signs of ...

  10. Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturates, once commonly prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders, can cause death even in small doses - and their abuse is on the rise among teens. Learn more about the effects of barbiturates.

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