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  1. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Cause

    It is not clear why some people develop alcohol abuse or dependence problems and others do not, although experts know that alcoholism often runs in families. People with depression or other mental health conditions also tend to be more likely to abuse alcohol.Over time, if you regularly drink too much alcohol, you might become dependent on it. ...

  2. Ecstasy (MDMA) - Topic Overview

    Ecstasy (MDMA) is both a stimulant (amphetamine-like) and mild calming (tranquilizing) substance. Ecstasy is also called Adam,XTC,hug,Go,Disco Biscuit,beans,and the love drug. Ecstasy pills often have a logo,such as cartoon characters,stamped on them. This drug is most often taken as a pill,but the powder form is sometimes snorted or,rarely,injected into a vein. Ecstasy is popular ...

  3. Benefits of Quitting Alcohol or Drugs - Topic Overview

    Treatment can help you stop using alcohol or drugs. When you free yourself from alcohol or drugs,you can focus on your relationships,work,health,and other things that are important to you. Quitting alcohol or drug use may make it easier to care for your family,keep a job,pay the rent,and buy things you need,like clothes and food. Other positive changes can happen too. You may: Have ...

  4. Alcohol Problems: Helping Someone Get Treatment

    Helping a person to stop drinking can:Reduce possible health problems and injuries caused by alcohol use.Ease family conflicts or other relationship problems.Reduce legal problems caused by alcohol abuse or dependence. What resources are available to help you get treatment for a person who has an alcohol use problem? Why do I need to help a person who denies having a problem? How can I help a ...

  5. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Topic Overview

    Alcoholism and alcohol dependence and abuse can be devastating. Alcohol abuse means having unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits, such as drinking every day or drinking too much at a time.

  6. Methadone for Drug Abuse

    Drug details for Methadone.

  7. 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 ...

  8. Seizure Medicines for Alcohol Withdrawal - Topic Overview

    Seizure medicines are normally used to treat seizures,but they are also used successfully to treat mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms during detoxification from alcohol dependence. Currently,there is good evidence that carbamazepine (for example,Tegretol),valproate (for example,Depakote),and phenytoin (for example,Dilantin) are effective in reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms ...

  9. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - What Happens

    Alcohol abuse or dependence can develop very quickly or gradually over your lifetime. In the beginning, your drinking might not appear to be any different from the way other people drink. Some people drink only occasionally but drink a lot (binge drinkers), which can lead to alcohol abuse. Over time, your drinking might become a way for you to feel normal or to cope with life's problems.People ...

  10. 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: ...

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