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    1. Alcohol and Drug Problems - 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 ...

    2. Alcohol and Drug Problems - 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 ...

    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. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Medicines

      Your doctor may prescribe medicine during detoxification to ease withdrawal symptoms or during treatment to help you move away from dependence. These medicines are mainly used for dependence on heroin or other opiates. Medicines that can help include: Buprenorphine,such as Subutex. Buprenorphine works by targeting the same places in the brain that opiates do. This relieves drug cravings ...

    5. 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 ...

    6. Drug Overdose

      Learn how to recognize a drug overdose - either intentional or accidental - and what to do about it.

    7. Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment

      Find out what to do if you suspect someone is abusing benzodiazepines, a class of drugs also known as tranquilizers.

    8. Substance Abuse

      People abuse substances such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for varied and complicated reasons, but it is clear that our society pays a significant cost. Get the latest statistics and facts here about drug and alcohol abuse in the U.S.

    9. Benzodiazepine Abuse

      Benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as tranquilizers -- familiar names are Valium and Xanax -- that are easily abused. Learn more about the effects, symptoms, and abuse of these drugs.

    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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