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Substance Abuse and Addiction Health Center

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  1. Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment

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

  2. 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.

  3. Treatment of Barbiturate Abuse

    If you suspect someone has abused barbiturates, medical attention is needed. Find out what to expect at the emergency room.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Topic Overview

    Heroin is an illegal,highly addictive drug. It is a white or brown powder or a black,sticky substance (black tar heroin). It can be sniffed,snorted,smoked,or injected into a muscle or vein. It is often mixed (cut) with other drugs or substances,such as sugar or powdered milk. It may also be cut with poisons,such as strychnine. Other names for heroin are dope,big H,Dr. Feelgood,...

  7. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Topic Overview

    Marijuana is a commonly abused drug. It is often called pot,grass,weed,reefer,Mary Jane,or buds. Marijuana cigarettes are commonly referred to as joints or spliffs,and the butt of a marijuana cigarette is called a roach. Marijuana can be eaten,brewed in tea,or smoked. In the United States,it is most often smoked in rolled joints,in pipes,or in hollowed-out cigars (blunts). ...

  8. Signs of Drug Addiction

    Worried that you or someone you love has a drug addiction? Here are some signs to look out for.

  9. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Symptoms

    You might not realize that you have a drinking problem. You might not drink every day, or you might not drink large amounts when you do drink. You might go for days or weeks between drinking episodes. Many people say they are "social drinkers" because they do not drink every day. But even if you don't drink very often, it is still possible to be abusing alcohol and to be at risk for becoming ...

  10. 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 ...

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