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  1. Making a Plan to Help Someone Get Treatment for an Alcohol Use Problem - Topic Overview

    Use this list to help you plan how to help someone you care about get treatment for an alcohol use problem. A health professional who has special training in conducting interventions (intervention specialist) with people who have alcohol use problems can help you set up your plan. The plan should include: When you will talk with the person. Don't try when he or she is drunk. Usually,the best ...

  2. Questions About Substance Abuse Treatment Programs - Topic Overview

    When visiting a treatment center to see whether the program offered there meets your and your family member's needs,ask the following questions. About the staff Are the counselors certified chemical dependency counselors (CDC)? Counselors who are certified have special training in counseling people with substance abuse. Are any medical doctors associated with the program? If so,are they ...

  3. Drug Abuse and Dependence - What Happens

    You may not feel that using drugs is a problem. Maybe you feel that you are a casual user because you use drugs only now and then. You may feel that you can stop using drugs at any time. But drug use quickly can become a habit,and for many people it may lead to abuse and addiction. You may begin to use drugs without thinking about how drugs can harm you and those you care about. Drug use ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - For Family and Friends

    There are different types of support programs available to help you stay sober after you recover from alcohol abuse and dependence.Treatment programs, support groups, and counselingYou can receive ongoing support through aftercare programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). You might want to discuss your need for a particular type of ongoing treatment or support program with your doctor or ...

  6. 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:

  7. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Symptoms

    When drug use,abuse,and dependence occur,you are more likely to have changes in your behavior than to have physical symptoms. Changes in behavior Behavior changes may 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 ...

  8. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Finding the Right Treatment for Your Teen

    Most teens do not make a conscious decision to quit abusing a substance before they go into treatment for substance use problems. Therefore, it is very important that treatment be based on a thorough assessment and fit the teen's level of substance use.Appropriate treatment for level of useIf your teen has started experimenting with alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants, or drugs, education about the ...

  9. Methadone for Drug Abuse

    Drug details for Methadone.

  10. 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 ...

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