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    1. 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 ...

    2. 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. ...

    3. 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: ...

    4. Marijuana - 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,...

    5. Alcohol and Drug Problems - 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 ...

    6. Marijuana - 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 ...

    7. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - 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 ...

    8. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - 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 ...

    9. Alcohol and Drug Problems - For Family and Friends

      Drug abuse and dependence can harm your family and friends. You and your family may feel you have turned against each other. You may be angry at your family and friends,and they may be angry at you. If you can,talk with your family about your drug problem and recovery. Your family and friends need to know that they did not cause your drug problem but that they can help you during recovery. ...

    10. Drug Abuse and Dependence - 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 ...

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