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  1. Fighting Alcoholism With Medications

    There is no magic pill or one-size-fits-all treatment that can banish an alcoholic's need or desire to drink. But a handful of FDA-approved medications, when used in combination with psychological and social interventions such as 12-step programs, can help a significant number of alcohol-dependent p

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  2. Drugs, Alcohol, Despair: State Rankings

    March 6, 2008 -- A new government report shows how states rank in terms of substance use and mental health. The report covers a wide swath of topics, including underage drinking, cigarette use, illicit drug use, and depression. The bottom line: "Every state and region must confront these issues," Te

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  3. Pot, Tobacco Withdrawal Equally Rough

    Jan. 30, 2008 -- Marijuana withdrawal symptoms are similar to tobacco withdrawal symptoms, new research shows. Both types of withdrawal can prompt anxiety, irritability, restlessness, sleep problems, strange dreams, and other symptoms, according to Johns Hopkins University's Ryan Vandrey, PhD, and c

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  4. How I Learned to Stop Hating My Mother

    By Gretchen Voss "What about me?" I spat at my mother as she sat frail and broken in a wheelchair, her legs too wasted to carry her emaciated body. It was Christmas of 1999, and my father, two brothers, and I were at a family-counseling session during my mother's second — though not her last — stint

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  5. Pop Songs: Drug Use Is Popular

    Nov. 7, 2007 -- The songs may change, but one theme remains the same: Popular songs often portray alcohol and drug use in a positive light. The latest study of the issue comes in an analysis of the 279 most popular songs of 2005 by Brian A. Primack, MD, and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh

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  6. Seizure Drug May Treat Alcoholism

    Oct. 9, 2007 -- The seizure and migraine medication Topamax shows promise for treating alcohol dependence, a study shows. But use of the drug for this purpose is not without controversy. Alcohol-dependent patients in the University of Virginia study who took Topamax for three and a half months avera

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  7. 1 in 33 Teens Admit Trying Meth

    Sept. 18, 2007 -- A new survey shows that one in 33 U.S. teens has tried meth, nearly a quarter say it would be easy to get meth, and some see benefits to meth use. The survey included about 2,600 students aged 12-17 at 43 public, private, and parochial junior and senior high schools nationwide. The

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  8. Teen Drug Abuse Rates Stay Steady

    Sept. 6, 2007 -- Illegal drug use among U.S. teens didn't drop for the first time since 2002, according to a government report released Thursday. The report also showed a continuing rise in the use of prescription drugs for recreational purposes, a trend that is alarming drug officials. The report,

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  9. Pop Stars More Likely to Die Young

    Sept. 4, 2007 -- "Live fast and die young" tends to be all too true for many rock stars and pop stars, according to a new British study. The study shows that, starting three years after becoming famous, rock stars and pop stars are almost twice as likely as the general public to die prematurely. Dru

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  10. Are Smoking Pot and Psychosis Linked?

    July 26, 2007 -- Smoking cannabis, or marijuana, as a youth could boost the risk of developing a psychotic illness later in life by about 40%, according to a new analysis of published studies conducted by British researchers. The more than 40% increase in risk applies to those who have ever used the

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