Substance Abuse and Addiction Features
Are You Enabling a Loved One’s Addiction?
- Is There a Future for Safe Drug Consumption Sites?
New York City’s two sites have intervened in hundreds of overdoses, but significant challenges confront other locations hoping to provide the same services.
- What Saves Lives in People Addicted to Opioids
Harm reduction is a nonjudgmental approach to protecting people with addiction. These programs give people the tools and support they need to get better. And it can save their lives.
- High on Marijuana Anonymous
Marijuana Anonymous is a 12-step program that helps chronic users nip addiction in the bud.
- Managing Pain When You Have an Addiction
How do you manage pain if you've had a problem with addiction? Learn your options and how to work with your doctor.
- Addiction: Choosing the Right Place for Treatment
There are ways to find quality treatment centers for alcohol or drug addiction. Here’s how to get started.
- Getting Sober: Finding Your Way
Getting sober isn't one-size-fits-all. People who've made the decision to quit drinking share what worked for them.
- Life After Opioids
Coping skills and rebuilding relationships after recovering from opioid addiction.
- Life After Alcohol
Drinking alcohol is becoming less of a social norm and more of a lifestyle choice. Learn how others chose to get sober, ways to handle tricky social situations, and find fulfilling new habits.
- Talking to Friends and Family About Your Drinking
It can be scary to share your alcohol use disorder with family and friends. But it's an important step in your recovery. Here’s how to approach these conversations.
- Addiction: Know Your Options for Pain Management
If you’ve battled a drug or alcohol addiction, you may be nervous about taking medications that treat pain, such as opioids. Learn more about the options you might have and how to weigh them.
- Can Exercise Be the Salvation From Substance Abuse?
In a commentary, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Scott Strode talk about substance abuse disorder during the coronavirus pandemic and the role physical activity can play in treatment.
- Can Medicine Help With Alcohol Use Disorder?
Treatment for alcohol use disorder isn't just 12-step programs. Medication can help people who want to stop drinking or drink significantly less.
- Ways to Celebrate Without Alcohol This Season
Yes, you can celebrate without a drink. How to mark an occasion without popping a cork.
- Do You Have an Addictive Personality?
Find out what an addictive personality is and whether you might have one.
- Are You a High-Functioning Alcoholic?
How can you tell whether regular drinking is actually problem drinking? High-functioning alcoholics may not seem to need help at first.
- Life After Rehab
Don't let challenges of daily life derail the hard work you did in rehab. Learn how to build a support network and make wise choices.
- Going to Rehab
When you can’t kick drugs or alcohol, special hospitals -- known as rehabilitation facilities (rehab for short) -- may be your best bet.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics
If you have a parent with alcoholism, you may struggle with feelings of sadness, shame, and low self-esteem. Here’s how to get help.
- New Black Market Designer Drugs: Why Now?
New illicit drugs with psychedelic properties seem to pop up every month. Research into legitimate uses for psychedelic drugs may help explain why many people risk their lives to take black-market drugs.
- 'Bath Salts' Drug Trend: Expert Q&A
WebMD talks about the health dangers of “bath salts” drugs and why you should avoid them.
- 20 Questions for Carrie Fisher
Writer and performer Carrie Fisher talks about her experiences with bipolar disorder and addiction -- plus what it's like to reach a happier middle age.
- Conquering Meth Addiction: Carren Clem's Story
How one young woman fought her way back from meth addiction to become a mom and help at-risk teens.
- When You Don't Drink But Your Friends Do
Tips on how to stay sober in social situations where other people are drinking.
- The Truth About Toxicology Tests
WebMD sheds light on toxicology tests: What they include, why they take so long, and why they're never perfect.
- When Too Much Shopping Becomes a Problem
Are you a compulsive shopper? Here's why you do it -- and how to stop.
- Do Celebrity Rehabs Work?
While some celebrity rehabs are just super-fancy spas, others really focus on substance abuse.
- When Technology Addiction Takes Over Your Life
Are you a tangled mess of BlackBerrys, emails, PDAs, iPhones, laptops, and cell phones? Here’s how to untangle your life and find healthy balance.
- Rehab's Role in Treating Addiction
Experts explain the treatment of drug and alcohol problems at rehab clinics -- for celebrities and for regular folks.
- Rx Drug Abuse: Common and Dangerous
Experts explain how teens and adults alike are vulnerable to prescription drug abuse for medications ranging from Oxycontin to Ritalin.
- Can Baseball Become an Addiction?
Experts explore the fine line between being a dedicated sports fan and addictive behavior.
- Meth 101
Methamphetamine use has taken off in the U.S., but what makes it such a hot commodity?
- Buyer, Be Aware
How to recognize and get help to keep compulsive shopping under control before it causes problems in your family and finances.
- Gambling Wave Sets Stage for Addiction
Glamorization of gambling may create a new generation of addicts.
- Shopping Spree, or Addiction?
What happens when shopping spirals out of control, and in some cases, becomes an addiction?
- New Prescriptions for Addiction Treatment
New prescriptions are making it easier to kick old drug addiction habits and stay clean.
- Addiction: Life in a Bottle
Whether it’s alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, addiction’s grasp can be hard to shake -- but it’s possible, and it’s worth it.
- Let It Go: Taming Soft Addictions
Downtime is America's favorite pastime, but could you really be suffering from a soft addiction?
- Internet to Sex: Defining Addiction
Addiction is used to describe everything from the Internet to shopping to sex. So how do you tell when something really becomes an addiction?
- Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
Mental health problems are frequently complicated by substance abuse, putting patients in need of special care.
- Internet Addict?
At what point does Internet surfing become so compulsive that psychologists would call it an addiction?
- Hooked Online
The Internet brings people together from all over the world. But when users become obsessed, their lives can fall apart.
- Gambling With Your Health
Greater access to gambling can increase addiction.
- When Alcohol Becomes a Problem
Alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) are probably the most common mental disorders in the United States: Nearly one person in seven suffers from an AUD at some time in his or her life.