Alcoholism Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

How Long Does Peyote Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long peyote is detectable in the body depends on many variables including which can of tests are being used.

College Drinking and Drug Use Grows More Extreme
Since 1993, the number of college students who binge drink has remained about the same, but the intensity of excessive drinking has jumped sharply.

'Extreme Drinking' Dangerous for College Students
Although 40 percent of college freshmen say they binge drink, a new study has found than one in five male students go far beyond that threshold.

The Health Effects of Commonly Used Drugs
Contrary to what many believe, the abuse or nonmedical use of any drug, legal or illegal, can have long-lasting effects on your health.

How Does Alcoholics Anonymous Help Alcoholics?
Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of people since it was founded in 1935, but exactly how does A.A. help people stop drinking?

Marijuana Use Linked to Risk of Testicular Cancer
If you are a male between 20 and 35 and you are a frequent or long-time marijuana smoker, you could be increasing your risk of testicular cancer.

The Dangers of the Marijuana Maintenance Program
In order to stop drinking, some people who are dependent on alcohol will take the controversial step of substituting the use of marijuana for alcohol.

What Are the Signs of an Alcohol Problem?
If you think you or someone close to you may have a drinking problem, learn the signs and what questions to ask so that you can seek help.

The Dangers of Sedative Overdose
Accidental overdoses of sedatives -- barbiturates and benzodiazepines -- usually occur when sedatives are mixed with either alcohol or opiates.

What Does Ecstasy or MDMA Do to the Brain?
MDMA or Ecstasy affects the brain by increasing the activity of at least three neurotransmitters : serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) include fetal alcohol syndrome and other conditions in which children have some of the symptoms of FAS.

How Long Does TCP Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long TCP (Tenocyclidine) is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including the type of test used.

The Effects of LSD on the Brain (Hallucinations)
LSD affects the brains of those who use it, distorting and altering their perceptions and sensations, but science does not completely understand how.

Nutritional Effects of Alcohol
There seems to be conflicting data about the good and bad effects of alcohol in the average diet. Our article examines the facts.

Alcohol Abuse, Misuse, and Alcoholism FAQ
Here are questions most often asked about alcohol and alcoholism and the problems caused by excessive drinking, along with the answers.

What Is Alcoholism? (Alcohol Dependence Syndrome)
The term alcoholism refers to a disease known as alcohol dependence syndrome, the most severe stage of a group of drinking problems.

Basic Facts About Cirrhosis of the Liver
Cirrhosis of the liver is one of the leading causes of deaths among chronic alcoholics, according to the National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse.

When Alcoholic Liver Disease Hits Close to Home
He knew the only way to save his life was to stop drinking, but he just couldn't stop, no matter how many times he tried.

Domestic Abuse and Alcohol
These articles explore the issue of domestic violence, why it happens, what can be done about it, how you can help, and the role that alcohol can play.

Alcohol's Role in Domestic Abuse
Statistics seem to show a connection between alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence, but others question a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

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Stimulants and Amphetamines
Pictures from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency of stimulants which can be abused and possibly become addictive.

Why Do Domestic Violence Victims Recant?
Victims of domestic violence so often recant that some states have passed laws requiring mandatory arrest and prosecution of all reported incidents.

Princess Diana's Driver Henri Paul - Alcohol and Prozac
The final blood test for Henri Paul shows that he was not only drunk, he was also taking an antidepressant drug and one prescribed for alcohol abuse.

A Glossary of Drug-Related Slang Terms
In the world of illicit drugs, a separate culture and language have developed in which ordinary sounding terms can take on very different meanings.

The Cycle of Violence Repeats in the Alcoholic Family
It took only three months for the cycle of violence to go from the making-up stage through building up of tension, and finally to a violent outburst.

A Child Affected by Alcoholism in the Family
Because of the insidious nature of alcoholism, alcoholics and even those around them sometimes do not notice that their behavior has grown more extreme.

The Cycle of Violence Continues in the Alcoholic Home
The incident of domestic violence that we see in our series 'A Family in Crisis' is typical of the abuse that occurs in alcoholic homes each day.

Alcoholism and Domestic Violence
She blames herself for the violent outbursts. She lost her temper, lost control and said things that she did not mean. She knew what would happen.

The List of Victims Grows in the Alcoholic Family
When alcohol begins to take more and more control of their lives, many alcoholics find themselves making promises that they cannot keep.

An Alcoholic's Final Victim
When we last visited David and Glenda, they had just repeated the cycle of violence and were in the break-up stage, cancelling a long-planned vacation.

One Alcoholic Can Affect Many Lives
More than 30 years later some of us are still stuck back in the 60s, searching through a substance abuse fog for a dream that never came true.

A Family in Crisis: A True Story of an Alcoholic Family
It is a tragically perfect example of how one alcoholic effects so many other lives -- a story of alcoholism spiraling into a full-fledged family disease.

The Moderation Management Program
Moderation Management is a program for drinkers who want to cut back on their consumption of alcohol instead of quitting completely.

Alcohol Impacts Society on Many Levels
The cost of alcohol abuse on society is staggering, but the social and emotional impact of alcohol reaches far beyond the financial costs.

Binge Drinking Increases Risky Sexual Behavior Particularly for Women
Binge drinking is linked to risky sexual behavior for everyone, but that behavior is particularly dangerous for women, according to researchers.

10 Signs You're Dating an Alcoholic
In the early stages of alcoholism, it is not always apparent that the person has a drinking problem, but there can be some tell-tale signs.

Research Uncovers More Dangers of Heavy Alcohol Use
Research studies have emphasized the serious health effects of heavy drinking, from an increased risk for having accidents to developing liver cancer.

The Health Effects of Drinking With Other Drugs
Many alcoholics today who find their way into recovery bring with them addictions to other drugs, which may have had a deterimental effect on their health.

The Health Effects of Cocaine Abuse
Learn about the short- and long-term side effects of cocaine, which cause a wide variety of health issues from mild to severe.

How Long Do Barbiturates Stay in Your System?
Several factors are involved in determining how long barbiturates are detectable in the body, including which kind drug test is being used.

Is Marijuana Addictive?
The vast majority of pot smokers do not develop a marijuana addiction, but some smokers do develop all of the symptoms of an actual addiction after chronic marijuana use.

Children of Alcoholics Can Be Frightened of Angry People
Many alcoholics can become mean and abusive when they are drinking; consequently, their children sometimes grow up being frightened of all angry people.

How Marriage Can Help Prevent Alcoholism
If you are at high risk of developing an alcohol use disorder, there is one step you can take that might protect you—getting and staying married.

Older Drinkers More Impaired by Moderate Drinking
If you are over age 50 and you have a couple of drinks when you go out to eat, you may want to take some extra time before driving home.

How Long Does Oxycontin Stay in Your System?
It is important to know just how long oxycontin​ remains in the system in order to avoid an accidental overdose.

How Does Marijuana Affect Driving?
Using marijuana can impair your judgment, motor coordination, and slow your reaction time, and therefore significantly impair your driving skills.

Trust Issues - Children of Alcoholic Homes Have Trust Issues
When children grow up in a home with alcoholism, and the usual denial that surrounds it, they may develop serious trust issues as adults.

Children of Alcoholics and Intimate Relationships
Many children who experience early life in a home with at least one alcoholic report having difficulty forming intimate relationships.

Children of Alcoholics Can Become Terrified of Abandonment
Growing up with parental alcoholism can cause some children to become absolutely terrified of abandonment.

Approval-Seeking Behavior in Children of Alcoholics
One trait that seems to be common to many adult children of alcoholics is the need to constantly seek approval and affirmation from others.

Growing Up In An Alcoholic Home
Growing up in home with an active alcoholic can affect how a child looks at life and almost everything in it even years later.

Many Children of Alcoholics Must Guess What Normal Is
Children who grow up in alcoholic homes can be deeply affected by the experience and the effects can last well beyond their childhood years.

Children of Alcoholics Can Become Super Responsible
Many children who grew up in alcoholic homes tend to become super responsible with a tendency toward perfectionism.

Cocaine Books - Books About Cocaine and Cocaine Addiction
These books trace the history of cocaine, the effects it has had on the lives of those who abuse it and explore the most effective treatments.

How Many People Drink Alcohol in the U.S.
This information is from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual interview of approximately 67,500 people.

Rates of Illicit Drug Abuse in the U.S.
An estimated 24.6 million people in the U.S. used some kind of illicit drug in the past 30 days, according to the latest government statistics.

U.S. Has Highest Levels of Illegal Drug Use
Despite the most stringent drug policies and punitive drug laws on Earth, the U.S. also has the highest levels of illegal cocaine and marijuana use.

Heavy Drinking Increases Risk of Atrial Fibrillation
Many researchers agree that heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke.

Topiramate, There Is Finally a Pill for Alcoholism
Topiramate, an anti-seizure drug, is highly effective in helping alcohol-dependent individuals stop drinking. It's known as the

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Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcohol Dependence
Usually, alcohol abusers respond to a brief educational intervention. Alcohol-dependent folks generally require outside help such as rehab or detox.

Alcohol's Drug Properties Reinforce Its Effects
A study has found that alcohol's reinforcing properties during infancy are due to its pharmacological effects and smell and taste are not important.

Alcoholics Face Much Greater Risks of Suicide
Alcoholics who live alone, and those who have personality disorders, are up to ten times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.

Alcohol Relapse and Craving
There is evidence that approximately 90 percent of alcoholics are likely to experience at least one relapse within four years following treatment.

At What Age Do Children Generally Start Smoking Pot?
Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in the U.S. The earlier kids begin to smoke pot the more likely they are to experience problems.

Alcohol Damages Adolescent Brain Function
Heavy drinking by teens can make the brain less able to learn important life skills that can help them avoid trouble as an adult.

Commonly Abused Medications
When prescription or over-the-counter medications are abused, they can produce serious adverse health effects including addiction or dependence.

The Dangers of Drinking and Driving
One of the problems with a .08 BAC level for being legally intoxicated is driving skills are impaired long before you reach that level of consumption.

How Long Does Xanax Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long Xanax is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including which kind drug test is being used.

Personal Alcohol and Drug Recovery Stories
Visitors share their experience strength and hope with stories of their personal journey in recovery.

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Alcoholism Relapse Triggers
The consensus seems to be that very early in sobriety, news articles, TV commercials, and almost anything can be a threat to trigger a relapse.

What Are the Different Types of Alcohol Problems?
Problems with alcohol can range from occasionally drinking at harmful levels to full-blown alcoholism, or alcohol dependence.

Why Do Teens Use Marijuana?
Curiosity and the desire to fit into a social group are common reasons for teens to begin using marijuana, but not the only reasons.

How Can I Tell If My Child Has Been Using Marijuana?
There are some signs of marijuana use you might be able to see. Be aware of changes in your child's behavior, attitude, and friends.

Implant Alcohol Treatment Popular Among Professional Women
Professional women who drink secretly at home and do not wish to harm their reputations by seeking traditional alcohol treatment are turning to clinics in

New Rules for Federal Workplace Drug Testing
Mandatory guidelines allow federal agencies to use sweat, saliva and hair in federal drug testing programs that once only used urine tests.

One Christian's View of Step 2
My suggestion to newcomers is the same that I received, put your beliefs or unbelief on hold and give the whole twelve-step program a chance.

Children of Alcoholics Have Difficulty Having Fun
One of the characteristics that many children who had an alcoholic parent report is difficulty having fun. Learn more about this topic here.

Teens Getting High - Not Everyone Is Getting High
One reason teens decide to start smoking marijuana, doing drugs or drinking alcohol is because they believe that

How Long Does an Addiction Last?
Some alcoholics and addicts never do seek help, but for those who do, years can go by before they decide a change is needed.

NIAAA Funds Studies in Alcohol and Alcoholism Research
Scientists at medical centers and universities throughout the country are studying alcoholism to develop effective ways of treating alcohol problems.

Neurotransmitter Linked to Pleasure, Reward in Brain
Researchers have found the neurotransmitter orexin influences reward and pleasure pathways in the brain and may lead to new treatments for drug addiction.

Symptoms of Oxycontin Withdrawal
OxyContin withdrawal includes a wide range of symptoms that can occur after a person stops or dramatically reduces the medication following heavy use.

How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long nicotine is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including which kind drug testing is used.

Cures and Remedies for Hangovers
People who do not drink alcohol do not get hangovers. Therefore, the best cure for a hangover is to prevent it by not drinking to excess.

Simple Al-Anon Meeting Topics
Over the years, as I put the principles of the Al-Anon program to work in my life, I found that what it helped me do most was keep things simple.

How Quickly Can I Become Addicted to a Drug?
The answer is it depends. There are too many factors involved to provide an easy answer to how quickly you can become addicted to a drug.

Medical Marijuana an Easy Target for Abuse
States that passed medical marijuana laws did so to help patients with serious medical conditions, but many are finding the system is easily abused.

The Third Stage of Rehab Is Maintaining Abstinence
Once you have achieved abstinence for a period of time you try to put the tools you learned in early abstinence to work toward maintaining abstinence.

Canadian Alcohol and Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers
Here's a list of alcohol, drug treatment, and rehabilitation centers in Canada with links to their websites, from Quebec to British Columbia.

Alcohol Boosts Cigarette Smoking's Effects
Even small amounts of alcohol boost the pleasurable effects of nicotine, inducing people to smoke more cigarettes when drinking alcoholic beverages.

The Four Stages of Alcohol and Drug Rehab Recovery
If you decide to enter a professional alcohol and drug treatment program, you will begin a journey through four distinct stages of rehabilitation.

How Long Does Naltrexone Stay in Your System?
Trying to determine exactly how long naltrexone is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including what form of the medication you are taking.

Reasons to Stop Binge Drinking
Binge drinking is dangerous on many levels, therefore there are many advantages to stopping the practice. Here are 10 benefits of not doing it.

Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery
Many professional alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs include exercise as part of an overall program to help patients maintain abstinence.

Cocaine Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke
Cocaine use increases the risk of sudden heart attack and may also trigger stroke, even in users who otherwise are not at high risk.

Books about Heroin and Heroin Addiction
These books trace the history of heroin use and its effect​ on society and culture. They include personal experiences of heroin addicts.

Cause of Brain Shrinkage in Alcoholics Studied
Although it is true that chronic alcohol abuse does cause significant brain damage, much of that damage can be reversed with abstinence.

Twelve Steps (AA / Al-Anon): Step 10 - Maintenance
Step 10 may be one of the least popular of all the 12 steps because it is simply no fun to be wrong and then have to admit it, but it helps.

A Study of Tradition 11 of the 12 Traditions
When dealing with the media, the traditions suggest that members maintain anonymity, not so much for their protection, but for the good of the fellowship.

Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy Hurts Your Baby
If you think drinking during pregnancy is no big deal, look at this list of the potential birth defects fetal alcohol syndrome can cause your newborn.

Alcohol Worsens Violence in Intimate Relationships
Excessive drinking is a significant risk factor for violence in an intimate heterosexual, homosexual and sexual minority relationships. Learn more.

PCP Drug Test: How Long Does PCP Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long PCP is detectable in the body depends on many variables.

Diagnosis of Alcohol Use Disorder
Do you want a drink so badly you can't think of anything else? Find out if you meet latest criteria for an alcohol use disorder (AUD) diagnosis.

Does Marijuana Lead to the Use of Other Drugs?
Many young people who smoke marijuana never progress to using other drugs, but some do go on to abuse other harder, illegal substances.

Alcohol Effects That Last Long Into Sobriety
A new study has found that, even with prolonged sobriety, alcoholics show deficits in visuoperception and frontal executive functioning of the brain.

How Long Does Hydrocodone Stay in Your System?
Learning how to determine exactly how long hydrocodone is detectable in the body depends on many variables. Read more about how it is detected.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms - Mild to Life Threatening
When heavy or frequent drinkers suddenly decide to quit cold turkey, they will usually experience some form of physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

DSM-5 Substance Abuse Disorders Draws Controversy
Revisions in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders regarding alcohol and substance abuse have drawn criticism from some clinicians.

Basic Facts About Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is a close relative of amphetamine. Learn what it looks like, how users take it and the laundry list of healt complications it causes.

A Study of Tradition 4 of the 12 AA Traditions
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. or Al-Anon as a whole.

What Happens If You Get a DUI
There are a lot of things that happen if you are convicted of drunk driving in the United States, none of them are fun and most of them are expensive.

DUI: Pay Higher Auto Insurance
In most states, if you get a DUI will will have to have special auto insurance, known as SR-22, before you can drive legally again.

DUI: Install an Ignition Interlock Device
In several states even first-time drunk driving offenders are required to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicle.

Learn More About DUI Arrests
There are many social and legal aspects to consider if you are arrested for drunken driving and have to face the consequences.

DUI: Arrested and Booked
If you are arrested for DUI, the first thing that will happen is you will be placed into a police vehicle and taken to the nearest police station or jail.

DUI: Appear in Court
For some drivers, it is a humiliating experience to have to appear in public to answer charges of being drunk while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

DUI: Lose Your Driver's License
In all states, even for a first-time conviction, your sentence will include the loss of driving privileges for a period of time.

DUI: Pay a Fine
If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated, part of your sentence will definitely include paying a fine and court fees.

DUI: Go to Jail
In a growing number of states, jail terms have become mandatory even for first-time drunk driving offenders as laws have been stiffened across the U.S.

DUI: Complete the Terms of Probation
Even if you are not sentenced to any jail time for your DUI conviction, you will probably be given a probation sentence.

DUI: Go to Drunk Driving School
In almost all states, if you want your driving privileges returned after a drunk driving conviction, you will have to complete DUI school.

DUI: Undergo Alcohol Evaluation
As part of the court-ordered alcohol education and assessment program mentioned above, a trained counselor will evaluate your pattern of alcohol consumption.

What Is a DUI Sentence Enhancement?
The penalties for a drunk driving conviction are already stiff, but there are circumstances upon which they can become even more severe.

Can Alcoholics Learn to Drink Moderately
One of the common questions people who try to quit drinking ask is if they really have to stop forever. Can they learn how to drink in moderation?

How Long Does Restoril Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long Restoril (temazepam) is detectable in the body depends on many variables.

Naltrexone Treatment for Alcoholism and Addiction
Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid addiction. It's not a cure for addiction.

The FAST Alcohol Screening Test To Detect Drinking
Take the FAST test and learn how to score it. The FAST alcohol screening test is an effective tool, ideal for medical offices and emergency rooms.

How Long Does Ecstasy Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long ecstasy is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including how it is manufactured and testing method.

Drunk Driving Laws Vary From State to State
Laws regarding drunk driving vary from state to state, although all states in the U.S. have increased penalties for drunken driving in recent years.

Drinking Alcohol When Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding mothers receive conflicting advice, on and off the Internet, about alcohol consumption. Even the CDC passes this decision on to you.

A Study of the Last of the 12 Traditions in AA
A hallmark of 12 step recovery programs is the offer of anonymity to participants, but the principle goes much deeper than not revealing last names.

Getting Help for Drinking Problems
If you have decided, for whatever reason, that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available.

Basic Facts about Ketamine
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic used in human and veterinary medicine. It is primarily used for anesthesia, but it is abused as a club drug.

Why Is Alcoholism Called a Family Disease?
Alcoholism is a family disease because it affects the family as a whole and each member individually. Children long for both parents to get better.

DUI vs DWI - What Is the Difference?
Most states use either one of the terms or the other, but in states where both DUI and DWI charges are possible, there is a difference between the two.

Concerta Detection Timetable and Variables
Determining exactly how long concerta is detectable in the body depends on many variables.

Early Drinking Age and the Risk of Alcoholism
Young people who start drinking before age 15 are significantly more likely to develop alcohol use disorders that those who wait until after age 18.

Should You Cut Down Drinking Alcohol or Quit?
If you have been drinking at a level that is considered high-risk, you may want to consider making a change in your drinking patterns -- or quit altogether.

Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer Risk
Alcohol consumption can contribute to many different adverse health effects, but probably the most researched and documented is the risk of breast cancer.

Effectiveness of SCRAM Device Questioned
In response to the Alcoholism / Substance Abuse article 'Ankle Bracelet Measures Blood Alcohol 24/7' Douglas Stellato Kabat, LCSW submitted a response.

7 Tips for Staying Clean and Sober
It stands to reason that if you quit alcohol or drugs and you continue your same old routine, the temptation to relapse will be much stronger.

Avoiding Relapse: Deal With the Past
Chances are if you were active in your addiction long enough, you probably have baggage from your past that gives you feelings of shame and guilt.

Avoiding Relapse: Make Some Changes
Sometimes it is helpful to people new to recovery to make changes - doesn't matter what they are as long as they are changes!

Avoiding Relapse: Make Healthy Relationships
Once you get clean and sober, you may discover that some of your past relationships were not only unhealthy, they were downright toxic.

Avoiding Relapse: Get Active
Research shows that people in recovery who develop healthy lifestyles through diet and exercise are more likely to remain clean and sober.

Avoiding Relapse: Get a Job
If you were an active alcoholic or drug addict for any length of time, there is a good chance that you have found yourself with financial problems.

Avoiding Relapse: Stay Cool and Calm
If you are like many other alcoholics or addicts you may find that you have trouble managing and expressing anger appropriately.

Avoiding Relapse: Find Some Balance
One of the things that you want to make sure you do not do in recovery is substitute a new addiction or compulsion for an old one.

Learn More About Preventing Relapse
Staying clean and sober while avoiding relapse is not easy, but there are a lot of information and resources available to help you.

Effect of Marijuana on School, Sports, and Activities
There are three main areas in which smoking marijuana can affect the daily lives of children and teens: learning, sports, and judgment.

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Marijuana?
While all of the long-term effects of marijuana use are not yet known, there are studies showing serious health concerns.

How Long Does Oxycodone Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long oxycodone is detectable in the body depends on many variables.

Effects of Synthetic Marijuana or 'Legal Bud' Unknown
Synthetic marijuana is a mixture of dried leaves from traditional herbal plants that have been treated with chemicals known as synthetic cannabinoids.

Heavy Alcohol Use Damages Day-To-Day Memory Function
Learn how and why heavy drinking can damage day-to-day memory and long-term memory. Even drinking within

Using Alcohol to Stop Pain Can Be Dangerous
Drinking to stop pain can be dangerous, especially if you take almost any other medication for pain, be it prescribed or over-the-counter.

Alcohol Health Risks for Women
Women who abuse alcohol, or even occasionally drink to excess, face greater risks to their health than their male counterparts who drink even more.

What Are the Risks of Heavy Drinking?
If you drink more than the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption, you may be wondering what exactly are the risks. What is the harm?

Definition of the Slang Term 'Bender'
Some people confuse the term

African-American Drinking Patterns More Deadly
Alcohol consumption does not seem to have protective effects for African-Americans, and it may be due to different drinking patterns.

How Long Does Ativan Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long Ativan (lorazepam) is detectable in the body depends on many variables.

Definition of 'Per Se Laws'
What are 'per se

Drug Testing in the Workplace
If you plan to use alcohol and drug testing as a part of a workplace substance abuse policy, there are many legal issues that must first be addressed.

What to Tell Children About a Parent's Addiction?
Children living in homes where there is substance abuse can find life difficult, unpredictable and confusing. What do you tell those children?

Warning Signs of an Alcohol or Drug Relapse
An alcohol or drug relapse does not begin when you pick up your drug of choice, it is a process that begins building long before you actually relapse.

Assessing Alcohol Use Disorders
If you are going into any sort of alcohol or drug treatment program, one of the first things that will happen is an assessment of your drinking.

Alcohol and Injury
It stands to reason that if someone is intoxicated enough to slur speech or not be able to walk straight, they are at greater risk for an injury.

'Exercising' the Alcoholic Brain May Help Recovery
Therapies that 'exercise' the parts of the brain damaged by excessive alcohol use can improve brain regrowth and aid recovery from alcohol addiction.

A Study of Step 9 of the Twelve Steps
Making amends may seem like a bitter pill to swallow, but for those serious about recovery it can be good medicine for the spirit and soul.

FDA Approves Narcan Nasal Spray
The FDA has approved the sale of an easy-to-use nasal spray version of a drug that is used to reverse heroin and opioid painkiller overdoses.

Alcohol Tolerance May Lead to Damaging Effects
Tolerance means that after continued drinking, consumption of a constant amount of alcohol produces a lesser effect than it first produced.

Excessive Alcohol Drinking Risks and Concerns
If you regularly exceed the recommended guidelines for daily and weekly alcohol consumption your drinking pattern could be considered risky.

Enabling - Al-Anon Meeting Topic
If I do something to keep the alcoholic from facing the consequences of her actions, I am actually enabling her to continue her dysfunctional behavior.

One Day at a Time - Al-Anon Meeting Topic
I may not like what happened yesterday, but I am powerless to change it. All I have power over is today.

Powerless - Al-Anon Meeting Topic
Before I came into Al-Anon the concept of being powerless was totally foreign to me, I thought I was supposed to control everything.

A Study of Tradition 9 of the 12 Traditions
By not being highly organized, twelve-step groups keep the emphasis on true fellowship and the focus on their primary purpose, to carry the message.

Common Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics
As a result of growing up in an alcoholic home, many children of alcoholics develop similar characteristics and personality traits.

Do You Need a Drunk Driving Attorney?
You have a right to an attorney in a drunk driving case, just as you do in any court proceeding, but the question is in this day and time will hiring a DUI lawyer really help or merely end up being another in a long line of expenses.

What Ingredient Is in MDPV Fake Cocaine?
Healthcare officials and law enforcement agencies have reported increased abuse of fake cocaine, a white-powder substance marketed as bath salts.

Signs of Drinking Problems: Hiding Drinking Habits
One of the signs that you may have a drinking problem is if you hide your drinking from others or lie about how much alcohol you really drink.

Alcoholism as a Disease - Al-Anon Meeting Topic
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates that alcoholism is genetic. In other words, some people are

Twelve Steps (AA / Al-Anon): Step 11 - Making Contact
The purpose of Step 11 is to discover the plan God, as you understand Him, has for your life and find the power to carry it out.

A Study of Step 6 of the 12 Step Program
After identifying shortcomings and admitting to them by working Step 4 and 5, members must ask themselves if they are willing to give up those faults.

Study of Tradition 5 of A.A. And Al-Anon
The primary purpose of any twelve-step group is to carry its message of recovery to others and give comfort to those who are still suffering.

Tradition Six of the Twelve AA Traditions
In order to preserve the integrity of the program and maintain their primary spiritual aim, 12 step support groups do not endorse any outside causes.

A Study of Tradition 3 of the 12 Traditions
Although the qualifications for membership in 12-step groups are specifically defined, generally individual members themselves decide if they belong.

A Study of Step 4 of the 12 Steps
In the 12-step rooms they say recovery is a process, not an event. The same can be said for Step 4 - making a searching and fearless moral inventory.

Alcohol Disrupts Women's Sleep More
Drinking alcohol can cause sleep disruptions that result in fewer overall hours of sleep and research shows this is particularly true for women.

Can People Become Addicted to Marijuana? - FAQ for Teens
Not everyone who smoke marijuana become addicted to it, but research shows that some long-term users do become dependent upon the drug.

Drunk Driving Declines, Drugged Driving Rises
National transportation studies show a significant decrease in drunk drivers on the road, but a big increase in drivers under the influence of drugs.

Alcohol Awareness: Are Kids Getting the Message?
Alcohol and drug prevention messages can help counteract the negative influences adolescents receive, but only if they actually get the message.

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Photos of Ecstasy Pills
Ecstasy is an illegal drug that contains the active ingredient MDMA (3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine). Because it is produced illegally using a variety of ingredients, it comes in a wide range of shapes and colors with many different logos stamped into the pills. Here are a few examples.

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Alcoholism.

Fetal Alcohol Exposure Can Cause a Variety of Birth Defects
Drinking while you are pregnant and exposing your unborn child to alcohol can result in a wide range of birth defects and developmental problems.

Addiction Changes Brain's Reward System
Pursuing rewards is a natural, healthy activity. For addicts, the pursuit of rewards can become pathological due to changes in the brain's chemistry.

Common Slang Terms for Heroin
In the culture surrounding illegal drugs, there are thousands of slang terms, nicknames and street names for every imaginable drug, including heroin.

Common Street Names for Cocaine
Some of the street names, slang terms, and nicknames given to cocaine during the height of its popularity have become part of the American lexicon.

Step 8. Examination for Muscle Tone
Alcoholism.

Step 7. Dark Room Examinations
Alcoholism.

Step 6. Vital Signs and Second Pulse
Alcoholism.

Step 4. Eye Examination
Alcoholism.

Step 5. Divided Attention Psychophysical Tests
Alcoholism.

Step 3. Preliminary Examination and First Pulse
Alcoholism.

Step 1. Breath Alcohol Test
Alcoholism.

Step 2. Interview of the Arresting Officer
Alcoholism.

Step 12. Toxicological Examination
Alcoholism.

Step 11. Analysis and Opinions of the Evaluator
Alcoholism.

Step 9. Check for Injection Sites and Third Pulse
Alcoholism.

Step 10. Subject’s Statements and Other Observations
Alcoholism.

DRE Protocol Used to Detect Drugged Drivers
To combat the increase in drugged driving in the U.S. all 50 states now utilize drug recognition experts to evaluated suspected impaired drivers.

Occasional Drug Use - Occasional Drug Use Can Be Dangerous
One misconception connected to the increase in prescription drug abuse by teens is that using drugs is safe as long as you only do it once in a while.

Is Your Relationship Abusive? - Screening Quiz
Is your relationship like most other couples, or has it developed into one that is truly abusive? This screening quiz can help you determine whether you might be involved in an abusive relationship.

Alcohol, Drug Abuse Spells Trouble for HIV Patients
It is obvious that shooting drugs increases the risk of contracting HIV, but drinking alcohol can also contribute to the spread and progression of AIDS.

Attention and Memory Affected by Binge Drinking
If you are 25 years or younger and you drink to excess even once a week, your brain may exhibit some deficits in attention and memory.

Anxiety Sensitivity and Drinking Alcohol
People who experience anxiety in stressful situations are more likely to turn to alcohol to relieve their anxiety symptoms and develop alcohol problems.

The Second Stage of Recovery Is Early Abstinence
The toughest part of trying to recover from alcohol and drug problems comes during the early abstinence stage when a number of issues can arise.

Brief Interventions Effective for Some Drinking Problems
For people who do not have a serious drinking problem, but sometimes drink alcohol at dangerous or abusive levels, brief interventions can be effective.

Effect of a Drunk Driving Conviction on Your Insurance
If you are convicted of drunk driving, in most states your automobile insurance rates are likely going to go up significantly for at least three years.

Ecstasy (MDMA), a Mind Altering Synthetic Drug
Ecstasy, or MDMA or Molly, is an illegal synthetic, psychoactive (mind-altering) drug with hallucinogenic and amphetamine-like properties.

Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Other Disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an overall term that refers to a large range of effects that can occur if the mother drank during pregnancy.

Risk Factors for Alcoholism: Family History, Disinhibition
Everyone with a family history of alcoholism is at risk for alcohol abuse disorders, but males who also have behavioral disinhibition are at greatest risk.

Drinking Alcohol Associated with Obesity
The body mass index of individuals who drink alcohol may be related to how much, and how often, they drink, according to the NIAAA.

Some Basic Facts About Heroin
Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is processed from morphine, which comes from the seedpod of the opium Asian poppy plant.

Can You Drink Nonalcoholic Beer While on Antabuse?
A visitor recently reported that her husband started drinking nonalcoholic beer while taking Antabuse. We think he was probably doing neither.

Dealing With the Holidays When New to Recovery
The holiday season can be particularly dangerous time for all people who are in recovery, especially those in early recovery.

CDT Testing Detects Heavy Drinking
The carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) test can be used to detect heavy drinking in alcoholics like the A1C tests for glucose in diabetics.

Casual Smokers at Greater Risk of Hazardous Drinking
Casual smokers, those who are not daily smokers, are less likely to drink alcohol daily, but are significantly more likely to engage in binge drinking.

Fentanyl Pain Patch Abuse Can Be Deadly
Drug abusers misusing prescription fentanyl pain patches, which are designed to slowly release the painkiller, to get a quick high are running the risk of dying from an overdose of the drug, which is 100 times more potent than morphine.

Domestic Abuse - Why They Do It
Whether alcohol and drug abuse is a factor or not, domestic violence and abuse is a very serious problem -- for victims and abusers

FDA Issues Health Advisory for Methadone
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a health advisory concerning the prescribing of methadone for pain control.

Components of Effective Alcohol Treatment Programs
How can you tell if an alcohol and drug treatment program or facility is effective? What are the components of programs that achieve the best results?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Alcoholism and Addiction
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is mostly used to treat mental disorders, but it has also been found valuable in treating alcoholism and drug addiction.

How to Deal With Having a Relapse or Slip
If you tried to quit drinking or using drugs but had a relapse, you're not alone. Statistics indicate that up to 90% of people have at least one.

Definition of the Slang Term 'Base Head'
Definition of the drug slang term 'base head' from the Alcoholism / Substance Abuse glossary of drug street terms.

Domestic Abuse -- Help for Victims of Domestic Abuse
For those locked into an abusive relationship, getting help is not always as simple as just leaving, in fact it can be dangerous.

Alcohol Consumption Can Damage Hearing
Scientists have discovered the damage that cumulative, life-long alcohol consumption can inflict on central auditory pathways, reflected as hearing loss.

Cocaine May Play Role in User's Depression
Research suggests that chronic cocaine use may cause damage to brain cells which allow users to feel pleasure, therefore contributing to depression.

Alcoholism Intervention - The Pitfalls of Family Alcoholism Intervention
Deciding to approach the alcoholic with a confrontational intervention can produce some potentially very undesirable consequences.

Alcohol and Divorce - An Alternative
Before making the decision to take a big step like divorce from an alcoholic, try attending a few meetings of Al-Anon Family Groups in your area.

Alcohol Abuse Has Been the Cause of Many a Divorce
Is your marriage in turmoil because of alcohol abuse? Have you considered leaving your alcoholic spouse? There may be other options available.

Al-Anon: Support Group for Families of Alcoholics
Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share experience, strength, and hope to solve their common problems.

The Causes of Cirrhosis
To many people, cirrhosis of the liver is synonymous with chronic alcoholism, but in fact, alcoholism is only one of the causes.

10 Common Complications of Cirrhosis
Learn about 10 common symptoms of cirrhosis, a late stage of scarring that occurs in response to liver damage caused by alcoholism and illness.

Anti-Nicotine Drug Mecamylamine Could Help Alcoholics
Research has found that mecamylamine reduces the stimulant and euphoric effects of alcohol in humans, and also decreases their desire to drink more.

The Dangers of Non-Alcoholic Beer
Those trying to abstain from alcohol are warned against the use of non-alcoholic beer, now there may be scientific evidence to support the admonition

Addiction Relapse Similar to Other Chronic Diseases
Relapse following treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is common, predictable and preventable, according to a research report by the Caron Foundation.

Female Drinking and Brain Damage
Studies show that females face more brain damage and sooner than men who drink the same amount of alcohol for the same period of time.

Establishing a Workplace Substance Abuse Policy
Establishing a workplace substance abuse program can drastically reduce the costs to business and industry from substance abuse-related problems.

Brain Protein Linked to Alcohol Seeking Behavior
Researchers have linked a protein found in the brain to both alcohol-seeking behavior and the sensitivity to the effects of alcohol intoxication.

Alcohol-Dependence Gene Identified
Investigators have identified a gene that appears to increase the risk of alcoholism. But it is not known how GABRG3 influences alcoholism risk.

Does Drinking Increase HIV Progression?
HIV-infected patients with a history of alcohol problems, who are receiving HAART, have greater HIV progression than those who do not drink.

Beer Tax Can Reduce Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Cheap beer prices may account for increases in sexually transmitted diseases among young people, according to a report from the CDC.

Drinking Fathers Affect Children's Development
Scientists have demonstrated that alcohol abuse, depression and other problems in the father are related to children's emotional development.

Crime and Alcohol Statistics From 1998
The latest U.S. Department of Justice report on alcohol and crime contained some eye-opening facts.

Brain Tries to Compensate for Damage Caused by Alcohol Abuse
A research study has found that the alcohol-damaged brain appears to compensate for alcohol-induced damage by 'recruiting' other, unexpected brain regions.

Are You Addicted?
There are many different levels of substance abuse and all of them can be harmful, whether you are actually addicted to the drug or not.

Ecstasy Can Harm Unborn Children, Study Finds
Researchers have found that exposed to the drug Ecstasy during the first trimester in human pregnancy can cause changes in brain chemistry and behavior.

Suicide Risk Among Alcoholics Increases With Age
A study has found that middle-aged and older alcoholics are at greater risk for suicide and serious suicide attemps than young alcoholic adults.

Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Abuse
The following are answers the most frequently asked questions about drug abuse, from the the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Alcohol Impairs More Than Motor Skills
Research has found that alcohol impairs cognitive functioning even when motor functioning appears to return to normal after a bout of heavy drinking.

Alcohol Related Research and Statistics
Students and researchers have a vast library available of scientific studies and statistical data compiled by the NIAAA.

Even Casual Marijuana Use Causes Changes in the Brain
MRI images show that even casual marijuana use can cause significant changes in brain regions associated with motivation and decision making.

Diagnosis: Alcohol Use Disorder
There really is no official diagnosis of alcoholism. The condition everyone knows as alcoholism is now officially termed severe alcohol use disorder.

Alcohol Is the Most Harmful Drug
Alcohol is the world's most dangerous drug when you consider the harm it does to drinkers, their friends and families and to society in general. The harm that

Common Street Names for Depressants
Street names for depressants are based on the actual appearance of the pills, effects of the drug, and other factors.

Basic Facts About Anabolic Steroids
Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone, which promote the growth of skeletal muscle and increase lean body mass.

Anabolic Steroids May Be Addictive, Study Finds
A research study at the University of Southern California showed that animals exposed to steriods demonstrated addictive behavior toward them over time.

Definition of 'Field Sobriety Test'
'Field Sobriety Test' is actually a batter of three tests scientifically validate to indicate intoxication.

Test Effective in Early Detection of Heavy Drinkers
An advanced blood chemistry test is now available to physicians and healthcare providers which is twice as likely to detect heavy drinking in patients.

Alcohol Screening Tests Ideal for Healthcare Settings
Are you abusing alcohol? Learn about more than 10 different questionnaires, some available online, to help you determine the status of your drinking.

Being Unreasonable - Al-Anon Meeting Topic
I realize that by trying to force solutions to the problems caused by alcoholism in my family, I was basically getting in the way.

Books About Methamphetamine and Meth Addiction
These books explore the history of methamphetamine use in the United States and the devastating effects it can have on people who become addicted to it, their families and their communities.

Teen's Death Exposes Binge Drinking Dangers
If her friends had called 9-1-1, the death of 16-year-old Julia Gonzalez from alcohol poisoning might have been prevented. Learn when to call 9-1-1.

Signs Someone Is Being Abused
Out of fear or shame, many victims of domestic abuse will try to hide it or deny it, but there are some warning signs when someone is being abused.

Signs of a Functional Alcoholic
Many people think of alcoholics as disheveled, homeless winos who have lost everything, but there could be an alcoholic sitting near you at work.

Is Adult ADHD Linked to Your Addiction?
Adults with ADHD have a significantly higher risk for alcohol dependence, and genetic factors contribute very little to the connection.

What Are the Different Types of Hepatitis
There are 5 types of hepatitis - A, B, C, D, and E - each caused by a different hepatitis virus and contracted in different ways.

Secular or Non-Religious Alcohol Drug Rehab Programs
If you are not religious or spiritual, what alcohol and drug rehab and recovery programs are available to you? You have a wide variety of options.

The Health Effects of Marijuana
Although activists believe smoking pot has no negative effects, scientific research indicates that marijuana use can cause many health problems.

A Study of the Twelve Steps
Over a six-month period, visitors to the Alcoholism site participated in a study of the 12 steps by sharing their experience, strength, and hope.

Medications Used for the Treatment of Alcoholism
There are currently only three medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration for the treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.

A Study of Tradition 8 of the 12 Traditions
There is a saying in the twelve-step groups, In order to keep it, you must give it away. The key word is

A Study of Step 12 of the 12 Step Programs
For those in recovery programs, practicing the principles listed in Step 12 in all their affairs is simply how it works.

A Study of Step 8 of the 12 Steps Program
Making a list of those harmed before coming into recovery may sound simple. It's becoming willing to actually make those amends that is the hard part

A Study of Step 7 of the 12 Steps Program
The spiritual focus of Step 7 is humility, asking a higher power to do something that cannot be done by self-will or mere determination.

Tips for Parents About Middle School Drinking
Today's children are beginning to drink alcohol at a much earlier age than previous generations. What can parents do to prevent early on-set drinking?

A Study of Step 5 of the 12 Steps Program
Probably the most difficult of all the steps to face, Step 5 is also the one that provides probably the greatest opportunity for growth

The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
The Twelve Traditions contain the spiritual principles that keep twelve-step support groups focused on their primary purpose.

You Can Quit Drinking
No matter how far your alcoholism progresses, no matter how bad it gets, you can quit drinking, as Jeffrey reveals in his story of recovery.

Dealing with Addiction Denial
For the family, friends, employers and co-workers of alcoholics and addicts one of the most frustrating aspects is dealing their denial of the problem.

What Is It Like to Be Addicted to Heroin?
What is it like to be addicted to heroin? What is life like for a heroin addict?

Is There Medication That Will Reduce Alcohol Craving
Many drinkers who have become alcohol dependent then quit, experience withdrawal symptoms but also report having overwhelming cravings for alcohol.

What Are the Benefits of Alcohol Recovery?
When you quit after years of alcohol abuse, not only will your body begin to reverse the effects of excess alcohol, you will simply feel better too.

Free Alcoholism and Drug Rehab Programs
My husband lost his job and started drinking heavily and now he wants to get help to quit drinking. But we have little money and no insurance. What can we do?

Why Do Alcoholics Decide to Quit Drinking?
If you are close to an alcoholic in your life, chances are you have tried everything to get them to see that they have a problem and need to get help.

Step 1 in the Alcoholics Anonymous Program
After many years of denial, recovery can begin when with one simple admission of being powerless over alcohol, for alcoholics and their families.

In the Beginning... A.A. History
The study of the history of Alcoholics Anonymous begins way before the actual founding of the alcoholism recovery program.

Writing The Big Book - A.A. History
The writing of the Big Book took several months to accomplish. Drafts were sent back and forth to and from New York and Akron.

'Shake and Bake' Meth-Making Can Explode
A new method of manufacturing methamphetamine designed to get around laws restricting sale of the meth ingredients is spreading across the country.

The Effects of 'Bath Salts'
Little research has been done on the health effects of synthetic cathinones, known as bath salts, but officials say they pose serious health risks.

21st Birthday Drinking Is a Serious Health Hazard
A common custom among college students to drink heavily on their 21st birthday poses a serious health hazard, according to a study of 2,518 students.

Alcoholism: Is it Inherited?
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that alcoholism has a genetic component, but the actual gene that may cause it has yet to be identified.

Using Medicine Without a Prescription Is Illegal
You may have heard that, unlike underage drinking and marijuana use, using and sharing prescription drugs is legal. That would be a myth.

Antabuse Treatment for Alcoholism
Antabuse, or disulfiram as it is also known, was the first medicine approved for the treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.

Does Alcohol Thin Your Blood?
Moderate drinking may have some beneficial effects, but at the same time those very same effects could be negative in other areas of your health.

How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System?
A number of variables come into play when determining how long Tramadol remains in the body.

How Long Does Vicodin Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long vicodin is detectable in the body depends on many variables.

Definition of 'OWI'
The terms that are used to describe drunken driving basically depends upon what state you are driving in. So what exactly is a charge of OWI?

Marijuana Photo Gallery for Parents
Pictures of marijuana in all stages of development and use.

In a Hollowed-Out Candle
If your children know or suspect that you have been searching their rooms, they may resort to more elaborate or desperate measures.

Most Popular Drug Hiding Places
If you suspect that your kids are doing illegal drugs, don't hesitate to search their rooms for evidence, because you are ultimately responsible.

Inside a Computer Case
Teens don't expect their parents to be opening the case of their desktop computer, especially if it's still working and being used daily.

Under the Mattress
Think about it, how often do you look under the mattress, even when making the bed?

Inside Speakers and Audio Equipment
Any old used electronic equipment, such as old receivers and VHS and CD players can be turned into a drug stash.

In Pockets of Clothes in the Closet
Jackets that have inside pockets are particularly popular hiding places for drugs, but any pocket hanging in a closet will do.

Video Game Controllers
Those old video game controllers and consoles can be repurposed as a place to hide drugs.

Old CD Storage Cases
Old music CD cases and albums can make great hiding places for illegal drugs.

Under an Aquarium
Depending on their size and shape, underneath fish bowls or aquariums is an unlikely place anyone would search for drugs.

In Shoes in The Closet
The toe of an old shoe or boot in the closet is also a popular place for teens to hide their drugs.

Above a Drop Ceiling
If you have a basement or a storage or utility room with a drop ceiling, it can be used by your child to hide their illegal drug stash.

Does Phentermine Show Up on a Drug Test
Several factors come into play when trying to determine how long the diet pill Adipex is detectable in the body.

How Long Do Benzodiazepines Stay in Your System?
Find out how long benzodiazepines remain in the system in order to make sure you don't end up taking an accidental overdose.

How Long Does LSD Stay in Your System?
Here is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which LSD can be detected by various testing methods.

How Long Does Percocet Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long Percocet is detectable in the body with a drug test depends on many variables.

What Is It Like to Go Through Alcohol Withdrawal?
What is going through delirium tremens like? Most people who have endured them usually do not remember the experience.

What's It Like to Go Through Detoxification - Story
Kevin describes going through detoxification after experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms after he tried to quit drinking. Page 2.

Widely-Used EtG Test for Alcohol Shown Unreliable
A government advisory warns that relying on the widely-used EtG urine test for alcohol detection is

Basic Facts About PCP (Phencyclidine)
Phencyclidine (PCP) is a white crystalline powder that is easily soluble in water or alcohol. Therefore it can appear in liquid form.

The Effects of Growing Up With Alcoholic Parents
Children who grow up in homes where there is active alcoholism can get mixed messages about how to interact with others - in and out of the family.

Female Hormones Mediate Alcohol's Effects
Females are not only less sensitive to the sedating effects of alcohol, their hormonal levels can make them more vulnerable to negative consequences.

Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Most people who quit drinking alcohol experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms and can usually be treated on an out-patient basis.

How to Help a Victim of Domestic Violence
There are really no guidelines for the perfect way to help a victim of domestic violence, sometimes just being there is enough.

How Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy Causes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Advanced MRI imaging has revealed what happens in the brain of children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb to cause fetal alcohol syndrome problems.

Flakka More Dangerous Than Bath Salts
Health officials are concerned about the growing number of negative reactions to a new synthetic drug called Flakka, a souped up version of bath salts.

Definition of 'Zero Tolerance'
The definition of 'Zero Tolerance' from our drunk driving glossary.

Women at Greater Risk From Ecstasy Use
Authors of a Dutch study conclude that long-term ecstasy use - especially among women - could have very negative effects on specific cells in the brain.

Women For Sobriety
Women For Sobriety, founded in 1976 by Jean Kirkpatrick, is an organization and self-help program designed specifically for female alcoholics.

Why Is Heroin Making a Comeback?
There is no doubt that heroin use is making a comeback in the United States given the increase in the amount of seizures of the illegal drug at U.S. borders and the rapid increase in overdose deaths.

Why Is Methadone Dangerous?
Methadone is still widely used to relieve severe pain in people whose pain cannot be treated with other medications.

Why Do People Take Hallucinogens?
For centuries, hallucinogens have been used in many different cultures for a wide variety of reasons, including religious and spiritual purposes.

Why Do Young People Use Marijuana? - Pot Smoking
There are many reasons why children and young teens decide to start smoking marijuana at an early age.

Why Can't Drug Addicts Quit on Their Own?
Research shows that most drug-dependent individuals believe that can stop using on their own and they try to stop without outside help.

What Triggers a Domestic Violence Attack?
Drug and alcohol use has long been linked to domestic violence, but the exact role intoxication plays in triggering violent events is not clear.

What is Withdrawal? How Long Does It Last?
If you have been using addictive drugs and you stop suddenly or cut down drastically, you can experience a variety of symptoms known as withdrawal.

What is the Scope of Heroin Use in the United States?
The number of past-year heroin users has been on the rise since 2006 and the number of new users may have increased again after 2012.

What Is Heroin?
Heroin is a highly addictive illegal drug processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from seed pods of certain poppy plants.

What Is Marijuana? Are There Different Kinds?
Marijuana in its basic form is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the cannabis plant.

What Is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
Drinking during pregnancy can result in a birth defects known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, some of which are permanent and irreversible.

What Is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction has been characterized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as a complex and chronic brain disease that can cause compulsive drug seeking.

What Is Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is available almost everywhere.

What Is Alcohol Abuse? - Getting the Facts
Alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism in that it does not include an extremely strong craving for alcohol, loss of control, or physical dependence.

What Is a Standard Drink
When they talk about having only one or two drinks a day, what do they really mean? What constitutes one standard alcoholic drink?

The Difference Between Open and Closed 12-Step Meetings
What is the difference between an open and closed 12-step group meetings? Why do they have closed meetings? Who can attend an open meeting?

What Happens to the Family's Compassion for Alcoholics?
An alcoholic has no conception of the depth and breadth of the pain their drunken behavior inflicts upon the family members who love them.

What Happens If You Are Arrested for DUI?
If you have been arrested for drunk driving for the first time, you are probably wondering what is going to happen next and what you will have to do.

What Exactly Is Recovery?
A panel of experts convened by the Betty Ford Institute says there is much more to sustained, stable recovery than just being sober.

What Does Marijuana Do to the Brain? - FAQ for Teens
More is known about the short-term effects of marijuana on the brain that is known about the long-term effects that using the drug produces.

What Do We Mean By Alcoholism?
Alcoholism, also known as

What Can I Expect at an Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program
If you have never been to a residential treatment facility, you may have some misconceptions about what does and does not take place during rehab.

What Are the Short-Term Effects of Heroin Use?
As soon as heroin enters the brain, the user experiences a surge of pleasurable sensation known as a rush.

What Are the Costs of Drug Abuse to Society?
The estimated cost of drug abuse in the United States - including illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco - is more than $768 billion a year and growing.

What Are the Effects of Ecstasy / MDMA?
Ecstasy has become a popular drug, in part because of the positive effects that a person experiences within an hour or so after taking a single dose.

What Are the Effects of LSD?
Although most LSD trips include both pleasant and unpleasant aspects, the drug's effects are unpredictable.

What Are the Effects of PCP?
Its sedative and anesthetic effects are trance-like, and patients experience a feeling of being out of body and detached from their environment.

What Are the Effects of Ketamine?
Ketamine, also known as Special K, is much less potent than PCP with short-term effects of much shorter duration.

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Marijuana Use? - FAQ for Teens
If you smoke marijuana for a number of years, you can experience some negative consequences, contrary to popular belief among many who use the drug.