Alcoholism Sitemap - Page 43 2013-12-06
Dealing With the Past - Maintain Abstinence from Drugs and Alcohol by Dealing With Your Past
If your drinking or drug use reached the point that you needed professional help to deal with the problem, chances are you came into recovery with a lot of negative baggage from the past.
Early Abstinence - 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 make it difficult to focus on learning to live a sober life.
Exercise and Nutrition - Maintaining Abstinence from Alcohol or Drugs With Exercise and Nutrition
Relaxation, exercise and better nutrition not only improve the physical and emotional health of people recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction, in their own way they can also help prevent relapse.
Drug-Free Lifestyle - Developing a Drug-Free Lifestyle to Maintain Abstinence
If you are trying to maintain abstinence from alcohol or drugs over a long period of time, it is important to develop a drug-free lifestyle in all aspects of your life, at home, at work and during your leisure hours.
Maintaining Abstinence - The Third Stage of Alcohol and Drug Rehab Is Maintaining Abstinence
Once you have achieved abstinence for a period of time and began living a drug- or alcohol-free lifestyle, it is time to begin to put the tools you learned in early abstinence to work toward maintaining abstinence.
Managing Anger - Maintain Abstinence by Managing Your Anger
Everyone gets angry occasionally, but alcoholics and addicts tend to have problems managing and expressing anger.
Money Management - Help Maintain Alcohol and Drug Abstinence With Money Management
Returning to work after going through a professional alcohol and drug rehab program is usually a necessity for most, but employment and managing money can be problematic for alcoholics and addicts.
Treatment Initiation - The First Stage of Recovery Is Treatment Initiation
The first stage of recovery from alcohol or drug abuse is reaching out for help and seeking some kind treatment or rehabilitation - a process known as treatment initiation.
Healthy Relationships - Developing Healthy Relationships to Maintain Abstinence
If you are trying to maintain abstinence from drugs or alcohol, it is very important that you develop positive, healthy relationships to support you during your recovery process.
Witnessing Repeated Abuse Can Affect Bystanders
Children and adult bystanders who witness repeated abuse inflicted on others may experience both a psychological and physiological stress level that, over time, can equal that of the victim.
Abused Children Stay Highly Attuned to Anger
Anger or hostility in their environment sets physically abused children on prolonged 'alert' even if a conflict has nothing to do with them, according to a study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Meth Use, HIV Infection Cause Greater Cognitive Impairment
Researches have found that methamphetamine abuse and HIV infection can cause impaired cognitive functions, such as difficulties in learning new information, solving problems, maintaining attention and quickly processing information.
HIV and Alcohol - Alcohol, Drugs Spell Trouble for HIV Patients
With 31 percent of all HIV cases among men, and 57 percent among women, attributed to injection drug use, it is obvious the shooting illegal drugs increases the risk of contracting the AIDS virus, but drinking alcohol can also contribute to the spread and progression of the disease.
Nar-Anon Family Groups
Nar-Anon is a twelve-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
Progressive Disease - Alcoholism Is a Progressive Disease
Alcoholism is often called a progressive disease. Because the change is so gradual over a long period of time, few alcoholics notice the point at which their drinking metamorphoses from occasional abuse into full-fledged dependence.
North Dakota Tops Binge Drinking Stats
Utah has the lowest rate of past month use of illicit drugs in the nation, as well as the lowest rate for binge drinking, while Alaska has the highest rate of illegal drug use and North Dakota has the highest rate of binge drinking.
Binge Drinkers Have Highest Risk of Injury
It's not chronic heavy drinkers who have the highest risk of alcohol-related injuries, it is the moderate drinkers who sometimes drink heavily who are more like to suffer injuries, especially while they are drinking.
Brief Counseling Can Reduce High-Risk Drinking
Physicians who spent only a few focused minutes counseling young patients about reducing their alcohol use successfully reduced high-risk drinking among those patients as well as the number of motor vehicle crashes, arrests for substance or liquor violations and emergency room visits.
Brief Interventions - 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 an effective way to get them to moderate their alcohol consumption and eliminate harmful drinking patterns.
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Books - Books About Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
For those who are dealing with alcoholism or drug abuse, either their own or that of someone they know, it is important to learn as much as possible in order to understand and deal with the problem.
Cognitive Functioning Falters in Early Sobriety
Clinicians treating newly recovering alcohol abuse patients should assess the patients'
Smoking Compounds Alcohol-Induced Brain Damage
Brain imaging studies have found that cigarette smoking can both exacerbate alcohol-induced damage as well as independently cause brain damage.
Lack of Histamine Can Prompt Anxiety, Alcholism
Researchers have found that decreased levels of brain histamine may also result in higher levels of anxiety which may, in turn, confer vulnerability to alcoholism.
Alcohol Effects 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.
Youth Drinking Affects Brain Size
An examination of adolescents and young adults with alcohol-use disorders has found that a smaller prefrontal cortex is associated with early-onset drinking.
Brain Cells Rebound With Alcohol Abstinence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have reported - for the first time - a burst in new brain cell development during abstinence from chronic alcohol consumption.
Cause of Brain Shrinkage in Alcoholics Studied
Scientists are studying the many mechanisms underlying alcohol's damage to the brain, with the ultimate goal of identifying how to prevent and reverse these effects.
College Drinking Interventions Show Promise
Promoting harm reduction rather than abstinence, and providing an opportunity to discuss alcohol-related information in a non-judgmental format, can help reduce alcohol use.
'A Matter of Degree' College Interventions Successful
College students at universities participating in the American Medical Association program, A Matter of Degree, are less likely to miss class, be assaulted by a drunk student or hurt themselves after drinking.
Alcohol Laws Can Reduce College Binge Drinking
Binge drinking on college campuses is significantly lower in states where fewer adults are binge drinkers and where laws discourage excessive consumption, researchers say.
New Questionnaire Assesses College Alcohol Problems
Alcohol Magnifies the Rewarding Effects of Smoking
Research has found that alcohol can cause a dose-dependent increase in smoking urge, even among light smokers.
Colon Cancer Develops Earlier in Drinkers, Smokers
Colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, seems to develop years earlier in people who drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and are males, according to research conducted at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.
Study Provides Clues to Alcohol's Cancer Connection
For the first time scientists have demonstrated a model that may explain how alcohol stimulates tumor growth.
Finding May Explain Alcohol-Cancer Link
Polyamines – natural compounds essential for cell growth – react with acetaldehyde, which is produced when alcohol is metabolized in the body, to trigger a series of reactions that damage DNA, an event that can lead to the formation of cancer.
Children of Alcoholics at Risk for Drug Abuse
Research has long since established that children of alcoholics are at a greater risk for developing drinking problems themselves, but now new research has found a correlation between parental alcoholism and illicit drug abuse in youth and young adults.
What to Tell Children - What to Tell Children About a Parent's Addiction
Children living in homes where there is parental substance abuse can find life difficult, unpredictable and confusing. Sometimes they even believe the alcohol or drug abuse is their fault. What do you tell children when one or both of their parents are alcoholics or addicts?
Cirrhosis - Coffee Lowers Risk of Cirrhosis?
Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of developing alcohol-related liver disease, but authors of a new study warn that the best way to reduce the risk of cirrhosis is to stop drinking alcohol.
Prenatal Cocaine Exposure Affects Heart Development
Reasearchers have found that prenatal exposure to cocaine can have an effect on the development of the heart and lasting, lifelong adverse effects, especially for males.
Prenatal Cocaine Exposure Affects Boys More Than Girls
Boys exposed to persistent levels of cocaine in the womb are more likely to have behavioral problems like hyperactivity in their early school years, but girls exposed to similiar amounts were not likely to suffer from the same problems, research suggests.
Cocaine Addiction Changes Brain Region
A team led by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital has used advanced imaging techniques to identify an unexpected structural difference in the brains of cocaine addicts.
Cocaine - Cocaine Affects Women's Brain Differently
An Emory University School of Medicine study indicates that cocaine-dependent women experience reactions in the brain that are different from men, suggesting that gender-specific treatment strategies may be helpful.
Cocaine Abuse - Cocaine Abuse Affects Decision Making
Chronic cocaine abuse is directly related to dysfunction in areas of the brain involved in higher thought and decision-making. Researchers say the resulting cognitive deficits may help explain why cocaine abusers persist in using the drug or return to it after a period of abstinence.
Drug Abuse Intervention - Brief Intervention Can Reduce Drug Abuse
A brief, one-time meeting with a peer addiction counselor during a routine visit to the doctor combined with a follow-up telephone call a few days later has been shown to help some cocaine and heroin abusers to reduce their drug use.
Type of Care Can Help 'Crack Babies'
Children in non-parental care, especially those in the care of people who were not relatives, have better environments than those cared for by their parents and perform better in several developmental areas.
Basic Facts about Cocaine
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug of abuse. Once having tried cocaine, a user cannot predict or control the extent to which he or she will continue to use the drug.
Antioxidant NAC May Reduce Cocaine Cravings
A common over-the-counter herbal supplement used mostly as an antioxident has been shown to reduce cravings associated with chronic cocaine use in research conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina.
21st Birthday - Dangerous Drinking on Your 21st Birthday
A prevalent custom among college students to drink heavily on their 21st birthday poses a serious health hazard, according to a study of 2,518 current and former college students.
Energy Drinks Do Not Help Maintain Alcohol's Buzz
A study has found that an energy drink called Red Bull, when consumed jointly with alcohol, does not improve a person's physical performance.
Study Shows College Students Overestimate Drinking
A study of actual blood alcohol concentrations in college students showed that most students tend to overestimate the amount they drink, rather than underestimate their levels of drinking, which is good news for those conducting college drinking surveys.
College Drinking - 'Extreme Drinking' Dangerous for College Students
Although 40 percent of college freshmen say they binge drink -- five or more drinks on one occasion -- a new study has found than up to 20 percent of male students go far beyond the binge-drinking threshold, consuming more than 10 or 15 drinks per drinking session.
College Drinking - Safety Tips for College Drinkers
Researchers have found that college students who drink alcohol may get themselves into trouble not necessarily because of how much they drink, but more because of their risk-taking attitudes while they are drinking, which can be modified to reduce harmful consequences.
College Drinking More Harmful Than Estimates
The harm caused by alcohol consumption among college students may exceed previous estimates of the problem, according to a new look at the available data using new methodology.
Parents Need to Discuss College Drinking Dangers
As the fall semester begins, parents can use this important time to help prepare their college-age sons and daughters by talking with them about the consequences of excessive drinking.
College Men Drink Even More Than Thought
Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in a row, but male college students drink far more than that -- as many as 24 drinks in a row -- according to a new research study.
College Students Drink More Than They Think
College students tend to overestimate volumes, over-pour drinks, and under-report levels of consumption.
Drinking Weekly Risky for College Students
College students who get drunk at least once a week are significantly more likely to be hurt or injured than other student drinkers, and are 75 percent more likely to be sexually victimized.
Substance Abuse Higher in Fraternities and Sororities
A University of Michigan study that tracked high school seniors after they entered college found that members of fraternities and sororities engaged in significantly higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse than their college peers.
Extreme College Drinking - College Drinking and Drug Use Grows More Extreme
Since 1993, the number of college students who drink and binge drink has remained about the same, but the intensity of excessive drinking and rates of drug abuse have jumped sharply, according to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
Acomplia: Diet Pill Fights Addiction, Too
A new anti-obesity pill that has been shown to not only help lose weight and quit smoking could also be effective in helping people stop drug and alcohol addiction, scientists claim.
Scientists Find New Form of Dopamine Transmission
Scientists find that the neurotransmitter dopamine is released from midbrain nerve cells in a much more precise, targeted manner than previously thought.
Topiramate Tested for Treating Alcoholism
Results of proof-of-concept clinical trials indicate that topiramate can reduce consumption and craving in alcohol-dependent patients who are not yet abstinent.
Brain Mechanism Effects Food, Alcohol Intake
There may be a close link between the brain mechanisms that control the motivation to drink alcohol and those that control the intake of food.
Neuronal Growth Factors Linked to Alcohol's Effects
The same neuronal growth factors responsible for the development of nerve cells and keeping them alive also play a role in the regulation of the behavioral effects of alcohol, according to Research Society on Alcoholism scientists.
GVG Tested for Treatment of Meth, Cocaine Abuse
A second, small-scale clinical trial of a proposed addiction treatment has produced favorable results in the treatment of long-term addiction to methamphetamine and/or cocaine, with no visual side effects in any of the 30 patients enrolled.
Alcoholism Drugs 'Not Miracle Cures'
The Caron Foundation's medical director warns that newly approved medications for the treatment of alcoholism are not a miracle cure and should only be used in conjunction with a complete recovery program.
Combo Drug Therapies Reduce Cocaine Use in Tests
Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University are the first to demonstrate a combination of drug therapies targeting the region of the brain that controls drug abuse and addiction significantly reduces cocaine use in nonhuman primates.
Buprenorphine - Buprenorphine Effective in Treating Teen Heroin Addiction
A study at the Unversity of Vermont comparing two drugs used to treat teen addicted to heroin and other opioids found that buprenorphine was more effective, especially in keeping teens in treatment.
Study Defines Most Effective Alcoholism Treatments
A three-year study of 1,383 of alcohol dependent patients in treatment has shown that the medication naltrexone and up to 20 sessions of alcohol counseling by a behavioral specialist are equally effective treatments for alcohol dependence when combined with structured outpatient medical management.
Anandamide Compound Targets Brain's 'Bliss' System
In the not-too-distant future, people struggling with drug addiction may benefit from new drugs based on a synthetic chemical that targets the brain's
Neurotransmitter Linked to Pleasure, Reward in Brain
Researchers have found that a newly identified neurotransmitter orexin influences reward and pleasure pathways in the brain -- possibly influencing reward seeking, drug relapse and addiction -- which could lead to finding new treatment for drug addiction.
Shame, Not Guilt, Related to Substance-Abuse Problems
Researchers have established the importance of distinguishing between feelings of shame and guilt when providing treatment for substance abuse and in developing substance-abuse prevention programs.
Benztropine May Help Treat Cocaine Abuse
A substance similar to a drug used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease blocks the stimulating effects of cocaine and could potentially be used to develop drug therapy for cocaine abuse.
Chemical Blocks Memory-Related Drug Cravings
A new chemical treatment that can block memory-related drug cravings in animals shows potential for new therapies to help with drug-addiction recovery efforts, neurobiologists have found.
Insulin Linked to Alcohol Susceptibility
Researchers showed that when the normal function of insulin-like molecules in the brain of fruit flies is reduced, the intoxicating effect of alcohol increases.
Controversial Drug Cuts Alcohol Consumption
The new research findings about the drug Ibogaine open the way for development of other drugs to reverse addiction without it's side effects, potentially adding to the small arsenal of drugs that effectively combat addiction.
Study: The Brain Learns to Become Addicted
Scientists have identified a molecule that appears to trigger the brain to learn a craving for cocaine to the extent that addiction is a result of a
Cocaine, Meth 'Highs' Differ in Onset, Duration
Measuring how addicts respond to cocaine and methamphetamine, researchers have found distinct differences in onset, pattern and duration of the high produced by the drugs, which could impact the development of different medication treatments for addiction to the drugs.
New Process Tests Addiction Theories
By bringing addiction theory into a computational realm, researchers will be able to ask and answer key questions to gain valuable insight into addictive behavior.
Modafinil May Help Cocaine Dependence
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine investigators have identified Modafinil – a wake-promoting agent approved for the treatment of narcolepsy – as a possible medicinal treatment for cocaine dependence.
Brain Pathway May Be Key to Addiction Recovery
An international research team has found a signaling pathway in the brain key to the addiction process and a way to block its action that could result in the development of a single treatment strategey for most substance addictions.
Gene Study May Unlock Cause of Alcoholism
Researchers have identified several genetic changes in the brains of mice caused by ethanol, which may help researchers better understand how and why people become addicted to alcohol.
New Finding Could Help Recovering Alcoholics
New research about how alcohol affects sleep could lead to medications to address a common reason some alcoholics go back to drinking – disturbed sleep when they try to stop.
Club Drug-Related ER Visits Decrease
Emergency room visits related to club drugs – GHB, Ketamine, LSD and Ecstasy – remained stable or headed downward in 2002, according to a new report for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Most Sexual Assaults Are Drug Facilitated
Although less than five percent of sexual assault victims are immobilized by date-rape drugs, drugs play a role in 62 percent of the estimated 100,000 reported assaults committed in the United States each year, due to the voluntary drug use by the vicitms.
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, according to a study of people in treatment for alcohol use disorders in Germany.
Psychiatric Services Improve Teen Treatment Outcomes
Adolescents with substance abuse disorders, who receive needed psychiatric services, are more likely to be abstinent from both alcohol and drugs than those not receiving these services, because most also have mental health problems.
Gamblers, Substance Abusers Share Personality Profiles
People with gambling problems have personality profiles similar to profiles of individuals with alcohol, marijuana and nicotine-associated disorders. Young adults with a problem gambling diagnosis were more likely to have high scores for negative emotionality and for impulsive and risk-taking behavior.
Groups at Risk of Depression, Alcoholism Identified
Analysis of data from the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions has identified groups at a greater risk for major depressive disorder and alcohol use disorders.
Adult Antisocial Syndromes Common Among Substance Abusers
Drug users are more likely to have little concern for the rights of others and ignore age-appropriate societal rules than people who do not have substance abuse disorders, according to a study of 43,000 adults.
Many with Co-Occurring Disorders Unaware They Need Treatment
People with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance abuse often do not recognize that they need treatment, a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates.
Binge Drinking Impairs Mood, Congnitive Performance
There is evidence that repeated, abrupt increases of alcohol levels in the brain, followed by abstinence, induces more damage in the brain than the same amount of alcohol taken uninterrupted in the same length of time.
Short-Term Drinking Has Long-Term Effects
Research with rodents indicates that continuous drinking for as little as eight weeks can produce deficits in learning and memory that last up to 12 weeks after drinking stopped.
Korsakoff Syndrome - New Hope for Alcoholics With Korsakoff Syndrome
Researchers have found that individuals with Korsakoff Syndrome, a brain disorder usually associated with long-term heavy drinking and thiamine deficiency, retain the ability to learn information when it is presented visually, indicating that fundamental memory functions may remain intact even when other memory dysfuction is present.
Alcohol and Diabetes - Drinking Alcohol and Diabetes
Some people who have diabetes can safely drink moderate amounts of alcohol, but for others any amount of alcohol intake can have very negative health consequences.
British Police Investigate Diana Crash Site
More than seven years after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Scotland Yard investigators returned to the tunnel in which she died with the latest laser technology to investigate the crash site again.
Early Exposure to Alcohol Increases Attractiveness
Research shows that infant rats are eager to accept high concentrations of alcohol upon first exposure, but adult rats generally reject alcohol upon first exposure.
Most Teens Get Alcohol From Parents, Friends
Underage youth obtain alcohol easily and often and many times the source of their alcohol is their own parents. Girls find alcohol more available that boys.
Movies Influence Youngsters' Preceptions About Alcohol
When pretending to shop for a social evening, children two to six years old were nearly four times as likely to choose cigarettes if their parents smoked and children who viewed PG-13- or R-rated movies were five times as likely to choose wine or beer, during a research experiment.
Common Factors Cause Multiple Drug Use
Although marijuana use may precede use of other drugs of abuse, prevention programs may not be successful if they do not take into account the underlying biology that predisposes people to use multiple drugs.
Death Risk Rises for New Injection Drug Users
People who recently began injecting heroin or cocaine face a risk of death more than three times higher than similarly aged people who do not inject drugs, researchers report.
Bipolar Teen Risks - Bipolar Teens at High Risk for Substance Abuse
Adolescents diagnosed with bipolar disorder should be carefully screened for drug and alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking, because they are at significantly higher risk for developing substance abuse problems.
Anxiety Disorders Can Prompt Alcoholic Relapse
Research indicates that two of the most common anxiety disorders found among alcoholics – social phobia and panic disorder – are more strongly associated with alcohol relapse than other anxiety disorders.
Substance Abuse, Mood Disorders Widespread
Substance abuse and mood and anxiety disorders that arise independently of substance abuse and withdrawal are some of the most common psychiatric disorders in the United States.
30 Million in U.S. Have Personality Disorders
An estimated 30.8 million American adults meet standard diagnostic criteria for at least one personality disorder as defined in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition, according to the results of the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.
Survey: 4 Million With Co-Occurring Disorders
Adults with a substance use disorder in 2002 were almost three times as likely to have serious mental illness as those who did not have a substance use disorder, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Energy-Drink Cocktails Mask Alcohol's Effects
Young people who drink alcohol mixed with
Brief Intervention Can Curtail Drunken Driving
Brief intervention -- a series of four short counseling sessions -- can reduce a wide range of harmful drinking habits, including drunken driving arrests, according to a study of trauma center patients in New Mexico.
Communitiess Can Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities
Communities can decrease alcohol-related fatal crashes by providing better access to substance abuse treatment while reducing the availability of alcohol in the community.
Imaging Study Shows Why Drunk Drivers Are Dangerous
Imaging studies of the brain when it is under the influence of alcohol reveal that different areas of the brain are impaired under high and low levels of alcohol, according to a Yale study.
Ad Campaigns Against Drunk Driving May Be Effective
A systematic review of ad campaigns against drunk driving, published in the June issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggests these mass media campaigns can reduce alcohol-related car crashes by 13 percent.
Congress Launches New 'Stop DUI Caucus'
With alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries on the rise after years of decline, a bipartisan group of members of Congress announced the formation of the Congressional Stop DUI Caucus to bring renewed attention to the nationwide epidemic of drunk driving.
Drunk Drivers - Many Drunk Drivers Are Not Problem Drinkers
Not all drunk drivers are problem drinkers, so prevention efforts should be targeted at a wider range of drinkers, not just the chronic heavy drinkers, researchers have concluded.
Drunk Driving Increases, Study Shows
After a decline of alcohol-impaired driving throughout most of the 1990s, a new study shows that driving while intoxicated has increased signficantly and researchers believe is linked to an increase in binge drinking.
Alaska Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Alaska law on operating a vehicle while under the influence (Alaska Statues 28.35.030).
Alabama Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Alabama law on driving while under influence of alcohol, controlled substances (AL Code 32-5A-191).
Arkansas Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Arkansas law on driving while intoxicated (AR Code Title 5, Ch. 65).
Arizona Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Arizona law on driving under the influence (ARS Title 28 Chapter 4).
California Drunk Driving - Laws Regarding Drunk Driving in California
Here are highlights from California law on offenses involving alcohol or drugs (California Vehicle Code Sections 23152 - 23229.1).
Colorado Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Colorado law on driving under the influence (CRS 42-4-1301).
Connecticut Drunk Driving - Laws Regarding Drunk Driving in Connecticut
Here are highlights from Connecticut law on operation while under the influence (GSC section 14-227a).
District of Columbia Drunk Driving - Law Regarding Drunk Driving in District of Columbia
Here are highlights from District of Columbia law on driving under the influence of liquor or drugs (DC Code section 50-2201.05).
Delaware Drunk Driving - Law Regarding Drunk Driving in Delaware
Here are highlights from Delaware law on driving while under the influence (E Code Title 21 section 4177).
Florida Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Florida law on driving under the influence (FS 316.193).
Georgia Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Georgia law on driving under the influence (Georgia Code 40-6-391).
Hawaii Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Hawaii law on operating a vehcile while intoxicated (HRS Chapter 291-E).
Iowa Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Iowa law on operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Iowa Code 9-30-5).
Indiana Drunk Driving Laws
Here are highlights from Indiana law on operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Indiana Code 9-30-5).
Kansas Drunk Driving - Laws Regarding Drunk Driving in Kansas
Here are highlights from Kansas law on driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (KS Statutes Ch. 8, Article 10).
Kentucky Drunk Driving - Laws Regarding Drunk Driving in Kentucky
Here are highlights from Kentucky law on driving under the influence (KRS Chapter 189A).
Louisiana Drunk Driving - Laws Regarding Drunk Driving in Louisiana
Here are highlights from Louisiana law on operating a vehicle while under the influence (LRS 32:661).
Drug Users - Young Drug Users' Brain Damage Similar to Alzheimer's
Young drug abusers are up to three times more likely to suffer brain damage than those who don't use drugs -- a level of brain damage normally only seen in much older people and similar to the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Drug Treatment Centers - Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers by State
Find Drug Treatment Centers which have web sites on the net.
Sexual Use of Drugs - Using Alcohol and Drugs to Enhance Sex a Dangerous Practice
Club-going teens and adolescents who deliberately use alcohol and drugs to increase their chances of having sex, or to enhance sexual arousal, many times end up having unsafe sex or sex they later regret having.
Alcoholics Anonymous - How Does Alcoholics Anonymous Help?
Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of people since it was founded in 1935, but exactly how does A.A. help people stop drinking?
Trying to Quit - Trying to Quit Drinking and Not Being Able to Stop
No one wants to discover that their use of alcohol has become alcohol dependence, but sometimes the reality of the situation can no longer be ignored.
Kids Most Influenced by Siblings' Drinking, Smoking
Children who have older brothers or sisters who smoke and drink are three to five times more likely to use tobacco and alcohol, because siblings are a more powerful role model than friends or parents, research has found.
AMA Says Alcohol Industry Targets Teen Girls
The American Medical Association released the results of two nationwide polls that revealed the extent of underage consumption and marketing exposure to alcopops or so-called girlie drinks.
Sex, Drug Use Increase Teen Suicide Risk
Teens who engage in high-risk behaviors involving sex and drugs have significantly higher odds of depression, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts than teens who say no to sex and drugs, according to a study.
Juvenile Offenders - Most Juvenile Offenders Use Drugs, Alcohol
Four of every five children and teen arrestees in state juvenile justice systems have some involvement with drugs and alcohol, but only 3.6 percent receive treatment, a new CASA study reveals.
Pediatricians Often Miss Teen Drug Abuse
Adolescents who have problems with substance use often aren't identified during routine pediatric visits, according to a study by the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research.
Alcohol Ads - Girls More Targeted by Magazine Ads for Alcohol
In 2002, underage youth saw more alcohol advertising than adults in magazines, and girls were even more exposed to this advertising than boys.
Teen Drug Use Declines, But Inhalant Use Grows
The annual Monitoring the Future survey for 2004 indicated an overall decline in teen drug use in the past year, but inhalant abuse by eight graders increased significantly.
Drug Abuse Remains High in Hispanic-American Youth
Despite decling trends in drug use among all American youth, drug use among Hispanic youth remains alarmingly high, according to research at the Institute for Social Research at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Student Drug Use Continues to Decline
A large decline in the use of marijuana by 8th, 10th and 12th grade students last year highlighted an overall decline of illicit drug use among students participating in the 2005 Monitoring the Future survey.
Teen Drug Use Can Prompt Later Heart Attack Risk
Teens who use even small doses of amphetamines run the risk of later drug addiction and heart attacks in their adult years, according to a study at Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne.
Fights, Vandalism Related to Drinking at School
Interpersonal aggression and vandalism in high school are directly related to alcohol use during school hours, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions and Canisius College.
Youth Drinking Spells Later Alcohol Problems
Researchers have found that the earlier people begin drinking the more likely they will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence problems later in adulthood.
Adolescent Treatment Admissions Increased in 2002
The number of admissions to substance abuse treatment for adolescents ages 12 to 17 increased again in 2002, continuing a ten-year trend.
Delayed Alcohol Use Linked to Fewer Adult Problems
Persons reporting they first used alcohol before age 15 are more than five times as likely to report past year alcohol dependence or abuse as adults than persons who first used alcohol at age 21 or older.
Alcohol, Deliquency Plague 1/3 of U.S. Teens
Almost 8.6 million youths ages 12 to 17, over one third of this age group, used alcohol in the past year, more than 650,000 (2.6 percent) reported heavy alcohol use, and nine million engaged in at least one delinquent behavior in the past year.
Negative Self-Image Promotes Damaging Teem Behaviors
Uncertainty and withdrawal draws negative feedback from other students, prompting even more withdrawal and leaving them with few chances to have close friends and as targets for teasing or bullying,study finds.
Obesity, Health Problems Linked to Teen Binge Drinking
Heavy drinking during the teenage years begins taking a serious health toll by the time people are 24 years old.
Teen Substance Abuse - Teen Cigarette Smoking Linked to Substance Abuse, Mental Illness
Because nicotine significantly affects the structural and chemical changes in the developing brains of adolescents, smoking cigarettes makes teens more vulnerable to alcohol and drug addiction and to mental illness.
How Will Your Child Drink?
Children learn their attitudes about drinking from those around them, especially from parents or other adults, but also from their peers.
Youth Alcohol Consumption Remains High
Although the prevalence of underage drinking has decreased since its peak in the late 1970s, drinking by youth has stabilized over the past decade at disturbingly high levels.
Parents Seeking Help Signal Youth Drinking Problems
Al-Anon Family Groups are traditionally considered a mutual support group for the spouses of alcoholics, but the latest membership survey shows that 31 percent of Al-Anon members have a child with a drinking problem.
Signals of Teen Substance Abuse Risk
The more sexually active friends a teen has and the more time a teen spends with a boyfriend or girlfriend, the greater the risk that teen will smoke, drink, get drunk or use illegal drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
Scientists Uncover Risk Factors for Teen Marijuana Use
Involvement with other substances, delinquency and school problems have been established as the three most important risk factors in identifying teenagers at risk of continued involvement with marijuana.
Pre-Teen Low Self-Esteem Linked to Drug Use
Parents who have boys with low self-esteem at age 11, and have friends who approve of drug and alcohol use, should be concerned that self-derogation could turn into drug dependency by age 20, according to researchers at Florida State University.
Sex, Drug Use Increase Teen Depression, Suicide
Teens who engage in sexual intercourse and/or drug abuse, including abuse of alcohol and tobacco, are significantly more likely than youth who abstain from such activities to become depressed, have suicidal thoughts, and attempt suicide.
Normal Teens Not 'Ticking Time Bombs'
Contrary to the psychoanalytic theory that children who appear to be well adjusted as adolescents are actually ticking time bombs, most normal teenagers adapt to and benefit from life experiences.
Religious Activity Equals Less Sex, Drugs For Some Teens
High levels of church attendance in the ninth grade may protect some African-American teenagers from getting involved in risky behaviors throughout the rest of their high school career, a new study suggests.
Teens Turn to Pot After Parental Break-Ups
Parents who split up and move in with new partners can unwittingly push their children towards marijuana use, according to a study of 3,008 mothers and their children conducted in Brisbane, Australia.
More Are Beginning to Use Drugs Before Age 13
The number of people, being treated for drug abuse, who report that they began using at least one drug before age of 13 is increasing significantly according to a study of treatment patients between 1993 and 2003.
Parents Influence How Teens Think About Substance Abuse
Research shows that involved parenting actually affects teenagers' thought processes when it comes to such substances, giving teens a negative view of people who drink or smoke cigarettes or marijuana, and insuring the teens won't use such substances even when they're easily available.
Early Drinking Age - Risk of Alcoholism and Early Drinking Age
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, but researchers are not sure if early onset drinking is a marker for higher risk or a direct risk factor.
Non-Religious Rehab - 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?
Benefits of Alcohol Recovery - What Are the Benefits of Alcohol Recovery?
When you quit drinking after years of alcohol abuse, not only will your body begin to reverse the effects of the excess alcohol on your body, you will simply feel better.
Report: Little Progress in Reducing Underage Drinking
The United States made little, if any, progress in 2004 in reducing the number-one drug problem among youth, according to a new status report on underage drinking.
'The Cool Spot' Targets Message to Middle Schoolers
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has released a new version of The Cool Spot, the institute's website for middle school children.
ATHENA Program Helps Female Athletes
High school program decreased the abuse of stimulant medications and other substances believed to enhance body image or performance among female high school athletes, while encouraging healthy behaviors.
Survey Shows Youth Pot Use Decreases
The 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated a five percent decline in the number of American youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who have ever used marijuana.
Prom Night Drinking - Parents Can Help Prevent Prom Night Drinking
Each year across the United States, hundreds of teens are killed or injured in alcohol-related accidents connected with their prom night celebrations.
Females Become Addicted Quicker, Easier
Compared to boys and men, girls and women become addicted to alcohol, nicotine and illegal and prescription drugs, and develop substance-related diseases at lower levels of use and in shorter periods of time, according to research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.
Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Most people who quit drinking alcohol experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms and can usually be treated by healthcare providers on an out-patient basis, but five percent experience severe withdrawal symptoms and must be treated in a hospital or a facility that specializes in detoxification.
Caffeine Withdrawal Recognized as a Disorder
As little as one standard cup of coffee a day can produce caffeine addiction, according to a Johns Hopkins study that reviewed over 170 years of caffeine withdrawal research.
Women Influenced Differently by Alcoholic Parent
There are differences in how the risk of parental alcoholism is transmitted from parent to daughter, than from parent to son, and women are affected to a greater degree by parental alcoholism history, according to Research Society on Alcoholism scientists.
Why Women Abuse Substances
Women begin abusing alcohol and drugs for different reasons than men do and may have more situations in their lives that trigger substance abuse, according to research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.
Short-Term Programs Effectively Help Women
Up to 80 percent of women seeking substance abuse treatment report lifetime histories of sexual and/or physical assault, and many report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder which can be helped with two short-term treatment programs.
Younger Women More Prone to Alcohol Dependence
A large cross-sectional study of women born after World War II found that they were more likely to be alcohol dependent sometime during their lifetime compared with those who were born prior to 1943. No such increase was found for men born during the same periods.
The Dangers of Impaired Driving
If you have only had a couple of drinks and are far from being legally intoxicated, it still probably at good idea not to be driving a vehicle. Your driving can become impaired long before you reach the intoxication level.
Trust - Al-Anon Meeting Topic on Trust
Active alcoholics are not capable of being honest with themselves. Why should I expect them to be honest with me?
Understanding - Al-Anon Meeting Topic on Understanding
When I started taking a hard look at myself and the part that I had played in the family problems, then I truly began to understand the powerful disease that I was dealing with.
Being Unreasonable - Al-Anon Meeting Topic on Being Unreasonable
I realize that by trying to force solutions to the problems caused by alcoholism in my family, I was basically getting in the way.
Verbal Abuse - Al-Anon Meeting Topic on Verbal Abuse
I remind myself that if the screaming alcoholic was a wino on the street who walked up to me and said all those things, I wouldn't give it a second thought.
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.
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.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab - What Can I Expect at an Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program
What can you expect if you decide to go to a drug and alcohol rehab center? 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.
Free Alcoholism and Drug Rehab - Programs That Offer Free Alcoholism and Drug Rehab
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?
Studies Reveal Steroid Use by Non-Athlete Teens
According to research, high school boys are more likely to use anabolic steroids, while high school girls use more body-shaping, athletic-enhancing drugs.
Anabolic Steroids May Be Addictive, Study Finds - Addictive Steroids
Although people who use anabolic steroids to enhance their physical performance deny that they are addictive, a research study at the University of Southern California showed that hamsters exposed to steriods demonstrated addictive behavior toward them over time.
Is a Dui a Felony?
Under most circumstances a conviction for driving under the influence is a misdemeanor, but there are circumstances upon which a DUI can be a felony.
Hangovers: Acetaldehyde May Be the Culprit
A recent study found that acetaldehyde -- the first product of alcohol metabolism -- leads to hangovers in alcohol drinkers with a particular genotype. Drinkers can experience cardiovascular complications, drowsiness, nausea, asthma and facial flushing.
Russian 'Surrogate' Alcohols Are Deadly
High death rates in Russia from drinking are even worse due to the consumption of
Construction Tops List of Industries with Problem Drinking
The construction and mining fields have the highest percentage of problem drinkers, with nearly one in seven workers having a serious alcohol problem, according to a new ranking of industry-based problem drinking patterns.
Family Substance Abuse Affects American Workers
More than one-third of employees report that at least one of their coworkers had been distracted, less productive, or missed work because of alcohol or drug abuse or addiction within their family.
As Many as 19.2 Million May Drink at Work
As estimated 15 percent, or about 19.2 million employees, drink on the job or just before going to work, but the
Are Your Co-Workers Stoned?
Approximately 10 percent of America's workforce, some 14.9 million full and part-time employees, regularly abuse or are dependent on alcohol or drugs, according to the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
EtG Test - Widely-Used EtG Test for Alcohol Unreliable
A widely-used urine test, utilized by drug-testing laboratories to detect alcohol consumption, is too inaccurate to be reliable, according to an advisory issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
How Many Binge Drink? - How Many People Binge Drink in the U.S.?
Find the answer to frequently asked questions about binge drinking at the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.
How Many Heavy Drinkers? - How Many Heavy Drinkers in the U.S.?
Find the answer to frequently asked questions about heavy drinkers at the About.com Alcoholsim / Substance Abuse site.
Fake Cocaine - What Drug Is in Fake Cocaine?
Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions about fake cocaine from the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.
Urine Alcohol Test - Is the ETG Urine Alcohol Test Reliable
The EtG urine alcohol test detects ethyl glucuronide in urine samples and can detect alcohol several days after the last drink.
Al-Anon Quiz - Are You Troubled by Someone's Drinking?
Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close. The following questions are designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon.
Did You Grow Up with a Problem Drinker?
If someone close to you has or has had a drinking problem, the following questions, developed by Al-Anon Family Groups, may help you determine if Al-Anon is for you.
AUDIT Alcohol Screening Test - Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is used to detect alcohol problems experienced in the last year. It is one of the most accurate alcohol screening test available, rated 94 percent effective in detecting hazardous or harmful drinking.
Depression Test - Clinical Depression Symptom Test
Clinical depression can strike people of all ages, genders and walks of life, causing them to lose motivation, energy and the pleasure of everyday life. Depression many times goes untreated because people do not recognize its symptoms.
Early Detection of Alcohol Consumption - New Test Effective in Early Detection of Heavy Drinkers
Physicians and healthcare providers have a new tool which is twice as likely to detect heavy drinking in patients compared to the usual liver enzyme test.
The Fast Alcohol Screening Test
The FAST alcohol screening test was developed specifically to be used in busy medical offices and emergency rooms to screen patients for hazardous drinking, although it has also been used in the general population.
Five-Shot Questionnaire - Alcohol Screening With the Five-Shot Questionnaire
The five-shot questionnaire is another short, self-administered test, designed to be used in busy primary healthcare settings to recognize heavy alcohol drinking in its early phase.
MAST Test - The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test
Developed in 1971, the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) is one of the oldest and most accurate alcohol screening tests available, effective in identifying dependent drinkers with up to 98 percent accuracy.
Am I An Alcoholic - Take a Self-Assessment Alcoholic Test
Take this short quiz to help determine if your drinking is safe, risky or harmful.
Are You Enabling an Alcoholic or Addict?
Often well-meaning efforts to help someone with an alcohol or drug problem actually empowers them to continue their destructive behavior by allowing them to avoid the consequences of their actions.
Do I Have a Drinking Problem?
This test can help you assess your drinking patterns. Answer these quesetions to determine if your drinking is safe, risky or harmful.
RAPS4 Test - The RAPS4 Alcohol Screening Test
The RAPS4 alcohol screening test is a four-question quiz designed for busy clinical healthcare offices that has been shown to be effective in detecting alcohol dependence in the past 12 months.
Screening and Brief Intervention - Healthcare Providers Urged to Increase Screening and Brief Interventions
Because screening and brief intervention has been shown to be very effective, especially in healthcare settings, in reducing or eliminating harmful drinking, healthcare providers are being encouraged nationwide to increase the practice.
The Tweak Alcohol Screening Test
The TWEAK alcohol screening test is a short, five-question test which was originally designed to screen pregnant women for harmful drinking habits.
The Early Detection of Alcohol Consumption Test Test - What Is the Early Detection of Alcohol Consumption Test
Answers to frequently asked questions from the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.
How Many Drink - How Many People Drink Alcohol in the U.S.
Find the answer to frequently asked questions about alcohol consumption at the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.
Hitting Bottom - What Does Hitting Bottom Mean
Answers to frequently asked questions from the About.com Alcoholism and Substance Abuse site.
Sedative Misuse - Why Is Sedative Misuse Dangerous
Why is sedative misuse dangerous? Answers to frequently asked questions about alcohol and substance abuse.
Alcohol Poisoning - What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning
Answers to frequently asked questions from the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.
Will Alcoholics' Brains Recover Once They Quit Drinking?
Answers to frequently asked questions about alcoholism and substance abuse.
Diabetes Insulin and Alcohol - I Take Insulin, Can I Drink Alcohol
If you take insulin, say to manage diabetes, you may be very concerned about what you can and cannot do. Can those taking insulin drink alcohol? Find out if alcohol poses a risk.
What Do You Tell a Child About a Parent's Addiction?
Answers to frequently asked questions about alcoholism and substance abuse.
Huffing Inhalants - Are Girls Involved in Huffing Inhalants?
Answers to frequently asked questions about substance abuse from the About.com Alcoholism/Substance Abuse site.
Can I Find Out If a Meth Lab Has Ever Been in a House I'm Buying?
Are you worried that a house you want to buy may have been a meth house?
Meth User - Who Is a Typical Adolescent Meth User?
Answers to frequently asked questions about substance abuse.
Methadone - Why Is Methadone Dangerous
Answers to frequently asked questions from the Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.
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Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse Linked
A report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reveals that up to one-half of individuals with eating disorders abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, compared to nine percent of the general population.
Guest Columns about Alcoholism
A list of articles written by members of the recovery community especially for the Alcoholism site at About.com.
Steroids Effects - What Effects Do Anabolic Steroids Have on Behavior?
Case reports and small studies indicate that anabolic steroids, particularly in high doses, increase irritability and aggression.
Steroids Addiction - Are Anabolic Steroids Addictive?
An undetermined percentage of steroid abusers become addicted to the drugs, as evidenced by their continuing to take steroids in spite of physical problems, negative effects on social relations, or nervousness and irritability.
Steroid Abuse Prevention - What Can Be Done to Prevent Steroid Abuse?
Early attempts to prevent steroid abuse concentrated on drug testing and on educating students about the drugs' adverse effects.
Steroid Abuse Treatment - What Treatments Are Effective for Steroid Abuse?
Few studies of treatments for anabolic steroid abuse have been conducted.
Treatment and Justice - What Role Can The Criminal Justice System Play In Treatment?
Research is demonstrating that treatment for drug-addicted offenders during and after incarceration can have a significant beneficial effect.
Treatment and AIDS - How Does Treatment Help Reduce the Spread of HIV/AIDS?
Drug injectors who do not enter treatment are up to six times more likely to become infected with HIV than injectors who enter and remain in treatment.
12 Step Programs - Where Do 12-Step or Self-Help Programs Fit Into Treatment?
Self-help groups can complement and extend the effects of professional treatment.
Needing Treatment - How Can Families Make a Difference for Someone Needing Treatment?
Family and friends can play critical roles in motivating individuals with drug problems to enter and stay in treatment.
Drug Treatment - Is Drug Addiction Treatment Worth Its Cost?
Treatment is less expensive than alternatives, such as not treating addicts or simply incarcerating addicts.
Drug Addiction - What is Drug Addiction?
It is characterized by compulsive, at times uncontrollable, drug craving, seeking, and use that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences.
Detox - What is Detoxification or Detox?
Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal.
Quick Addiction - How Quickly Can I Become Addicted?
If and how quickly you might become addicted to a drug depends on many factors including your genes and the biology of your body.
Signs of Addiction - What Are the Physical Signs of Addiction?
The physical signs of abuse or addiction can vary depending on the person and the drug being abused.
Withdrawal - What is Withdrawal?
Withdrawal is the variety of symptoms that occur after use of some drugs are reduced or stopped.
Steroidal Supplements - What Are Steroidal Supplements?
They are often referred to as dietary supplements, although they are not food products. They are often taken because the user believes they have anabolic effects.
Steroid Abuse - What is the Scope of Steroid Abuse in the United States?
Recent evidence suggests that steroid abuse among adolescents is on the rise.
Steroids - Why Do People Abuse Anabolic Steroids?
One of the main reasons people give for abusing steroids is to improve their performance in sports. Among competitive bodybuilders, steroid abuse has been estimated to be very high.
Steroids - How Are Anabolic Steroids Used?
Some anabolic steroids are taken orally, others are injected intramuscularly, and still others are provided in gels or creams that are rubbed on the skin.
Steroid Consequences - What Are the Health Consequences of Steroid Abuse?
Anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as heart attacks and liver cancer.
Effects of Marijuana - What Are the Effects of Marijuana?
It's common for marijuana users to become engrossed with ordinary sights, sounds, or tastes, and trivial events may seem extremely interesting or funny.
Marijuana - What Happens After a Person Smokes Marijuana?
Within a few minutes of inhaling marijuana smoke, the user will likely feel, along with intoxication, a dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, some loss of coordination and poor sense of balance.
Marijuana in the Body - How Long Does Marijuana Stay in the Body?
In heavy, chronic users, traces can sometimes be detected by a drug test for weeks after they have stopped using marijuana.
Reaction to Pot - Can a Pot User Have a Bad Reaction?
Some users, especially someone new to the drug or in a strange setting, may suffer acute anxiety and have paranoid thoughts.
Marijuana - What About Pregnancy - Will Smoking Marijuana Hurt the Baby?
Some scientific studies have found that babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancy display altered responses.
Marijuana and Breastfeeding - What Happens If a Nursing Mother Uses Marijuana?
When a nursing mother uses marijuana, some of the THC is passed to the baby in her breast milk.
Marijuana and Mental Illness - Can Marijuana Cause Mental Illness?
Scientists do not yet know how the use of marijuana relates to mental illness.
Marijuana and Motivation - Do Marijuana Users Lose Their Motivation?
Some frequent, long-term marijuana users show signs of a lack of motivation or amotivational syndrome.
Can Teens Become Addicted to Marijuana?
In 1999, over 220,000 people entering drug treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse, showing they needed help to stop using.
Marijuana Tolerance - What is Tolerance for Marijuana?
Tolerance means that the user needs increasingly larger doses of the drug to get the same desired results.
Marijuana Treatment - Are There Treatments to Help Marijuana Users?
Recently, researchers have been testing different ways to attract marijuana users to treatment and help them abstain from drug use.
Drug Addiction Treatment - What is Drug Addiction Treatment?
There are many addictive drugs, and treatments for specific drugs can differ. Treatment also varies depending on the characteristics of the patient.
Quit Drugs - Why Can't Drug Addicts Quit on Their Own?
Nearly all addicted individuals believe in the beginning that they can stop using drugs on their own, and most try to stop without treatment.
Effective Drug Treatment - How Effective is Drug Addiction Treatment?
In addition to stopping drug use, the goal of treatment is to return the individual to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and community.
Drug Treatment - How Long Does Drug Addiction Treatment Last?
Research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate lengths of treatment.
Staing in Treatment - What Helps People Stay in Treatment?
Whether a patient stays in treatment depends on factors associated with both the individual and the program.
Addiction Medications - Is the Use of Medications Replacing One Drug Addiction With Another?
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Marijuana - How Many Teens Smoke Marijuana?
Contrary to popular belief most teenagers have not used marijuana and never will.
Marijuana - What Happens If You Smoke Marijuana?
The effects of the drug on each person depend on the user's experience.
Marijuana - Does Marijuana Affect School, Sports or Other Activities?
Marijuana affects memory, judgment and perception. The drug can make you mess up in school, in sports or clubs, or with your friends.
Effects of Marijuana - What Are the Long-Term Effects of Marijuana Use?
Findings so far show that regular use of marijuana or THC may play a role in some kinds of cancer and in problems with the respiratory and immune systems.
Marijuana - Does Marijuana Lead to the Use of Other Drugs?
Long-term studies of high school students and their patterns of drug use show that very few young people use other illegal drugs without first trying marijuana.
Marijuana - How Can You Tell If Someone Has Been Using Marijuana?
When the early effects fade, over a few hours, the user can become very sleepy.
Marijuana - Is Marijuana Sometimes Used as a Medicine?
THC, the active chemical in marijuana, is manufactured into a pill available by prescription that can be used to treat the nausea and vomiting.
How Does Marijuana Affect Driving?
Marijuana has serious harmful effects on the skills required to drive safely - alertness, the ability to concentrate, coordination, and the ability to react quickly.
Marijuana - If a Pregnant Woman Smokes Marijuana, Will it Hurt the Baby?
Doctors advise pregnant women not to use any drugs because they could harm the growing fetus.
Addicted to Marijuana - Can People Become Addicted to Marijuana?
While not everyone who uses marijuana becomes addicted, when a user begins to seek out and take the drug compulsively, that person is said to be dependent or addicted to the drug.
Quitting Weed - What if a Person Wants to Quit Using Marijuana?
Up until a few years ago, it was hard to find treatment programs specifically for marijuana users.
Kinds of Marijuana - Aren't There Different Kinds of Marijuana?
Before the 1960s, many Americans had never heard of marijuana, but today it is the most often used illegal drug in this country.
Marijuana - How is Pot Used?
Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette called a joint or a nail or smoke it in a pipe.
Children Smoking Pot - At What Age Do Children Generally Start Smoking Pot?
Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in the United States.
Children Using Marijuana - How Can I Tell If My Child Has Been Using Marijuana?
There are some signs you might be able to see.
Marijuana and Other Drugs - Does Using Marijuana Lead to Other Drugs?
Researchers are examining the possibility that long-term marijuana use may create changes in the brain that make a person more at risk of becoming addicted to other drugs.
Effects of Ketamine - What Are the Effects of Ketamine?
Ketamine is much less potent than PCP with effects of much shorter duration.
Effects of Dextromethorphan - What Are the Effects of Dextromethorphan?
Like PCP and ketamine, dextromethorphan acts as an NMDA receptor antagonist.
Meth Treatment - Meth Treatment Takes More Time
Methamphetamine abusers do not necessarily need specialized treatment but do need more time in intensive outpatient or residential drug treatment programs than they normally receive under current practices.
Lobeline May Help in Meth Treatment
Lobeline, a drug with a long history of use in smoking cessation programs, may be a potential treatment for methamphetamine abuse.
Meth Withdrawal Sparks Depression, Anxiety
People who have recently stopped abusing the powerfully addictive drug methamphetamine may have brain abnormalities similar to those seen in people with mood disorders.
California's Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act Shows Results
In the first release of findings from an evaluation of California's Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, UCLA researchers report that the law enacted by voters as Proposition 36 placed more than 30,000 drug offenders in treatment during its first year.
Methamphetamine - What Is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that dramatically affects the central nervous system.
Methamphetamine - What is the Scope of Methamphetamine Abuse in the United States?
According to the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, an estimated 8.8 million people have tried methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine - How Is Methamphetamine Used?
Methamphetamine comes in many forms and can be smoked, snorted, orally ingested, or injected.
Effects of Meth - What Are the Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse?
As a powerful stimulant, methamphetamine, even in small doses, can increase wakefulness and physical activity and decrease appetite.
How Is Methamphetamine Different from Other Stimulants?
Methamphetamine is classified as a psychostimulant, as are other drugs of abuse such as amphetamine and cocaine.
Meth Complications - What Are the Medical Complications of Methamphetamine Abuse?
Methamphetamine can cause a variety of cardiovascular problems.
Meth Risks - Are Methamphetamine Abusers at Risk for Contracting HIV/AIDS?
Increased HIV and hepatitis B and C transmission are likely consequences of increased methamphetamine abuse, particularly in individuals who inject the drug and share injection equipment.
Effective Meth Treatments - What Treatments Are Effective for Methamphetamine Abusers?
At this time the most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction are cognitive behavioral interventions.
Marijuana - How Is Marijuana Used?
Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette called a joint or a nail, or in a pipe or a bong.
Marijuana in the Body - How Long Does Marijuana Stay in the User's Body?
THC in marijuana is strongly absorbed by fatty tissues in various organs.
U.S. Heroin Use - What is the Scope of Heroin Use in the United States?
According to the 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, which may actually underestimate heroin use, an estimated 2.4 million people had used heroin at some time in their lives
Heroin - How Is Heroin Used?
Heroin is usually injected, sniffed, snorted, or smoked.
Heroin Complications - What Are the Medical Complications of Chronic Heroin Use?
Medical consequences of chronic heroin abuse include scarred and collapsed veins, bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valves, soft-tissue infections, and liver or kidney disease.
Pregnant Herion Use - How Does Heroin Abuse Affect Pregnant Women?
Heroin abuse can cause serious complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage and premature delivery.
Heroin and AIDS - Why Are Heroin Users at Risk for Contracting HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis?
Drug abusers may become infected with HIV, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne pathogens through sharing and reuse of syringes and injection paraphernalia that have been used by infected individuals.
Demerol Dangers - What Are the Dangers of Opioid Analogs Like Demerol?
Drug analogs are chemical compounds that are similar to other drugs in their effects but differ slightly in their chemical structure.
Inhalants - What Are Inhalants?
Inhalants are volatile substances that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psychoactive, or mind-altering, effect.
Inhalant Abuse Patterns - What Are the Patterns of Inhalant Abuse?
Inhalants -- particularly volatile solvents, gases, and aerosols -- are often among the first drugs that young children use.
Inhalant Abuse - What Is the Scope of Inhalant Abuse?
The percentage of high school seniors who abused any inhalants declined to 5.6 percent in 1999 from a peak of 8 percent in 1995.
Inhalnats Use - How Are Inhalants Used?
Inhalants can be breathed in through the nose or the mouth in a variety of ways.
Inhalants - How Do Inhalants Produce Their Effects?
Many brain systems may be involved in the anesthetic, intoxicating, and reinforcing effects of different inhalants.
Effects of Inhalant Use - What Are the Short- and Long-Term Effects of Inhalant Use?
If sufficient amounts are inhaled, nearly all solvents and gases produce anesthesia, a loss of sensation and even unconsciousness.
Inhalant Abuse Dangers - What Are the Medical Consequences of Inhalant Abuse?
Inhalant abusers risk an array of devastating medical consequences.
Nitrite Risks - What Are the Special Risks for Nitrite Abusers?
Typically, individuals who abuse nitrites are seeking to enhance sexual function and pleasure.
Hallucinogens - What Are Hallucinogens?
Hallucinogens are drugs that cause hallucinations - profound distortions in a person's perceptions of reality.
Dissociative Drugs - What Are Dissociative Drugs?
Drugs such as PCP and ketamine distort perceptions of sight and sound and produce feelings of detachment - dissociation - from the environment and self.
Hallucinogens - Why Do People Take Hallucinogens?
Cultures from the tropics to the arctic have used plants to induce states of detachment from reality and to precipitate
Effects of PCP - What Are the Effects of PCP?
Its sedative and anesthetic effects are trance-like, and patients experience a feeling of being
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - What Does the CDC Tell Doctors About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
Advise women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy to follow the Surgeon General's advisory.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - How Common Is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
The reported prevalence rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome vary widely depending on the population studied and the intensity of case ascertainment.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - What Are the Economic Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
The National Institutes of Health estimated the annual cost of FAS in 1992 to be $1.9 billion.
Fetal Alcohol Effects - What are FAE, ARND, and ARDD?
Babies affected by alcohol can have some or all of the clinical signs of
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - How Does Alcohol Cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Problems?
Alcohol in the mother's blood crosses the placenta freely and enters the embryo or fetus through the umbilical cord.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - What Are the Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on the Fetus?
If a woman drinks while pregnant, she puts her developing fetus at risk for a wide spectrum of adverse effects..
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - Does Drinking During Pregnancy Always Result in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
The most important thing is that you have completely stopped drinking after learning of your pregnancy.