Substance Abuse Library

  • Mental Health And Addiction Treatment Theories and Approaches
    For people with dual disorders (also known as "dual diagnosis"), the attempt to obtain professional help can be bewildering and confusing. They may have problems arising within themselves as a result of their psychiatric and ...
  • Recovering from Addiction and Recovering Your Memory
    A chronic marijuana user has cut down his dosage dramatically, but now his supervisor complains that his job performance as a bricklayer was far better before he started treatment. A recovering alcoholic learned to play the ...
  • Inhalants: A Dangerous Experiment
    You may have heard your friends talking in a new way about gasoline, felt tipped pens, deodorants and nail polish remover as drugs. The word is out: Inhaling, sniffing or, as it's called on the ...
  • Detoxing from Drugs and Alcohol
    When a young person has a dual diagnosis of chemical dependency and a bipolar disorder, most doctors choose to treat both conditions at once. This can be difficult unless the patient is in a hospital ...
  • Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder
    According to the most recent literature on substance abuse and bipolar disorder, these two problems occur together so frequently that all young people with a bipolar diagnosis should also be assessed for drug and alcohol ...
  • Dual Diagnosis and Bipolar Disorder
    When mental health professionals use the term, "dual diagnosis," they are almost always referring to a person who has a mental illness and a substance abuse problem. Drug and alcohol abuse are far more common ...
  • Facts about Suicide
    Men are four times more likely than women to die by suicide, but women try to commit suicide twice as often as men (they're just unsuccessful). Such attempts often are viewed as a "cry for ...
  • Schizophrenia and Violence
    News and entertainment media tend to link mental illness and criminal violence; however, studies indicate that except for those persons with a record of criminal violence before becoming ill, and those with substance abuse or ...
  • Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse
    Substance abuse is a common concern of the family and friends of people with schizophrenia. Since some people who abuse drugs may show symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia, people with schizophrenia may be mistaken ...
  • Holiday Drinking: Keep It Safe
    Every holiday season, people have to deal with the increased pressures and stress that the holidays place upon most of us. Whether we're traveling to be with family or doing our last-minute gift buying, most ...
  • Finding the Right Alcohol Treatment
    It is possible to make changes before you become dependent on alcohol. Many people change their relationship with alcohol before it is too late. A variety of health and treatment professionals can help people who want ...
  • The Dangers of Drinking on Campus
    Drinking and college go together like "love and marriage"—right? Wrong! Just as the love-marriage connection has increased in complexity over the years, so too has the drinking-college connection. Certainly, we have come a long way from ...
  • Relapse Prevention
    Once you have made a change, how do you maintain it? What is the difference between a lapse and a relapse? How can you recognize when a relapse is likely? A lifestyle change is not easy ...
  • Sobering Up: Recovery from Addiction
    What does it mean to be addicted? How do you get "clean" and sober? Is it possible to reduce cravings? Addiction and Habituation You are physically dependent upon alcohol or drugs when: you need the substance to reduce ...
  • Lifting the Right Stones: Surviving Addiction in a Loved One
    Researchers estimate that substance abuse in the United States costs business and industry over $100 billion each year and that governments will soon be spending over $100 million every day to incarcerate individuals arrested for ...
  • A Tale of Two Diseases
    In early 2000, Darryl Strawberry once again pleaded “no contest” to charges of cocaine possession and that, this time, he was suspended from baseball for one full year came as a surprise and disappointment to ...
  • Are You a Responsible Drinker?
    While alcohol use is accepted in our society, it is critical for each of us to achieve a responsible approach to social drinking. This approach can best be achieved through several methods. These include: Thinking about ...
  • An Introduction to Alcoholism
    What is alcoholism? According to the American Medical Association, "alcoholism is an illness characterized by significant impairment that is directly associated with persistent and excessive use of alcohol. Impairment may involve physiological, psychological or social ...
  • Symptoms of Alcoholism
    DSM-IV Criteria for Alcohol Dependence A maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three (or more) of the following, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period: ...
  • Stages of Change
    Almost 20 years ago, two well-known alcoholism researchers, Carlo C. DiClemente and J. O. Prochaska, introduced a five-stage model of change to help professionals understand their clients with addiction problems and motivate them to change. ...
  • A Parent’s Guide to Spring Break
    Parents: If the words "spring break" bring to mind scenes of Gidget and Moondoggie waxing up their surfboards, then it's time for a reality check. If "spring break" conjures up images of days and nights ...
  • My Parent Has a Problem with Alcohol
    If you are the child of an alcoholic, you are suffering from this disease as well. More than likely you have lived with the pain of a broken family that is full of secrets and ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Alcoholism
    Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about alcoholism, and their answers. How can I have a drinking problem if I can hold my liquor? Anyone who drinks too much liquor in too short ...
  • Dealing with Denial in Alcoholism
    Denial is a characteristic distortion in thinking experienced by people with alcoholism. For decades, people who treat alcoholics, and recovering alcoholics themselves, have puzzled over why alcoholics continue to drink when the link between alcohol ...
  • Children of Alcoholics
    More than 28 million Americans have seen at least one parent suffer alcohol's serious adverse effects, leading to serious family problems. More than 78 million Americans, or 43 percent of the adult population, has been ...
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