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About.com Combines Coverage of Two Related Topics


Updated April 20, 2010

Updated April 20, 2010
This week the About Alcoholism site officially became the Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site after coverage provided under the former Substance Abuse site was combined with Alcoholism.

When my friend Michael Petracca resigned as the Guide of the Substance Abuse site more than a month ago, About.com decided to combine the two Topic GuideSites and I agreed that it made sense -- since so many alcoholics today use other drugs as well.

Longtime readers may wonder if this change is going to reduce the coverage of alcohol and alcoholism-related issues on the site to make room for coverage of substance abuse issues. Actually, the coverage will be expanded, rather than reduced. For example, we have long maintained a page for Latest Alcohol News headlines, which is updated several times a week. We will now add a separate page for Substance Abuse News, which will likewise be updated regularly.

In preparation for the changes to the site, almost 300 pages of new articles focusing on substance abuse, drug addiction, commonly abused drugs, and drug treatment resources have been added. They are indexed from this page.

Featured Articles

These are some of the featured articles that have been added:

  • Are You Addicted?
    Not everyone who uses drugs becomes addicted, but substance abuse can cause problems for individuals whether they are technically addicted or not.

  • Getting Help for Drug Addiction
    Finding the right treatment program involves careful consideration of such things as the setting, length of care, philosophical approach and your or your loved one's needs.

  • Commonly Abused Drugs
    Information about how drugs are used, their commercial or street names, their intoxication effects and potential health consequences.

  • What Is Substance Abuse?
    Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes, but the broad range of substance abuse in today's society is not that simple.

Recovery Community

The former Substance Abuse forum has been closed. Instead we have a created a new section in the Alcoholism / Substance Abuse forum to be used by visitors to ask questions and discussion substance abuse issues. To visit the substance abuse section click here.

Our chat rooms have always been available to members of support groups to conduct real-time chat meetings and we have a daily schedule of A.A., Al-Anon, and ACA meetings.

If any member of other support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Marijuana Anonymous or Nar-Anon, would like to start a new meeting for those fellowship, email BuddyT@aboutguide.com for more information and to set up a day and time.

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