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Substance Abuse

Information and Resources on Drug and Substance Abuse


Updated February 09, 2014

There are an estimated 15.9 million illicit drug users in the United States, according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, and that number does not count those who abuse prescription and over-the-counter drugs and other substances.

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.

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. There are different levels of substance abuse, and all of them can be dangerous.

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 these drugs are used, their commercial or street names, their intoxication effects and potential health consequences.

Drug Abuse FAQ
What is detoxification, or detox? What is withdrawal? These are the most frequently asked questions about drug and substance abuse, compiled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Drug Addiction Treatment FAQ
What is drug addiction treatment? Why can't drug addicts quit on their own? Here are frequently asked questions about drug addiction treatment from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Marijuana - FAQs for Teens
What happens if you smoke marijuana? What are the short-term and long-term effects? These are questions frequently asked by teens about marijuana.

Cocaine FAQs
What are the medical complications of cocaine abuse? What are the long-term effects of cocaine use? Frequently asked questions about Cocaine.

Heroin FAQs
What are the medical complications of chronic heroin use? What are the treatments for heroin addiction? Frequently asked questions about Heroin.

Inhalant FAQs
What are inhalants? What is the scope of inhalant abuse? Frequently asked questions about Inhalant abuse.

Methamphetamine FAQs
How is methamphetamine used? How is methamphetamine different from other stimulants, such as cocaine? Frequently asked questions about meth.

Anabolic Steriods FAQs
Why do people use anabolic steroids? Are anabolic steroids addictive? Frequently asked questions about Anabolic Steriod abuse.

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