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Alcoholism Screening Quiz
Do you have a drinking problem? Take this quiz developed by the Office of Health Care Programs, Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptom Quiz
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit drinking? Are your symptoms mild, moderate or severe?
Adult Child of Alcoholics Screening Quiz
Have you been affected by growing up around someone else's alcohol problem? Take this quiz to determine if you have affected more than you realize.
How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your System?
The effects of smoking marijuana fade very quickly, but THC metabolites can be detected in the system long after the effects of weed wear off.
What Is It Like Going to a Drug or Alcohol...
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.
Are You Enabling an Alcoholic?
Have you enabled an alcoholic or addict to avoid the consequences of his actions? This quiz can help you determine if your actions are enabling.
Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics
Some common characteristics are observed in adult children of alcoholics. Do any of these sound familiar to you?
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism?
There are many signs and symptoms of drinking problems, but there are seven major symptoms of the most severe drinking problem, alcohol dependence or alcoholism.
Is There a Difference Between a Charge of DUI...
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.
What Are Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Really Like?
When heavy or frequent drinkers suddenly decide to quit cold turkey they will experience some physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
What Are the Range of Symptoms of Alcohol...
Alcohol withdrawal refers to a group of symptoms that may occur from suddenly stopping the use of alcohol after chronic or prolonged consumption.
Marijuana Problem Screening Quiz
Is your marijuana smoking causing you problems in other areas of your life?
How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long alcohol is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including the test being used.
Search These Databases and Websites for a...
Studies have found that participating in a support group along with other medical and professional treatment programs improves recovery outcomes.
What Makes Someone 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.
10 Things to Stop Doing If Your Loved One Is an...
Here are 10 things that you can stop doing that may help relieve some of the stress and conflict involved when living with an alcoholic or addict.
Domestic Abuse Screening Quiz
Is your relationship like most other couples or has it developed into a truly abusive one? Take this quiz to determine if your relationship is considered abusive.
Quiz: Are Your Drinking Habits Harmful?
If you consume alcohol it is important to know if your drinking is safe, risky or harmful. This test can help you decide if you have a drinking problem.
Are Your Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Mild,...
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit drinking? Are your symptoms mild, moderate or severe?
Depression Screening Quiz
Answer Yes to these questions only if you have had these symptoms for longer than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine.
How Long Does Ecstasy Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long ecstasy is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
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.
Marijuana Withdrawal Symptom Quiz
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit drinking? Are your symptoms mild, moderate or severe?
7 Telltale Signs of an Alcohol Problem
Certain behaviors are known to be possible early signs of an alcohol problem.
Words Can Take on Entirely Different Meanings...
In the world of illicit drugs, a separate culture and language has developed in which ordinary sounding terms can take on very different meanings.
Domestic Violence Danger Assessment Quiz
Answering these questions can help you determine how dangerous your abusive relationship may become.
EtG Test Cannot Distinguish Between Consumption...
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9 Tips for Cutting Back on Drinking
Here are some tips and tricks that others have used to succesfully cut down on the amount of alcohol they consume.
Stages of Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms From Day...
Those who are experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms while trying to quit drinking want to know two things: is this normal and how long will it last.
Take This Quiz to See If You Were Affected by...
Did you grow up with a problem drinker? Those who grow up in homes where there is alcohol abuse or alcoholism are sometimes affected in ways they do not even realize.
Learn How an Alcoholic Home Can Have Lifelong...
Growing up in a home with an alcoholic parent can affect children so profoundly they can suffer repercussions for the rest of their lives.
What Emotional Damage Can Addicted Parents...
One major misconception that many alcoholics and addicts seem to have is that their drinking or substance abuse only affects them, not anyone else.
How Long Does Oxycodone Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long oxycodone is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Can Acceptance Help You Cope with Alcoholism?
Accepting things exactly as they are can be the key that unlocks the door to happiness, according to a famous passage from the A.A. Big Book.
Quiz: Are Your Drinking Habits Safe?
Take this short quiz to help determine if your drinking is safe, risky or harmful.
How Do You Know How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?
How do you know if you are drinking at a safe level? How much alcohol can you drink and still be considered a low-risk drinker? How much is too much?
Don't Let Fear of Withdrawal Stop You From...
If you have been hesitant to quit drinking because you are concerned the withdrawal may be too severe, there are ways to minimize those symptoms.
Confidential Drug Abuse Screening Quiz
Do you have a drug abuse problem? Take this quiz to determine if you may have developed a problem.
Naltrexone Blocks Effects of Opioids, Reduces...
Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid addiction. It is not a cure for addiction.
Find Out How Long Ecstasy Can Stay in Your System
Determining exactly how long MDMA is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Are There Really Withdrawal Symptoms From...
Symptoms associated with marijuana withdrawal may be milder than withdrawal from alcohol and many other drugs, but they are intense enough to cause people trying to quit to relapse.
How Long Does Hash Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long hash is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Where to Find Free Alcohol and Drug Treatment...
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?
The Health Effects of Marijuana
Although legalization activists and many marijuana users believe smoking pot has no negative effects, scientific research indicates that marijuana use can cause many health problems.
What Makes Withdrawal From Oxycontin So...
OxyContin withdrawal includes a wide range of symptoms that can occur after a person stops or dramatically reduces the medication after heavy use.
How Long Does Percocet Remain in Your System?
Determining exactly how long Percocet is detectable in the body with a drug test depends on many variables.
Why Alcohol in Moderation May Be Bad for Your...
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What You Should Know About Enabling an Addict
Many times when family and friends try to help alcoholics, they are actually making it easier for them to continue in the progression of the disease.
Read a Harrowing Account of One Man's Alcohol...
What is going through delirium tremens like? Most people who have endured them usually do not remember the experience.
How Long to Live? One Person's Experience With...
The following email exchange between a visitor to the About Alcoholism site and Guide BuddyT graphically illustrates the effects of long-time alcohol abuse.
So-Called Non-Alcoholic Beer Can Be Trigger for...
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
How Long Does Meth Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long meth is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including the type of test being used.
Why Marijuana Smokers Have Lower Total Sperm...
Men who smoke marijuana frequently have significantly less seminal fluid, a lower total sperm count and their sperm behave abnormally, all of which may affect fertility adversely.
Cocaine Screening Quiz
Do you have a drinking with cocaine? Take this quiz to see how your cocaine use stacks up.
Does Domestic Violence Increase on Super Bowl...
Is Super Bowl Sunday one of the worse days of the year for domestic violence in homes around the United States, or is that just another urban legend?
DUI: Going to Court is Just the Beginning of...
If you have been arrested for drunk driving for the first time, you are probably wondering what is going to happen next.
How Does the 12-Step Program Actually Work?
Over a six-month period, visitors to the Alcoholism site participated in a study of the 12 steps and 12 traditions by sharing their experience, strength, and hope.
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.
How Long Does Marijuana Stay in the User's Body?
THC matabolites can be detected for several days after smoking marijuana by standard urine drug tests.
Has Smoking Marijuana Become a Problem for You?...
Some people smoke marijuana without any problem, but for others it can cause a lot of problems in their life. Is your marijuana use a problem?
Here's What Does and Doesn't Treat a Hangover
People who do not drink alcohol do not get hangovers. Therefore, the best cure for a hangover is to prevent it from happening in the first place by not drinking.
Quiz: Could You Be Enabling an Alcoholic or...
Often well-meaning efforts to help someone with an alcohol or drug problem actually empowers them to continue their path of destructive behavior.
7 Tips for Remaining 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.
Do These 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.
How Long Does PCP Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long PCP is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
What You Need to Know If the Court Orders You...
If you find yourself facing court mandated attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, you probably have questions about what is going to happen next.
What Exactly Do We Mean When We Say Alcoholism?
The term alcoholism refers to a disease known as alcohol dependence syndrome, the most severe stage of a group of drinking problems.
How Long Does Tylenol #3 Stay in Your System?
Tylenol #3 - which is a combination of acetaminophen and codeine - can be detected for a shorter time with some tests and longer with others.
What Can You Do to Help Someone With a Drinking...
When visitors to the Alcoholism site at About.com ask the above questions about the drinker in their lives the answer is not simple.
The Four Stages of Alcohol and Drug Rehab...
If you decide to enter a professional alcohol and drug treatment program, you will begin a journey through four distinct stages of rehab recovery to learn to live a clean and sober lifestyle.
Long-Term Alcohol Consumption Can Cause...
Excessive drinking over a period of years may lead to Alcohol Dementia which affects memory, learning and other cognitive functions
What Are the Medical Treatments for Alcohol...
About 95 percent of people have mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms, and can nearly always be treated as medically as outpatients.
3 Drugs 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.
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.
Is My Child Using Drugs?
Is your child using alcohol or drugs? Take this quiz to determine if some of the telltell signs of sustance abuse are showing up in your home.
Is It Actually Illegal to Use Drugs Without a...
You may have heard that, unlike underage drinking and marijuana use, using and sharing prescription drugs is legal. That would be a myth.
Here Are Some Treatment Options for Alcohol...
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.
Helpful Information for Friends and Families of...
Dealing with a love one's addiction can leave you lonely and frustrated. Here are resources and information for friends and families of alcoholics.
State by State List of Narcotics Anonymous...
Find lists of face-to-face Narcotics Anonymous meetings in your area.
The Difference Ways That Heroin Is Used
Heroin is used in various ways. It can be injected, snorted, sniffed and smoked, depending on the purity of the drug and the preference of the user.
The Personal Struggles of Someone With...
He knew the only way to save his life was to stop drinking, but he just couldn't stop, no matter how he tried.
Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions...
How is cocaine used? What are the short and long-term effects of using cocaine? Get the answers to these and other cocaine questions.
Can Drunk Driving Be Considered a Felony Offense?
In most situations a charge of driving under the influence is a misdemeanor, but there are circumstances in which a DUI can be charged as a felony.
10 Things That Happen When You Are Arrested for...
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.
Is There a Difference Between Alcohol Abuse and...
What is the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence?
How Long Can Heroin Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long heroin is detectable in the body depends on several different variables.
The Many Different Ways That Marijuana Is Used
Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette called a joint or a nail, or in a pipe or a bong, but many other methods of ingestion are used today.
How Long Does Norco Stay in Your System?
If you suspect that someone has taken an overdoes of Norco, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Should Parents Use Home Drug Tests?
Home testing kits have become popular in recent years for parents trying to determine if their children are using drugs, but are the tests really effective?
Drink Too Much Last Night? What to Expect the...
A hangover is a collection of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms that occur after a session of heavy alcohol consumption.
What Are the Treatment Options for Alcoholism?
For alcoholics who have decided to get help for their drinking problem there are many different treatment programs and approaches available, but there is no medical cure.
9 Things You Should Know About Marijuana Use
Marijuana is a green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. There are over 200 slang terms for the drug.
Is There a Connection Between Alcohol and...
The same alkaloid compounds found in alcohol are also present in chocolate, researchers found, perhaps explaining some of their addictive qualities.
How Long Does Codeine Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long codeine is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
How Does Campral Treat Alcohol Abuse?
Campral (acamprosate calcium) is the most recent medication approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence or alcoholism in the United States.
What's the Difference Between Substance Use and...
Substance abuse can be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes, but in today's society is not all that simple.
Find Out if You're Experiencing Wine Withdrawal...
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit drinking? Are your symptoms mild, moderate or severe? Take the quiz.
How Long Should You Expect Withdrawal Symptoms...
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.
How Long Does LSD Remain in Your System?
Here is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which LSD can be detected by various testing methods.
Learn About One of the Most Accurate Alcoholism...
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.
Growing Up in an Alcoholic Home Can Have...
Children who grow up in homes where there is active alcoholism can get many mixed messages about how they should interact with others, both in the family and the outside world.
How Long Does the Opioid Tramadol Stay in Your...
A number of variables come into play when determining how long Tramadol remains in the body.
How Long Does Amphetamine Stay in Your System?
It is important to know how long amphetamine remains in your system is because of the risk of overdose.
Researchers Claim New Treatment for Hepatitis C
A new treatment for Hepatitis C which includes a longer-acting form of interferon has been found to cure more patients and cause less side effects.
The 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.
What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome?
They haven't had a drink in years, but still haven't gotten to the Sober part. They are abstinent, but they are miserable along with those around them.
What Are the Long- and Short-Term Effects of...
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug - whether injected, snorted or smoked - that affects the brain and central nervous system.
Photographs of Cocaine and Crack Cocaine
Photographs of cocaine and crack cocaine in several forms.
What You Need to Know About Using Antabuse for...
Antabuse, or disulfiram as it is also known, was the first medicine approved for the treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.
Is There Medication That Will Reduce Alcohol...
Many drinkers who have become alcohol dependent then quit, experience withdrawal symptoms but also report having overwhelming cravings for alcohol.
Know the 11 Steps That Can Lead to a Drug or...
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.
Is It Safe to Drink Alcohol With 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.
Topics Often Discussed by Members of Al-Anon...
These are some of the topics that seem to be of most interest to those who are new to Al-Anon Family Groups and want to learn more about the program.
Do You Recognize These Pictures of 7 Commonly...
If you found illegal drugs in your child's room, would you be able to recognize them? Would you recognize prescription drugs that can be abused?
The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test Is Very...
Developed in 1971, the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) is one of the oldest and most accurate alcohol screening tests available.
How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System?
Because Fentanyl is usually prescribed to patients already taking other opioid medications, the risk of overdose is greater.
Valerie's Story: Alcoholic Liver Disease
I stopped eating and finally ended up in ER a couple of times before they diagnosed the liver failure and the rest. I was dying. The doctors just gave up.
Do You Know How Long Drugs Can Be Detected in...
Many factors can affect how long a prescription or illegal drug can be detected in an individual's urine, blood or saliva tests. There is no pat answer.
Drunk Driving Quiz - Drunk Driving Consequences...
Answer these question to find out what kind of consequences you may be facing when you go to court for drunken driving.
The Health Effects of Cocaine Abuse
No matter how it is ingested, cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant which affects the brain's processing of dopamine.
Online Recovery Meetings Provide a Safe First...
Online meetings provide a level of anonymity that going to a live, face-to-face meeting cannot necessarily guarantee.
What LSD Really Does to Your Brain
LSD obviously affects the brains of those who use it, distorting and altering their perceptions and sensations, but science really does not completely understand specifically the effects the drug has on the human brain.
Medical Marijuana an Easy Target for Drug 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.
How Long Does DMT Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long the psychedelic compound DMT is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
How Long Does Valium Stay in Your System?
Several variables factor into determining how long Valium remains in the boyd's system, including which kind drug test is being used.
How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long nicotine is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Are Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms Dangerous?
Vicodin withdrawal can produce a wide range of physical symptoms which can occur when someone stops or dramatically reduces the drug after heavy or prolonged use.
Find Out Why PCP Is So Dangerous
Phencyclidine (PCP) was developed in the 1950s as an intravenous anesthetic, but its use was discontinued after patients who were given the drug experienced psychotic reactions.
How Many People Are Alcoholics in the United...
It really is not possible to determine the number of alcoholics in the United States because there really is no official diagnosis of alcoholism.
How Long Does Psilocybin Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long psilocybin is detectable in the body depends on variables like what kind of test is used to detect it.
Games Alcoholic Families Play
You are not the cause of someone else's drinking problem, but you can contribute to it by playing a role in the alcoholic family drama.
Don't Miss These Signs of an Alcohol Problem
What Are the Signs of a Problem?
How Heroin Use Affects Your Health
Whether injected, snorted or smoked, heroin will begin to affect the body's central nervous system almost immediately after it is used.
How Long Does Opium Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long opium is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including which kind of drug test is being used.
Must-Know 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.
What Are the Real Benefits of Quitting Alcohol...
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.
One of the Most Frustrating Symptoms of...
One of the most frustrating factors in dealing with alcoholism, as a relative, friend or professional, is it is almost always accompanied by a phenomenon known as denial.
Al-Anon Family Groups
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems.
How Long Does Adipex Remain in Your System?
Several factors come into play when trying to determine how long the diet pill Adipex is detectable in the body.
Daily Drinkers at Greater Risk for Developing...
If you are a daily drinker, you can reduce your risk of developing liver disease significantly if you start planning several alcohol-free days a week.
Top Symptoms of FASD
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) include fetal alcohol syndrome and other conditions in which children have some of the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome.
What Parents Need to Know About Synthetic...
Synthetic marijuana is a mixture of dried leaves from traditional herbal plants that have been treated with chemicals known as synthetic cannabinoids.
Why a Young Person You Know Is Using Marijuana
There are many reasons why children and young teens decide to start smoking marijuana at an early age.
Don't Ignore This Threat to Heavy Alcohol...
One of the largest threats to the health of chronic heavy drinkers and alcoholics is the damage that too much alcohol can do to their liver.
Do You Have a Drinking Problem?
There are many diagnostics tests available online that can help you self-evaluate your drinking, but none should substitute for professional medical advice.
Get the Basic Facts on Cocaine
Cocaine is a drug (paste) extracted from the leaves of the South American coca plant. It is a strong central nervous system stimulate.
The Cold, Hard Facts About Drinking and Driving
Why drinking and driving increases the risk of having an accident.
Is Marijuana Withdrawal Affecting Your Ability...
The test is completely confidential and anonymous, your results are not recorded and are available only to you.
How Long Does MethylPhenidate Stay in Your...
Knowing how long MethylPhenidate remainds in the system can help prevent an accidental overdose of the stimulant used to treat ADHD.

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