Substance Use Problems

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  • Alcohol and Drug Use

    Some people who drink alcohol, use illegal drugs, or misuse prescription or nonprescription medicines may develop substance use disorder. This means that a person uses these substances even though it causes harm to themselves or others. Substance use disorder can range from mild to severe. The more signs of this...

  • Alcohol and Drugs: When to Get Help for an Intoxicated Person

  • Alcohol and Substance Use in PTSD

    Looks at the problem of using alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Covers when alcohol or drug use becomes a problem. Includes a test to see if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs and steps for getting help.

  • Alcohol Effects on a Fetus

  • Alcohol or Drug Use During Pregnancy

    During pregnancy, everything you eat, drink, or take into your body affects you and your growing baby ( fetus). Pregnant women often need to make changes to have a healthy pregnancy, such as eating better or exercising. But one of the most important things you can do when you are...

  • Alcohol Problems: Helping Someone Get Treatment

    Helping a person to stop drinking can: Reduce possible health problems and injuries caused by alcohol use. Ease family conflicts or other relationship problems. Reduce legal problems caused by alcohol use.

  • Alcohol Problems: How to Stop Drinking

    You can take steps today to stop drinking. Your first step might be to see your doctor, contact a support group, or set a date in the near future to stop. While some people can stop drinking on their own, others need medical help to manage the physical process of...

  • Alcohol Use Disorder

    Is this topic for you? This topic is about alcohol use disorder in adults. For information about alcohol problems in teens or children, see the topic Teen Alcohol and Drug Use. What is alcohol use disorder? Alcohol use disorder means having unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits, such as drinking every...

  • Alcohol Withdrawal

  • Alcohol: How to Deal With a Slip-Up

    Use what you learn from a slip-up to help prevent a relapse and strengthen your plan to change your habits.

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