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About Alcoholism
Get the latest headlines from the About.com Alcoholism Site.

Exercise and Nutrition as a Tool for Maintaining Abstinence from Alcohol &...
Relaxation, exercise and better nutrition not only improve the physical and emotional health of people in recovery, but can also help prevent relapse.

What Is It Like to Be Addicted to Heroin?
What is it like to be addicted to heroin? What is life like for a heroin addict?

How Long Does Marijuana Stay in the 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.

Do You Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?
If you or someone you know has an alcohol or drug problem, these quizzes can help you determine if it is time to reach out for help and support.

Addiction Changes Brain's Reward System
Pursuing rewards is a natural, healthy activity. For addicts, the pursuit of rewards can become pathological due to changes in the brain's chemistry.

Visible Signs of Methamphetamine Abuse
This is the photographic history of Bridgitte Matzke, whose progression into the depths of methamphetamine abuse is shown in a series of mug shots

Ways That Marijuana Impairs Driving
Although many marijuana users don't believe it, smoking weed does impair the ability to operate a motor vehicle in a variety of ways, research shows.

Who Ends Up Becoming the College Problem Drinkers?
How can you tell which students who go off to college will become the binge drinkers who take partying to the extreme?

Binge Drinking Dangerous on Many Levels
Binge drinking is dangerous on many different levels, especially for young drinkers, with possible effects on health, brain and emotional well-being.

Brain Recovery Possible for Meth Users
It's no doubt that methamphetamine use does damage to the brain. The question is whether or not that damage is reversible when someone stops using.

Avoid Substituting Addictions to Maintain Abstinence
It is common for alcoholics and addicts new to recovery to substitute one addiction for another, becoming obsessive or compulsive about other things.

Dealing With the Past as a Tool to Maintain Abstinence
If you reached the point that you needed professional help, chances are you came into recovery with a lot of negative baggage from the past.

Developing a Drug-Free Lifestyle to Maintain Abstinence
To maintain abstinence from alcohol or drugs over a long period of time, it is important to develop a drug-free lifestyle in all aspects of your life.

Developing Healthy Relationships to Maintain Abstinence
If you are trying to maintain abstinence from drugs or alcohol, it is very important that you develop positive, healthy relationships during recovery.

Early Abstinence From Drugs and Alcohol
The toughest part of trying to recover from alcohol and drug problems comes during the early abstinence stage when a number of issues can arise.

Treatment Initiation - Seeking Help
The first stage of recovery from alcohol or drug abuse is reaching out for help and seeking some kind support, treatment or rehabilitation program.

Can Tapering Off Reduce Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms?
If you want to quit drinking, you might want to consider tapering off first to try to reduce the severity of possible alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

The Dangers of Impaired Driving
If you have only had a couple of drinks and are far from being legally intoxicated, it still probably at good idea not to be driving a vehicle.

Smoking More Harmful for Recovering Alcoholics
Research shows that alcoholics, even recovering alcoholics, are at greater risk for the negative health effects of smoking compared to other smokers.

Safety Tips for College Drinkers
College students who drink alcohol may get themselves into trouble, not because of how much they drink, but because of their risk-taking attitudes.

Alcohol and drug abuse

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Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC)

National Institute on Drug Abuse

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