Addictive Disorders

Addiction is a result of person ingesting a substance, such as alcohol or cocaine, or engaging in an activity, like gambling, that is pleasurable but is also compulsive and interfering with the person's responsibilities at home or at work. The person usually is not be aware of their out of control behavior.

ADHD: Can Your Children Drive You To Drink?
This article first reviews the relationship between childhood behavior problems and subsequent adult drinking behavior, and then explores the effects of child behavior on parental drinking.  Learn more...

Adolescent Substance Abuse: An Interview with Howard A. Liddle, EdD
Adolescent substance abuse has become a bona fide clinical specialty in its own right, with its own theory, basic and applied research, practice guidelines, and policy studies.  Learn more...

Aging and Alcohol Abuse
Drinking problems in older people are often neglected by families, doctors, and the public.  Learn more...

Alcohol: A Women’s Health Issue
With any health issue, accurate information is key. There are times and ways to drink that are safer than others. Every woman is different. No amount of drinking is 100 percent safe, 100 percent of the time, for every woman. With this in mind, it's important to know how alcohol can affect a woman's health and safety.  Learn more...

Alcohol and the Family
About 8% of American adults abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent. This is a primary health concern and it has significant implications for families and child well-being and development. Approximately one out of every four U.S. children under the age of 18 years is exposed to the effects of alcohol abuse or dependence in a family member.  Learn more...

Alcohol and Tobacco
Extensive research supports the popular observation that "smokers drink and drinkers smoke." Moreover, the heaviest alcohol consumers are also the heaviest consumers of tobacco.  Learn more...

Alcohol Use Disorder
Disorders associated with alcohol are caused by the ingestion of alcohol over a period of time and in ways that leads to problems with health, personal relationships, school, or work. Alcohol use disorders include alcohol dependence, alcohol abuse, alcohol intoxication, and alcohol withdrawal.  Learn more...

Alcohol, Violence, and Aggression
Scientists and non-scientists alike have long recognized a two-way association between alcohol consumption and violent or aggressive behavior. Not only may alcohol consumption promote aggressiveness, but victimization may lead to excessive alcohol consumption.  Learn more...

Anabolic Steroids
Awareness is growing that steroid use can cause significant physical and mental harm and may be life threatening. Some studies have identified steroids as gateway drugs to other substance use, including opioids.  Learn more...

Are You an Enabler?
If you are involved with an addicted individual, become as independent of the individual as you can, develop new support systems for yourself, and to the extent feasible let the costs of addiction fall on the individual, not yourself.  Learn more...

Behavioral Treatment for ADHD
Despite the well documented benefits of stimulant medication for treating ADHD, medication is no panacea, and some children with ADHD should not receive it.For all these children, other treatments are often necessary - and some would say, always necessary - to effectively treat ADHD.  Learn more...

Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems
Nearly one-fifth of patients treated in general medical practices report drinking at levels considered "risky" or "hazardous" and may be at risk for developing alcohol-related problems as a result. Brief intervention, which can be conducted in general health care settings, can help patients reduce that risk.  Learn more...

Children of Alcoholics
More than 6 million children live with at least one parent who abuses or is dependent on alcohol or an illicit drug.  Learn more...

Club Drugs GHB, Ketamine, and Rohypnol

Club drugs are a group of psychoactive drugs that tend to be abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts, and parties. Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol, ketamine, as well as MDMA (ecstasy) and methamphetamine  are some of the drugs included in this group.  Learn more...

Cognitive Behavioral Approach – Treating Cocaine Addiction
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Commonly Abused Drugs
This page lists drugs that are commonly abused. The list also contains commercial names, street names, intoxication effects and potential health consequences from using the substance.  Learn more...

Co-Occurring Alcohol Use Disorder and Schizophrenia
Alcohol use disorder is the most common co-occurring disorder in people with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia patients who abuse alcohol are more likely to have social, legal, and medical problems, compared with other people with schizophrenia.  Learn more...

Five Keys for Quitting Smoking
Studies have shown that the five steps in this article will help you quit tobacco for good.  Learn more...

Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention
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Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities are caused by a difference in brain structure that is present at birth and is often hereditary. They affect the way the brain processes information. This processing is the main function involved in learning. Learning disabilities can impact how someone learns to read, write, hear, speak, and calculate. There are many kinds of learning disabilities and they can affect people differently.  Learn more...

Learning Disorders
A student may have a learning disorder if his/her achievement in reading, writing, or mathematics falls below what is expected for the child's age, grade level, and intelligence. To be called a learning disorder, the problems must have a negative impact on the person's academic success or another important area of life requiring math, reading, or writing skills.  Learn more...

Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know
Before the 1960s, many Americans had never heard of marijuana, but today it is the most often used illegal drug in the United States. Cannabis is a term that refers to marijuana and other drugs made from the same plant.  Learn more...

Neurotherapy
Neurotherapy is a clinically proven, non-drug method of treating ADD/ADHD and other learning disabilities.  Learn more...

Problem Gambling
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Sexual Addiction
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Technology and Youth: Protecting Your Child from Electronic Aggression
Electronic aggression is any type of harassment or bullying that occurs through e-mail, a chat room, instant messaging, a website, blogs, or text messaging.  Learn more...

The Numbers Count: Mental Health Disorders in America
Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.  Learn more...

Use and Misuse of Alcohol Among Older Women
Community surveys have estimated the prevalence of problem drinking among older adults to range from 1 percent to 15 percent. Among older women, the prevalence of alcohol misuse ranged from less than 1 percent to 8 percent in these studies. Early detection efforts by health care providers can help limit the prevalence of alcohol problems and improve overall health in older adults.  Learn more...