About Substance Abuse
Substance Abuse or Chemical Dependence
Substance abuse is a recognized medical brain disorder. It refers to the abuse of illegal or legal substances. Alcohol is the most common legal drug of abuse. Substance dependence describes abuse of drugs or alcohol that continues, even when serious problems related to their use have developed.
About Alcohol Abuse
Alcoholism and Family History
Genetics can play a part in whether you have problems with alcohol. But many other factors also have an influence. Here's what you should know.
About Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription Drug Addiction
Three kinds of prescription medicines are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants. Here's what you should know.
About Illegal Drug Abuse
Primer: GHB, a Club Drug
Learn more about GHB, a dangerous and addictive illegal drug. GHB produces a feeling of euphoria and hallucinations. It is popular with teens who go to all-night dance parties.
All About LSD
LSD, also called acid, is one of the most commonly used hallucinogens or psychedelic drugs.
What You Need to Know About Heroin
Until recently, heroin was not considered a problem among children of middle-class parents. But lately, it has been showing up in new places. Today the typical user could be a person from any race, part of the country, socio-economic level, or age.
The Menace of Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine (meth) is a highly addictive drug. It is related to the legal stimulant amphetamine, but has stronger effects.