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According to federal government statistics, as many as 12 million teens in the United States use alcohol or drugs on a regular basis, and 3 million of them qualify as substance abusers. Alcoholism and drug addiction, also known as substance abuse disorders, are two versions of the same disease: dependence on a chemical substance.
Table of Contents
1 What Are Alcoholism and Addiction? 1
2 Substances of Abuse 14
3 Causes of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction 32
4 Recognizing Alcoholism and Drug Addiction 44
5 Dangers of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction 54
6 Getting Support and Help 65
7 Approaches to Treatment 77
8 Managing Alcoholism and Drug Addiction: Life After Treatment 92
9 Helping a Friend or Relative 104
10 Paying for Care 115
11 What More Can You Do? 123
Appendix: Associations and Support Groups 132
Read More About It 147