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Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #TJ2166_VA
Even if you don't drink alcohol very often, it's still possible to drink in unhealthy ways and to be at risk for becoming dependent on it. Look for the signs of alcohol use disorder.
Are You At Risk for Alcohol Use Disorder? - VHL HealthSheet #TJ2233_VA
Why do some people drink to unhealthy levels, while others don't? Certain things make an alcohol problem more likely. These are called risk factors.
Risky Drinking and Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #HW130547_VA
Drinking alcohol may help you feel relaxed. But it can also lead to some problems if you drink too much.
Understanding Alcohol or Drug Lapse or Relapse - VHL HealthSheet #UG4863_VA
Stopping substance misuse, whether it's alcohol or drugs you are using, can be very hard.
Alcohol Use Disorders and Relationships - VHL HealthSheet #TJ2415_VA
You may know a family member or friend who has a drinking problem or is going through recovery. You may want to talk with your loved one about how you can help.
Drug and Alcohol Misuse in the Military - VHL HealthSheet #UG4963_VA
People in the military use the same drugs as people who are not in the armed services. These drugs include marijuana, cocaine, inhalants, and meth.
Drug and Alcohol Misuse in Older Adults - VHL HealthSheet #UG4806_VA
Many people think drinking too much and using drugs (alcohol and drug misuse) only affects teens and younger adults. But all ages can have problems with drugs and alcohol, including older adults.
Drug and Alcohol Misuse and Mental Health Problems - VHL HealthSheet #UG4809_VA
Some people have both a drug and alcohol problem and a mental health problem. You need to treat both problems to fully recover.
For Caregivers: Warning Signs of Drug and Alcohol Misuse - VHL HealthSheet #41691_VA
Adults of all ages can have problems with drugs and alcohol. This includes older adults that are ages 65 and older.
Mental Health Problems and Stigma - VHL HealthSheet #AD1040_VA
People sometimes have negative views about things they don't understand, such as mental health problems. This is called stigma.
Understanding Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #TJ2369_VA
Alcohol use disorder can be a chronic, relapsing disease. So, it is important to persist with your recovery.
Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #TJ2328_VA
Your healthcare provider may help you figure out if you are drinking at unhealthy levels and would benefit from treatment. The type of treatment that will be best for you depends on a number of things.
Medicines for Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #TJ2389_VA
Medicines can be used to help treat alcohol use disorders. Some medicines can reduce symptoms of withdrawal that happen during detoxification.
Understanding Alcohol or Drug Lapse or Relapse - VHL HealthSheet #UG4863_VA
Stopping substance misuse, whether it's alcohol or drugs you are using, can be very hard.
Acamprosate: Recovery-Focused Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #41560_VA
Acamprosate is used to help a person who has recently quit drinking alcohol continue to choose not to drink (remain abstinent from alcohol).
Disulfiram: Recovery-Focused Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #41563_VA
Disulfiram can be used to help you cut down or stop drinking.
Gabapentin: Recovery-Focused Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #41564_VA
Gabapentin can reduce your desire to drink and can help you stop drinking.
Naltrexone: Recovery-Focused Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #41566_VA
Naltrexone can reduce your urge or desire to drink and can help you continue to choose not to drink.
Topiramate: Recovery-Focused Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #41571_VA
Topiramate can reduce your urge or desire to drink and can help you reduce or stop drinking.
Ideas to Help You Stop Drinking Alcohol - VHL HealthSheet #TK2133_VA
If you think you might be dependent on alcohol, talk with your healthcare provider before trying to stop drinking.
When to Get Urgent Help for Alcohol Use Disorder - VHL HealthSheet #TJ2264_VA
If you or someone you care about has an alcohol problem (alcohol use disorder) or signs of one, you may want to call a healthcare provider.
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