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A Vaccine for Drug Abuse? Maybe Someday

Sara Bellum
January 08, 2014

You’ve likely gotten vaccines for many different diseases, like measles, hepatitis B, and tetanus. But NIDA researchers hope that someday a vaccine will help people avoid drug abuse too. Read More »

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Using Drugs When Pregnant Harms the Baby

Sara Bellum
September 26, 2013

Did you know that using alcohol, cigarettes, and illegal drugs during pregnancy can harm the mother and her baby? Everything a pregnant woman eats, drinks, or takes affects the baby. Using drugs can hurt the baby’s growth or even cause the baby to get sick. Read More »

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Fear of Stigma: Does It Hold You Back?

Sara Bellum
February 12, 2013

If you’re like most people, you may try to avoid revealing anything about yourself that will make people think differently or negatively about you. Basically, you’re avoiding stigma—which is being marked by shame or disgrace. But what if you have a drug problem and want to get help? Read More »

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What Are "Co-Occurring" Disorders?

Sara Bellum
March 08, 2012

As many as 6 in 10 people with a substance use disorder also suffer from a mental health condition such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or bipolar disorder, to name a few. When this happens, the person has “co-occurring disorders.” Read More »

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Treating Addiction With Medication

Sara Bellum
January 31, 2012

Most people are familiar with taking prescription medications like antibiotics when they get sick. Some people also are prescribed medication to help with a problem like depression or ADHD. Read More »

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