Related links for drug abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, mental health disorders, sex and love addiction, and pathological gambling.
Drug Abuse and Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes
Substance and Alcohol Abuse Symptoms Checklist – Detailed list of signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse, including motivations behind substance abuse as well as physical and behavioral symptoms. The site also has a list for drug use signs and symptoms in teens. (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley)
Physical and mental effects of drug and alcohol abuse
Crossing the Line to Addiction: How and When Does it Happen? – This site offers a clear description of how drugs cause actual changes in the brain. (PBS Online)
Animation Video of Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain – Easy-to-understand animation video demonstrating how cocaine affects the brain’s electrical impulses and increases the neurotransmitter dopamine, which causes changes in behavior. (PBS.org)
Pathology of Drug and Alcohol Abuse - Using medical terminology, provides details of how drug abuse affects different organs and bodily processes. (University of Utah)
NIDA InfoFAacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and addiction – Detailed but understandable description of how people become addicted to drugs and the causes of drug addiction. (NIDA)
Information for Families Dealing with a Friend or Loved One
Impact of Substance Abuse on Families - Part of a larger booklet available online from SAHMSA discussing the importance of involving the family in substance abuse treatment (National Library of Medicine)
12 Step Recovery - A free community for people and families dealing with addiction through a 12 step program.
Drug Rehab Directory - easy to navigate directory for finding help for you or a loved one in need of treatment
General Information about Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa – Covers the signs, causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of anorexia. Includes information on nutritional and dietary therapies. (University of Maryland Medical Center)
General Information about Eating Disorders – (From the National Institute of Mental Health)
General Information about Mental Health Disorders
National Institue of Mental Health – General information regarding all mental health issues and treatment.