Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Addiction and Treatment

Addiction and alcoholism are not moral issues. They are chronic, dangerous, and ultimately fatal diseases.

If you have questions about addiction – such as “How Do I Know I Have a Problem?” – this is the page to read. It will help you determine if you have a problem with a substance like alcohol or meth.

We encourage you to, after reading about these drugs, Contact Us for help to recover.

Alcohol

If drinking is causing you problems with your health, relationships, job, finances, the law and/or in other areas of your life, it's important to seek help. The effects of alcohol abuse are serious—even fatal.

How Do I Know if I Have a Drinking Problem?
What is Alcoholism?
Effects of Alcoholism
Treatment for Alcoholism

Heroin/Opiates

Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug. It is both the most abused and the most rapidly acting of the opiates.

How Do I Know if I Have a Heroin Problem?
What is Heroin and How is it Used?
Effects of Heroin Use
Treatment for Heroin and Opiate Addiction

Methamphetamine

How Do I Know if I’m Addicted to Meth?
What is Methamphetamine and How is it Used?
Effects of Methamphetamine Use
Rehab for Methamphetamine Addiction

Cocaine

How Do I Know if I'm Addicted to Cocaine?
What is Cocaine and How is it Used?
Effects of Cocaine Abuse
Rehab Options for Cocaine Addiction

Marijuana

It may sound impossible. But you can in fact abuse marijuana. Abuse cases usually stem from fixating on use of marijuana too often.

Marijuana addiction needs professional treatment, like any other abused drug. Support Systems Homes' rehab programs cover marijuana detox, treatment for addiction, and supportive rehab centers.

How Do I Know if I Abuse Marijuana?
What is Marijuana and How is it Used?
Effects of Marijuana Abuse
Treatment for Marijuana Abuse Available in Northern California

Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug abuse is growing at an alarming rate in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health published in 2004, more than 6.3 million Americans reported current use of prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in the previous year.

Do I Have a Prescription Drug Abuse Problem?
Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
Treatment for a Prescription Drug Addiction

OxyContin

Do I Have a Problem with OxyContin?
What is OxyContin and How is it Abused?
Effects of OxyContin Addiction
Rehab Programs for OxyContin Addiction

Resources and Information

ALL CONDITIONS

Al-Anon/Alateen
(757) 563–1600
Fax: (757) 563–1655
Support, meeting information and resources for friends and family of problem drinkers.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
(800) 622-HELP

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)
Information, educational materials, treatment facility locator, and statistics regarding addiction

SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
(800) 729-6686

ALCOHOLISM

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) World Services, Inc.
(212) 870–3400
Support, meeting information and resources for problem drinkers.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
(301) 443–3860
Free informational materials on all aspects of alcoholism, including the effects of drinking during pregnancy, alcohol use and the elderly, and help for cutting down on drinking.

HEROIN

Heroin Anonymous
Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information

Narcotics Anonymous
(818) 773-9999
Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information

Nar-Anon
Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information for families/friends of addicts

METHAMPHETAMINE

Crystal Meth Anonymous
Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information

Narcotics Anonymous
(818) 773-9999
Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information

Nar-Anon
Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information for families/friends of addicts

COCAINE

Cocaine Anonymous
Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information

Co-Anon
Information for families/friends of cocaine addicts

MARIJUANA

Marijuana Anonymous
Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information

Marijuana Anonymous - Loved Ones of Addicts
Information for families/friends of addicts

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Pills Anonymous
Drug Treatment Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information

OXYCONTIN

OxyContin Advisory from SAMHSA (PDF)

Pills Anonymous
Support, links to meetings, phone lines and information