Ohio State's Talbot Addiction Medicine has helped more people with alcohol and drug addiction problems than any other program in central Ohio.

Drug addiction is a dependence on a medication or an illegal drug. If you're addicted, you may have an intense craving for the drug or you may not be able to control your drug use despite its negative or dangerous effects. Tolerance to a drug, when you need a higher dose to get the same effect, is usually part of addiction.

Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse causes millions of serious illnesses or injuries among Americans. Abused drugs include amphetamines, anabolic steroids, club drugs, cocaine, heroin, inhalants, marijuana and prescription medications.

Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.

Programs at Talbot Addiction Medicine can help addicts quit their addiction and move on to a more productive life. Drug abuse can be treated with detoxification, abstinence, support from a 12-Step program, compliance with physician-prescribed medications and psychotherapy.

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