This new fifth edition provides updated information about the abuse of illegal substances and the misuse of over-the-counter and prescription medications. If offers facts about the most commonly abused drugs and discusses the causes and consequences of addiction. Drug abuse treatment options are described, and obstacles to recovery are explained. A section on drug abuse prevention discusses some of the strategies that have been successful in helping people avoid drug-related problems. The book concludes with glossaries of drug-related terms and directories of resources for additional help and information.