Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
struggle with addiction. Regular use of alcohol, tobacco
or drugs, even prescription drugs, can lead to addiction—you
can’t stop even if you want to. Addiction can
ruin your life and the lives of those you love.
The first step toward healing is to admit that you need
help. Talk to a counselor or doctor who knows about
addiction. Drug treatment programs and support groups
like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous
(NA) can help.
If a relative or friend has an addiction problem, talk
to a counselor. You may find it helpful to go to a support
group like Al-Anon, or Alateen if you are a teen.
“My drinking was hurting
my relationship with my wife and kids. With
help, I was able to stop.”
How to Stop Smoking
- Get support—let
your friends and family know you are quitting.
- Acupuncture or nicotine patches or gum can
- Wait out the urge to smoke—it
- Some people find it easier
to stop all at once. Others give up one cigarette
each day until they’re down to none.
- Find something healthy to chew on when you feel
like smoking. Raw vegetables make a great low-calorie
- Exercise helps too. Enjoy breathing
the fresh air.
- Promise yourself a special
treat when you quit.
- For help, call
California Smokers’ Helpline or visit www.nobutts.ucsd.edu.
Children of parents who smoke
are more likely to be born premature and have low birth
weight, asthma, allergies, colds and infections. They
are also at greater risk of SIDS.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Do You Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?
Are You Pregnant or Trying to Get Pregnant?
Alcohol, drugs and
smoking can seriously harm your developing baby. Try
to stop before you become pregnant. If you can’t stop
on your own, don’t be ashamed. Get help. Whenever
you stop, it will help your baby. Call Drug and Alcohol
Are you worried about how drugs,
medications or chemicals could affect your developing
baby? Call March of Dimes or visit