drug abuse | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

Drug abuse, also known as substance abuse or substance use disorder, refers to the harmful or problematic use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs.

Substance abuse can lead to many negative consequences, including physical and psychological health problems, impaired judgment and decision-making, and social and legal problems.

Drug abuse is characterized by a pattern of using a substance that is not consistent with legal or medical guidelines. This can include using a substance in larger amounts or over a longer period of time than intended or using a substance in a way that is not prescribed. Substance abuse can also involve continuing to use a substance despite experiencing negative consequences as a result of the substance use.

Drug abuse can be treated through a combination of therapies, including medication and behavioral therapies. Treatment may be provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on the severity of the substance abuse and the needs of the individual. It is important to seek professional help for substance abuse in order to address the underlying issues and prevent the negative consequences of drug abuse from worsening.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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