Substance Abuse

Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods neither approved nor supervised by medical professionals. Substance abuse/drug abuse is not limited to mood-altering or psycho-active drugs. If an activity is performed using the objects against the rules and policies of the matter (as in steroids for performance enhancement in sports), it is also called substance abuse. Therefore, mood-altering and psychoactive substances are not the only types of drug abuse. Using illicit drugs – narcotics, stimulants, depressants (sedatives), hallucinogens, cannabis, even glues and paints, are also considered to be classified as drug/substance abuse. Substance abuse often includes problems with impulse control and impulsive behaviour.

The term "drug abuse" does not exclude dependency, but is otherwise used in a similar manner in nonmedical contexts. The terms have a huge range of definitions related to taking a psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. All of these definitions imply a negative judgment of the drug use in question (compare with the term responsible drug use for alternative views). Some of the drugs most often associated with this term include alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (particularly temazepam, nimetazepam, and flunitrazepam), cocaine, methaqualone, and opioids. Use of these drugs may lead to criminal penalty in addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm, both strongly depending on local jurisdiction. There are many cases in which criminal or antisocial behavior occur when the person is under the influence of a drug. Long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well. Other definitions of drug abuse fall into four main categories: public health definitions, mass communication and vernacular usage, medical definitions, and political and criminal justice definitions. Substance abuse is prevalent with an estimated 120 million users of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and other synthetic drugs.

Substance abuse is a form of substance-related disorder.

Read more about Substance Abuse:  Signs and Symptoms, Epidemiology, Treatment

Other articles related to "substance abuse, substance, abuse":

Substance Abuse - Special Populations - Immigrants and Refugees - Empowerment Social Work and Culturally Competent Practice
... of strategies have been suggested for social work practice in the field of substance abuse recovery when working with immigrants and refugees ... In a literature review of the research on immigration, acculturation, and substance abuse, Leow, Goldstein, and McGlinchy (2006) recommend tailoring intervention and treatment services and materials ...
Stephen Yohay - Career
... Yohay impressed the staff with his grasp of substance-abuse theory and he became Casriel's protégé as a counselor trainee ... Yohay built ACI into a prominent facility for substance abuse treatment in the New York area ... was provided a contract to manage all of the mental health and substance abuse benefits for the victim of the 9-11 World Trade Center attacks and their families ...
List Of Addiction And Substance Abuse Organizations
... are struggling with an addiction to drugs, including alcohol (substance abuse) or other forms of addiction, such as problem gambling and sexual addiction ... Numerous addiction and substance abuse services exist worldwide to aid in rehabilitation ...
List Of Addiction And Substance Abuse Organizations - Canada - Canadian Centre On Substance Abuse
... The mandate of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis in order to secure the efforts required ... is fully committed to providing access to a range of information relating to substance abuse issues, with clear emphasis on prevention, and provides full access to ...
Vermont Defendant Accommodation Project - Background
... criminal defendants often suffered from a combination of disorders, such as mental illness substance abuse homelessness a history of physical and/or sexual abuse a history ... This approach would provide housing, sheltered employment, substance abuse counseling, and mental health services rather than using the criminal justice system as the “institution of last resort” for ...

Famous quotes containing the words abuse and/or substance:

    Children are extraordinarily precious members of society; they are exquisitely alert, sensitive, and conscious of their surroundings; and they are extraordinarily vulnerable to maltreatment or emotional abuse by adults who refuse to give them the profound respect and affection to which they are unconditionally entitled.
    Wisdom of the Elders, quoted in Kids Are Worth It, by Barbara Coloroso, ch. 1 (1994)

    Just as a chemist “isolates” a substance from contaminations that distort his view of its nature and effects, so the work of art purifies significant appearance. It presents abstract themes in their generality, but not reduced to diagrams.
    Rudolf Arnheim (b. 1904)