Substance Abuse Problems

Substance Abuse Problems

What does substance abuse include?
Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes. “Substances” can include alcohol and other drugs (illegal or not) as well as some substances that are not drugs at all.

Certain factors can affect the likelihood and speed of developing an addiction:
  • Family history of addiction. Drug addiction is more common in some families and likely involves genetic predisposition. …
  • Mental health disorder. …
  • Peer pressure. …
  • Lack of family involvement. …
  • Early use. …
  • Taking a highly addictive drug.

What is the difference between substance abuse and substance use disorder?
The APA ditched both “substance abuse” and “substance dependence” in favor of “substance use disorder.” Substance use disorder is now the medical term for addiction. Previously, abuse was a mild form of addiction, and dependence was a moderate or severe form of addiction.

What is the most commonly abused chemical substance?
Alcohol (ethanol)
Alcohol (ethanol) continues to be the most commonly abused substance. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 28.4% of youths aged 12 to 17 years ever drank alcohol and 5.8% reported binge drinking in the past month.

What does it mean to misuse a substance?
Substance misuse is the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, or over-the-counter or prescription medications in a way that they are not meant to be used. Over time, substance misuse can become an unhealthy way to respond to stress and anxiety, particularly when managing a chronic illness like cystic fibrosis.

Why should we be concerned about substance abuse in our community?
Substance abuse affects and costs the individual, the family, and the community in significant, measurable ways including loss of productivity and unemployability; impairment in physical and mental health; reduced quality of life; increased crime; increased violence; abuse and neglect of children; dependence


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