Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Psychoactive substance use can lead to dependence syndrome – a cluster of behavioural, cognitive, and physiological phenomena that develop after repeated substance use

What is addition and substance misuse?

Addiction is a condition that makes a person have extreme cravings for something that gives intense pleasure, making them incapable to control the urge of use and find every possible way to get it without even thinking of the consequences.
People showing severe signs of addiction, usually use substances such as alcohol or different types of drugs. The users are aware of the damage, nevertheless they continue using regardless of the irreversible damage they are causing to themselves.

People can become addicted to several substances

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Marijuana
  • Different types of Medicine like tranquilizers, antidepressants, Sedatives, Hypnotics, anxiolytics, etc
  • Hallucinogens like PCP, LCD, etc
  • Inhalants like glue, paint thinners
  • Opioid painkillers like Codeine, Oxycodone, heroin
  • Stimulants like Cocaine, methamphetamine among others

Repeated use of these substances can lead to harmful changes in the brain and its functioning, making drug use in people totally compulsive.

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