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Princeton's WordNet

  1. substance abuse, drug abuse, habit(noun)

    excessive use of drugs

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  1. drug abuse(Noun)

    Misuse of, or overindulgence in, drugs; substance abuse.

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  1. Substance abuse

    Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a substance in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others. The exact cause of substance abuse is impossible to know because there is not just one direct cause. However substance abuse and addiction is known to run in families. One theory suggests there is a genetic disposition which predisposes certain individuals toward substance abuse. Another suggests substance abuse is learned there for people subjected to substance abuse by those around them begin to copy the same behaviors. Substance abuse might start out as a bad habit but when and if addiction develops it manifests as a chronic debilitating disease. 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. Some of the drugs most often associated with this term include alcohol, substituted amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, methaqualone, and opioids.

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