December 5, 2019
Drug abuse is also known as Substance Abuse or Drug Dependence or Drug Addiction.
Drug abuse is a state of periodic or chronic intoxication produced by the
repeated consumption of a drug (natural or synthetic). Its characteristics include:
Drug Dependence, psychological and sometimes physical state characteristics.
by a compulsion to use a drug to experience psychological or physical effects. Drug
dependence takes several forms: tolerance, habituation, and addiction.
Drugs Commonly Abused
The drugs that are commonly abused, except for alcohol and tobacco, can be
grouped into six classes:
Signs & Symptoms of Drug Abuse
Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).
Causes of Drug Abuse
There are a number of biological,psychological, and social factors, called risk factors, that can increase a person’s likelihood of developing a drug abuse. Most drug abuse professionals recognize a genetic aspect to the risk of drug addiction.
Psychological associations with substance abuse or addiction include mood disorders like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, as well as personality disorders like antisocial personality disorder. Social risk factors for drug abuse and addiction include male gender, being between 18 and 44 years of age
American heritage, unmarried marital status, and lower socioeconomic status.
According to statistics by state, people residing in the West tend to be at higher risk for chemical abuse or dependency. While men are more at risk for developing a chemical dependency like alcoholism, women seem to be more vulnerable to becoming addicted to alcohol at much lower amounts of alcohol consumption.