What is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs, which can lead to physical, psychological, or social problems.
Substance abuse is a complex and pervasive issue involving the misuse of psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. Individuals who engage in substance abuse may do so for various reasons, including seeking pleasure, coping with stress, or managing mental health symptoms. Prolonged substance abuse can lead to addiction, a chronic brain disease characterized by drug-seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. Substance abuse can have severe physical, psychological, and social consequences, impacting an individual's health, relationships, and overall quality of life. Effective treatment for substance abuse often involves a combination of behavioral therapy, counseling, and sometimes medication to help individuals regain control over their lives and overcome addiction.