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Understanding substance abuse

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Substance abuse is patterned drug use in which the user consumes the substance in substantial amounts or using methods which are harmful to himself/herself or others. Globally, substance abuse is widespread, with an estimated 120 million users of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and other synthetics.

Many people cannot understand why or how other individuals become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles and that they can stop using drugs by choosing to change their behaviour. In reality, it’s a complex disease, and quitting is challenging.

Nowadays, there are available treatments that help drug abusers counter addiction’s powerful and disruptive effects. Research shows that combining medical procedures and behavioural therapy is quite successful for most patients.




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