Although it is easier to think only street drugs like marijuana and cocaine can cause addiction, many prescription or over-the-counter drugs can be, and are used in ways other than improving health. It is possible to get hooked on painkillers, cough syrup, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, and others—and doing so poses serious risks to health.


Although changes in mood and memory processes are behavioural influences of substance abuse, these effects are due to progressive brain damage, as follows: ▪Disruption of nutrients needed by brain tissue. ▪Direct damage, injury, and death of brain cells, including neurotransmitter receptors. ▪Alterations to brain chemical concentrations, including neurotransmitters and hormones. ▪Deprivation of oxygen to brain …

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WEDNESDAY FACT #12 Drug abuse is the illegitimate use of psychoactive drugs to provide pleasure, without appropriate supervision from a health professional. Drug abuse is common among teenagers and young adults, most of which start abusing drugs due to peer pressure. The types of drugs that can be abused include marijuana, cocaine and pain medications …

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Like many other illnesses, substance abuse is typically a chronic disorder. To be sure, some people can quit drug use “cold turkey,” or they can quit after receiving treatment just one time at a rehabilitation facility. But most of those who abuse substances require longer-term treatment and, in many instances, repeated treatments. The best way …

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Substance Abuse :The Science of Your Addiction

In the beginning, substance abuse and addiction had a dangerous tango. Now look around, you can see them (substance abuse and addiction) hip to hip, still swaying together. Substance abusers turned addicts. Addicts turned substance abusers.  Despite this, a line still exists between substance abuse and addiction. Substance abuse happens when substances are either not …

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Experimentation plays the biggest role in teenage drug use. Half of all new drug users are under the age of 18, and the majority of adults with an addiction first experimented with drugs before they turned 21. This is because the teenage brain is still developing, and early drug abuse can have long-term cognitive and …

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