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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 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. Use of these drugs may lead to criminal penalty in addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm, both strongly depending on local jurisdiction. There are many cases in which criminal or anti-social behavior occur when the person is under the influence of a drug. Long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well. Other definitions of drug abuse fall into four main categories: public health definitions, mass communication and vernacular usage, medical definitions, and political and criminal justice definitions   more
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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 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. Use of these drugs may lead to criminal penalty in addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm, both strongly depending on local jurisdiction. There are many cases in which criminal or anti-social behavior occur when the person is under the influence of a drug. Long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well. Other definitions of drug abuse fall into four main categories: public health definitions, mass communication and vernacular usage, medical definitions, and political and criminal justice definitions   more
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PartTimeHipster says2014-06-30T05:32:49.7489014-05:00
I'd say it's a forced constriction.
briantheliberal says2014-06-30T09:54:49.2878082-05:00
Addiction is a disease, a mental condition. A person cannot choose to be addicted to something, however, an addiction is usually the result of choice.
Formerland1 says2014-06-30T10:01:26.9234142-05:00
But they can choose to do something that they could easily be addicted to , and that could harm them
Heterodox says2014-06-30T21:28:00.2662860-05:00
We label too many things a disease nowadays. I believe it is a physical and mental issue, but not a disease. Some people can overcome the physical and mental issue on their own, others cannot. Usually people make the choice to use drugs initially. I have never ever met someone who made a choice to become addicted. Take me for example. I smoke cigarettes, have for 13 years. I don't consider myself addicted to them, because I do not want to quit. However, just because I choose to smoke does not mean I want cancer, but I do consider that my chances of getting cancer go up because I smoke. Likewise a person that uses drugs, uses them to get high (dull some pain), they don't want to become addicted, even though they know that is a possibility.
discomfiting says2014-07-01T23:33:02.0306159-05:00
Not all diseases are bacterial. Lol. "disease is a particular abnormal, pathological condition that affects part or all of an organism"
Criomorph says2014-07-04T21:57:30.6633623-05:00
It's a disease. Literally, that's the gorram definition.

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