Substance abuse is one of the most widely misunderstood areas of pharmacology and has led some patients to avoid narcotics and pain-relieving drugs for fear of becoming addicted to the drug.

Substance abuse is the indiscriminant misuse of medication that results in a physical and/or psychological dependence on the drug. A person is considered addicted to a drug if over a six month period they develop dependence for the drug, they experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug is no longer administered, and they require increased doses of the drug to experience the same therapeutic effect.

An addicted person also has an uncontrollable urge to use the drug and self-medication interferes with activities of daily life and continues despite the negative consequence of using the drug.

Drug abusers exhibit common behavioral patterns such as being unable to maintain a normal routine, have poor hygiene, and strained family and social relationships. They also have more legal problems than the average person. And most importantly, they are frequently in denial that they have a problem.

Healthcare professionals are especially prone to drug abuse because drugs can enhance performance during long shifts, drugs are easily accessible, and health care professionals know how to self medicate. Furthermore, revealing your own abuse of drugs places the healthcare provider's license and livelihood in jeopardy.

There are tests available to determine if a person has taken drugs, however those tests are not foolproof. There is a chance that the results will be a false positive or false negative.

Commonly abused drugs fall into one of five groups. These are heroin, cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, and inhalants. Although many of the drugs that are in these groups are illegal in the United States, some of them are legal in other countries.

Defeat Drugs and Live Free

Defeat Drugs and Live Free

Being addicted to drugs is a complicated matter condition that's been specified as a disorder that evidences in the obsessional thinking about and utilization of drugs. It's a matter that might continue to get worse and become disastrous and deadly if left untreated.

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