Substance use or abuse is defined as overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance like illegal drugs or alcohol. Substance use can also involve prescribed medications, tobacco, steroids or anything else that changes how the mind and body function.
Contrary to popular belief, addiction is NOT a moral or character defect. In fact, it is a complex brain disease. It is a chronic disease characterized by craving, seeking, and use that can persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences. Alcohol/Drug-seeking may become compulsive because of the effects of prolonged use on brain functioning and, thus, on behavior. Addiction is not impossible to reverse. The first important step toward recovery is asking for and getting help.
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