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Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction

Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction 

 

Understanding substance use, abuse, and addiction
 
People experiment with drugs or with substances for many different reasons. Many will try it out to quench their curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Use doesn’t automatically lead to abuse, and there is no specific point at which drug use moves from casual to problematic. Drug abuse and addiction is less about the amount of substance consumed or the frequency, and more about the reasons people turn to drugs in the first place as well as the consequences of their drug use. If your drug use is causing problems in your life—at work, school, home, or in your relationships—you likely have a drug abuse or addiction problem. To read more go to:  https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/drug-abuse-and-addiction.htm
 
It takes courage and strength to face up to any type of addiction, whether it’s alcohol, drugs, nicotine, gambling, the internet, or self-injury. Recovery is a process, and there’s bound to be some bumps in the road.
 
 
TedTalks:
 
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong: What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem. https://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong
 
Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness. In a personal, thoughtful talk, he encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders. https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_botticelli_addiction_is_a_disease_we_should_treat_it_like_one
 
Videos
Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders http://study.com/academy/lesson/substance-use-abuse-and-dependence-definition-and-causes-of-substance-disorders.html
 
Articles
Substance Abuse and Its Relationship to Mental Health Problems https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/substance-abuse-and-mental-health.htm