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What is considered substance abuse?

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carefreeLake20
July 21st, 2016 9:17am
Overuse of substances, considered harmful or addictive for the human body is called substance abuse.
UntilThen
July 24th, 2016 2:11pm
Substance abuse is when you find yourself always going to that substance when you want to feel better and feeling like you couldn't feel better without it. Also if it's impacting your social life or work it's probably substance abuse. I hope you are able to work this through :)
Letirbeforyou
July 28th, 2016 8:52am
If you are an addict, you know the answer to that question. Taking more than prescribed and depending on that substance
sereneCupcake48
July 28th, 2016 8:58am
Substance Abuse is to have an over-indulgence, over-consumption, or dependence on an addictive substance such as illegal drugs or alcohol.
livefree24
July 29th, 2016 5:41am
when you rely on a substance to get you through the day, when the substance becomes all you ever think about or want to do
Ashoulder91
July 31st, 2016 1:40am
Substance abuse is when someone is taking in more things that can become harmful to themselves or others, such as drugs and alcohol.
AllLoveNoHate
August 7th, 2016 8:46pm
Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes.
Anonymous
August 10th, 2016 3:44am
when you feel that you can no longer go a day with out thinking about the substance or taking it. that you cannot live with out it.
Anonymous
August 22nd, 2016 8:04pm
The excessive use of a substance, especially alcohol or a drug. (There is no universally accepted definition of substance abuse.)
sweetsummer75
August 27th, 2016 3:12am
Substance abuse is basically drug abuse. Cigarettes, alcohol, pills, inhalants, etc are all considered substances that are widely abused. Substance abuse is using substances in amounts and methods that can harm the user.
Snowzee9
August 31st, 2016 7:19pm
when a person consumes a substance to the amount that is is harmful to the health of themselves or other people . It is also known as drug abuse.
RacquelJonelcsw1
September 6th, 2016 2:01am
Substance abuse is when you need to use a chemical and are unable to function without it .
Jesse1285
September 8th, 2016 5:06am
Substance abuse is generally defined as using a substance outside of accepted medical use. This can range from using a legal prescription outside of directions or using a schedule I substance with no accepted medical use. It can also include legal use that has led to an addiction. The important thing to recognize is that substance abuse should be taken seriously and help should be sought quickly.
Anonymous
September 9th, 2016 10:26am
Substance abuse is when you can no longer control your drinking behaviors. Things get out of control, you binge, and do unhealthy things.
TheTripleS719
September 15th, 2016 7:41am
Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others, and is a form of substance-related disorder.
Anonymous
October 1st, 2016 1:42am
If you use it everyday. At times when you know you shouldn't be using it. If you use it just to get that feeling that it gives
jakfullofwandering
October 2nd, 2016 4:11am
Substance abuse is using any substance more than a casual or recommended dose for purposes that it is not for.
Anonymous
October 20th, 2016 6:20pm
Having to get more to have the same effect.
Anonymous
October 23rd, 2016 2:07pm
Substance abuse is using substances such as alcohol or marijuana in an unhealthy way and using it too much
fancyGrace43
November 3rd, 2016 5:57am
People, who use medicines, drugs for wrong reasons. If you are missing respect to your body and health, substance abuse may occur to your life, if you have a history with taking medications (especially anti-depressants, pain killers, etc.)
Butterfly121
November 3rd, 2016 7:00pm
Substance abuse is when someone uses a substance such as alcohol, drugs, or anything else that may be harmful to their wellbeing, in large quantities or enough that they become dependant on the substance in order to deal with every day life. Usually it is common in people who are looking for an escape or a release from their lives and can become very detrimental very quickly.
BeautifulOutlaw
December 16th, 2016 2:28am
Coming from a nurse perspective, substance abuse is a repeated pattern of using a drug or alcohol in a form to cause harm to you, or others.
msswanepoel
December 25th, 2016 9:16pm
Substance abuse is when the drug of choice is the only thing you care about. And by that I mean, getting wasted/high everyday. And when someone is at the point where there is a physical addiction, where if they can't get high/drunk and they have physical side effects, they're definitely abusing drugs/alcohol badly. By personal experience, I had to get high the moment I woke up, before I showered, right before I sleep, before I watched tv, after I ate, etc. It took control of my routine and life. For some people it might not be as bad, they'll use like me but be able to stop with a snap of the finger. For others, it could be so much worse, having shakes or colds if they don't use for one day. Substance abuse is not a joke, and whoever is going through it please reach out to someone.
calmZebra60
February 24th, 2017 5:08pm
In the short form; using some sort of substance that has psychological, psychical or both, effects in way not intended for medical use.
iliketurtlesthemost72
April 15th, 2018 10:25pm
Substance abuse is taking drugs way too much, and getting in the way of your life. I would love to help you overcome substance abuse!
Smileylistener
May 26th, 2018 12:22pm
Using substances to block out negative feelings and feel 'happier'. Not being able to say no to substances and it's having a negative impact on your life.
Chrispensacola
June 28th, 2018 11:24am
Substance abuse is the misuse of chemical agents with the intent to achieve some effect usually unhealthy in the long term for a short term benefit. Substance abuse often leads to addiction.
stevejones66
July 26th, 2018 5:13am
Using anything that will harm you, either used once or more often, harm can be short or long term...
Anonymous
August 12th, 2018 6:12pm
Using more than you normally would. Being dependant on he substance and not being able to enjoy things you normally would without a substance.
Waves53
August 17th, 2018 7:57pm
There are different opinions on this. However, one way of checking if your substance use is turning into abuse is to look and see if it is having a negative impact on your life, either because of the things you are doing under the influence or because of the things you are or if you are NOT doing or avoiding by turning to the substance instead. Another second tip is to look at whether you are starting to feel ashamed of your substance abuse or feeling the urge to lie, de-emphasize or hide it. If so, you may want to examine more closely your substance use.