Drug abuse can be defined as the wrong or excessive use of alcohol or illegal drugs, including prescription or over-the-counter drugs with negative consequences.
Drug Dependence/Drug Addiction is the irresistible drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.
Physical Dependency is a state of adaptation to a substance, the absence of which produces symptoms and signs of withdrawal. A person suffering from physical dependency has to use the drug or substance regularly, else, s/he becomes physically ill.
Psychological Dependence is a state of intense craving for drug use that is characterised with low motivation and lack of interest in physical and mental activities.
Examples of Drug Abuse
- Cigarette smoking, including Indian Hemp and Cocaine
- Excessive or wrong use of over-the-counter drugs
- Taking drugs not prescribed by a qualified doctor
- Excessive intake of alcohol
- Excessive use of analgesic tablets, including coffee
Causes of Drug Abuse
- Peer Pressure
- Unstable home environment
- A poor relationship with parents
- Behavioral problems combined with poor parenting
- Poor achievement in school
- Availability of drugs from friends