Drug Abuse And Substance Abuse

2073 Words Jun 28th, 2015 9 Pages
Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is defined as 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. (put citation in) The exact cause of substance abuse is not clear, with theories ranging from genetic disposition, a habit that is learned from your environment, or if the use of the drug turns into an addiction, it is viewed as a disease. Drug abuse is often linked to a lack of willpower or self-control, meaning that people who have addictions make a conscious choices to take part in the destructive behaviors. The use of substances may lead the user to have physical, social and psychological difficulties. There are many theories and psychological approaches when dealing with substance abuse.
Growing up, I never thought it would happen to me. I was a fairly happy child, growing with two wonderful parents. There was no abuse, there was trauma, and there was nothing that happened to my sister or I that would cause me to become an alcoholic around the age of 20. I often wondered if it was my parent’s divorce that led me astray, but deep down I knew that both of my parents were happy being apart, and they did all they could to make my sister and I happy as well. When entering a rehab facility for my alcoholism I found that I was not alone, having come from a well-rounded household, having two parents that loved me very much, and having my needs met. So what went wrong? Often time’s people…
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