- long-term, pathological use of alcohol or drugs, characterized by daily intoxication, inability to reduce consumption, and impairment in social or occupational functioning; broadly, alcohol or drug addiction.
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Examples from the Web for substance abuse
If helping people with substance-abuse problems is your main concern, you know where to start.One War We Should Be Happy to Lose Once and For All: the Drug War
June 21, 2014
Substance-abuse disorders, however, have not increased among children, teenagers, and adolescents.CDC Report Paints Bleak Picture of American Kids With Mental Disorders
May 17, 2013
Army regulations required him to have substance-abuse counseling, but commanders never sent him.
At the same time, four of six staff positions for the substance-abuse office at Fort Carson sat empty.
A dual diagnosis is a person who is mentally ill and has a substance-abuse problem.The Rehab Show That Works
July 21, 2010
- Excessive use of a potentially addictive substance, especially one that may modify body functions, such as alcohol and drugs.chemical abuse
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