Addressing Substance Abuse
Addressing Substance Abuse
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Substances, even those that are completely legal, have the potential to be misused. A constant cycle of misuse can quickly devolve into substance abuse, which can then lead to addiction to and physical dependence on a substance. Alcohol, nicotine, and recreational drugs are commonly experimented with in college, and all have the potential to be abused. While addiction and dependence can be treated, the side effects of long-term substance abuse can be long-lasting and life-threatening.

Any substance, from ibuprofen to alcohol, can be misused. When you go from using a substance within guidelines to using it for any purpose outside of the guidelines, use becomes misuse. Substance misuse becomes abuse when it becomes recreational, i