What is substance abuse?
Substance abuse that is also known as drug abuse in other terms is basically some kind of the patterned use of a drug in which any of the users consume the substance in different amounts or with some kind of methods that are harmful to themselves or others as well and this is also a form of substance-related disorder. Most of the drugs are usually associated with the terms including alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, cannabis, methaqualone and other substituted amphetamines. The exact cause of drug abuse is still not clear. It can be caused either because of some genetic disposition that people learn from others or it starts with a habit that later on becomes their addiction.
Affecting functions of drug abuse:
As an addict continues to use any kind of drugs, the brain of that person adjusts to the excess dopamine by making the ability of the cells less respondent. This result in reducing the high that the other people feel as compared to the high that they usually feel when they first take the drug and this effect is usually known as tolerance. They might also try to take more of the drug by trying to achieve the same dopamine in high amount. However, the long term of these drugs use also results in causing the changes in other brain chemical systems and circuits as well and the affecting functions include:
- Decision making.
Drug testing processes:
Whenever it comes to verify whether a person has been using drugs or not, they are gone through different kind of drug tests, so that it can be made sure how much amount of drugs that have been taking and for how long. This is the basic thing that can help these people start with the treatment of getting rid of the addiction of drug abuse.
How to get over this addiction:
People who are addicted to the drugs need a different kind of treatments for getting over this habit. However, there are so many of the best centers that are available all around that these people can go to for some period of getting over this habit. They know how to deal with the addicts in the friendly environment so that they can know the harmful aspects of what they have been using and this helps them in giving it up.