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Ch 8: Drugs & Substance Abuse

About This Chapter

Improve your understanding of drug use and substance abuse by viewing this chapter's engaging video lessons. Examine the classifications of drugs, the impact of substance abuse and how such abuse can be treated.

Drugs & Substance Abuse - Chapter Summary

If you're unsure of the difference between substance abuse and substance dependence, take a look at the video lessons in this chapter. Our instructors define these terms while also covering the repercussions of drug abuse. You'll also explore teenage drug use as well as drug advertisements. After finishing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between substance use, dependence and abuse
  • Recognize the effects of substance abuse
  • List the classifications of drugs
  • Identify common legal drugs and their uses
  • Explain how drug abuse is treated
  • Describe the impact of drug use on teens
  • Analyze alcohol and tobacco advertisements

To ensure you grasp the material in this chapter, our experienced instructors break down terminology and use several examples to simplify concepts. You can learn about substance abuse whenever it fits your schedule; just pull up our lessons on your mobile device or computer.

Read over lesson transcripts, as these highlight key terms for quick reference. Be sure to also take the quizzes accompanying these lessons to check your understanding of the covered topics.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Drugs & Substance Abuse
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

1. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

Substance use, abuse, and dependence are often confused with each other. In this lesson, we'll look at the differences between the three and common causes of addiction.

From Misuse to Abuse: Distinction & Effects

2. From Misuse to Abuse: Distinction & Effects

This lesson will differentiate drug misuse and abuse. You will also learn how the central nervous system is affected by drugs and what other effects drugs have upon the body.

Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

3. Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

This lesson will describe the six major classes of psychoactive drugs, give examples of substances in each class, and explain what they cause a person to experience in the short-term and the long-term.

The Appropriate Use of Legal Drugs & Medicine

4. The Appropriate Use of Legal Drugs & Medicine

In this lesson, you're going to learn a ton of names related to some of the most common over the counter (OTC) and prescription medications found in the United States as well as their main uses.

Drug Abuse: Physical Consequences and Treatment

5. Drug Abuse: Physical Consequences and Treatment

The kidneys, heart, lungs, and skin are all affected by drug use, sometimes severely so. You'll learn how and also the many different ways by which a person can be treated for substance abuse in this lesson.

How Drug Use Affects a Teen's Life

6. How Drug Use Affects a Teen's Life

In this lesson, we'll look at some of the consequences of teen drug use. We'll look at how the use of drugs impacts teens' relationships, academic performance, and development.

Analyzing Tobacco & Alcohol Advertisements

7. Analyzing Tobacco & Alcohol Advertisements

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the various ways advertisements are used by the tobacco, alcohol, and drug industry to target their current or future customer base.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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