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:

  • Share the definition and causes of substance use, dependence and abuse
  • Differentiate misuse from abuse
  • List the classifications of drugs
  • Identify common legal drugs and their uses
  • Explain the physical effects and treatments of drug abuse
  • Describe the impact of drug use on teens
  • Analyze alcohol and tobacco advertisements
  • Discuss the personal and social dangers of drug abuse
  • Understand the relationships between drugs, violence and crime

To ensure you grasp the material in this chapter, our experienced instructors break down terminology and use 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.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: Drugs & Substance Abuse
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Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

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

Many factors contribute to the development of substance disorders. Learn the definitions of substance use, abuse, and dependency, and explore the main causes of substance disorders: sociocultural, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and biological.

From Misuse to Abuse: Distinction & Effects

2. From Misuse to Abuse: Distinction & Effects

Drug misuse occurs when legal drugs such as medication are used improperly, and drug abuse refers to a pattern of using drugs that negatively impacts a person's functioning. Discover the distinction and effects of drug abuse and misuse on the body and learn about addictive brain damage.

Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

3. Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

There are six classes of psychoactive drugs. Explore the different classes of drugs, and examine the effects of stimulants, depressants, cannabis, hallucinogens, narcotics, and inhalants.

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

There are many physical consequences to drug abuse. Understand the damage drug abuse can do to the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin, and more, and explore potential treatment options.

Personal & Social Dangers of Drug Abuse

6. Personal & Social Dangers of Drug Abuse

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the many unfortunate personal and social dangers that drug abuse poses, including those that can harm society at large.

Relationships Between Drugs, Violence & Crime

7. Relationships Between Drugs, Violence & Crime

The significant relationship between drug usage and violent crimes and incarceration has long been established by criminal scientists and psychologists. Learn more about the connection between illegal drugs and crime, and the importance of addressing mental health issues in users and offenders.

How Drug Use Affects a Teen's Life

8. 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

9. 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.

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