Ch 1: Introduction to Substance Abuse

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about substance abuse and its dangers and risk factors. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

About This Chapter

Substance abusers habitually consume psychoactive drugs such as cocaine and heroin for non-medicinal purposes. The misuse of these and other substances can result in physical and psychological damage to the user. By watching these video lessons, you could have an understanding of:

  • The prevalence of illegal drug use in the United States
  • Substance abuse terminology
  • Various substance abuse-related disorders
  • The risks associated with illegal drug use

Video Objective
Substance Abuse, Use and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders Learn about some of the possible causes of substance abuse.
Basic Terminology of Substance Abuse and Behaviors Gain knowledge of the basic terminology of substance abuse.
Models and Theories of Abuse and Dependence Explore the elements of substance abuse models, including personality disorders and trauma as well as family and tension-reduction models.
The History of Substance Use and Abuse Discuss the origins of drug-taking.
Why Do People Use Substances? Become knowledgeable about some of the reasons for this behavior.
Risk Factors and Protective Factors for Drug-Taking Behavior Study some of the risk factors for drug use and some of the factors that may help people avoid drug-taking behavior.
Personal and Social Dangers of Drug Abuse Discover why taking drugs can be dangerous.
Physical and Psychological Dependence Outline some of the differences in these types of dependency.
Relationships Between Drugs, Violence and Crime Learn about the correlation that may exist.
The Dangers of Drug Use During Pregnancy Explain how drug use increases the risk of HIV infection and can adversely affect pregnancy and the developing fetus.
Adolescents and the Risk of Substance Abuse Discover the reasons why adolescents might be at particularly high risk for drug abuse.
Drug Use in the United States Learn about the demographics of drug abuse in this country.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Policy Learn about the ways in which illegal drug use is regulated.
Screening and Diagnosis of Drug Abuse Explore how drug abuse problems are identified and diagnosed.

19 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to 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.

Basic Terminology of Substance Abuse & Drug-Taking Behavior

2. Basic Terminology of Substance Abuse & Drug-Taking Behavior

If you'd like to learn some basic but very important terminology related to substance abuse, what counts as a drug, and how you can spot substance abuse behaviors, then read this lesson!

Disease Model & Genetic Model of Substance Abuse

3. Disease Model & Genetic Model of Substance Abuse

Why do some people become addicted to drugs and alcohol, while others don't? In this lesson, we'll examine two theories that try to answer that question in terms of biology: the disease model and genetic model of substance abuse.

Personality Theories & Substance Abuse

4. Personality Theories & Substance Abuse

Why do people become addicted to substances? And what do their personalities have to do with their addictions? In this lesson, we'll attempt to answer both of those questions by looking at the link between personality type, personality disorders, and addiction.

Family, Sociocultural & Psychosocial Models of Substance Abuse

5. Family, Sociocultural & Psychosocial Models of Substance Abuse

Addiction is a complex problem, and many things can influence whether a person becomes an addict or not. In this lesson, we'll examine several theories about how a person's environment shapes addictive behaviors.

Trauma, Tension Reduction & Self-Medication in Substance Abuse

6. Trauma, Tension Reduction & Self-Medication in Substance Abuse

How do things like trauma and stress lead people to become addicts? In this lesson, we'll answer that question by looking at the way trauma, tension reduction, and self-medication can lead to substance abuse and addiction.

Depression, Mood & Existential Factors of Substance Abuse

7. Depression, Mood & Existential Factors of Substance Abuse

Why do people become addicted to alcohol or drugs? In this lesson, we'll explore some of the issues that can contribute to addiction, including common mood disorders and existential factors that people face.

Personality Disorders & Psychoanalytic Models of Substance Abuse

8. Personality Disorders & Psychoanalytic Models of Substance Abuse

Millions of people suffer from addiction but there is no consensus on the cause of substance use disorders. In this lesson, we'll look at psychoanalytic theory and addiction and the correlation of certain personality disorders with substance abuse.

The History of Substance Use & Abuse

9. The History of Substance Use & Abuse

Have you ever wondered if drugs were used in the ancient world? If so, why? What is the modern history of drug use and abuse? In this lesson, you'll get a crash course in the history of drugs.

Why Do People Use Drugs?

10. Why Do People Use Drugs?

In this lesson, we'll explore some of the reasons people use drugs. We'll look at four different examples of drug use, including prescription drugs, stimulants, alcohol, and marijuana.

Risk Factors & Protective Factors for Drug-Taking Behavior

11. Risk Factors & Protective Factors for Drug-Taking Behavior

In this lesson, you'll learn that there are two sides to the coin of drug-taking behavior. On one side, there are risk factors that may cause someone to take drugs, and on the other side, there are protective factors that help a person avoid taking drugs.

Personal & Social Dangers of Drug Abuse

12. 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.

Physical vs Psychological Substance Dependence

13. Physical vs Psychological Substance Dependence

Substance abuse can include physical dependence, psychological dependence, or both. This lesson explains the difference between physical substance dependence and psychological substance dependence.

Relationships Between Drugs, Violence & Crime

14. Relationships Between Drugs, Violence & Crime

Many inmates in both state and federal prisons say they committed their crimes while under the influence of drugs. Around one-quarter of those inmates committed violent crimes. This lesson explores the relationship between drugs, violence and crime.

The Dangers of Drug Use During Pregnancy

15. The Dangers of Drug Use During Pregnancy

In this lesson, we'll describe the problems with drug use during pregnancy and the impact on the developing fetus. We'll also explain some of the problems that arise after the baby is born, including the increased risk for HIV infection in mothers who use injectable drugs.

Adolescents & the Risk of Substance Abuse

16. Adolescents & the Risk of Substance Abuse

In this lesson, you'll learn about many of the key factors that predispose adolescents to substance abuse, including things that may be going on at home or in school.

Drug Use in the United States

17. Drug Use in the United States

In this lesson, we'll learn about the prevalence of drug use in the United States including the demographics of different substance abusers and recent trends in use. We'll look at four examples; marijuana, cocaine, opiates, and methamphetamines.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): History, Role & Purpose

18. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): History, Role & Purpose

The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, is the leading law enforcement agency responsible for preventing the distribution of illegal narcotics in the United States. This lesson explains the roles and history of the DEA.

Substance Abuse Screening & Diagnosis

19. Substance Abuse Screening & Diagnosis

Substance abuse screening and diagnosis are used to determine first whether a person has a substance abuse issue and then to determine what that problem is and how it can be treated. This lesson looks at how screening and diagnosis take place.

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