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Substance abuse is using drugs or alcohol in a way that harms you or that leads you to harm others, like your family or friends. People abuse alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter drugs. Even using tobacco can be considered substance abuse. People who abuse drugs or alcohol can also become addicted to them. If you think you might have a substance abuse problem, our topics can give you the support you need to help you quit. And if you're worried about someone else, you can find tips in our topics for providing support to others.
For more information, see our substance abuse topics, such as:
Last Revised: August 24, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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