drug abuse

  

Definition

Compulsive, excessive, and self-damaging use of habit forming drugs or substances, leading to addiction or dependence, serious physiological injury (such as damage to kidneys, liver, heart) and/or psychological harm (such as dysfunctional behavior patterns, hallucinations, memory loss), or death. Also called substance abuse.

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  • The CEO was fired after his meltdown in the office led to everyone finding out about his drug abuse problem.

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  • The clinic was for people who had issues with drug abuse and I realized that my brother really needed to go there.

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  • After his life was ruined by decades of popping pills and snorting cocaine, Ronnie decided it was time to seek treatment for his drug abuse.

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