Introduction to Substance Abuse

Woman talking to people in a substance abuse program.

An overindulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.

―Criss Jami, author


By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Define substance abuse and markers for substance abuse risk
  • Describe the effects of alcohol use and abuse on the body
  • Compare the effects of prescription and illegal drug use and abuse on the body
  • Identify resources for further information and guidance about substance abuse


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