Substance Abuse

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Health and Sickness - Substance Abuse

Health and Sickness
addict
addictnoun

someone who cannot stop taking, using, or smoking a substance

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addicted
addictedadjective

physically or physiologically unable to stop taking a drug, especially a habit-forming substance or stop doing something, particularly something harmful or unhealthy

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addiction
addictionnoun

the inability to stop taking, using, or doing something, particularly something harmful or unhealthy

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addictiveadjective

causing or characterized by addiction

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alcohol abusenoun

excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic drinks

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alcoholic
alcoholicnoun

a person who has the habit of drinking too much alcohol

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alcoholic
alcoholicadjective

characterized by excessive consumption of alcohol and one's powerlessness to break this habit

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Alcoholics Anonymousnoun

an international organization with a spiritually inclined Twelve Steps Program designed to help people who are trying to stop drinking alcohol

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alcoholismnoun

a medical condition caused by drinking an excessive amounts of alcohol on a regular basis

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cold turkeynoun

an unpleasant state experienced by drug addicts as a result of sudden withdrawal of a habit-forming substance

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cold turkeyadverb

in an unexpected and sudden manner

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cravingnoun

a prolonged and intense desire for something particular

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dependence
dependencenoun

a chronic state marked by being heavily reliant on or controlled by something, particularly alcohol or narcotic drugs

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dependency
dependencynoun

the state of being reliant on someone or something, particularly when it is not normal or necessary

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dependentadjective

not able to stop taking or using something

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flashbacknoun

a disturbing, involuntary, and vivid memory of past experiences that suddenly pops up, often as a result of psychological trauma

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glue-sniffingnoun

the habit of deliberately breathing the fumes of certain kinds of glue in order to become intoxicated

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hangovernoun

a feeling of illness one feels after drinking an excessive amount of alcohol

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hookedadjective

addicted to something, particularly to narcotic drugs

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hungoveradjective

a person who is hungover is feeling ill because they drank too much alcohol the night before

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narcoticadjective

(of a drug or substance) affecting one's mind in a harmful way

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Narcotics Anonymousnoun

a nonprofit organization that helps drug users recover from drug addiction

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to overdose
to overdoseverb

to give or take an excessive amount of a drug at a given time, which could be fatal

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substance abusenoun

the habit of drinking an too much alcohol or taking an excessive amount of harmful drug

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tolerancenoun

a person's diminished reaction to a substance or drug as it no longer works as it once did following its repeated use

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withdrawalnoun

the sudden cut back on or discontinuation of drug taking

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