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Psy 310 - Drugs & Human Behavior

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Drug Use An Overview Talking About Drug Use Our concern about the use of a substance depends on Who is using it how much is being used and when where and why it is being used General Principles of Drug Use Use is not abuse Most users of any given substance do not use it in ways that can be defined as abuse or dependence Every drug has multiple effects Although a user might seek only one effect drugs work at multiple sites in the brain and other organs Amount matters Larger doses more frequent doses faster onset of effects can produce different effects compared to small doses User s history and expectations affect drug related effects An experienced user may experience different effects compared to an inexperienced user Expectations may make a drug effect more or less likely to occur Drugs are not good or bad Drugs are chemicals on a shelf that are inactive until they enter the body Blaming the substance ignores all the factors that may lead to abuse Important Terms Drug Any substance natural or artificial other than food that by its chemical nature alters structure or function in a living organism Illicit drug A drug that is unlawful to possess or use Deviant drug use Drug use that is not common within a social group and is disapproved of by the majority Drug misuse Use of drugs or chemicals in greater amounts than or for purposes other than those prescribed by a doctor Drug abuse Substance use in a manner an amount or in situations such that it causes social occupational psychological or physical problems Drug dependence A more precise term than addiction A state in which an individual uses a drug so frequently or consistently that it would be difficult for the person to stop May be physiological and or psychological Have Things Really Changed Drug use is not new Throughout history drugs have been used for Enhancing spiritual experiences Major economic roles Treatment for illnesses Developments in the past century Rise of legal pharmaceuticals Rise of the war on



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