What Is the Difference Between Drug Abuse and Drug Addiction?

Question by Chronic: What is the difference between drug abuse and drug addiction?
I am witing something freelance and just wondering if anyone can give me an addequite difference between drug abuse and drug addiction.

The definition of an addict is: 1. To cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance
2. To occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually or compulsively

Definition of drug abuse: he use of illegal drugs or the inappropriate use of legal drugs. The repeated use of drugs to produce pleasure, to alleviate stress, or to alter or avoid reality (or all three).

The use of a drug for a purpose other than that for which it is normally prescribed or recommended.

the habitual misuse of a chemical substance

They are very similar definitions. Almost the same.

Why are people either classified as a drug abuser or a drug addict? Drug abusers don’t usually get the intese care an addict does. Remember, the definition for addic includes psychological addiction… not just physical.

Best answer:

Answer by Nico
drug abuse-when you get pain killers from the doctor and you take too many for the effects

addiction is when you can’t stop taking them,because you’re addicted to them.

drug abuse usually comes before addiction

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14 Responses to What Is the Difference Between Drug Abuse and Drug Addiction?

  • mak says:

    The definition and the explanation of Question is well explained by you only. I hope no more explanation and definition is required.

  • lord_darkclaw says:

    Well, caffeine is addictive but it doesn’t really do any harm. It’s a legal drug consumed by hundreds of millions of people and even though they are addicted (the withdrawal symptoms are surprisingly severe) they do not risk health problems and so there is no particular reason for them to quit.

    There are also people who are addicted to illegal drugs but do not suffer serious harm.
    You’re right that there’s not much difference in the definitions but it is possible to be a drug addict yet not a drug abuser.

  • compassionate-angel says:

    when you are addicted, you are abusing them..so, not much difference

  • pure_genius says:

    I hope you will source your definitions. Your secondary definition of an addict would make everyone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder an addict.

    Under federal law an addict is any individual who habitually uses any narcotic drug so as to endanger the public morals, health, safety, or welfare, or who is so far addicted to the use of narcotic drugs as to have lost the power of self-control with reference to his addiction. – 21 USC Sec. 802

    Drug abuse is wholly determined by the legal status of a substance as your definition indicates. That is the distinction between addicts and abusers. Using cocaine once is abuse. Subsequent habitual use makes one an addict.

  • choxblox says:

    How drugs are used? by society and their rulers. See YouTube video “Drugs Simplified”.

  • biggerrerint says:

    can anybody link me the original? if there is one?

  • sozialesNirvana says:

    *s* but: Soulwax – E-Talking (there are? two versions, both great)

    (smart ass)

  • sozialesNirvana says:

    oh, also none of them, except barbiturates, will kill you if you od it… perhabs, if you take it the first time with no tolerance or if the substance is laced(cut) or if it is taken with a drug, which is contra induced … even for rohypnol the ld is 415mg·kg…?

  • sozialesNirvana says:

    the name of the song is “E Talking” from Soulwax (but I can’t believe no one wrote this before, it’s great and the video too =)… also some of the mentioned terms aren’t ‘drugs’ just pharmaceuticals (of course, most of them with? a nice effect ) or substance groups and street names… only tetracycline gives you no inebriation 🙂

  • MAKER6450 says:

    i use to love acid but now that im older it takes a toll on me and the comedown feels so dirty.
    i use to have the craziest laughing fits…there would be 6 or 7 of us just? laughing our arses of at each other laughing

  • adog7474 says:

    Hahahahahahhaha fuckin ajjaaja lov cocaine?

  • adog7474 says:

    This is awesome and totaly not discouraging it makes me wnna pop x right now anybody know the? song

  • adog7474 says:

    Man this is? a sweet bid who Is this discouraging

  • Allenthetiger101 says:

    Looks like a good club lest you wd get sumthin.?

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