Harmful use of any substance for alteration of mood purposes is known as substance abuse. Medline's medical encyclopedia defines drug abuse as "the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they are indicated or in a manner or in quantities other than directed.
As similar with other areas of medicine, the less intensive treatment should be the starting point.
Comprehensive residential treatment programs address and monitor potential withdrawal symptoms and behaviors. These programs incorporate techniques for behavior modification, and they are designed to get the user to recognize his behavior. Treatment programs include counseling for both the person, and in groups. The treatment programs for Drug abuse have a long after-care component, and provide peer support.
Internal Medicine Open Access, an official journal of OMICS International publishes all the articles related to Substance Abuse. The journal is subjecting all the received manuscripts to a strict peer review process. The articles published in the journal are Open Access i.e, freely accessible to readers all around the world. Internal Medicine Open Access is maintaining the quality of articles through its strict peer review process.
Last date updated on July, 2014