The speciality of substance misuse has expanded way beyond the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction as incorporated in the now defunct term ‘addictions’. ‘Substances’ include the illegal (e.g. heroin and amphetamines), socially acceptable (e.g. alcohol and tobacco), medically prescribed (e.g. benzodiazepines) and household products (e.g. glue and lighter fuel). ‘Misuse’ covers that use of substances which has resulted in or may lead to physical, psychological and social problems.
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