Substance abuse is typically used interchangeably
with drug abuse, but substance abuse’s can refer to something different. So very often
people take substances, like household cleaners or chemicals and they ingest them, they huff
them. Say gasoline, they huff gasoline to get a high. So somebody’s using a substance
that’s not intended for the purpose that it was created to catch a buzz and get high.
What happens with this is people expose themselves to negative consequences. So they’re inhaling
something and it’s having a negative impact on their brain. It’s having a negative impact on their lungs
and it’s causing negative consequences in their life. Substance abuse can occur where
somebody uses just on the weekends or they use a couple times a month. So they’re not
constantly using the drug. They’re not dependent upon the drug, but they’re using it in an
abusive way. The abuse comes then to their own bodies, because they’re ingesting something
into their bodies that causes either physical or mental harm to them. So the difference
here is that the person is not dependent upon it. They don’t need it per se, but they use
it in a way that it was not intended and in a way that ultimately, is going to negative
consequences on their life.