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To understand this process, consider the individual’s expectations for alcohol. Research has shown that these are most strongly inﬂuenced by the context in which the individual uses alcohol and by his or her cultural traditions rather than the pharmacological effects of the alcohol consumed (Lindman, Sjoholm, & Lang, 2000). These drug use expectations play a powerful role in shaping the individual’s drug- or alcohol-use behavior. For example, for people who became “high-risk drinkers” (Werner, Walker, & Greene, 1995, p.
Even at this level of substance use, the addicted individual might try to rationalize away or deny problems associated with his or her alcohol or drug use. More than one elderly alcoholic, for example, has tried to explain away an abnormal liver function as being the aftermath of a childhood illness. However, to an impartial observer, the person at this level is clearly addicted to alcohol or drugs. 11 What Do We Mean When We Say Substance Abuse and Addiction? Admittedly, this classification system, like all others, is imperfect.
Finally, although drug addiction is classified as a disease, most physicians are ill-prepared to treat substance-abusing patients. In this chapter, we have examined the problem of recreational drug use and its impact on society. In later sections of this book, we will explore in Chapter One detail the various drugs of abuse, their effects on the user, the consequences of their use, and the rehabilitation process available for those who are abusing or addicted to chemicals. This information should help you to better understand the problem of recreational substance use in this country.