Substance Abuse

  • Steven M. Mirin
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


For centuries individuals have ingested, smoked, inhaled, or injected chemical substances that alter thinking and mood. For the vast majority of these individuals experimental or recreational drug use is a transient phenomenon. For a small minority, however, use becomes, over time, abuse, with harmful effects on physical, emotional, social, and occupational functioning.


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Further reading

  1. Bourne PG (1976): Acute Drug Abuse Emergencies. New York: Academic PressGoogle Scholar
  2. Grinspoon L, Bakalar JB (1976): Cocaine. A Drug and Its Social Evolution. New York: Basic BooksGoogle Scholar
  3. Meyer RE, Minn SM (1979): The Heroin Stimulus. New York: Plenum PressCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Mirin SM, Meyer RE (1978): The Treatment of Substance Abusers. In: Principles of Psychopharmacology, Clark WG, del Guidice J, eds. New York: Academic PressGoogle Scholar

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