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Excessive use of a substance in a way it was not meant to be used or not as prescribed. This term negates the fact that substance use disorders are a medical condition; it blames the illness solely on the individual with the illness, ignoring environmental and genetic factors, as well as the drugs' abilities to change brain chemistry; it absolves those selling and promoting addictive substances of any wrong doing; it feeds into the stigma experienced not only by individuals with substance use disorders, by also by family members and the treatment/recovery field. See also substance abuse. Preferred erminology: Misuse, harmful use, inappropriate use, hazardous use, problem use, risky use, substance use disorder

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