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ATI Mental Health Proctored Final Exam - Study Guide

ATI Mental Health Proctored Final Exam - Study Guide

Diagnostic Classes of Substance Abuse

• Intoxication: use of a substance that results in maladaptive behavior

• Withdrawal syndrome: refers to the negative psychological and physical reactions that occur when use of a substance ceases or dramatically decreases

• Detoxification: the process of safely withdrawing from a substance

• Substance abuse: drug is used outside the medical or social norm despite negative consequences

• Substance dependence: problem associated with addiction


• First episode of intoxication → continuing problems with alcohol → first blackout → continued drinking → development of tolerance → tolerance break → continued drinking → functioning becoming affected → periods of abstinence/temporary controlled drinking → escalation of alcohol intake → more problems → subsequent crisis → continuation of cycle

• Related disorders: gambling, caffeine and tobacco additions

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