Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, refers to a maladaptive pattern of use of a substance that is not considered dependent. The term "drug abuse" does not exclude dependency, but is otherwise used in a similar manner in nonmedical contexts. The terms have a huge range of definitions related to taking a psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. All of these definitions imply a negative judgment of the drug use in question.

Some of the drugs most often associated with this term include alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (such as generic or non-generic forms of Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin), cocaine, ecstacy, marijuana and opiates. Use of these drugs may lead to criminal penalty in addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm, both strongly depending on local jurisdiction.

At New England Counseling Center, we work one on one with our patients and provide a comprehensive treatment plan specialized for each individual. We understand that each person adapts and learns in different patterns, we want to help. Our therapists and psychiatrists work closely together in order to provide you with the best possible treatment.