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What Is Abuse? What is Addiction? Abuse occurs when a person engages in an activity or ingests a substance at levels beyond or for purposes beyond what the majority of other people do. In other words abuse is misuse, overuse or abnormally high or more or unusual usage. Abuse usually preceds addiction. Addiction occurs when a person engages in an activity (e.g. gambling, sex, shopping, criminal activity etc.) or ingests a substance (e.g. caffeine, alcohol, bhang, khat, cocaine etc.) that was initially for pleasure but has now become compulsive and interferes with ordinary life, health, work or relationships. Such persons…