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The Sociological Analysis of Substance Abuse and its Socio-Psychological Impacts on Abusers

Dr. Arab Naz, Waseem Khan, Umar Daraz, Mohammad Hussain and Qaisar Khan

Abstract
Substance abuse is a nuisance and among the major areas of concern throughout the world
being one of the hazardous evils creating numerous personal, social as well as psychological
problems that is persevering to vacate the roots of social development, integration, stability
and personality development of the subject victims. This study is a sociological analysis of
substance abuse and its socio-psychological impacts on abusers based on analyzing
secondary information collected through applying library method and qualitative analysis.
The study has been approached through a theoretical perspective focusing on theories of
social process, social learning, and social control and labeling theories in criminology. The
information concludes that substance abuse is a global matter of concern that has brought
adverse consequences with its prevalence. Besides the universal impacts of such abuse, the
matter is worse in third world countries depending on their socio-economic and geographic
environment where it has adverse impacts in multidimensional sectors. The study provides a
DFS (Drug Free Society) model, which recommends a three-dimensional policy including
drug supply reduction through law enforcement, rehabilitation and reintegration of the
victims through social support and external help, and drug demand reduction through
campaigns, media, seminars and workshops etc.

Keywords:Substance Abuse, Abusers, Impacts, Drug Supply Reduction