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Drug abuse and addiction are related but not the same thing. Drug abuse refers to the act of using illegal drugs or using legal drugs in a way that is not intended or approved, such as taking higher doses than prescribed. Drug addiction, on the other hand, is a chronic and compulsive brain disease that is characterized by the inability to stop using drugs despite the negative consequences it causes. Drug abuse can lead to addiction, but not everyone who abuses drugs becomes addicted.