The Use of Illicit Drugs and the Quality of Life

  • John JoshuaEmail author


This chapter will begin with a discussion on the pursuit of happiness followed with a detailed discussion on the objective quality of life and subjective well-being. Subsequently, the relationship between psychosocial maladjustment and drug abuse will be explored, including the relationship between self-esteem and the abuse of drugs. Stressful life events such as economic hardship, death of a significant other, or divorce may lead toward the abuse of drugs, depending on the individual coping style. This chapter concludes with a discussion on the relationship between attributional style, coping style, and quality of life and the relationship to the abuse of drugs. This chapter should explain why a purely legal approach cannot solve the problem of drug abuse which is primarily a matter of health.


Attributional style Coping style The pursuit of happiness Life events Psychosocial maladjustment Quality of life—objective Subjective Self-esteem 


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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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