Special Issue "Substance Abuse: The Hidden Epidemic"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Pasquale Caponnetto
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Guest Editor
Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Catania, 95124 Catania, Italy
Interests: clinical psychology; tobacco addiction; mental illnesses; electronic cigarettes; tobacco harm reduction; cognitive functioning and smoking or vaping; consumer behavior
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Substance abuse refers to a set of related conditions associated with the consumption of mind and behavior altering substances that have negative behavioral and health outcomes. Social attitudes and political and legal responses to the consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs make substance abuse one of the most complex public health issues.

Substance abuse has a major impact on individuals, families, and communities. The effects of substance abuse are cumulative, significantly contributing to costly social, physical, mental, and public health problems.

Therapies used in addiction treatment are based on an individual’s health and substance abuse patterns. Treatment programs are different for each individual and can be customized based on their unique needs and situations. The most effective types of treatment programs ensure that individuals in recovery are actively involved every step of the way.

Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue, especially those combining a high academic standard coupled with a practical focus on providing clinical solutions.

Prof. Pasquale Caponnetto
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • substance abuse
  • addiction
  • withdrawal
  • health and well-being
  • health behavior change programs.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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