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Essence; the material or necessary component of something.

A matter of substance, as distinguished from a matter of form, with respect to pleadings, affidavits, indictments, and other legal instruments, entails the essential sufficiency, validity, or merits of the instrument, as opposed to its method or style.


(Essential nature), noun actuality, basis, body, content, core, drift, essence, essential part, force, gist, heart, hypostasis, idea, import, marrow, material, meaning, pith, principle, purport, reality, res, sense, significance, signification, soul, sum, tenor, vital part


(Material possessions), noun assets, command of money, corpus, estate, fortune, income, means, money, ownership, property, resources, revenue, riches, treasure, wealth, wherewithal
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SUBSTANCE, evidence. That which is essential; it is used in opposition to form.
     2. It is a general rule, that on any issue it is sufficient to prove the substance of the issue. For example, in a case where the defendant pleaded payment of the principal sum and all interest due, and it appeared in evidence that a gross sum was paid, not amounting to the full interest, but accepted by the plaintiff as full payment, the proof was held to be sufficient. 2 Str. 690; 1 Phil. Ev. 161.

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On the other hand, since there are no clear government policies that identify children with dual diagnoses, adolescents who suffer from disruptive behaviors and substance use disorders are usually recognized by the schools or criminal justice systems.
The study is meant to add to the literature because substance use disorders can worsen problems like diabetes and glaucoma, hamper participation in rehabilitation and employment, impair family and social relationships, and result in a lower quality of life for people with visual impairments (DiNitto & Webb, 2012; Koch et al.
Furthermore, drug-related criminal activity and arrests were particularly common as most participants funded their substance use disorder with theft, drug dealing and hustling (locally referred to as 'skarreling').
Women who reported attraction only to the same sex had a past-year prevalence rate of substance use disorders of 11.
Psychoactive substance use disorders in adults with ADHD: Effects of ADHD and psychiatric comorbidity.
Of those 430 youths, 221 youths had at least one (nonmissing) parent with a substance use disorder.
To overcome the "wall of silence" associated with substance use disorders in general, and those related to illicit substances in particular, clinicians should openly evaluate substance use in all patients, regardless of patient characteristics and treatment settings.
Estimated rates of 12-month anxiety and substance use disorders are statistically similar in the two groups.
In a recent study, it was found that daily cigarette use, weekly alcohol consumption, and any illicit substance use in the past year were each independently associated with an increased likelihood of anxiety, disruptive behavior, mood, and substance use disorders (Kandel et al.
High rates of co-occurrance with substance use disorder (SUD) have been found for conduct disorder (Myers, Brown & Mott 1995; Loeber 1988), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (Wilens et al.
Thatcher and Clark review psychological risk factors for adolescent AOD use, including parental substance use disorders and psychological dysregulation; child deficits in cognitive, behavioral, and emotional regulation that lead to experimentation with AODs; and the development of substance-related problems.
The association between substance use disorders and conduct disorder often has been explained using a framework in which different problem behaviors are viewed as part of a broader deviance pattern reflecting a single underlying syndrome.

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