drug of choice


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drug of choice

1. An illicit substance one is addicted to or tends to prefer. I dabbled with a few different recreational drugs in college, but marijuana was my drug of choice.
2. The favored pharmaceutical treatment for a given medical condition or ailment. Lithium has long been the drug of choice for many physicians to treat depression and bipolar disorder.
3. By extension, any habit, activity, or vice that one is particularly fond of or dependent upon. A lot of people resort to drugs or alcohol to cope with their problems, but exercise has always been my drug of choice. Coffee became my drug of choice after working as a barista for three years during college.
See also: choice, drug, of
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Heredity is now seen as the strongest predictor of addiction risk, while drug availability may influence what is to become the drug of choice.
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It stores up memories of feelings of excitement and pleasure associated with the substance, and triggers those emotions when individuals have the opportunity to take their drug of choice.
In practice, if one holds to rigorous use of this definition, this condition would certainly be less prominent than that of individuals who have a predominant drug of choice and also use other substances.
I believe his drug of choice was Fernet-Branca, a digestif.
cannabis is the illicit drug of choice among adults, with 13% of respondents reporting its use in 1998 and 10% in 1999;
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