Polysubstance Abuse: A Case Study


  • Temitope Folashade Aroyewun Department of Psychology and Counselling, Faculty of Human Development, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, MALAYSIA
  • Husna Najihah Binti Mohd Zaini Department of Psychology and Counselling, Faculty of Human Development, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, MALAYSIA
  • Samah Hatem Al Maki Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Human Development, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, MALAYSIA




polysubstance, withdrawal symptoms, decision making


The removal of polysubstance from the DSM-5 due to insufficient research and the current prevalence rate of polysubstance in Malaysia which is 1.4% makes it imperative to find evidence to prove the need to refocus on polysubstance abuse. The current case is of an elderly man who presented with a decision to live with abandonment, rejection, and physical illness than to have to deal with his craving and withdrawal symptoms as a result of his 33 years of intentional polysubstance abuse. He lost all his savings and lives with several medical illnesses. Psychological evaluation using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5th edition criteria revealed the diagnosis of severe substance use disorder. Cases like this shows the importance of research into polysubstance use and to further justify the need for evidence-based intervention for the polysubstance abuse in Malaysian setting.


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How to Cite

Aroyewun , T. F., Mohd Zaini, H. N., & Al Maki, S. H. (2022). Polysubstance Abuse: A Case Study. Evaluation Studies in Social Sciences, 3(2), 43–46. https://doi.org/10.37134/esss.vol3.2.5.2022