Substance abuse can affect people from any walk of life, from any background, at any age. Risk factors for serious problems are genetic and environmental, including family history, an impulsive personality, trauma, lack of parental supervision and early first use of addictive substances. The most commonly abused substances in the United States are alcohol, cannabis and prescription drugs, which are also the easiest substances to get hold of.
Because of how prolific drug use is becoming, the signs of drug abuse are easier to mask. And while some people can use substances without getting addicted, they can tear apart the life of someone at risk of developing addiction. Substance abuse and SUDs refer to drug use that negatively impacts a person’s life. It might take a social, financial, educational or occupational toll, alongside feeling out of control and finding it impossible to resist cravings.