Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles way explain substance abuse. Often considered a form of substance use disorder. Substance abuse involves patent, drug or alcohol use in amounts that are harmful to the user, generally involving addiction and cycles of dependence. It can lead to many health problems, both among individuals and within society itself. Individuals abusing substances tend to experience a higher risk of disease, such as cancer or HIV, and dates. Socially, they may find the substance is negatively affecting their life. Mhm, as their continued use eventually leads to job loss and damaged relationships. For instance, these individuals can easily develop other mental disorders like depression or social anxiety. Further, substance abuse can also lead to negative impacts on society itself. Facing such impactful, health and social consequences can cost the government billions of dollars. In the United States, for example, these problems cost the government more than $700 billion yearly spending related to crime, lost work, productivity and necessary health care. So what can we do to help these individuals? With proper education and awareness, we can begin to make a significant difference and help those who suffer from it. Effective rehabilitation programs can help struggling individuals to detox and begin their journey to recovery. Meanwhile, prevention alleviates much of the burden of cost from the government. Prevention programs spread education on the science and symptoms of substance abuse. In this way, we can help society begin its journey to recovery as well.