Typically substance abuse is when a person is using a substance long-term, especially but not limited to daily use, or when using a substance has become part of our habit energy under specific circumstances such as certain times of the day or in stressful or uncomfortable situations. Substance abuse can lead to addiction or dependency. If using a substance has impaired or interferred with your wellbeing in any scope, such as social interactions, finances or work, or the ability to seek other means of coping or 'having fun'. Many substances can abused, from socially acceptable forms of substances such as smoking, alochol, prescribed medication, street drugs, or even caffeine. It may be considered substance abuse when the individual is willing to go a variety of lengths to obtain the substance, such as long distances, spending a lot of money, putting themselves in dangerous or uncomfortable situations, and so on. Often people who abuse substances will rationalize this behavior so as to not feel as though they have the situation under control. Such rationalizations may be 'this is the last time', 'i only do this for fun', 'i only need it to relax', 'i only do it with these friends', and so on. 7cups recently started Daily Check In threads with regards to alcohol and drug abuse - please look at this link (https://7cups.com/forum/AddictionSupportCommunity_131/DailyCheckinThreads_972/). Additionally, 7cups has an Alcohol and Drug Abuse self-help guide, which may further help you understand this condition (https://7cups.com/supportGuides/selfHelpGuides.php). It is recommended to seek professional help, as often addiction is not a matter of willpower, but a physical unbalance in our brains that may require medical attention. It's always okay to reach out and seek help. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to listeners or use our resources here until you or the person you know is ready to be free of their substance.