According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over twenty-three million Americans suffer from substance abuse problems and need rehabilitation treatment. Unfortunately, few of these individuals receive the treatment they need, and even fewer individuals actually understand what drugs are and how they affect the body. Some individuals believe that as long as they personally don’t suffer from substance abuse or live with someone who does, these problems do not affect them. Unfortunately, this idea is very wrong. The simple fact is that substance abuse problems and money problems often go hand-in-hand, and thereby affect an entire society. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance abuse problems costs our nation over $559 billion every year in lost work productivity, crime and health care. How Substance Abuse and Money Problems Are Related While each individual has their own specific reason for beginning to use drug substances, the fact is that most individuals turn to drugs when they encounter something in their life which they are unprepared to face and handle. Drugs are chemical substances that produce a physiological change in the human body, which means that they can suppress undesirable sensations and stimulate desirable sensations. For an individual who has no other solution to a life problem, this seems like a perfect solution. Because drug substances cannot actually solve problems or improve conditions, the individual who experiences temporary relief from drug use often desires to continue their drug use in order to continue experiencing relief. Unfortunately, in doing this the individual builds up the body’s tolerance of drug substances, and the individual no longer experiences the relief he desires. He often solves this new problem by taking larger quantities of drug substances, or more potent drug substances. It is not unusual for an individual who is suffering from drug tolerance to be unaware of what caused them to turn to drug use in the first place, and be focused instead on the desirable high they experienced through drug use. A body’s normal functions are interrupted by drug use, and after some time it can create a new “normal” that includes the regular use of drug substances. This is called drug dependence, and the individual no longer has any control over their drug use because they are driven by powerful physical cravings and the threat of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms to keep drug substances in their body. When the individual compulsively continues their drug-seeking behavior regardless of the consequences, they are addicted. An individual who is suffering from drug dependence and addiction often focuses their every thought, decision and action on obtaining, using and recovering from drugs. This can lead to money problems in several ways: ● The individual may be frequently late or absent to work because of drug use or recovery, affecting their pay. ● The individual may perform poorly at work because of drug effects which can affect their pay. ● The individual may not be able to acquire or maintain a job because of their drug use. ● The individual may spend large quantities of money on drugs, rather than on food, rent and other important things. ● The individual may experience legal trouble as a result of drug use – including incarceration and citations for public intoxication or disorderly conduct. ● The individual may be frequently ill because of drug use, and have extensive healthcare bills. Solving Substance Abuse In order to handle the complex problem of substance abuse, the individual must address and resolve all of the causes and effects of their drug use. This is best done with the help of a professional rehabilitation treatment facility and program, wherein the individual can receive the support and help they need to take responsibility for improving their own life. In so doing, the individual can solve their drug-related problems and regain firm financial footing.