Substance use education is the provision of information and resources about substance use and addiction; it is provided in order to prevent substance use and addiction. 

Substance use education can include:

  • Information about different types of substances (both illegal and legal substances) that are abused
  • How these substances affect individuals
  • The warning signs of addiction
  • The effects of addiction on an individual and their loved ones
  • How to get help for yourself and a loved one
  • How to support someone who is struggling with a substance use disorder
  • How to support someone who is trying to get help for their substance use disorder

Substance use education can also include counseling and support groups.