Maybe not, but almost always, social use advances to the more serious stages of abuse and “medication” addiction. People start using substances for many reasons. During the initial stages, they do it to be accepted by peers. But people who continue substance use will undoubtedly accelerate usage and climb into the physical stages of addiction where treatment will be necessary. Remember that substance use is a symptom of something seriously going wrong with the person and the family. As soon as you discover that your loved one is using drugs, immediately seek professional advice. The sooner the problem is addressed, the lesser the damage and the greater the chance of full recovery.