1Kirsten GabbardSOC-220October 17, 2020David BalfourSocial Inequality WorksheetSocial inequality is when different social ranks in a society experience unequal circumstances. It plays a huge role in the continuation of drug abuse. It affects the user on a micro level because the individual does not get the same help from their addiction if they are lowincome (Room, 2004). A celebrity would have a better chance getting help than someone in poverty who uses the same drug. The poor person is seen as an outcast by society and seen as a lost cause (Walker, 2011). The problem will continue because they may never get help. On a macro level, the institutions who deal with the user, are expensive and usually do not help the users who have no money (Room, 2004). These places can truly help people with drug problems but will not without compensation. Institutions are not focused on the lower class because they do not see any chance at recovery for them. The user starts to believe they are not worth the help and it affects how they see themselves (Room, 2014).