Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug, Alcohol, or Mental Health Problem?

Many people struggle with both substance use and a mental disorder. These questions can help you decide whether you need help with substance use, a mental health issue, or both. For people who suffer from both, receiving treatment for both is important for getting better. Recovery starts with understanding that you may have one or both of these problems.

  • Over  the past two weeks, have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless?
  • Over the past two weeks, have you felt little interest or pleasure in doing things?
  • In the past year, have you had significant problems with insomnia, bad dreams, or falling asleep during the day?
  • In the past year, have you thought about ending your life or had thoughts of suicide?

-If you have had thoughts of suicide, please call 1-800-SUICIDE. 

  • In the past year, did you have a hard time paying attention at school, work, or home?
  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your alcohol or drug use?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever taken a drink or drug first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

-In the past, have you ever:

  • (for men) Had 5 or more drinks in a day?
  • (for women or anyone over age 65) had 4 or more drinks in a day?
  • used recreational or prescription drugs to get high?

Unless you answered “never” to all of the above questions, talk to your doctor, nurse, or counselor about the details. They can help you decide what do to next. They may also help you find more information and resources.

For more information on treatment for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, call Apex Behavioral Health to set up treatment. You can also go to www.samhsa.gov/treatment.