For many students, the amount and frequency of their alcohol and/or drug consumption is problematic and negatively affecting their ability to perform in school, maintain their relationships and feel confident.
It’s very different for everyone but the combination of mental health issues and substance abuse is often complex. Mental health problems can be a risk factor for substance abuse problems and vice versa. For example, a person may self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to relieve symptoms of a mental health issue such as insomnia, anxiety or depression. On the other hand, substance abuse can sometimes lead people to experience mental health issues such as panic attacks, hallucinations and symptoms of depression.
If you think you may be struggling with substance abuse or addiction, speaking with a counsellor about your situation is a great first step in the right direction and one many people in recovery say is what changed their lives for the better. If you would like to speak with a counsellor, complete and submit the online intake form.
If you think you may be struggling with alcohol abuse, you may want to try the AUDIT Alcohol Screening Test. To learn more about substance abuse and where to get help, visit Addictions Foundation Manitoba.