Substance Use + Mental Health: Your Guide to Addressing Co-occurring Disorders
It’s hard enough if your child is struggling with substance use, but what if they’re also struggling with mental health, like depression or anxiety, at the same time?
If your son or daughter is using substances, but isn’t ready to make a change in his or her life, there are still steps you can take to help.
In this short video, Master Addictions Counselor Mary Ann Badenoch, LPC, offers tips for talking with your child, so you can better understand his or her mixed feelings about getting treatment.
For example, perhaps your son or daughter wants to cut back or stop using substances — yet he or she sees substances as a way of meeting a particular need such as boredom, social anxiety, insomnia, curiosity, etc.
By remaining calm and compassionate and listening, suggests Badenoch, we can find out what’s going on and help address any underlying issues and help him or her feel better.
If your child isn’t ready for formal treatment, there are still lots of things you can do to encourage positive, healthy changes.
If your loved one expresses even a little willingness to engage with treatment, it can be all the invitation you need to begin the conversation.