Substance Use and Mental Health in Teens and Young Adults
Child Mind Institute, 2020
What if your teen or young adult is not only struggling with a substance use disorder, but also a mental health disorder, like depression or anxiety, at the same time?
Formerly referred to as “dual diagnosis,” someone struggling with both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder has a co-occurring disorder. In fact, 65 percent or more of youth with substance use disorders also have a mental health disorder.
The combination of substance use and mental health disorders can create a challenging situation, so Partnership for Drug-Free Kids partnered with Child Mind Institute to create a PDF guide. It gives parents and caregivers useful information, insights and resources that can help make this journey easier and help you get quality care for your child.
In the event of a mental health or substance use crisis, call to connect with a licensed counselor, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bilingual support and medications to assist with recovery are available.