Screening for Substance Misuse and Mental Health Conditions & Linkage to Services – Patient and Family Resources
Patient-focused resources on self assessment screening tools to evaluate substance use disorder risk, where to go to get help, and linkages to service for substance use disorders and /or co-occurring mental health disorders.
Please note: Some people might think prescription opioids are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs, but the truth is they carry serious risks and side effects. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and make informed decisions about pain management together.
Self-Evaluation Screening Tool for Substance Use Disorder
- Answer a few short questions about your past and present use of various drugs and get feedback about the likely risks of your drug use, and advice about when and where to seek more information, evaluation and help.
Resources for Patients and Families on Prescription Drug Misuse
Please note: For confidentiality reasons, most programs will not talk directly to a family member about a patient.
- Locate a nearby family program –provides education on substance use disorder informed by the latest evidence-based research to help families overcome the myths, chaos, and confusion that surround the disease of addiction.
- Access this tool to learn more about effective treatment approaches, alternative treatments, and recovery pathways for opioid use disorder.
Where to Go to Get Help
- Use this website to locate local addiction therapists, medication-assisted treatment facilities, abstinence-based recovery facilities, 12-step programs, and other peer-support groups.
Co-Occurrence of Mental Health Disorders & Substance Use Disorders
Please note: National surveys have found that about 50% of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa (Ross & Peselow, 2012); (Kelly & Daley, 2013). It is recommended that patients with a co-occurrence of mental health and substance use disorders should receive further specialty medical and therapeutic treatment for both disorders at the same time.
For 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or for the Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741.
- Visit this site to learn about the co-occurrence of substance use disorders and mental illness – how common are they, why they often co-occur, and how they are diagnosed and treated.
- Learn about common indicators of co-occurring disorders, what causes co-occurring disorders, what’s involved in the treatment and what’s the family’s role in treatment and recovery.
- This one-page handout provides information on the impact of prescription drug misuse on communities and the economy along with three ways to help reduce misuse. Scroll down for handout.
- Access a list of federal resources for rural communities in addressing substance use disorder and opioid misuse.
- Describes how alcohol and drug addiction affect the whole family. Explains how substance abuse treatment works, how family interventions can be a first step to recovery, and how to help children in families affected by alcohol abuse and drug abuse.
- This brochure provides information about alcohol and substance misuse to children whose parents or friends’ parents might have substance use disorder issues. It advises children to take care of themselves by communicating about the issues and joining support groups, such as Alateen.
- This brochure explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness, substance use disorders, or both. It explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them. It also provides information on how effective family therapy sessions are in recovery.
- This video raises awareness about prescription opioids among the general public. Some people might think prescription opioids are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs, but the truth is they carry serious risks and side effects.