Alcohol or Drug Problem, How Do I Know?

It can be difficult to work out whether alcohol or other drugs have become a problem. For example, if we have a glass of wine or a beer after a day at work is that a problem? If we take Valium or pain killers to ease symptoms, is that a problem? What if we smoke cigarettes or 'pot' or inject drugs - is that a problem? The answer is, 'it depends'. It depends on what substance we are using, how often we use, how much we use and the reasons why we use. It depends on our age and stage in life and it depends on whether a doctor has prescribed us drugs. Some people use alcohol or other drugs to get relief from thoughts and feelings that they don't understand. These thoughts and feelings may relate

Speaking Out: A Change in Focus is Required

There are lots of reasons why family members don't speak out about their experiences of being affected by mental health, alcohol and other drug problems. The most obvious reasons relate to stigma and discrimination, judgements from others and a total lack of community understanding about the complexities of these problems. But what is rarely talked about is that we can stay silent to protect the people we love who are directly affected by mental illness, alcohol or other drugs. And it can feel as if we are taking something away from them, or being disloyal or selfish if we speak out about how we are feeling and what we are experiencing. Especially when the people we care about are living wit

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