When Substance Use Becomes a Problem

If you or a loved one are dealing with a substance use issue, it’s something you should take seriously.

Whether you overuse or misuse alcohol, prescription medicine, or illegal substances, there are many resources available to help. And getting help can be especially important if you also feel you have mental health issues such as depression.

While we encourage you to talk about your concerns with your primary care doctor, here are resources that you can start with:

Not sure how to talk to your doctor about your mental health and substance use? Here are some tips for getting the conversation started.

The Mayo Clinic provides information on recognizing and dealing with substance abuse and addiction.

The Alcohol Addiction Center offers help and resources for alcoholics and chronic drinkers.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Helpline is a confidential, free information service for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.


Substance Use QA

Q: Can I use my mental health services benefit for substance use issues?

Yes, you’re covered for substance use issue care in an out-patient setting, such as group or individual therapy. See your Evidence of Coverage (EOC) for more information.

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