This guide goes into detail about the difference between substance use and mental health. It talks about substance use and mental health as co-morbid disorders. There is a break down of common mental health disorders and how these disorders can influence a substance use disorder. It gives tips on how to treat either or both depending on your child as well as the role of family members in this situation. There is a list of resources at the end of the article which includes links to more information about co-occurring disorders and treatment for co-occurring disorders.
Child Mind Institute, Parent Guide to Substance Use and Mental Health
“This guide, a collaboration of the Child Mind Institute and Center on Addiction-Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, provides information on common mental health disorders in adolescence (and the medications that are often used to treat these), tips on identifying substance misuse, and steps to making informed decisions about evaluation and treatment for co-occurring disorders. “