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Substance Abuse

By themselves, substance abuse and mental illness are both suicidal risk factors. When combined, situation for our youth gets more complicated, and riskier. But, they are treatable. Here’s what you should know.


Youth and Substance abuse

When You Suspect Your Kid has a Substance Abuse Problem

7 ways to approach your child if you think he or she uses drugs or alcohol.

Ways to Keep Your Kids Drug-Free This Summer

Here’s some advice on a number of things you can do to keep kids safe and drug-free this summer.

Substance Use Disorder Guide for Teens

Substance use disorder includes a variety of unhealthy behaviors related to the use of alcohol or drugs.


Preventing Substance Abuse Among LGBTQ Teens

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) teens may be twice as likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol.

More Teens Are Attempting Suicide By Poisoning. Here's What Parents Should Know

In recent years, increases have been particularly pronounced among teenagers. Especially girls, who attempt it more often.

Mental Health Disorders and Teen Substance Use

Why substance abuse especially tempting and risky for kids with emotional or behavioral challenges

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

 Substance abuse

Johann Hari: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way.

Mental Health, Substance Misuse, and Suicide: Shared Risk and Protective Factors

Mental health, substance misuse, and suicide are major public health issues. Separately, and together, they contribute to high direct and indirect costs to individuals, families, and society as a whole.

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover.

Teen Suicide

Adolescence is a stressful developmental period filled with major changes that influence a teenager's problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

The relationship between mental illness and addiction is often misunderstood.


Survivors of Suicide Support Group

Survivors of Suicide (SOS) is a support group open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a relative or a friend through suicide. We share the common trauma.

Survivors Of Suicide exists because surviving the death by suicide of a loved one, a family member, or a friend is different from a terminal illness, accidental causes, homicide, sudden illness, or natural causes.


The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services in Illinois. The Helpline refers to hundreds of treatment and recovery providers across Illinois, and we don’t operate any treatment programs. Helpline services are always free and confidential. Our goal is to guide you to the treatment options that are best for you.