Are you Concerned?

Substance Use & Problem Gambling Self-Assessments

Are you concerned that you or someone you care about is struggling with substance use or problem gambling? The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers a variety of tools that can help you identity the warning signs and evaluate if there is a problem.

Substance Use Self Assessment

CAMH asserts that substance use is a problem when it begins to interfere with your life.

For example, you may:

  • be repeatedly late for work
  • get lower grades at school
  • have arguments with family or friends
  • develop health concerns
  • be charged with impaired driving

CAMH has created a confidential, web-based self-assessment tool designed to help you evaluate your substance use. Click here to take the personalized questionnaire.

Problem Gambling Self Assessment

A combination of the following warning signs may indicate a gambling problem:

  • Is there money being gambled that your family cannot afford to lose?
  • Is there someone in your family who cannot be trusted with money?
  • Have you noticed money missing from a bank account or wallet?
  • Are you worried about the amount of debt that is accumulating?
  • Has your family member started a second job with no change in finances?
  • Are bills and credit card payments going unpaid?
  • Is there lying going on to cover up or deny gambling activities?
  • In addition to the above is that person moody or preoccupied or secretive about finances?
  • Is that person gone for long unexplained periods of time?
  • Has the person distanced himself/herself from responsibilities and interests?
  • Is the person talking a lot about gambling or money?
  • Is the person experiencing mood swings or physical ailments?*

The CAMH offers a self-assessment based on the Canadian Problem Gambling Index that can give you a good idea of whether you need to take corrective action. Click here to take the self-assessment.

* Source: Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) and Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)