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)