We all have different reasons for our relationship with alcohol or drugs. It could be cultural beliefs, personal experiences, societal influences or simply personal preference. Whatever your reason or experience, our goal is to provide understanding without judgement.
The relationship between alcohol, drugs, and mental wellbeing is deeply personal and complex. Substance use can influence mental health and vice versa. It can also influence physical health, social connections, cultural ties and working life. Navigating these connected paths can be scary, but taking small steps can lead to positive changes in mental wellbeing.
"My whānau, they were really honest about my predicament, like how are you going to figure out how are you gonna deal with that, you know in a healthy way, how are you gonna express your irritation and frustrations in a healthy way." – Listen to the story
Remember, if you’re worried about your own or a loved one's substance use, prioritise compassion and call for help when you need it. No matter how much, how often, what you use or why, we’re not here to judge.
Alcohol and drugs can encompass alcohol, tobacco, vaping, illicit drugs and non-prescribed medication use. On this page, you can find stories, insights and advice about the intersection of substance use and mental wellbeing.