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Mental Health

Trauma, emotional issues or other mental health issues can be the cause or effect of use. Substance use disorders make mental health issues worse and mental health issues can make substance use disorder worse. People often have mental issues and they turn to drugs and alcohol as a temporary solution. The drug and alcohol use often gives temporary relief to mental health symptoms and emotional suffering but thereafter tends to aggravate mental health issues and provides less and less relief over time to the point where a person continues to use with no real enjoyment and no real relief of suffering or pain.

People who are admitted to MnTC have access to co-occurring mental health counseling services.

Mental Health Issues Signs And Symptoms


  • Less interested in school or work
  • Dropping grades or performance
  • Self-critical
  • Does not show feelings
  • Difficulty making or keeping friends
  • Constant worry or anxiety
  • Persistent stomach aches or other body aches and pains
  • Refusal to go to school or work
  • Isolative
  • Hyperactivity
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Sleeping less or more than usual
  • Frequent anger or acting out
  • Sad for long periods of time
  • Irritable
  • Low energy
  • Does not seem to be having fun or enjoying
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Using alcohol or drugs