Thursday, October 27, 2011

Co-Occurring Disorder

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"Co-occurring disorders: When substance abuse is complicated by mental health problems"

In a dual diagnosis, both the mental health issue and the drug or alcohol addiction have their own unique symptoms that may get in the way of your ability to function, handle life’s difficulties, and relate to others. To make the situation more complicated, the co-occurring disorders also affect each other and interact. When a mental health problem goes untreated, the substance abuse problem usually gets worse as well. And when alcohol or drug abuse increases, mental health problems usually increase too.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Overcoming Alcohol Abuse ...

Topics discussed:
What comes first: Substance abuse or the mental health problem?

Treatment programs for co-occurring disorders/ dual diagnosis
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers an extensive listing of licensed, certified drug treatment facilities. Similar treatment facilities are also available in other parts of the world. See References and Resources below for links.
Helping a loved one with co-occurring disorders
Resources for veterans with co-occurring disorders/dual diagnosis

References and Resources

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Ann Ford, director of the Illinois National Council on Independent Living
Judy Heumann, leading disability rights activist, Co-Founder of World Institute on Disability
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Factsheet: Dual Diagnosis –  (Mental Health America)
Dual Diagnosis in Adolescence – (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

In the U.S.:
SAMHSA Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator – Provides a searchable database of private and public substance abuse treatment facilities. SAMHSA also operates a helpline: (800) 662-HELP (4357) with help in English and Spanish, or TDD at (800) 487-4889. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Local State Substance Abuse Agency.  (SAMHSA)
Dual Recovery Anonymous – Independent, twelve-step, self-help organization for people who are chemically dependent and also affected by a mental health disorder. (Dual Recovery Anonymous)

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