Dual Diagnosis Presentation and Support Group is presented by Learn2cope.org and NAMI MetroWest. Learn2Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved-one addicted to opiates or other drugs.
This event is for family caregivers who have a family member with both mental health and substance use issues. The event will consist of a presentation about supporting someone with substance use disorder and a family caregiver support group.
Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices.
Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
The coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder is referred to as co-occurring disorders (Dual Diagnosis).
About 20% of U.S. adults with mental illness also experience a substance use disorder.
Reference: National Alliance on Mental Illness.