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 Dual Diagnosis Caregiver Support Group

Presentation and Support Group



The National Alliance on Mental Illness of MetroWest (NAMI Metrowest) and Learn to Cope are offering a dual diagnosis family caregiver presentation and support group on February 18, from 7-9PM at Employment Options, 83 Brigham Street, Marlborough, MA.

Many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental health disorders, and vice versa. Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa (National Institute of Health: 2018).

If you have a family member or loved one coping with mental health issues and substance use, you will find this presentation and support group very valuable. This group is not for persons in recovery but for their families and loved ones. The evening will have two parts: A presentation by Joanne Peterson, Founder and Executive Director, Learn to Cope Incorporated and a NAMI Family Caregiver Support Group.




 Joanne Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit peer-led support network which began in 2004. Joanne’s journey started as a young girl with siblings experiencing issues with mental illness and addiction. Years later when Joanne discovered that her own son’s experimentation with prescription drugs led to an opioid addiction, she was motivated and empowered to use her voice to bring about change. Today her son is in long term recovery. She designed LTC to offer families the support, education, resources and hope that her family would have benefitted from.


 NAMI MetroWest is a grassroots, all-volunteer, non-profit organization and a local chapter of NAMI Massachusetts. All of our programs are free and open to the public. Our Mission is to provide advocacy, support and education for people with mental illness and their families. We are persons in recovery and their families and friends.  





There is no charge for this event. No need to register. The meeting is a confidential event. 
 For additional information: www.namimetrowest.org or 508 251 9595.