A person with a mental health problem has a higher risk of having a substance use problem, just as a person with a substance use problem has an increased chance of having a mental health problem.
explains the symptoms and causes of concurrent disorder
outlines the different kinds of treatments available, including psychosocial and biological treatments
describes integrated treatment and how it helps
discusses recovery and relapse prevention
discusses family involvement
gives guidance on how to explain concurrent disorders to children
This guide gives a thorough introduction to concurrent disorder treatment options, and sensitive and sound coping skills to help people with concurrent disorders -- and their families -- toward recovery.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Wayne Skinner, MSW, RSW, is deputy clinical director of CAMH’s Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatment Program, where he heads the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario. He teaches in the Department of Psychiatry and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He edited Treating Concurrent Disorders (2005) and co-authored A Family Guide to Concurrent Disorders (2007), Substance Abuse in Canada (2010) and Motivational Interviewing for Concurrent Disorders (2013).
Caroline P. O'Grady, RN, MN, PhD, is an Advanced Practice Nurse Researcher in the Concurrent Disorders Service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Department of Nursing Science at the University of Toronto.
Christina Bartha, MSW, RSW, is the administrative director Child, Youth and Family Program, Addictions Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario.
Carol Parker, MSW RSW, worked in the area of mental health for over ten years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) before she began working in the area of Concurrent Disorders. Carol is currently an Advance Practice Clinician on the Capacity Building Team of the Concurrent Disorders Program at CAMH.