Following Up on the July 14, 2020 Program

People addicted to drugs are roughly twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders, with the reverse also true.
We explored paths to recovery from co-occurring disorders, which can be difficult to diagnose due to the complexity of symptoms, as both may vary in severity. In many cases, people receive treatment for one disorder while the other disorder remains untreated. We heard from treatment professionals, a young person in recovery, and a family member whose loved one is in recovery from co-occurring disorders.

Watch a recording of the July 14, 2020 program.

Meet Our Presenters

Cory Griffin,
MSW, LCSW, CASAC

Therapist, Newport Academy

Learn more about Cory

Patrick Dowling, LPC

Professional Counselor

Learn more about Patrick

Michael F. Vallerie

Person in Recovery

Learn more about Michael

Kathy Royal

Family Member

Learn more about Kathy

Thank you to Newport Academy for sponsoring this program!

Recommended Reading

No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
____by Debra Jay

Find it on Amazon

Standing in the Storm
____a series of manuals put together by parent support group leaders

Free download on our website

Addiction Recovery: A Family’s Journey
____by Diana Clark

Find it on Amazon

How Al‑Anon Works – for Families & Friends of Alcoholics
____Published by Al-Anon

Order from Al-Anon

Codependent No More:  How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
____by Melody Beattie

Find it on Amazon

Crisis & Other Important Information

National Help Line (SAMHSA) 24/7/365
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Opioid Safety and How to Use Naloxone (Montgomery County)
Find a Drug Drop-Off Location in Pennsylvania

Information Related to Co-occurring Disorders

Interesting article about the link between addiction and anxiety
Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Health Disorders
Glossary: Important terms related to comorbidity
Slow-Release Amphetamine Medication Benefits Patients With Comorbid Cocaine Addiction and ADHD
Research Report: Comorbidity
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
How Common Are Comorbid Drug Use and Other Mental Disorders?
Is there a link between marijuana use and psychiatric disorders?

Websites About Addiction & Mental Health

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Find Support

Support for those seeking recovery/sobriety for themselves, or desire additional support in their ongoing recovery.
Support for those who care about someone who is either in active addiction, early recovery, or long-time recovery.
Find a Parent Support Group Related to addiction Near You
Find support meetings related to mental illness

Infographic: Mental Health Facts

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