Navigating the Maze of Addiction & Mental HealthKim Porter, CFRS2023-06-09T07:36:18-04:00
Following up on our June 8, 2023 program, “Navigating the Maze of Substance Use & Mental Health”
Our presenters addressed the co-occurrence of mental health challenges and substance use disorders. People addicted to drugs are roughly twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders, with the reverse also true.
Both mental health and substance use disorders are treatable. We explored paths to recovery from co-occurring disorders, which can include integrated approaches and ongoing care.
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.
Thank you to Newport Academy for sponsoring this program!
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Dr. Ramona Roberts, Psy. D, CCTP-II
Dr. Roberts is the Executive Director of the Caron Outpatient Treatment Center, overseeing clinical and administrative operations and guiding the development and delivery of exceptional outpatient services in Berks County. Dr. Robert’s expertise, passion, and commitment will provide visionary leadership to the Caron team, advancing the quality of treatment and supporting recovery for life. Prior to taking on this position in 2021, she served as the supervisor for Trauma Services as well as a staff psychologist.
Dr. Roberts is the author of Making Sense of What Hasn’t Made Sense. Her book explores the foundational impact of trauma that may be the missing link. Through this lens, Dr. Roberts discusses trauma as it affects the brain, substance use, relationships, emotions, and more. She provides tell-tale signs how trauma can distort perception; drive behavior; cloud one’s sense of safety, power, and control; and leave the individual void of true intimacy. This book helps gain awareness about trauma so the reader can better understand himself/herself, a loved one, or a client.
Making Sense of What Hasn’t Made Sense is geared toward family members, friends, and the trauma survivor. It can also help students and early clinicians who want to gain a foundational understanding of trauma. It is quick and easily digestible read with straightforward explanations, tips, and tools that promote compassion, courage, and hope.
Arielle Seidler, LCSW-C
Arielle is the Clinical Director at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center. She began in the role of a Primary Therapist, holding a case load and delivering individual, group, and family therapy services. She completed a 3-year training program with the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia and became a board certified clinical supervisor.
Cory Griffin, MSW, LCSW, CASAC
Cory Griffin loves working in this field because she has a passion for helping people reach their full potential and live meaningful lives. As a person in recovery, she is dedicated to giving back to the community that helped him overcome countless obstacles. She is committed to helping patients reach a place where they can be happy and have a hopeful future. In fact, her own personal journey to recovery led her to pursue a career as a therapist. Cory is inspired by her former supervisor for their dedication to maintaining a work-life balance because it is so crucial for one’s mental well-being.
Cory has attended dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy training programs, as well as mindfulness and meditation training from Harvard University. In her opinion, she excels at treating anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. Prior to joining Newport Academy, she worked as an Outpatient Therapist at Inter Community and as an In-Take Coordinator at Realization Center.
Patrick Dowling is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy. Patrick has trained and worked as an advanced addictions counselor for over twenty years, clinical supervisor, clinical director, administrator, and as a human being. He utilizes various models of therapy including family systems, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction), trauma treatment, and relapse prevention. Patrick has been especially known for his successful assistance with families in complex interventions.
Michael F. Vallerie is an alumnus of Newport Academy who previously had struggles with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. He used substances to cope with his inner struggles, which ultimately led him down a path of disaster and frustration. After completing all of the programs of Newport Academy and getting a couple of years of sobriety under his belt, Michael returned to Newport Academy as an Alumni Care Coordinator to give back and help the kids who are sitting exactly where he once was. Today, he is a rising senior in college studying Neuroscience and Chemistry pursuing a Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.), again to help adolescents who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues. Today, at 21 years old with 4.5 years of sobriety, Michael speaks to all sorts of different audiences regarding his journey in recovery.
As a parent of an adult child with Substance Use Disorder, Dr. Kathryn “Kathy” Royal is an advocate for the education of parents facing similar circumstances. She regularly leads weekly parent support groups. Education is her passion. She is a retired public school teacher and currently works as an adjunct professor for Gwynedd Mercy University. Her wish is to provide serenity to other parents facing the challenges of addiction and to offer hope for light at the end of the tunnel.