Free 6-Session Co-Occurring Disorder (COD) Program
When you have both a mental health issue such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia and a substance abuse problem such as with alcohol, opioid or prescription dependency, it is called a Co-Occurring Disorder (COD). Some common examples of Co-Occurring Disorders include the combinations of major depression with cocaine addiction, borderline personality disorder with multi drug abuse, and schizophrenia with alcoholism or drug addiction.
According to the literature:
• Of the nine million Americans affected by COD, only 7.4% receive modern integrated treatment.
• Over 55% of individuals who have COD do not receive any treatment.
• 37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers also suffer from at least one co-occurring mental health disorder.
• “Double Trouble”, having a minimum of 2 disorders, with one being a mental health disorder and the other substance abuse, can worsen mental health disorders, complicate treatment, reduce the chance for good outcomes and add conflict with family and law enforcement.
The purpose of this free new program is to inform family members about COD and its treatment and in the family’s role in understanding and supporting their loved ones who are suffering from COD. The first half hour of each session will be instructional and present information about COD and its treatment and the remaining hour and a half will allow group participants to share their family stories and learn from each other.
The program will be led by two facilitators: Bernard Cohen, MSE (Substance Abuse Counselor) and Leonard Goldstein, MSE (Counselor for the Visually Impaired).
Starting Date – Thursday Oct.19, 2017
The commitment is to attend all six-sessions. The 6 week program is limited to 10-12 participants. Registration is a must with a telephone screening process to maximize the group’s interaction. Upon completion of this program we expect to set up and facilitate additional COD programs in 2018.