Mental Health and Substance Additions
One 2-hour session Tuesday 13th June - 10.30am-12:30pm Bernadette Fisher
- Stepping Stones Recovery College
Course / Workshop Content
WHO IS THIS FOR? Alcohol and other drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of mental health problems. People often abuse alcohol or drugs to ease the symptoms of an undiagnosed mental disorder, to cope with difficult emotions, or to temporarily change their mood. Unfortunately, self-medicating with drugs or alcohol causes side effects and in the long run often worsens the symptoms they initially helped to relieve. This workshop is for anyone who is curious or concerned about this for themselves or anyone else. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Co-occurring substance abuse problems and mental health issues are more common than many people realise with around half of all of individuals with severe mental disorders also being affected by substance abuse. And of all people diagnosed with mentally illness, around a third are also alcohol or other drug dependent. Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems. When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Different substances have different effects on the users' mental and physical health, and behaviour. Many people use alcohol and other drugs to alleviate anxiety, stress, loneliness, boredom, sleeping difficulties or loss. However, anxiety, panic and depression are common problems associated with this kind of 'self-medication.’ We will look at how these factors are related. HOW CAN I USE WHAT I LEARN? We hope to raise awareness about relationships between common mental health issues and substance addictions and provide insights into common signs and symptoms of co- occurring disorders. We will suggest ways that you can manage symptoms for a dual diagnosis and highlight the need for an integrated treatment approach. You may help others as well as gaining confidence and support by sharing your own experiences.
If you cannot attend a workshop, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else. Thank you.
Bracknell RG12 1AE, UK