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Concurrent Disorders

A Family Guide to Concurrent Disorders​
Having concurrent substance use and mental health problems obviously affects the person experiencing the problems directly, but they also have powerful effects on family members and friends. Families need help to deal with the impact of concurrent disorders, but families are also a key to finding effective solutions. 
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Family members are often the primary support for people who have substance use and/or mental health problems. We know that these caregivers are likely to experience significant physical, emotional, social and spiritual stress. Although there are a growing number of interventions designed to help and support family members, many agencies do not see this as their mandate. 

A valuable resource for health and social service providers who are not specialists in addiction or mental health issues, but who would like to talk about these issues with clients.​
 
Treating Concurrent Disorders: A Guide for Counsellors
If you have a client who presents with either a substance use or mental health problem, you are probably already working with a person who has concurrent disorders. Understanding how co-occuring substance use and mental health problems relate to and affect each other can be challenging – how do they interact, and how can you help?

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