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A Family Guide to Concurrent Disorders Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

A Family Guide to Concurrent Disorders

We know that the mental health and substance use systems could be better at helping families become more resilient, at recognizing the work that family members do everyday to find solutions and resources for problems related to concurrent disorders.

Families need help to deal with the impact of concurrent disorders, but families are also a key to finding effective solutions. To help their relatives on the journey to recovery, families need:

  • information about substance use and mental health problems—and above all, to know that families do not cause the problems
  • a common language with treatment providers—to make it easier to collaborate
  • strategies to cope with issues associated with concurrent disorders
  • strategies to look after themselves and reduce the impact of their relatives’ problems on their own lives.

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Table of Contents


Part I: What are concurrent disorders?

1.Introduction to concurrent disorders

2.Substance use problems

3.Mental health problems

Part II: The impact on families

4.How concurrent disorders affect family life



Part III: Treatment

7.Navigating the treatment system


9.Relapse prevention

10.Crisis and emergency

Part IV: Recovery




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