With the right support we can and do recover. Dual Diagnosis Network can help you and carers to find the right resources to recover.
From my experience, if someone with both mental health and addiction issues can find the right support and develop the right support networks, it can make all of the difference to a person’s chances of developing a healthy drug & alcohol-free life.
Personally, I know this is true because I’ve experienced it and I’ve seen it happen in other people’s lives.
But, I’ve also seen other people with a dual diagnosis get pushed from pillar to post or never manage to get to the point where they’re willing to do something about their addiction issue because to some degree, they still believe that it’s working or that they couldn’t cope without it.
This needn’t be the case though!
My name’s Jon and I have a dual diagnosis of alcoholism & schizophrenia and I’m one of the lucky ones today although I think everyone who knows me knows that I’ve had my struggles along the way…
I aim to develop a comprehensive resources for 3 main groups:
In an ideal world, I’d also set up support groups specifically for families and carers of people with co-occurring and mental health issues, but that is out of my comfort zone of computing & coffee, so if anyone else feels like taking up that challenge, then we’d happily help to promote your organisation.
We are also seeking to create connections with addiction and mental health-related organisations so feel free to get in touch using the contact form on our contact us page.
The Dual Diagnosis Network will be set up over the next few years to provide information, advice & support for those with co-occurring mental health and addiction issues.
This project will be developed in stages and initially we aim to provide information about the different mental health conditions that people can come into recovery with, tools that we’ve found useful in dual recovery, and we will sign-post local & national organisations that can provide additional support to those with complex mental health needs.
We are currently looking for organisations that are interested in creating partnerships for the benefit of both those with complex needs and those who support them.
If you run an organisation that provides information, advice, or support for those with severe mental health problems, those who care for them, or organisations that work with addicts then please feel free to contact us and we’d love to talk with you about developing effective relationships with your organisation.
“To empower people with complex mental health and addiction needs, and those who support them, by developing and highlighting online tools and resources that are accessible to all, giving everyone a chance at recovery.“
“A world where all people with complex mental health and addiction needs have a Good chance at recovery.”
“We are made up of people with lived experience of co-occurring addiction and mental health needs, mental health practitioners, and addiction professionals who are interested specifically in the dual diagnosis cause & complex needs recovery.
“Those of us with lived experience have been lucky enough to get recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind & body using a variety of the tools & support networks that we aim to sign-post.”
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