CMHA-WECB marks National Addictions Awareness Week
From Nov. 13 to 19, CMHA-WECB will join with the Canadian Centre on substance Abuse (CCSA) and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery organizations across the country to mark National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW).
NAAW is an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about substance misuse, prevention, treatment and recovery. This year’s NAAW theme is Addiction Matters. In Canada, it is estimated that approximately 21 percent of the population (roughly six million people) will meet the criteria for addiction in their lifetime.
CMHA recognizes that while there is no single set of factors that represent the complex causes of addiction, mental health and addictions are linked and impact one another. a mental health issue in conjunction with addiction or substance misuse is known as a concurrent disorder. While it is difficult to obtain an accurate statistic of people living with concurrent disorders, research shows that more than 50 percent of those who are seeking help for an addiction also have a mental illness.
CMHA-WECB’s Concurrent Program provides ongoing support to individuals who are experiencing addiction and mental health issues. The program currently offers individual and group support and case management services. The STAGES group (Sobriety Through Accessing Group Education and Support) provides an ongoing maintenance and peer support for individuals who have already received treatment for addictions.
The REACH group (Recovery Education and Creating Hope) is a four week skill building group for individuals that are wanting to learn basic skills to reduce or stop their substance use. This integrated service is offered to clients registered in CMHA services and non-registered clients who may have received treatment elsewhere in the community. The Concurrent Disorders program also offers a Family Support and Education Group for individuals that have a loved one living with a Concurrent Disorder.
For more information on addictions, visit the CMHA-WECB program page. http://windsoressex.cmha.ca/programs_services/concurrent-program/