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Alcohol, Drug Use and Mental Health

Many people living with a mental health issue also have problems with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use – and many people who use alcohol and other drugs may have mental health issues.  People with a co-occurring AOD and mental health problem may have worse impairment, a more trying course of illness and are more difficult to treat than people with a singular problem. Research shows people with a dual diagnosis may also have poorer treatment outcomes.

This workshop aims to help people understand the effects of alcohol and different drugs on mental health; to explain the complex relationship between mental health and AOD use; and to talk about how we can better deal with it as people living with both mental health & AOD issues and as carers or workers.

By the end of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Understand the profound effects of alcohol and various drugs on mental health, gaining insight into how these substances can exacerbate or trigger mental health issues.
  • Explain the intricate interplay between mental health and alcohol/drug use, recognizing the bidirectional nature of this relationship and its challenges
  • Recognize the unique challenges faced by individuals with co-occurring alcohol/drug use and mental health problems, including increased impairment, complex illness trajectories, and potential treatment difficulties
  • Develop a holistic perspective on co-occurring disorders, appreciating the holistic impact on individuals, families, and communities
  • Understand effective strategies for managing and addressing co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use issues, both as individuals dealing with these challenges and as caregivers or professionals.
  • Discuss ways to advocate for improved support and resources for individuals facing dual diagnosis, aiming to enhance treatment outcomes and overall well-being.

Join our “Alcohol, Drug Use and Mental Health” workshop to gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricate relationship between substance use and mental health.



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Important! Before you enrol: We are required to provide our services to people who live/work/study or provide services in the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) area. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, please check Who can attend recovery college. If your address is outside of WSLHD area but you study or provide services within the Western Sydney LHD, please ensure you respond to the relevant question on the enrolment form to explain your connection to the area.

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