|“I could never imagine it possible to live without drugs. It is. I am living now, and how great it is. I couldn't have built this new life without the much needed support from Odyssey. In particular [my counsellor] has been a beacon guiding me in the right direction, encouraging me to keep struggling forwards. I have a job, a loving partner, a warm home and the support of my family...” Ian|
It is very common for people with a drug and alcohol problem to also have a mental health issue, whether they are aware of it or not. Having both a mental health issue and a substance use problem is often called “dual diagnosis”. Common mental health issues include difficulties with:
• Different forms of anxiety including panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress
• Unresolved grief
• Bipolar mood disorder (formerly called ‘manic depression’)
• Thought disorder (drug induced psychosis, schizophrenia)
• Personality disorder
It is often difficult to get the help needed when someone has a dual diagnosis. At Odyssey House we have a commitment to providing relevant and effective services for people who have a mental health issue, in addition to their drug or alcohol problems. As part of this, we offer all our clients mental health screening and appropriate treatment options, to make sure they receive the best possible help. This is part of our ‘open door’ policy.
Family Eclipse Program
The Family Eclipse Program is a family inclusive program for young people (16-24 years) with co-occurring mental health and substance use and their families. The program provides individual family sessions and multi-family group sessions.
Family Eclipse offers participants the chance to:
• Learn about the interactional affects of drug use and mental illness and the principles of treatment
• Gain greater understanding of both drug and mental health problems
• Effectively support the treatment of loved ones
• Understand the reasons for family stress and learn ways to reduce its effects on family life and individuals
• Learn to enhance communication between family members and improve problem solving skills
• Improve relations between family members
• Work together in a coordinated way with existing treatment services
• Gain access to other relevant services related to the young person’s mental health and drug use
• Prevent hospitalisations and other negative events such as hospital emergencies, detoxification and incarcerations.
For more information about mental health services click here.