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NEW YORK CITYVOICES: May/June 2000

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Dual Recovery
By TIM HAMILTON
"Dual recovery is an ongoing process of learning how to effectively recover from both a mental illness and chemical dependency. As important, it is a process of recovering ourselves and our ability to hope, cope and heal as we improve our inner quality of life."

People with Co-occurring Disorders Need Integrated Services
By CATHI CORIDAN
"About 10 million Americans will have at least one diagnosable mental disorder and one co-occurring substance abuse disorder this year, yet a significant gap still exists between mental health and substance abuse systems."

A Dual Recovery Voice
By DEBORAH FICKLING
"my work connects me with people like me -- sometimes several generations of a family -- who live believing their despair and their need to escape is normal. But now they have a neighbor who knows their lives can be different -- and who is working to show them how."

MICA Services
By JULIUS GREEN
"MICA (Mentally Ill and Chemically Addicted) services became a part of mental health treatment for individuals over ten years ago, to help those who have issues with psychiatric disabilities and substance abuse." Also:New MICA Issues Editor

A Dream Comes Home
By M. LYNN BECKER, M.F.C.C.
"At times we have suffered the consequences of naïve decision-making and have been discouraged by unrealistic goals, but I believe our clients are responsible for remarkable levels of success."

A Rocky Road
By CAROL FREY, MSW
"I believe that most persons afflicted with persistent mental illness have at some time "self medicated" with substances licit or illicit, depending on availability, desperately looking for something that works!"

A Healing Path with Twelve Steps
By JANIS PHILBIN MEDLEY
"'I saw a TV program on depression when I was in jail,' Toni remembers. 'I thought at the time, this sounds just like me. I always felt I was in a bad mood, and ever since I was 14 took drugs or alcohol to cover it up.'"

What Can Self-Help Do?
By BEVERLY BUSSA, M.F.C.C. and CAROLYN KAUFMAN, R.N., M.F.C.C.
"Self-help groups have proven a valuable resource for treatment of the dually diagnosed client's substance abuse."

"Surely They Can't Mean Beer!"
By ADAM WHITE
"It was strongly suggested to me when I was first diagnosed with manic depression that I should stop drinking. I remember my response clearly. 'Surely they can't mean beer!'"


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