Consumer Connections Co-Occurring Disorders


Optimizing Recovery in Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders

Presented by: Dr. Mary DeJoseph


Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) have a unique array of strengths and obstacles as they approach and assume active ownership of their recovery journeys. As mental health professionals, it is our responsibility to recognize signs of co-occurring disorders, to understand how these challenges affect every dimension of wellness, and to provide flexible, dynamic strategies and supports to optimize both individual and family recovery. This series of three workshops will challenge participants to broaden their understanding and approach to recovery, addiction, addiction recovery, how mental health challenges and addiction interact, the roles and needs of the family, barriers to recovery and how to dismantle them.

Please Note: This series of three workshops can be taken together or individually.  Each workshop is 6 hours in length.  Participants must register for each day individually.  Links to register will be included with each workshop description when sessions are available.


Day One: Addiction Recovery for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders

This workshop will explore current understanding of addiction and addiction recovery so participants are better able to identify signs of addiction as early in the process as possible. Participants will review the definition, models and stages of addiction with emphasis of the brain disease model. History, definition, and stages of recovery will be explored.  Highlights from DSM 5 will be reviewed for both Substance Use Disorders and selected mental health challenges. Definition and prevalence of co-occurring disorders will be presented and the multi-dimensional impact of COD in individuals will be addressed. We will discuss key terms including treatment, recovery and relapse. The use of a range of recovery tools will be presented, with emphasis on WRAP (Copeland) and Taking Action Educational Program (SAMHSA 2014)

Upcoming Sessions: 

Wednesday March 1, 2017

Lakewood, NJ

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Day Two: Barriers to Treatment and Recovery for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders

This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to explore special needs and challenges that individuals with COD encounter. There will be an emphasis on special populations and issues that may be unrecognized. Participants will examine multiple barriers to treatment and the recovery process as well as symptom management to promote independence in diverse settings.

Upcoming Sessions: 

Thursday March 2, 2017

Lakewood, NJ

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Day Three: Individual and  Family Education for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders


This workshop will offer professionals an overview of treatment and recovery in order to enhance their abilities to discuss treatment, levels of care, recovery, and family participation with individuals and families affected by COD. Participants will review treatment modalities and stages of recovery as well as Medication Assisted Therapy. We will explore the question: “Why can’t they just stop?” The “family illness” will also be considered as it relates to substance use by the individual and family members. Family rules and roles and codependence will be addressed.  Recovery resources for individuals and family members will be discussed, including self-help groups and WRAP(R) (Wellness Recovery Action Plan).


Upcoming Sessions: 

Monday March 6, 2017

Lakewood, NJ

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