The connection between substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders is well documented. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa.”Our experience here at Parkdale Center finds co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders to be even more frequent.
Service work is an important part of recovery - from our 12th step of carrying the AA message to our fellows, preparing the meeting coffee at your in-person AA or NA meeting, volunteering to read a passage at an online meeting to doing work for organizations in our communities. With so many ways to help, where do we begin?
I tend to overcomplicate almost everything in my life, or I used to anyway. When I was asked what recovery meant to me, a million different ideas came to mind, and I wanted to put a fancy twist on it. I was a patient at Parkdale May 16, 2016. Now I wish I could say that was my sobriety date, but I can’t.
Despite the Christmas Cookies and New Year kisses, countless people carry pain with them throughout the holidays. It is one of the toughest times of the year for many. Amidst the festivities, one’s losses from the previous year, or even further back, can seem particularly difficult. This may include the loss of a loved one, family strife, and, believe it or not, even the loss of one’s substance use.
You’d be forgiven for wondering what theater has to do with substance use treatment, but it has many benefits. It’s truly effective at helping people in recovery regain confidence, improve communication skills, connect with others, practice empathy, and learn to have sober fun. Parkdale Center patients experience the value of theater in recovery in our Dramatic Expression class, taught by instructor Dustin Richea.