Do you have a mental health concern?
Are you worried about your drug & alcohol use?
The Mental Health & Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) Program is an integrated approach to mental illness & AOD problems, usually called comorbidity or dual diagnosis.
This free service provides psychological support to address both mental illness and drug and alcohol problems and care coordination to ensure your needs are addressed by the most appropriate
services in the community.
This program can support you by addressing the practical, physical, social and emotional issues that often accompany living with a mental illness and a drug & alcohol problem.
The Relationship Between Mental Health & Drug and Alcohol Use
Mental illness and substance use occur together very frequently and can interact negatively on one another. Although alcohol and other drug use disorders commonly occur with other mental illnesses, this does not mean that one caused the other.
A therapeutic counselling appointment is delivered by clinicians that are trained in dual diagnosis.
Therapeutic counselling is more than ‘having someone to talk to’- the appointment gives you the opportunity to speak about how your illness and addiction affects you and your family. You can then begin to develop skills and techniques to make improvements in your life.
Whilst it is important to address both issues at the same time, mental health and AOD services are usually separated and clients often fall through the gap of these two services.
Experienced care coordinators are here to support you to address both issues by:
- Helping you to better understand your condition and the choices available to you;
- Linking you with other services to address associated problems (legal, health, social);
- Making referrals for early intervention to target less problematic drug use;
- Providing post rehabilitation support and relapse prevention;
- Working with GPs to provide ongoing support.
How do I get help?
Individuals from the Gawler- Barossa region who are living with a mental disorder and drug and alcohol problem can access the program.
You can be referred into the program by:
- Calling us on (08) 8209 0700;
- Having your GP complete and fax a Mental Health Treatment Plan1 to (08) 8252 9433;
Sonder gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from Country SA PHN and the Australian Government Department of Health.