Co-Occurring Disorders

Approximately 50% of people living with a mental illness also have a co-occurring substance use problem or disorder (SUD).  NAMI Minnesota hears from many families that they often don't know the signs of SUD, how to help their loved one recover, or how to find effective treatment programs. Currently, there are very few resources available to help individuals or families understand co-occurring disorders and what treatments are most effective. NAMI Minnesota is developing a booklet to provide education and resources to individuals and families of those living with co-occurring disorders.  We would like to hear from you about your experiences and what information would be most helpful.  Thanks for your help!

* 1. Please tell us a little about yourself. Are you a: (Please pick one)

* 2. What is the age of the individual living with a co-occurring disorder, mental illness, or substance use disorder?

* 3. What is the race/ ethnicity of the individual living with a co-occurring disorder, mental illness, or substance use disorder?

* 4. Does the individual identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Queer)?

* 5. What county do you live in?

* 6. What insurance coverage does the individual have? (If coverage from more than one, please check all that apply)

* 7. Has the individual sought care for their co-occurring disorder, mental illness, or substance use disorder?

* 8. When seeking care, what has the individual needed and not been able to access?

* 9. Family members: What information or resources have you needed to support your loved one and not been able to access?

* 10. How important are each of the following components in an educational booklet on co-occurring disorders?

  Not at all important Somewhat important Important Very important No opinion
Signs of substance use disorder
Information about illegal of commonly abused drugs and drug paraphernalia
Information on how to safely dispose of drugs and prescriptions
How to help a loved one with a co-occurring disorder
Information on the detox process
Screening tools
Information on evidence- based treatments for co-occurring disorders (including integrated dual disorders treatment (IDDT))
How to find a program that incorporates evidence- based practices to treat co-occurring disorders
Information on finding developmentally appropriate care for co-occurring disorders
Information on what to consider when selecting a treatment program for a loved one
Information on the importance of care coordination and information sharing
Information on insurance coverage of co-occurring disorders treatment
Information on relapse prevention
Information on medications to help treat co-occurring disorders
Information on family support
Information on treating co-occurring disorders in different populations and settings (eg. Veterans and military, LGBTQ, criminal justice involved, etc.)

* 11. Would you be interested in participating in a follow up interview? (If yes, please provide contact info in the comment box)

* 12. Please provide any other feedback on what might be helpful in an educational booklet on co-occurring disorders.

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