“About a third of all people experiencing mental illnesses
and about half of people living with severe mental illnesses also experience substance abuse.
These statistics are mirrored in the substance abuse community,
where about a third of all alcohol abusers and more than half of all drug abusers
report experiencing a mental illness,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
That statistic, like all statistics, is about real people.
Not numbers. This episode’s guest, Donald, is one of those people.
And he shares his story of dual diagnosis- living with substance use disorder
in addition to depression and anxiety.
NAMI re: dual diagnosis: www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Me…l-Diagnosis-FS.pdf