Substance abuse/dependence and mental health should always be placed together and treated together.
Substance dependence/abuse is a mental health disorder, and co-occurring disorders are frequent. People can "recover" enough to function better, and that recovery is forever for most of us.
Jim Russell commented
"The United States has become the world's leading power because it favors progress, individual glory, and short-term pragmatism. Native cultures emphasize faith, communal solidarity, and long-term preservation. This may explain why people are beginning to question America's values." Hercules vs. Coyote: Native and Euro-American beliefs
Questioning the values of US alcohol and/or drug policy is long overdue. firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree with this within the current system, the one we are trying to transform. The problem I am having with it is that if we are embracing the principles of recovery, I feel we should encourage and applaud community based alternative solutions and which are directed by those of us who use them. We experiencing co-occurring disorders are in need of an increase in choices regarding available treatments & supports, especially coming from within our own communities. To truly embrace Recovery, we wouldn't tell each other what we have to do. I believe the solutions will come from those who need it most, if we trust them (us) to create them and are given the opportunity to do so (Hope).
Molly C commented
the terms can be placed side by side but not merged.... especially the AA 12 step model. I will never be powerless over anything