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Concurrent Disorders

At CMHA Toronto we recognize the high incidence of substance use among individuals living with a mental health issue, and we understand the negative impact that has on their health and well-being.

The Concurrent Disorders Initiative

at CMHA Toronto addresses the need for specialized support for individuals with a concurrent disorder, that is, individuals who have both a mental health diagnosis and a substance abuse problem.  We have implemented best practices for the provision of integrated concurrent disorders treatment, where “mental health treatments and substance abuse treatments are brought together by the same clinicians/support worker, or team of clinicians/support workers, in the same program, to ensure that the individual receives a consistent explanation of illness/problems and a coherent prescription of treatment rather than a contradictory set of messages from different providers.” (Health Canada, 2001)

Individuals living with concurrent disorders may be worried about the impact that their use is having on their relationships, families, legal status, finances, employment and housing. They may also be concerned about the negative impact on their mental, emotional and physical well being. CMHA Toronto offer supports to these individuals, including:

  • counselling
  • support groups
  • screening
  • assessment
  • treatment planning
  • consultation
  • information and education


Articles on Concurrent Disorders

Dr. Gabor Maté’s article in the Toronto Star addressing the pain that leads to substance use