Assessing Health, Promoting Wellness: Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Growing up in Philadelphia, the only contact that Richard Drain had with white people was with police, judges, and probation officers. Richard’s world started to expand when he went into the military. It was during the war in Vietnam, and the world was tumultuous. And though Richard wasn’t sent to Southeast Asia, his inner world was beginning to become tumultuous also. He began hearing voices. He became violent. He began to use drugs... Richard’s story in the preceding pages illustrates the complexity and tremendous difficulties one faces in living with mental illness, substance use disorders, and being homeless...Below is some basic information about co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (Authors).

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