Important New Book Targets Finding Effective Treatment for Mental Health with Substance Use Disorders

Share Article

An important new book that reveals the rarely discussed challenges of finding effective treatment when mental health and substance use disorders occur together was recently released to the public.

I Didn't CAUSE IT, I Can't CHANGE IT Book Cover
We believe our book is important for a variety of different reasons, but it is extremely relevant now that the impact of co-occurring disorders is finally being openly talked about.

The book, titled I Didn’t CAUSE IT, I Can’t CHANGE IT, tackles the issue of co-occurring disorders, or COD, from a unique and powerful perspective: it tells the stories of 14 mothers who were interviewed to develop the themes of the book on their courageous journeys seeking help for their adult children led them from heartbreak and despair to hope and recovery for themselves and for their families.

Written by Mary Ryan Woods, creator and CEO of WestBridge Centers for Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders, and her associate Adrienne Murray of Dunleavy Associates, the book is also an excellent information and resource guide. Ms. Woods has long been a nationally recognized expert in both the mental health and addiction fields, where she has spent her entire career. The book will be launched at a celebrity luncheon at the New York Junior League in New York City.

“Though this book was told from the mothers’ perspectives,” Woods says, “that there are many common experiences we have such as isolation, fear and self-blame. Its purpose is to take away the shame and stigma of these conditions and help those parents learn that they are not alone.”

She adds, “We believe our book is important for a variety of different reasons, but it is extremely relevant now that the impact of co-occurring disorders is finally being openly talked about. Effective treatment can only happen when we are finally able to understand and accept the problems and confront the stigma that may be attached to them."

How common is COD? According to Mary Woods, about a third of all people experiencing mental illnesses and about half of all people living with severe mental illnesses also experience a substance use disorder.

Seven million people in the US currently experience co-occurring disorders.

WestBridge is a private, non-profit, center for the treatment of co-occurring disorders headquartered in Manchester, NH, with a second facility located in Brooksville, Florida. By providing the highest standard of integrated services for men in our dual diagnosis treatment program s, WestBridge has become a national leader in the behavioral health profession. We use co-occurring disorders treatment, an evidence-based approach that helps males with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders recover while receiving mental health and addiction treatment at the same time, in the same setting. The gentlemen who come into our program receive individualized care and evidence-based strategies geared specifically to their needs, as well as their strengths and those of their families. Among dual diagnosis treatment centers, WestBridge excels in the successful treatment of those with co-occurring disorders. Our residential centers in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Brooksville, Florida, welcome men over the age of 18 who experience co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. By establishing collaborative relationships with participants at our dual diagnosis treatment centers, we remain supportive from the first phone call.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Ryan Mulholland
+1 (877) 721-3758
Email >
since: 01/2014
Follow >
WestBridge Community Services
since: 02/2009
Like >
WestBridge - Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Follow us on
Visit website