Addiction and Mental Illness Support Group

“I tried to find a group like this for my son. I didn’t find much. Which is a shame, because so many with mental illness use drugs…” — Freddi, co-facilitator

The Addiction and Mental Illness (formerly “MICA”) Support Group is for anyone living with a mental illness and substance use disorder.

This is a place where people can talk freely about both issues, without fear of shame or judgment.

All NAMI support groups are peer-led. The co-facilitators have ‘been there’, and are still there, right along with you.

If you or someone you know would benefit from this group, we welcome you to join us.

This group is starting in January 2020.

“When I first went to NA (Narcotics Anonymous) 18 years ago, if you said you took psychiatric medication, they didn’t consider you ‘clean’…  We provide a space where people are free to talk about their troubles, their triggers, and their meds…”

Often called “co-occurring disorders,” this group is for people with concurrent (at the same time) Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders. Other terms have been used to describe this condition – “dual diagnosis,” “dual disorder,” “MICA” (Mentally Ill  Chemical Abuser or Mentally Ill Chemically-Affected), “MISA” (Mentally Ill Substance Abuser), “CAMI” (Chemical Abuse and Mental Illness), and “SAMI” (Substance Abuse and Mental Illness), or “double trouble.” (From NYS OASAS, “Co-Occurring Disorders”, www.oasas.ny.gov) 

People being treated for mental health disorders also often abuse the following types of substances:

  • alcohol
  • nicotine
  • opiates
  • sedatives
  • stimulants
  • marijuana
  • hallucinogens
  • prescription drugs

Have questions?
Please contact the Helpline for more information at 212-684-3264 or email us.