MICA Support Group

“I tried to find a group like this for my son. I could only find one. Which is a shame, because so many with mental illness use drugs.” — Freddi, co-facilitator

There is a new support group at NAMI-NYC. The MICA Support Group is for anyone living with a mental illness and substance addiction.

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

Often called “co-occurring disorders,” this group is for people with concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health  Disorders. Other terms that have been used to describe this condition are “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). (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
“When I first started going to NA (Narcotics Anonymous) 17 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…”

All NAMI support groups are peer-led. The co-facilitators have ‘been there’, and are still there, right along side you. If you or someone you know would benefit from this group, we welcome you to join us.

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Please contact the Helpline for more information at 212-684-3264 or helpline@naminyc.org.