by Comprehensive Staff

05/31/2017 12:08 am

A Conversation with our New Vice President

Miguel Messina is our new Vice President for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services. He joined the Comprehensive team in April 2017.

I was reading random news articles at my table late one evening, and I found an article published in “The Guardian” by Matthew Todd entitled: I know how alcohol can ruin your mental health. So, why it is so rarely discussed? The article provides a series of reflective comments about how individuals can become trapped in the never-ending cycle of their mental health problems, such as anxiety, compulsions, depression, and other mood-related problems, as well as the typical consequences associated with an unmanageable life (failing or poor relationships, lack of intimacy, poor performance at work, and a general low sense of wellbeing and happiness.)

People sharing their ongoing struggles also mentioned that they were actively receiving services from a therapist. The article in general did not reveal very much to me, but the title and subtitle did: “Despite the links between drinking and mental health problems, therapists are reluctant to discuss it.” I started to wonder as a licensed mental health and addictions professional if these statements were true. And if so, what are the reasons? Further reflections in the article reveal that patients whose mental health conditions do eventually improve are those who realize that they were trapped in an addiction cycle that prevented them from addressing what needed to be resolved in therapy. They realized that this problem also needed to be addressed, and it could not be addressed in a vacuum.

I would like to pose these questions to the readers of our blog. Are therapists reluctant to discuss the potential role that drinking or drugging might play in the treatment of mental health disorders? And if so, what are the reasons? Send a very brief response to my email: Miguel.messina@comprehensive.org