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Mental illness, drug abuse or both?

Venice Gondolier Sun - 1/20/2018

Suncoast Institute on Chemical Dependency will sponsor a special program Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5:30-7:15 p.m., at Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota, on mental disorders and substance-use disorders occurring together; signs and symptoms of these co-occurring disorders; disentangling the symptoms for an appropriate diagnosis; treatment and recovery options; and how families, churches and communities can help.

The guest speaker is Maribeth McDermott, M.S., L.M.H.C., of Samaritan Counseling Services. The program begins with refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation and discussion at 6 p.m.

The event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are requested. To register call 941-716-6169, email, or go to:

Suncoast Institute on Chemical Dependency is a faith-based, not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation founded by a group of concerned clinicians, clergy and individuals with addicted loved ones for the purpose of providing addiction education.

Suncoast Institute views addiction as a chronic disease rather than a moral failing. Its mission is to make up-to-date addiction prevention and recovery education and resources available to all who are interested in learning about alcohol and drug abuse and addiction and its many related problems.

For more information, contact Jewell Meringer at 941-716-6169 or


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