Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Dual Diagnosis: Double the Challenge - Episode 29

November 13, 2021 Randye Kaye Season 2 Episode 4
Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
Dual Diagnosis: Double the Challenge - Episode 29
Show Notes

Getting personal on this episode about the effects of addiction (drugs or alcohol) on the family - and the double challenge when it co-occurs with SMI (Serios Mental Illness) - in our sons’ cases: schizophrenia.

Are we ever really out of the woods? Are our loved ones?

What can we do? What must we let go of?

The 3 moms get personal here. Solutions? We wish we had some - but we do share ideas of actions and attitude. 

Maybe you’ll hear your story inside of ours. You are not alone.


What is dual diagnosis? (Co-occuring disorder)

What works? What doesn’t? - 

  • “Harm reduction” treatment?
  • 12-step programs?

Why is it so hard?

  • Similar symptoms - delayed SMI diagnosisGrief
  • Grief, Lost Trust, lost time
  • Relapse disappointment
  • Stronger drugs now 

What can the family do?

  • “Trust, but verify” - blood tests, Urine tests
  • Set your boundaries/rewards/consequences 
  • Do what works - even if your break the rules you thought you knew
  • Balance of letting go/stepping in
  • Support a healthier community and purposeful activity for our loved ones
  • Get support or help for yourself (the family) - AlAnon? Therapy?
  • “Know that you’re dealing with something unknowable, and do the best you can” (Mimi)
  • Look for Integrated Care for your loved one - treats both diagnoses together
  • Keep watching carefully
  • Be aware (and providers be aware) that what looks like “just substance abuse” may indeed be early symptoms of SMI - alert the family



Dr. Laitman - listen to our episode 18, June 2021

Samhsa has resources: 1-800-662-HELP


Cedar Ridge:

NAMI Family-to-Family

Book: Beautiful Boy

Who Are the 3 Moms?

Randye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices”)

Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It

Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)