ALCOHOL ABUSERS: You May Have a Mental Illness

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is proud to announce that Dr. Joseph Sharpe will be speaking at their June meeting.  The meeting is free and the community is welcome to attend.  The title of Dr. Sharpe’s presentation is Dual Diagnosis:  The Co-Existence of Mental Illness and Substance Misuse. 

Dual diagnosis is more common than you might imagine.  According to a report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, 37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness.  Of all people diagnosed as mentally ill, 29% abuse either alcohol or drugs.  To recover fully, the person needs treatment for both problems.  Dr. Sharpe will provide an overview/understanding of what it means to be dually diagnosed.  He will share factors that contribute to substance use with this group of people and valuable information on approaches and interventions that can help.   The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 13th at 7 p.m.  It will be hosted by TrustPoint Hospital, located ¼ mile from Medical Center Parkway at 1009 N. Thompson Lane.

Joseph M. Sharpe, MD graduated from the University of Tennessee, Memphis medical school in 1999 and then continued his training in psychiatry at Duke University.  At Duke he served as Chief Resident of the Duke Inpatient service.  Dr. Sharpe is a Medical Director for the ClearPath Behavioral Health Program at TrustPoint Hospital here in Murfreesboro.  He also currently sees patients in his outpatient clinic, The Nashville Wellness Center, located on the Baptist Hospital campus in downtown Nashville. In addition to his private practice, he serves as a psychiatric hospitalist for Baptist Hospital in Nashville and at MTMC in Murfreesboro, and as a staff psychiatrist at Cumberland Heights Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center.  Sharpe is a board certified psychiatrist, a member of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Sharpe shares that, “I believe in treating people like I would want to be treated.  Everyone is unique and everyone deserves a treatment that is tailor specific to them whether through counseling, psychotherapy, supportive therapy, cognitive therapy, medications or a combination of the above. ”.   He provides therapy and medication management for a wide range of problems including dual diagnosis, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, sleeping disorders, addiction and attention deficit disorder.  


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a support and educational organization for those affected by different types of mental illnesses, as well as support and education for families and friends of those affected.  The local chapter meets monthly at TrustPoint Hospital for an educational meeting.  A support group follows for those who would like to stay.  For more information please call 615-217-2760.



Michelle Fowler, LCSW
Director of Business Development,
TrustPoint Hospital

Information on Source Facility:

TrustPoint Hospital is located at 1009 N. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro – just ¼ mile from Medical Center Parkway. It has been open since August 2012 and provides inpatient physical rehabilitation and inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services. For more information please call (615) 867-1111 or visit

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