Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves. Broadcasting live on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness every Monday afternoon at 12 PM Pacific, “One Hour AT A Time” – where recovery begins with education.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.
John McAndrew has worked at several of the leading Treatment Facilities across the United States in the last 25 years, primarily doing programs for patients, family, and alumni. These include: Betty Ford, Hazelden, Cumberland Heights, Crossroads Antigua, English Mountain, Cirque Lodge, and Caron Foundation. John now works on the Customer Relations Team at Westbridge, focusing on National outreach and marketing.
John has worked in the Mental Health and Addiction Treatment field for over 25 years. He has developed a musical therapy model used at several treatment centers using music, story-telling and group therapy. John has been included on several faculties of Drug and Alcohol Schools and conferences. He has served on the boards of the "Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse", and "TAADAS' (Tennessee Association of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Services). John received the prestigious "Presidents Award" from NAADAC in 2O12 for his service to the Recovery Community.
John is a recording artist living in Nashville, TN. His music has been heard around the world, in feature films, and featured at National events. While touring he also speaks and performs for Recovery Audiences. John loves to play the piano.