Peer Educators and Dual Disorders

November 12, 2007
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Episode Description

This program will focus on recovery from dual disorders. Our Guest will be Moe Armstrong, Moe has been mentally ill for thirty five years. He struggles with his own mental illness every day of his life. In 1984, Moe went back to college and earned two masters degrees. His dream was to work in the mental health system and create the opportunities that he received from mental health care for other people with mental illness. He was one of the first people with schizophrenia to work as mental health professional and has worked for over 12 yrs in mental health. He was presented in a special television show on ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel based on his present work with the Peer Educators Project. Appeared on the Larry King Live show as part of the discussion about mental health issues. He has appeared on Dan Rather's CBScevening news talking about mental health. He as appeared on two national ABC news broadcast talking about mental illness.

One Hour AT A Time

One Hour AT A Time

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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.

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Mary Woods

Mary Woods

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.

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