Advocacy and the Addiction Professional

February 4, 2008
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Episode Description

This program will explore the importance of public policy and advocacy for addiction prevention, treatment and recovery-support. We'll look back on 2007's unprecedented slate of addiction-focused bills in Congress and ahead to November's presidential elections and beyond.We'll also discuss March's Advocacy in Action conference, designed for addiction professionals and treatment providers. Our guests will be Gerry Schmidt, Co-Chair of the NAADAC-NAATP Public Policy Committee, and Daniel Guarnera, NAADAC-NAATP Government Relations Liaison. Daniel Guarnera is the Government Relations Liaison for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). Gerry Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC the Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Valley HealthCare System since September 1980, has been in the mental health and addictions treatment profession for over thirty five years.

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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