Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis
April 7, 2008
Hosted by Mary Woods
Our show today will focus on how families are affected by the disease of addiction and how understanding that it is a brain disease can be help eliminate the shame and guilt that are often barriers to treatment. Sheryl has been married for 41 years, a retired middle school science teacher,. Born in Australia and grew up in New Jersey. I was a stay at home mom, working from my house so that I could be with my boys while they were growing up. It wasn't until they were older that I worked outside of the home When Scott was 17, he was offered a hit of cocaine by his bandmates and it was all downhill from there. He was instantly hooked. In 1986, crack cocaine was just coming into prominence and I would have long talks with both of my boys about the dangers of this drug. I read all I could about it and passed the information along to my boys, telling them what I had learned. One of the things I learned was that in some people, the very first hit of cocaine can kill you.
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.
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.