At Wit's End: What you need to know when a loved one is diagnosed with addiction and mental illness – Special Encore Presentation!

January 26, 2009
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Episode Description

Join us in discussing the effect of trauma and substance use disorders on individuals and families. Dr. Boriskin began working with Vietnam veterans in 1979, just when PTSD entered the professional and general vocabulary. Clinical Director of one of the first Vet Centers, he quickly developed an expertise in addictive disorders. He transitioned to private practice in Florida in 1986, working with a wide range of trauma survivors, particularly sexual abuse survivors. He developed one of the earliest extended residential treatment programs and in 1999 he co-founded Advanced Recovery Center in Delray Beach, Florida. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified addiction specialist and author of PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors, and co-author of At Wit’s End- What Families Need to Know When A Loved One is Diagnosed with Addiction and 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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