Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic
July 13, 2009
Hosted by Mary Woods
Guest host Dr. Mark Green, will be interviewing author and counselor Sarah Allen Benton. Sarah is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in a counseling center at a college in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the leader of the Alcohol Skills Training Program directed towards helping college-age problem drinkers and has made a variety of psycho-educational presentations including Mindful Drinking: Moderate Drinking for College Students and The Truth About Ecstasy (club drug). In 2003, Sarah received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree from Northeastern University in Boston. She has held several counselor positions at McLean Psychiatric Hospital (affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital) in the Klarman Eating Disorders Center and the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Institute. She is currently the vice-president of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation of Greater Boston. Sarah is also a proud member of a 12-Step Recovery Program and has been sober since February 2004.
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.