Cocked and Loaded – Special Encore Presentation!
September 7, 2009
Hosted by Mary Woods
Richard Broom was born April 1946 in Albany, NY. In 1966 Broom was drafted into the Army. Broom remained in the US Army until he took an honorable discharge in 1968. He then returned to graduate from Hudson Valley Community College in 1970 and reenrolled in S.U.N.Y at Albany. In 1982, Broom was incarcerated and spent 359 days in the county jail while awaiting trial and sentencing. For approximately the next ten years, Broom remained in the Florida Department of Corrections. On March 9th, 1993, Broom was released on parole. On January 1st, 1997, Broom began working as a therapist in a small treatment center in South Florida called Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. The center now has three separate treatment centers with over 150 beds. Broom remains at this center as a primary therapist. The book (Cocked and Loaded) will not be officially printed until November 09. The book is Richard Broom’s journey through substance abuse, into discovery and through continued recovery.
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.