A Sense of Community with Neal Powers, author of Letters to Millie

September 13, 2010
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Neal Powers earned critical acclaim for his first novel, Millie's Honor. He writes with a keen eye and a wry sense of humor. A retired FAA aviation safety inspector and pilot, motorcyclist, artist, and musician, his recent Op-Ed columns about PTSD and returning combat veterans have appeared in newspapers across the US, including the Washington Times. In 2003, at Neal Powers’ 40th high school reunion, he and his classmates waxed nostalgic about growing up in a much safer era. Afterwards, though, he realized that something about that didn’t ring true to him. He and his classmates lived under constant threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The CIA was meddling with governments around the world. His generation endured the Vietnam War and the violence that accompanied the civil rights movement. Retelling this history from the inside out became the impetus behind Powers’ first book, Millie’s Honor, and its sequel, Letters to Millie. His new book chronicles the struggles a complex cast of characters from the town of Raleigh, modeled after his hometown of Fulton, Missouri, as they navigate the challenges of their time. The show will focus on the historical events that most shaped Neal’s generation, Why friends, family, and a sense of community are more essential in coping with life’s difficulties more than ever and lessons this generation can learn from the triumphs and mistakes of the previous.

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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