Secrets my dad never told me - How World War II defined a family with guest Mary Lou Darst

April 16, 2012
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Soldiers’ families make sacrifices. Loved ones are called to war, and families are moved to military bases around the world. For Mary Lou Darst, finding her father’s World War II diary after he died made her childhood and her relationship with him clearer. “My father was away on assignment often,” Darst says. “When he returned, or we went to join him, my brother and I had grown up since he last saw us. He had changed as well and we didn’t know each other.” In her book, War Ready, In My Father’s Shadow, Darst tells how war affected the entire family, especially her father. “My relationship with my father wasn’t easy,” says Darst. “Although I loved my father, I was afraid of him. I truly lived in the shadow of my father.” Darst traveled the world with her family and recounts new places and cultures following World War II. The world was being redefined, and family life was constantly changing. She offers insight into her father’s World War II diary, and into the life of a soldier in war.

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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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