Courageous Recovery – Changing the face of mental illness with guest Carol A. Kivler

July 23, 2012
Hosted by Mary Woods

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It’s easy to think that mental illness will not impact your life but more than likely it will. Be it a family member, a friend or even yourself, finding the right strategies to face a mental illness and embark on a journey toward recovery can be quite challenging. Our guest today will share some strategies involved with achieving and maintaining a “Courageous Recovery”. Carol Kivler knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle with mental illness. After over 10 years of suffering with depression and anxiety, Kivler then faced the challenge of sustaining her recovery for a long period of time. In the hopes to help others with their own journey, Carol has compiled 26 of her strategies into a guidebook entitled The ABCs of Recovery from Mental Illness. She is also the founder of Courageous Recovery, a non-profit consumer advocate organization, which raises awareness, instills hope and combats stigma regarding mental illness. Visit www.CourageousRecovery.com and www.CarolKivler.com

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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