Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction with guest Sharlene Prinsen
October 1, 2012
Hosted by Mary Woods
Sharlene Prinsen shares what her husband and her family endured, and how they had to find their own answers in the face of a medical system that is ill-equipped to handle mental illness. Sharlene’s husband Sean had served in the military in Bosnia. For seven years Sean fought a battle with depression, pain killers, and alcohol. Then after many trips to doctors and facilities—including jails and hospitals, they discovered the root of their problems—Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is still a disorder that lacks support and apparently many doctors do not recognize it or consider it when diagnosing their patients. Once a soldier, always a soldier, and for Sean this means he is always battle ready whether the behaviors that go along with that are appropriate for civilian society or not. It is perhaps this conflict that rages inside some ex-military personnel, that leads them down a path of depression and addiction to kill the pain.
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.