Craving - Why We Can’t Seem To Get Enough with Guest Omar Manejwala, M.D. SVP and Chief Medical Officer, Catasys, Inc.

June 3, 2013
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Episode Description

When we find ourselves wanting something strong enough, we’ll do just about anything to get it - sometimes at the expense of our bodies, brains, bank accounts, and relationships. So why do we sometimes have the irrepressible feeling that we need something such as food, cigarettes, alcohol, or sex – that we really just want? Our guest today will address the following: 1) how and why our brain drives behavior; 2) how to change the part of the brain that fuels our cravings; 3) the warning signs that craving is evolving into addiction; 4) why craving is the most difficult component of addiction to address; and 5) why self and spiritual groups, which use models like the Twelve Steps, are so effective at helping people to change behaviors, receive encouragement, and remain accountable.

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 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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