Treating Complex Eating Disorders and Co-occurring Disorders with a Unified Approach Guest Gayle E. Brooks, PhD, The Renfrew Center of Florida

August 19, 2013
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Episode Description

Individuals with serious eating disorders often struggle with other psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma response. Chronic eating disorders can result in severe medical, social and financial impairment. It can be a daunting task to figure out how all the pieces of the symptom puzzle fit together such as: how one set of symptoms may impact other symptoms, what to treat first, whether treatment of one disorder may increase the symptoms of another disorder, etc. There is growing evidence to suggest that the core psychological problems or disturbances which are thought to maintain eating disorder symptoms also contribute to the maintenance of the other co-occurring emotional disorders and addictive disorders. Our guest will discuss: 1. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorders, 2. Core psychological disturbances which contribute both to eating disorders and co-occurring disorders, 3. Basic therapeutic principles of a unified approach.

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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