Special Encore Presentation: The Recovery Community Organizes and Speaks Out with guest Patricia Taylor, Executive Director, Faces and Voices of Recovery
December 23, 2013
Hosted by Mary Woods
Our response to the crisis of addiction should be based on sound public health science and the grassroots engagement and involvement of the recovery community – people in recovery, their families, friends and allies. Across the world, the recovery community is organizing to speak out and advocate for policies that help individuals and families get the help they need to recover and the elimination of policies that discriminate against people in or seeking recovery. They are raising their unified voice. A growing movement is promoting the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery. The implementation of national health reform; recognition of innovative peer recovery support services; and policy makers’ attention to recovery, health and wellness create a fertile opportunity for recovery advocates to speak out, fostering collaboration, advocacy and education about the reality of addiction recovery.
One Hour AT A Time
Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
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.