Special Encore Presentation: Recovery is a Marathon, not a Sprint: Recovery from Dual Disorders with Guests Lindy Fox Smith and Katherine Armstrong
January 27, 2014
Hosted by Mary Woods
Lindy Fox Smith’s expertise has been gained through a combination of formal education and personal experience. She has been a recipient of the services that she now participates in designing and evaluating. As a result of this unusual combination of personal and professional experience, Lindy brings sensitivity, humor, and extensive knowledge to this challenging field of working with people with both serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. She has authored books and many articles on the subject of dual disorders. Katherine Armstrong co-authored, along with Mary Woods, the recently released book, When The Door Opened, which tells the authentic stories of twelve men who have experienced treatment and recovery from co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. As an outside observer, she gained a unique perspective of how stigma affects those with dual disorders.
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.