Addiction, Anger, and the Road to Recovery with Guest Bill Denehy
June 9, 2014
Hosted by Mary Woods
Our guest today, Bill Denehy, joined the New York Mets as a pitcher in 1967. Seemingly “having it all” was sadly still no match for addiction, and a shoulder injury rendered him under the power of drugs to mask his pain. Following his baseball career, jobs he held were punctuated by bouts of anger and substance abuse issues. His personal life suffered; he and his wife eventually divorced and his issues deeply strained his relationship with his daughters. Denehy will share 1) The beginning of his struggles: how rage and addiction issues were intrinsically woven into his life from a young age; 2) His memories of his baseball career cut short by injury; 3) The profound strain his addiction and anger placed on the lives of those most important to him; 4) His road to recovery: what it took to finally ask for help; and 5) The prevalence of over-prescription in baseball and how this led, for him, to the loss of his vision.
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.