Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober with Guest Jennifer Matesa
October 27, 2014
Hosted by Mary Woods
Recovering addicts face turbulent paths filled with temptation and strife while trying to cleanse themselves. The struggle to remain sober and to achieve an encompassing state of well-being is a grueling journey for most people. Our guest today, Jennifer Matesa, recalls her battles with addiction and explains the methods she used to stay clean, based on solid science and practical guidance, as well as shares the experiences of others in long-term recovery. Key ways that the mind, body, and spirit can work in unison to help alleviate pain and stress while increasing a recovering addict’s health include: Recognize the hazardous ways that drugs and alcohol destroy the body; Use exercise to re-establish a foundation of fitness to help conduct stability and strength; Discover how to eat according to your body’s needs to further recovery; Learn how sleep rids the body of toxins; and Control the brain’s cravings through meditation.
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.