Personality Disorders in Daily Life
December 14, 2015
Hosted by Mary Woods
Approximately 15% of the U. S. population has a personality disorder, according to the DSM-5, the manual of mental disorders that therapists use. Some (not all) people with personality disorders or traits get into intense conflicts or increase conflicts with those around them. They may repeatedly and intensely blame a specific person – their ”target of blame” – whether in romantic relationships, at work, in their families, with strangers or anywhere else. You may be one of their “targets of blame.” This program will introduce the general characteristics of personality disorders. The frequent overlap of personality disorders and substance abuse will be discussed. Four key skills will be provided for managing daily life conflict situations with people who have personality disorders or traits. Some general treatment issues and options will be mentioned for those who may have these 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.