Bringing Recovery to Campus
June 13, 2016
Hosted by Mary Woods
Getting sober and navigating the world as a person in recovery is challenging at any age. Add an additional layer of difficulty by being an emerging adult—when one in six of your peers meet the criteria for a substance use disorder—and you’ve got a heavy burden to bear. This is the world many young people in recovery have to navigate when they seek a higher education in sobriety. Adults over 25 years of age also face a difficult transition if they return to school as a non-traditional, graduate, or professional student. There is a growing movement among institutions of higher education to provide on-campus support for people in recovery. This collegiate recovery movement has gained momentum in recent years, blooming from a handful of schools ten years ago to just over 140 schools today—though still only a small fraction of the over 4,000 colleges and universities across the country. This show will discuss the history, variation, and commonalities of collegiate recovery programs.
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.