Let's Help People Quit: Tobacco is the Problem, Not the Solution
October 24, 2016
Hosted by Mary Woods
Smoking is the number one cause of death in people with mental illness and tobacco use contributes to more deaths than the primary behavioral health condition. Helping people quit tobacco is the risk-factor intervention that will have the greatest impact on the health and wellness of individuals with behavioral health conditions. In this Podcast we will discuss some of the barriers that prevent behavioral health organizations from fully embracing tobacco cessation treatment and the importance of incorporating cessation interventions along with other behavioral health services. Ms. Aubrey will share evidence-based strategies that encourage individuals to make a tobacco quit attempt and increase the likelihood of success with quitting. She will describe her experiences working with behavioral health organizations and Peer Recovery Specialists to expand access to tobacco cessation treatment.
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.