Addressing Substance Use Disorders In Your Community
March 27, 2017
Hosted by Mary Woods
The Delray Beach Drug Task Force was created to provide education and support to the community with regards to substance use disorders. It's members are comprised of leaders in the community who wish to act as agents of change. This Task Force has implemented initiatives aimed at supporting the community at large. Project Trailblazer was created to help bridge the gap between employers and individuals coming out of treatment and looking to join the workforce again. The Heroin Task Force was created to address individuals who had received Narcan by first responders and the hospitals who then needed clinical interventions in order to get them back into treatment. Along with SUD Talks, an event brining in professionals to speak about the issues around addiction, are just some of the ways in which the Task Force is taking action to instigate change. Jeff Messer is a member and also a part of the Sober Home Task Force which has been responsible for over 20 arrests thus far in South Florida.
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.