WestBridge provided a safe, comfortable, supportive environment in the early days
of our son's sobriety. He said that he felt like he was on vacation. I think he meant
physically, because of the comfortable living quarters and excellent meals, but
mentally he was working very hard.
On the morning of Tuesday the 7th of May, our CEO Mary Woods will be interviewed by Sarah Levanti, the editor for Nature Coast Healthy Living magazine.
On the afternoon of Tuesday the 7th of May, Westbridge co-founder Al West will be interviewed by Ms. Levanti. Mr. West will share his personal experience of someone very close to him having addiction issues.
Nature Coast Healthy Living magazine covers the Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties in Florida.
"When the Door Opened" New England book launch was held in Boston on February 7th there was an infomative panel discussion as well as a Q+A session with providers, family members and the authors.
U.S. Journal Conference will be held February 10 - 14. Please stop by the WestBridge booth and find out more about the tour of WestBridge South on February 11th.
WestBridge was feature in the article Recovery stories in co-occurring disorders
Dr Zev Schuman-Olivier presented MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine on the topic “Mindfulness Training for Smoking Cessation.”
WestBridge hosted the launch of "When The Door Opened"in Philadelphia on January 8th. The panel format was well received and informative. See more.
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilites (CARF) has awarded WestBridge a 3 yr accreditation (its highest award).
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilites (CARF) has awarded WestBridge South a 3 yr accreditation (its highest award).
11/24 Writers in Treatment presents the REEL Recovery Film Festival, which “showcases filmmakers who
make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment
and recovery.” This event will be held at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Suggested donation is $5 but no one will be refused entry.
Norm Asselin of WestBridge has been appointed to the board of Floridians for Recovery.
WestBridge's John McAndrew performed for Crossroad's Antigua annual alumni event
Registration is open for the Florida NAADAC Conference Treating Co-occuring disorders on January 17, 2013. Click for more information and registration form.
Walter Miley of WestBridge was recently nominated as a board member for Nami of Hernando County
10/12-13 Boston area Medical Director, Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier will be presenting at the conference, Addictive Medicine: A Case-Based Approach to Managing Addictive Disorder and Related Problems. http://www.cme.hms.harvard.edu/cmeups/pdf/00321340_3EM.pdf
Boston area Medical Director, Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier presented at the 25th Annual Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders. http://www.ccsad.com/
WestBridge Regional Representative John McAndrew receives NAADAC President's award. John%20McAndrew%20NAADAC%20Award.html
Boston area Medical Director, Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier has been named as a member of the distinguished Clinical Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Physician Health Services.
Understand the facts: Click on the link below to learn what role smoking cessation plays in long term recovery http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh293/208-212.htm
Addiction Professional: July - Addiction Professional wrote about WestBridge’s practice of involving our participants in the hiring process of our staff. CEO Mary Woods and some participants were interviewed for this piece. http://www.addictionpro.com/article/involving-patients-hiring
Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier of WestBridge Community Services will be presenting Benzodiazepine use and buprenorphine treatment outcomes: A retrospective study at the 2012 CPDD Scientific Meeting in a Poster Session on June 12, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Behavioral Healthcare May/June 2012 Design Showcase - WestBridge was featured in Behavioral Healthcare’s 2012 Design Showcase for the architecture and design of our new residence, administrative and recreational facilities in Brooksville, FL. Photos of our new campus accompany the article. http://www.behavioral.net/article/westbridge-south-new-look-same-mission
In conjunction with the American Psychiatric Association’s 165th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this May 5-9, WestBridge presented a unique series of ten trolley tours of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Porch Light Initiative.
WestBridge Psychiatrist and Chief Robert Drake M.D., Ph.D. had an article published in the Psychiatric News titled “Holistic Approach to Youth With Psychosis, Substance Abuse Promotes Recovery”. Click here to read article.
Mary Woods presentied "Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders; an introduction to what every counselor needs to know" at the Pre-Conference Addictions Treatment Training Workshops before the 5th Annual Western Regional Conference on Problem Gambling Awareness.
Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier of WestBridge Community Services was at the international symposium for contemplative studies in Denver, presenting The WestBridge Mindfulness Program as part of a panel.
Dr. William Leach, medical director for WestBridge South, was inteviewed by "Hernando Today" regarding Alcohol Addiction and its relationship to the brain - link to full article
WestBridge hosted and co-sponsored a two-day summit of national thought leaders in the field of Co-Occurring Disorders. WestBridge was joined by other co-sponsors NAADAC and Hazelden in an effort to begin formulating Scopes of Practice that will guide varying professionals in the delivery of services to persons who experience co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. The summit was held at WestBridge’s newest facility, located in Brooksville, FL.
Behavioral Health Addictive Disorders event specializing in mental health and the addictions field. See flyer for details.
Tour of WestBridge South in Brooksville,Florida 2/14. Transportation provided from Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort. See all details
Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier of WestBridge Community Services spoke at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard division on addictions on outpatient based opioid treatment.
With the addition of our new location in Brooksville, Florida, WestBridge has also expanded the Customer Relations Department. Norm Asselin has moved and is working out of the Brooksville office. Robin Banker and Jay Beausoleil are new to the team and will be working out of the Manchester NH office. John McAndrew is our new National Representative and will be working out of his home office in Tennessee.
WestBridge held its second annual recovery dinner on 11/12 in which 66 staff members and participants celebrated all that are in recovery.
Lisa Williams, Nurse Practioner for WestBridge, was interviewed on Hernando County, FL radio station WWJB 1450 AM about treatment options for Depression.- link to full article
Mary Woods, RNc, CEO of WestBridge was interviewed in the Journal of Addictions Nursing about her role at WestBridge - Article Reprint
WestBridge welcomes Judy Magnon, RN-BC, BS, CAC as the Program Director for our new Brooksville, FL facility, scheduled to open in March 2012. Judy comes to WestBridge with a background in directing Assertive Community Treatment teams. She was named Mental Health Administrator of the Year in 2000 by NH-NAMI, was a finalist for Nursing Spectrum’s Nurse of the Year award in 1998 and was Employee of the Year in 2005 at her previous position, for her performance during Hurricane Charley in Charlotte County.
WestBridge veteran staff member, Norm Asselin of Customer Relations, relocated from the New Hampshire office to help spearhead the new Florida facility. Brooksville is lucky to have him!
WestBridge Customer Relations team members Norm Asselin and Brittney Cross will be exhibiting at the NAMI National Convention in Chicago, IL from July 6-8.
An Open House will be held to welcome WestBridge's new Medical Director for the Boston area team, Zev Schuman-Olivier, M.D., on July 14 from 4-8 pm in the Medford office. If you are interested in attending, please call 603-657-5818.
WestBridge is co-sponsoring the Maine Association for Addiction Professionals “Together Towards Tomorrow” Workshop held
July 29-31 at Clarks Cove Farm & Inn in Walpole, Maine. The event will include a training by WestBridge CEO, Mary Woods, entitled “Integrating Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders: An Introduction to What Every Addiction Counselor Needs to Know” on July 29. View Workshop Brochure or Register Now.
WestBridge hosted their annual Summer Networking Luncheon on June 1st. The luncheon featured guest speaker Elaine Krause, Creative Director at Griffin York & Krause and a delicious fiesta meal prepared by Chef Suzanne Wallack. View Photos from the event.
WestBridge hosted its first annual Family Weekend entitled “A Weekend of Hope”. Festivities included a presentation by Robert Drake, Ph.D., of Dartmouth Medical School; group sessions designed for families to share experiences and build support systems; musical performances by participants; stand-up comedy by Tony V and Jack Lynch; and a classic New England clam bake.
WestBridge CEO Mary Woods was a guest on “Right Turn Radio” on May 1.
WestBridge program directors Brenda Drake, MSW, and Kristen Friedrickson, LMHC, presented “Creating Unified and Compassionate Relationships through Family Psychoeducation” at the 2011 ACTA Conference on May 13. Read about ACT at WestBridge or visit the Assertive Community Treatment Association website to learn more.
WestBridge Medical Director Dr. Mark Green and psychiatric nurse practitioner Lisa Williams presented “Sleep and Addiction” at the 2011 American Society of Addiction Medicine Conference on April 14. Download Presentation
Michael J. Sateia, MD, presented his work with sleep medicine to WestBridge staff. WestBridge continues to improve its unique sleep program on all levels.
WestBridge Breaks Ground on New Facility in Brooksville, Florida on February 8, 2011. WestBridge took another step in the creation of their second residential facility on February 8, 2011 by breaking ground in Brooksville Florida. Mary Woods, CEO was the master of ceremonies and set the stage for a wonderful celebration of the hard work and dedication to those that have been an integral part of the process to get the residential facility off the ground. Many local supporters made their way to the groundbreaking ceremony to be a part of WestBridge history and meet some of the WestBridge staff. The community has been very supportive of WestBridge and WestBridge thanks all that were in attendance.
On December 6, WestBridge hosted the inaugural Roundtable Discussion series for Boston Area Higher Education Professionals. The event was hosted by Medical Director, Dr. Mark Green, and OnCOURSE Student Services Liaison, Brittney Cross. The focus of the discussion was "Social Media Effects on the Mental Health of College Students." The event also included guest moderator: Joe Pyle, MA - President of The Scattergood Foundation.