Season 2, Episode 7
Host(s): Dr. Larry Force, Andrew O’Grady, Elisa Gwilliam
Guest(s): Rebecca Russo: Vice President of Marketing and Outreach at Journeys Outpatient Therapy Services in Toms River, New Jersey
The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by Rebecca Russo, yoga instructor and Vice president of Marketing and Outreach at Journeys Outpatient Therapy Services. Russo and Andrew O’Grady discuss the similarities between their respective mental health agencies and Elisa Gwilliam joins the discussion to emphasize the importance of movement in recovery. At 30:30, Russo shares some words of wisdom for individuals struggling with early sobriety during the pandemic.
- Day in the life working in an outpatient service center
- Importance of variety in recovery approaches
- Power of movement in mental wellness and recovery
- Intersections of addiction and mental health treatment
- Changes in recovery treatment during the pandemic
- Holistic approaches
- Rebecca Russo
- I’m addicted to more than one substance, what do I do?
- I drink because I’m anxious
- Why can’t I stop using drugs or alcohol?
- Everything around me makes me want to use
- “People, no matter what they’re going through or what their socioeconomic background is, movement helps make them realize where their body is. It helps them tune in to what they’re feeling and also allows you to bypass a lot of the mechanisms and thought cycles because you’re busy doing something else.” – Elisa Gwilliam
- “[Mental health] is mind, body, soul. If one thing is out of whack the rest follows.” – Rebecca Russo
- “I think we as a providing community really need to look at [the separate silos of mental health and addiction] differently and we really need to be cross-trained in everything to deal with these things as they come.” – Andrew O’Grady