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The Family Gets Sick Together–The Family Gets Well Together

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, My Mind My Health hosted by Dr. Vernon Barksdale for Voice America satellite radio airs episode 9 entitled, “The Family Gets Sick Together–The Family Gets Well Together” with very special guest Chana Carro.

Two weeks ago, guest Chana Carro discussed some of the background issues and reasons for the incorporation of a spiritual power in the 12 step programs of AA.  This week, she’ll be sharing some of her insights on how the disease of addiction causes spiritual detriment to the individual and their family or loved ones. Many traumas happen during the course of the dis-ease of addiction. Perhaps the greatest tragedy and oft-untreated outcome of addiction is the people exposed to the destructive behaviors of the addict.  Why do people subject themselves to such trauma over years of abuse?  What makes healthy boundaries so hard to maintain?  How often is family survival at the expense of losing the addict?  We’ll be talking about these and other questions with Chana on our next show.

About Ms. Carro
Chana Carro is a Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor with 24 years’ experience in the treatment of addiction.  Chana has a master’s degree in Social Work.  She is the former Executive Director of Outpatient Services at Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, NY.  Chana’s post-graduate studies in the Anthropology Department at Arizona State University explored spirituality and addiction, with a special emphasis on addiction in the Jewish Community.  Chana was Associate Faculty at ASU and ASU West and has taught in the Graduate School of Social Work where she developed a specialty course entitled Faith Based Intervention in Social Work Practice.  She is particularly sensitive to the impact of addiction on the whole family system and her research has included work in the Religious Studies Department exploring spirituality as it is expressed in the Twelve Step model of Alcoholics Anonymous.