Marsha Ann Merriweather, BS, CASAC

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    Job Title :
    Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor

    Specialties :
    Counseling

    Hospital Affiliation :
    Syracuse Community Health Center

    Practice Name :
    Syracuse Community Health Center

    Practice Website :
    www.schcny.com

    Years in Practice :
    1994

    Areas of Expertise :
    Chemical Dependency, Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, Out Patient, Group Therapy

    Education/Degree :
    BS in Criminal Justice at Syracuse University

    Year Graduated :
    1994

    How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?

    "I try to encourage each patient in their recovery efforts. I let them know that its up to them to become aware of the progression of the disease of addiction in their lives. I give them a list of recovery tools to use to help them enforce "drug refusal skills" when they are tempted by people, places or things. I inform patients how important it is to have a sober support network in their lives. Patients are given a list of self help meetings they can attend to help build up a sober support network outside of outpatient treatment. The self help groups will allow patients to listen to people share their experience, strengthen and hope about having a clean and sober lifestyle. Lastly, I make sure the patient understands they will not get well unless they are "first aware" they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Once they have this knowledge, its up to them to make a decision whether to accept the help which is offer to get better. One word I express in each of my group therapy sessions is the word "HOW" (honesty, open mindeness and willingness).  If a patient doesn't learn anything else in treatment, but the word "how", I will be happy. A person must be honest with themselves first and others second, they must be open minded and listen to what their peers have to say about their journey and the wreckage of their past concerning their drug and the destruction it caused in their lives and lastly willing to listen to their peers and share their own experiences because their best thinking got them into treatment.  Patients must always remember treatment is a selfish program and they must take care of themselves, in order to save their own life. " The two therapies that are used in group sessions are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

    Attributes Success To:

    Her mother, being an advocate for education and her faith as a Christian.

    Gender :
    female

    Hobbies/Sports :
    Bowling, reading and Food Pantry Coordinator at Church.

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