This week I spoke with Dr. Sarah Church, the founder and executive director of Wholeview Wellness. Dr. Church is a clinical psychologist who has more than 20 years of experience in research, program development and treatment of patients with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Before starting Wholeview Wellness, Dr. Church served as the Executive Director of the Division of Substance Abuse at Montefiore Medical Center and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine for 16 years.
She completed a predoctoral fellowship in addiction at the Yale University School of Medicine and a postdoctoral year at the Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS) at Columbia University Medical Center after graduating from Fordham University with a doctorate in clinical psychology and from Columbia University with an AB in psychology.
Dr. Church was appointed by Mayors Bloomberg and De Blasio to the NYC-DOHMH Community Services Board and serves on the Board of the Coalition of Medication Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates (COMPA). She is a Past President for the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). Internationally, she has provided consultation to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for both Vietnam and Afghanistan as they develop medication assisted treatment centers in their countries.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found the following within American adults over the last year:
Nearly 67% drank alcohol within the last month;
28.6 million Americans were living with alcohol dependence; and
Less than 10% of people with past-year alcohol dependence receive any treatment.
National Alcohol Screening Day is April 6, a chance for to rethink your relationship with alcohol and its effects on your physical and mental well-being. Now is the time to dive in and help your audience learn more about the consequences of heavy drinking, screening tools available, and treatments available for those seeking help.
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