Enable-ism: Bridging the Recovery Gap
Bill Woodbury is a CCAPP/CADCII and ICADC who has worked in the field of Chemical Dependency since 1988. He has held many different positions throughout the years, both in for profit as well as non-profit settings. He was an Interventionist in private practice for many years while working as a Primary Counselor and Program Director for the SHARE UNIT at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Pasadena and in the late 90’s became part owner in the SHARE UNIT, overseeing the transition from a corporate-owned hospital program to a privately-owned residential treatment center. In 2003 he sold his interest in the SHARE Unit and became the Resource Call Center Coordinator and Associate Program Director for the Little Company of Mary/ Peninsula Recovery Center in San Pedro from 2003 to 2005. He went on to serve as the Program Director at New Found Life in Long Beach for 10 years, leaving that position in mid-2015 to start Bridging the Recovery Gap as well as devote the time needed to write Enable-ism with his wife and co-author, Linda Woodbury. Over the years Bill has developed numerous community educational lectures, designed continuing various education workshops for counselors as well as been a frequent presenter at CCAPP/CADC conferences. He has taught at several private institutions training future counselors in addition to teaching a variety of courses at Glendale Community College as well as developing and teaching courses in Criminal Behavior and Chemical Dependency at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Bill currently serves as an educational consultant and equine assisted counselor for treatment centers throughout the Greater Los Angeles/Orange County area. Additionally, Bill and Linda present workshops in various formats based on the principles of their book Enable-ism, Bridging the Recovery Gap Between the Family and the Addict. While the book is specifically geared towards educating and equipping the family members of chemically dependent emerging adults, it has broad application to all families affected by addiction, assisting in navigating the various transitions present in the first year of recovery. Bill and Linda have been married for over 29 years and are parents of two “twenty something's,” loves being a Papa and spoiling his black lab. Linda Woodbury has worked in a variety of for profit and faith-based settings, serving youth and families since 1995. Earning an Associate of Arts in Human Services with an emphasis in Family Services and a BA in Human Development, specifically focused on Emerging Adulthood, she has a heart to provide families, and those that serve them, with relevant information and practical tools that support lasting recovery as well as leads to eventual maturation. Recognizing the societal shifts that contributed to this newest developmental theory and the defining traits that now characterize adults ages 18-29, Linda’s thesis overlaid the theories of Emerging Adulthood and Family Systems to address today’s chemically dependent emerging adults who comprise a significant number of today’s treatment population. This knowledge contributed greatly to the book she co-authored with her husband Bill entitled Enable-ism, Bridging the Recovery Gap Between the Family and the Addict. She brings an authenticity to her work which was an asset as a trainer for a National Character Education Company. Acting as instructor and coach in positive, pro-social behavioral management techniques, she taught evidence-based material in such a way that participants were motivated to make necessary changes while embracing the larger vision of a more peaceful world whether in a school setting, community-based agency and or their own home. Linda’s ability to inspire others to greater purposeful living led her to develop a workshop series, designed to discover one’s giftedness to serve in ways that benefit others and provide personal fulfillment. Serving as a mentor to young women as well as those in transition, she finds great joy in empowering others seeking direction for their lives. This has been an asset in the various roles in which she has served but specifically in faith-based settings. Whether teaching adults, training volunteer teams or leading community outreach ministries, her dominant themes of Connectedness, Developer and Empathy allow her to speak into others in such a way that lives are transformed and a sense of belonging results. She has been married to her husband Bill for over 29 years and is the parent of two “twenty something’s,” loves being a Grammie and hanging out with her black lab.