Meet Johanna Bos, LCSW CASAC
Every month we feature experts in the substance abuse field answering user-submitted questions on Time To Get Help. This month, our expert is Johanna Bos, LMSW, CASAC, and a Parent Specialist at The Partnership at Drugfree.org.
We'd like you to meet Johanna.
TTGH: Can you tell us a little about your background?
Bos: I am a native New Yorker, married with two children. I have been a social worker specializing in the field of addiction for the past 14 years. I have worked as a Director of an outpatient and residential treatment program in the NYC area. I also supervised a program within the NYC child welfare system helping families affected by drug addiction.
TTGH: Why did you decide to work in the substance abuse field?
Bos: I chose to work as a substance abuse specialist largely due to the variety of clients I had the opportunity to work with. Addiction crosses every socio- economic group and is non-discriminatory. I like that I have to come up with different ways to approach a problem to offer support and help.
TTGH: Who, in your field, has influenced or inspired you the most? Why?
Bos: Hands down the clients are who inspire me the most. While coping with an addiction is one of the toughest dilemmas in life, it is also one of the most treatable. Once a person begins to change their behaviors and embrace sobriety, the results are dramatic.
TTGH: Which book would you recommend parents of an addict read? Why?
Bos: "Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister-and Not Lose Yourself" by Patricia Olsen, MD and Petros Levounis, MD.
TTGH: What is the best piece of advice that you think parents in our community should know?
Bos: There are 99 different ways up the mountain. Meaning, if one approach to helping your child get sober doesn’t work, don’t give up! And, relapse doesn’t mean all is lost. Recovery is a lifelong process; relapse is part of that process.
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