May 08, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Author Mark Bryan was the keynote speaker at “Recovery
Across the Lifespan,” May 2 at Mount Saint Mary
Although addiction can begin at any time in life, so can
recovery,” noted keynote speaker Mark Bryan at Mount Saint Mary
College’s “Recovery Across the Lifespan” event on Tuesday, May
The annual conference, hosted by the Mount’s Center for Aging
and Policy (CAP) and the Center on Adolescent Research Development
(CARD), examined the effects of addiction at all stages of life and
what can be done to aid in recovery.
Bryan is an internationally known author, consultant, and coach,
helping people from all walks of life to leverage their strengths
to achieve work/life balance. He is the co-author of the highly
acclaimed book “The Artist’s Way at Work.”
The path to sobriety isn’t an easy one, said Bryan, who stopped
drinking and using drugs about 35 years ago, but it is possible.
Though it might be difficult for some to understand the motivations
of an addict, Bryan said for him, it was simple: “I think we use
when we are in despair,” he said.
The actions of an addict affect those around him or her, Bryan
noted. He told the story of a woman who had been helping to cover
up her husband’s drinking problem for years, but one day, the
stress caused her pass out. It would be six weeks before she could
walk again, he said.
“Caregiving for addicts – obsessing about someone else’s using –
will make you sick,” he explained. “And there can be recovery for
The conference was sponsored by Mount Saint Mary College, CAP
and CARD, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, and the National
Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR) with a gift
from the Kaplan Foundations.
CAP is co-directed by Mount professors Lawrence T. Force,
psychology, and Jeffery Kahana, social sciences. Force has worked
in the field of aging and disabilities for more than three decades
as an administrator, clinician, and educator. Kahana, in addition
to his work at the Mount, is the author of “The Unfolding of
American Labor Law: Judges, Labor, and Public Policy Across Two
Political Generations, 1790-1850.”
CARD is co-directed by professors Frances Spielhagen, education,
and Paul Schwartz, psychology. Spielhagen and Schwartz, both
prolific writers, recently collaborated on “Adolescence in the 21st
Century: Constants and Challenges,” based on past conferences.
Both CAP and CARD provide psychology majors, as well as students
of other disciplines, with many opportunities to expand their
knowledge and interact with professionals in the field. By
enhancing their coursework in social sciences, Mount students are
able to participate in real-world experiences through the