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My Social Work Journey: Are you destined to help others?

My Social Work Journey: Are you destined to help others?

MY JOURNEY TO SOCIAL WORK One of the wisest people I have ever met once told me “if you choose a job you have great passion for you will never work a day in your life.” This is a philosophy that I have carried with me for as long as I can remember and sought to find for myself. However, it was not until recently that I realized my true commitment and motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in social work….

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American Drug War: The Last White Hope

American Drug War: The Last White Hope

     The War on Drugs is Costing America Billions America has been fighting a drug war for almost a century, and unfortunately a victory is nowhere in sight. Drug users continue to cause violent crime and still make up the vast majority of our courts, hospitals and prisons. The U.S focuses its drug control efforts on the criminalization of drug use, and this is where the problem lies. Spending billions of dollars on law enforcement and efforts to decrease…

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The Miracle of Recovery: “She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.”

The Miracle of Recovery: “She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.”

The Miracle of Recovery is one of God’s Greatest Gifts Addiction takes lives, every day. More people than not can name someone they know who’s been lost to addiction. Perhaps a family member, a friend or a co-worker. While many deaths are obviously a result of addiction, some are less so. The effects of long-term alcohol and drug abuse can kill you quickly, but just as often, the person dies slowly. A large majority of cases of heart disease, stroke,…

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Women and Addiction Recovery: The Silent Struggle

Women and Addiction Recovery: The Silent Struggle

Sit for just a moment with your eyes closed, and picture a man who’s just finished a long day of work. He heads out from the office, runs a few errands and goes out to a bar afterwards for a few drinks with his friends. He will close down the bar before finally heading home. What picture of this man comes to your mind? Now, close your eyes for a moment and visualize a woman ending her work day and meeting…

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When Everything Feels like Too Much – Take A Step Back to Reflect

When Everything Feels like Too Much – Take A Step Back to Reflect

Take Time to Reflect Are you really busy, or does it just feel that way? Most of us judge how busy we are by how much we have to do. I know I feel busy when there’s too many things for me to do. When there isn’t as much for me to get done, I don’t feel  busy at all. So how is it that I can feel busy when there isn’t much for me to do, and relaxed when there’s a lot going on?…

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Finding a better solution

Finding a better solution

A common problem that many addicts face in recovery is the fact that they must first see an issue with their behavior in order to begin accepting that change is probably necessary in their lives. Once the willingness is reached, they are still dealing with the disease as such and it often requires a lot of treatment and outside help to finally reach a stable recovery, but first they must see for themselves that they have a problem. And this is why…

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WHY SOCIETY SHOULD STICK TO LABELING JARS INSTEAD OF PEOPLE

WHY SOCIETY SHOULD STICK TO LABELING JARS INSTEAD OF PEOPLE

I can’t fathom how his mother must have felt- finding out her son felt he had nowhere to turn but to a life consumed by drugs and alcohol. If I had to, I can imagine it felt like she was being handed a life sentence for a crime she didn’t commit, and probably never saw coming. I can imagine she constantly questioned what she did, didn’t do, or should have done. Soon, the life she once knew was probably consumed with lies, excuses and isolation. I…

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