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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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Handling negative attitudes and dealing with difficult people 101

Handling negative attitudes and dealing with difficult people 101

When’s the last time you had to deal with a difficult or negative person in your life? Or the last time someone said something with the intention of hurting you? No matter where we go, we will face people who are negative, people who oppose our ideas, people who piss us off or people who simply do not like us. In these instinctual moments, we may lose track of our higher selves and become driven to protect ourselves when attacked. This too is…

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MY GRATITUDE TODAY: They say 85% of the things we worry about never actually happen.

MY GRATITUDE TODAY: They say 85% of the things we worry about never actually happen.

For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with anxiety, of which I have very little control. If you’ve ever struggled with anxiety or panic, I’m sure you could  agree with me in saying that everyday life is more challenging than most people could ever probably imagine, right? When it first started for me, I couldn’t help but ask myself “Why am I like this? What’s making me feel this way? How do I make it stop?” My instinct told me to ignore these feelings at first,…

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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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Horse tranquilizers: The newest theat to America’s opioid crisis

Horse tranquilizers: The newest theat to America’s opioid crisis

Drugs that can induce addiction usually turn out to cause more harm than good.  Scientists are constantly synthesizing new and powerful substances capable of altering the way our central nervous systems function. Yes, there are obviously benefits and a potential upside to these new drugs – but there is usually an even larger downside, as evidenced by unrecognized, unintended and disastrous consequences. Not to mention we are in the midst of a deadly opioid epidemic. Initially triggered by shameless drug companies, we continue to spin even further out of control.  Most…

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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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There is No Weakness in Surrendering to A Higher Power

There is No Weakness in Surrendering to A Higher Power

What’s left when all else fails? When no amount of willpower, brainpower, or personal effort can help you overcome life’s curve balls? Turn the weakness you feel now, into strength for your future. If you’ve been brought to your knees by alcohol or drugs, you’re already in an appropriate position for prayer. Surrender is inevitable, because as an addict, you’ve already surrendered to the drug and its consequences. Fortunately, surrendering to your higher power is an available alternative. Believing that “If at first…

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