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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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NO EXCUSES: Getting Real About Addiction Recovery

NO EXCUSES: Getting Real About Addiction Recovery

For most, drinking is something that is done on occasion, in moderation, and forgotten about in the meantime. For others, because of a variety of factors that can include genetics, biology and environment, alcohol becomes more than an accompaniment to life; it becomes the main event. Facing that reality, however, is tough. When life begins to spin out of control, an addicts first reaction is to stack up all the reasons why cutting back or perhaps even eliminating substances altogether isn’t an…

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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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Breaking the Stigma of Addiction in a Misunderstood Society

Breaking the Stigma of Addiction in a Misunderstood Society

I haven’t always worked in addiction treatment, nor can I recall being overly exposed to addiction or alcoholism for the majority of my life growing up.  For the longest time, neither recovery or addiction had any meaning in my life. In the beginning, my perception of an ‘addict’ fit the commonly held stigma of the homeless guy living under the bridge, begging for money to fuel his drug habit. There’s so many things I didn’t know- it’s startling.  I didn’t know that 13 years old is…

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Recovery Community: Offering Support When a Friend Relapses

Recovery Community: Offering Support When a Friend Relapses

When someone relapses after a period of sobriety there can be significant ripple effects. Their actions will not only impact their own life, but also the lives of the people around them. It can be particularly upsetting when relapse occurs in those who we considered to have a fairly strong recovery. Because the 12-steps of AA is a selfish program-individuals need to put their own sobriety above everything else. If a friend relapses, the number one priority is to protect your own sobriety….

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