Dedicated to improving the life of clients in a challenging and rewarding area of mental health.
12/12/2012 After nearly an hour of staring at my journal, I wondered “What could I say that would show my true passion for my work?” How could I express the journey that I have taken in working with so many lives affected by alcohol and substance abuse? In my career, I have come to realize that each life begins as a blank sheet, and the substance of our actions fills it.
When I approach a new patient, I don’t think of him or her as an addict, I think of that person as an individual—a son, daughter, mother, or brother—with something to give to society. I try to picture them before their problem and to help them to remember why they are here, what they are trying to achieve.
In my sessions, I focus on the solutions. I help patient break free from the idea that they are defined by their past, and focus on their future. Even though it is challenging, when I reach an individual, I know it’s worthwhile.
dependence as evidenced by admitted previous attempts at abstinence, periods of blackout and hangover, marked tolerance, statements of relationship problems including abusive behavior. He exhibits confusion insisting the year is 2007. He often mentions Christmas of 1998 and appears reluctant to discuss further. He also has a previous OWI and completed Level I with this program in 2002. Referred to XYZ Counseling Center for IOP. Baseline UA taken.
01/2/10 Client in for case mgt. Client attending treatment and exhibits openness is personal discussion. He is prone to erratic mood changes and is quick to anger. Progress okay. UA taken was negative. Client indicates issues with anger and escalating relationship issues. He expresses an interest in sports. Referred to adults sports coordinator at community center MNOP. Schedule for 3 wks. LA
01/26/10 Client in for case mgt. Client attending treatment