Are people in the industry of substance use disorder normal?

Yep, it’s true. Most of us in the industry have struggled with the disorder of addiction or have been affected by someone who has. I’m a double hitter. I was affected by my parents’ addictions and then my own substance use disorder.  This disease defies comprehension, even by us who have been in the vice grip… Continue reading Are people in the industry of substance use disorder normal?

I am Tired

Disheartened. Depressed. “Why bother, Joani, you are working at a losing game. Whack a mole, that is it, that is what you are doing.”Do I believe in what I’m doing, interventions, to get people into treatment for their disease? I am just plain sad and discouraged. My sweet (sometimes pain-in-the-ass friend) is gone. She answered… Continue reading I am Tired

When it don’t come easy, when a patient does not accept the help of treatment at an intervention…..

At first I feel like crap professionally, but that feeling lasts only a nanosecond. I don’t have the luxury of wallowing in my own deflating self-esteem. I know the stats: about 5 to 10 percent of patients do not accept the first option we offer them. Five percent go to treatment after the intervention, and 5… Continue reading When it don’t come easy, when a patient does not accept the help of treatment at an intervention…..