It was a cold winter’s day that Sunday. The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church members were whispering among themselves as they walked to the church.
As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church. He was almost laying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled down so you could not see his face.
He wore shoes that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet with holes all over them, his toes stuck out.
I assumed this man was homeless, and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the church. We all fellowshipped for a few minutes, and someone brought up the man laying outside.
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The death of someone you love deeply is life’s most devastating experience, and none of us can avoid it. When it occurs we’re often surprised at how we respond.
Although I had been a lifelong Christian, the death of my father in 1995 shattered my faith. I continued to attend church services, but I struggled with all my might just to function normally. Somehow I managed to do my duties at work without any major mistakes, but in my personal life, I was lost.
My father had been my hero. As a combat infantryman in World War II, he stepped on a German land mine in Italy. The explosion blew off part of his foot and sent shrapnel through his body. After two years of surgery and recuperation in a veterans’ hospital, he was able to walk again but had to wear a built-up, orthopedic shoe to do…
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I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.
I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.
Pondering the peas, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation between Mr Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.
‘Hello Barry, how are you today?
‘H’lo, Mr Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus ‘admirin’ them peas. They sure look good.
‘They are good, Barry. How’s your Ma?
‘Fine. Gittin’ stronger alla’ time.’
‘Good. Anything I can help you with?
‘No, Sir. Jus ‘admirin’ them peas.
‘Would you like to take some home?’ asked Mr Miller
‘No, Sir. Got nuthin’ to pay for ’em with.’
‘Well, what have you to…
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By: Joe Martino
Start Spending Time With The “Right” People – Spend time with people you enjoy -who bring you up instead of push you down. Sure there are always lessons we can learn from others but you don’t need to continue hanging around with and associating with people who you know bring in an offsetting vibe. Learn what you need to from them about yourself and move on. I have found that the longer I let things linger with people simply because I feel I’m supposed to never let them bother me, the worse a situation gets as I’m not taking care of myself. You can’t change others, so focus on you and spend time with those who resonate with you the most.
Start Loving & Being Nicer To Yourself – Think about how you speak to yourself sometimes – how does it sound? What do…
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Inspiring and Motivational 🙂
Nowadays, they say that money makes the world go round. There is nothing that money can’t buy. Everything in this world requires money. For some instances, if you want to travel from a certain place, you need money. If you want something to eat, you need money. If you need any kind of product, supply, or any kind of services, you need money. In short, money is what makes everything works and without it everything in life would stop or not work.
But did you know that there are thing that money cannot buy and money is not the basis for success. And sometimes, great riches come with great responsibilities and some of them brings along stress which could be fatal. There are a lot of cases where financial loss, dropping shares, takeovers, loss of jobs, or personal problems has forced some RICH men to end their lives and even…
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For an addict to fully understand his situation and the harm it is causing, he must begin in an intervention rehab program where the intervention professional will talk to the person in a respectful, gentle and non-judgmental way. Once it is successful, it will be a big help to a person to understand the negative effect of drug and will be willing and able to see that they are already hurting the people around them and accept the needed treatment for him to recover.
Intervention Rehab Program is not just confronting someone with his drug abuse. There is much more than that. One of the most important factors in these services is the presence of a drug interventionist who is trained in drug intervention and drug addiction treatments. This is a crucial element, because drug-involved individuals may not be willing to listen to anyone even their close family members and tend to see their friends as their basis leading them to believe that their own thoughts activities are just okay.
How do you know if someone needs an Intervention?
Basically, you will know that a person needs an Intervention Rehab Program when you notice the following:
- Sudden loss or gain of weight
Other drugs can make you gain weight and some will make you skinny. E.g. Marijuana use gives a feeling of hunger to the user leading to often eating. While the lack of eating when their high on meth makes an individual skinny.
- Poor personal hygiene
He does not care or have no idea that he already has a bad odor. Forgets to brush his teeth and take a bath.
- Fights with friends and family members
A person is likely to make an issue out of everything leading to fights and misunderstandings.
- Withdrawal from family functions.
Forgetting your responsibilities. Like for example you are the head of the family and you are neglecting your function and stop providing the needs of the family.
- Allegations of petty crimes
Stealing, bullying, killing because of hallucinations, suicide attempts
- Denial of drug and/or alcohol use
It is common for addicts to deny that drugs are the source of the difficulties they face. They may instead blame other people or circumstances in their lives.
Untruthful accounts of their whereabouts
Needs to consider when having an intervention rehab program:
- Meet with friends and family members, but do not include the patient first
Do not include children. In this step, you need to discuss with the group the facts of what the patient is experiencing. Try not to be repetitive. Discuss how you believe the patient will react, and anticipate how you will address denials, tears, anger and so forth.
- Meet with a professional counselor or therapist before the intervention
With the help of a counselor, you have to consult about what are the dos and don’ts.
- Discuss treatment options with the therapist
Choose a facility in advance, and contact that facility to discuss your plan.
- Choose a private location
Make sure there will be no disruptions, including gadgets. All should be in present before the patient arrives.
- When the patient arrives, speak calmly
Do not blame or criticize the person involve. Just let him know that all of you are there for him.
- Ask the patient to confirm there is a problem
Listen to him, if he denies the problem, consult one of the group and ask for evidence. But never make him feel that he is a bad person
- Offer immediate treatment, and explain the details about the facility you have arranged
For sure, the patient will deny that he is not in need of a treatment. But you still have to prepare in advance. It will be hard but the counselor is there for guidance.
- Close the conference on a positive message
Tell the patient that you care for him.
Note: This was also posted at http://todayaddictiontreatment.com/finding-the-right-intervention-program-for-you/
Kudos! Well explained! 🙂 It’s true that stigma is one of the factors why people don’t seek help.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” -Albert Einstein
Robin Williams didn’t kill himself, stigma killed him. It kills many people like him everyday. Here is how:
STIGMA, that is the reason people do not ask for help. STIGMA is the reason people do not go to the doctor and say I’m depressed, or I’m an addict, or I do not feel things like anyone else. Who wants to say that I feel all these intense emotions? When you know what the result is going to be. What we will do is we will give you medication. We will tell you to change, to just feel…
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