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Addiction Counseling

Romantic Relationships in Early Recovery

Why do you say addicts should avoid new relationships with members of the opposite sex in the first year of recovery? A. Avoid losing the focus on personal issues – For addicts, real lasting change occurs only after a long and often painful process of self discovery.   This involves understanding their own addictive behaviors, repressed […]

Moving from Client to Staff Member

Recovery programs hire many program graduates and others who have overcome addictions or have grown up in troubled families.   They can be excellent examples for mission clients and usually have special compassion and understanding for those who are still hurting.   On the other hand, some are hindered in their efforts to minister to others because […]

Self Care for Recovery Workers

Urban mission work and recovery outreach are certainly unique.   The rewards can be tremendous, as well as the discouragements.   So, here are a few of my thoughts and how to avoid burn-out by practicing good self-care: A. Keep a life for yourself —I often struggle to find the balance between personal priorities and ministry opportunities.   […]