April is Alcohol Awareness Month

 

"Metahab is a good fit with the Salvation Army Program - A process of teaching people how to overcome what seems to be insurmountable. The men who participate in Metahab workshops tap into a process that helps them excel in the rest of the program. We are grateful Metahab and Dr. Mikal-Flynn for partnering with us." - Larry Dayton: CADCII; Program Coordinator, SA ARC.

"This curriculum has been very helpful to the men at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. They are given the opportunity to view their history through the lens of metahabilitation rather than as wasted time."- Barbara Field, MA, CATC, M-RAS, CSC: Clinical Coordinator, SA ARC.

 

"Drinking is what you did, it doesn't define who you are....." a line from a movie I recently watched that dealt an individual entering into a life of sobriety.  The month of April focuses on addiction and dependency, fitting perfectly with Metahab and its message of resilience, strength and growth - using those terms to define the person dealing with addiction and dependence.

Tragedies, challenges and struggles happen. Some are worse than others. These situations can bring about despair, seeing only the negative - what is wrong. These events might even prompt use of drugs and alcohol to help cope and forget. However, research reveals that crises and trauma, like addiction and dependence, can also be viewed as an occasion for personal growth and development. They don't look like that at first but when one boldly chooses a different path, opportunities open up.

You see nothing but damaged goods but I see something good in the making. When you see wounded I see mended. (Matthew West, Mended)

What turns things around? What prompts the mending? It is different for each person and different times bring forth different motivations but one thing that helped me was redirecting my thinking. Focusing on what could make me better and going after it. With addiction and dependence one tends to spend time in the past. I want you to focus on your future. I am not undermining the pain and struggles endured, but survival should remind you of your strength and resilience. Recovery allows you to look at possibilities for your future. Instead of seeing pain, seek purpose. Try new things. Don't do this alone. Ask for and accept help. Look this issue squarely in the eye and focus on what has been given instead of what has been lost. Metahabilitate. Go above and beyond restoration. Don't stop at mended. Keep going for growth - see the miracle. You are not finished yet. Keep finding out who you are. Realize who you can be. Instead of feeling broken beyond repair, you can experience healing beyond belief. (MW)

 The month of April focuses on alcohol awareness, addiction and dependence. I want to profile and thank the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (SA-ARC). Barbara Fields, MFT, Addiction Counselor and Program Counselor at SA, heard me speak the Sacramento Chapter of the Women's Association for Addiction Treatment. She learned more about my work and brought Metahab to the Salvation Army ARC. For over 3 years, with the amazing supportive Larry Dayton, Salvation Army Program Coordinator, quarterly Metahab Workshops have been integrated into their treatment program. I have been given the pleasure and honor of working with these men and noted, firsthand, the damage brought forth by their addiction for themselves and their families. But I also witness, when they embrace hope, recognize purpose and identify internal strengths brought forth by survival of personal crisis and trauma, they create a new path. This new path and mindset brings forth a healthy person able to fully and substantially participate in society, with family and friends, as a dependable and loving individual. 

Thank you, Larry and Barbara, for your support and opportunity to work together.