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Methadone: Tapering Off and Taking Life Back

“We sometimes take the general idea that people with addiction issues can't choose or think for themselves” (Meyer, 2017, paragraph 4) says Laura Meyer, pioneer of the methadone tapering program. As a mental health professional, Meyer was used to person-centered treatment where clients get final say in how they want to live. She wanted a way to offer the same choices to addiction clients who wanted to taper off methadone. “I to see more choices in medication-assisted treatment,” She explains (Meyer, 2017, p.5). Meyer said that, at first, all she could offer the many patients who wanted to taper was hope. When she met a...

Escaping Abuse

Mary is a survivor. After enduring years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of her husband, she found the strength to escape to a new life with her two young children. “I didn’t even pack underwear” (Janney, 2017, paragraph 4), she explained. She grabbed the children’s diaper bags, formula and carriers and took off in her car. She had tried to escape once before, but her husband had caught her. As she tore down the road, making her way from Georgia to Kansas, she was terrified that he would find her once more. A child of poverty and violence, Mary never knew there...

Personal Story Addiction: Moving Forward Out of the Past

Do you know someone who is unable to move on from an event in their life, continually bringing it up and reliving it through storytelling? Personal story addiction weighs people down to past feelings and emotions and suspends them in time. Past events such as abuse, neglect, trauma, loss, or illness can keep people locked into one moment in life, robbing them of a happy and productive future. “Our past must never define us,” Says author Zahrah Sita. “The goal is to move into the future we are creating now” (2017, paragraph 7). How can the addiction to personal storytelling be broken? It begins...