Ministry

Addiction –


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I never thought in a million years that I would become a Drug and Alcohol Case Manager – It is a field that you MUST care whole heartedly about the people in addiction. If not – it will NOT work for you and it will surely hinder the people that you are supposed to be helping in the long run!

Although many people struggle with addiction in their lives, not all of them are able to overcome it. Your chances of being successful in becoming healthy and making a full recovery depend on many things, including how driven you are to succeed and live a healthier and better life overall. Having support is definitely one of the most important things that can either make or break a person when it comes to trying to beat addiction. Those who have family and friends that support them through their initial recovery period tend to do much better than those who do not have anyone to be there for them.  I ALWAYS tell my them that in order to avoid a relapse you will want to let everyone who you are close to know about what you are going through so they will be able to help you in any way possible.
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Addiction can be tough, which is why you will need to have an action plan that details exactly how you are going to go about overcoming your problems. If you are addicted to drugs for example, detox will not be enough to free you of the stranglehold that they have on you. There is definitely a physical aspect to addiction, but a lot of it is also psychological. Be sure to come up with multiple ways to stay healthy, because it really is a day-to-day process. There is no single miracle cure that will be able to help you overcome your addiction overnight.

Drug courts and mentors and case managers like myself really try our best to help addicts / alcoholics succeed in recovery. However, there are two critical pieces to unraveling the cycles of addiction and therefore to preventing recidivism. Why? Because addiction is a chronic, but treatable, brain disease.
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If addiction is left untreated (and treatment is far more complicated than just stopping drinking or using the substance), the individual with the disease is very likely to relapse after their release from jail, and very likely their relapse will lead to more criminal behavior. Not only that, but treatment of this brain disease requires long-term continuing care to insure the necessary re-wiring (healthy brain changes) and trigger prevention tools are in place that will allow an individual to succeed in their recovery.

Many crimes are committed by addicts/alcoholics because of the characteristics of the disease of addiction, namely: cravings, loss of control, tolerance and physical dependence. It is the “insanity” of the brain disease of addiction that causes them to do bad and/or illegal things, like stealing and what this “insanity “is about).
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Drug courts provides an alternative to jail or prison time by going after the root of the person’s problem — the reason he/she committed the crime — their addiction (whether that be an addiction to drugs or alcohol). Drug court helps a person get and stay clean and sober and if that person succeeds in drug court, they avoid jail or prison time and a record. Last but not least, people who are involved in addiction need pray and help and it takes a great deal of services from the community, government agencies, support from family and friends to help KEEP THEM SOBER –

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Helping Self...

My Mental Massage


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Just because Thanksgiving Day has passed, there’s no reason to stop being grateful……..

Something that has brought a positive change in my life recently has been the practice of turning negative statements around and finding something in the circumstance for which to be grateful.

“I am thankful for my 11 year old – PRE -teen-ager who complained about doing dishes BEFORE he left to go with his dad, because that means he is at home, not out on the streets somewhere.

“I am thankful for the taxes that I pay, because it means that I’m employed. “I am thankful for the mess I have to clean up at my house, because it means I’m more fortunate than thousands of people around the world. I have a home.
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“I am thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snugly, because it means I have plenty to eat. “I’m thankful for my shadow that watches me work, because it means I’m outside in the sunshine. “I am thankful for my mother’s house SMELLING HORRIBLE of cooking gizzards..chitlings etc… because that means that she is STILL ALIVE to drive me insane of eating these nasty things and making my clothes stink” LOL
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“I’m thankful for my oldest son who is in college being moody over the last few weeks but he makes me smile everytime he CHOOSES to text and call me. Also for my daughter being even MORE moodier but smiles when she emails me.

“I’m thankful for all the complaining about government and politics, because it reminds me I live in a country that allows me freedom of speech. “I’m thankful for the parking spot I found all the way at the end of the lot, because it means I have the strength and ability to walk the distance.

“I’m thankful for my heating bill, because it means I am warm. “I’m thankful for the lady behind me in church who sings off-key, because it means I am blessed with the gift of hearing. “I’m thankful for the pile of laundry that reminds me that I — and my family — have plenty of clothes to wear.

“I’m thankful for weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I’m capable of working hard and making a contribution to the lives of others. “I’m thankful each day when the alarm goes off, and I hear it, because it means I’m still alive. There is still time to serve God and others. There are still opportunities to make a difference.

“Each day is a gift. Each burden holds a blessing, and every moment of life offers an opportunity that will come only once in a lifetime.

“I am thankful — just because — I am.”

Family

I Love The Number 74


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Today is MY mommy’s birthday!!!!!!!!! After ALL of what she has been through lately I am honored to celebrate her awesome LIFE at 74 of age…… Thank you Jesus!
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Food, prayer, gifts, games, laughter and amazing fellowship just blesses her very soul right now….. (she’s soo happy right now)
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Personally, I am indeed just sooo grateful AND thanful for TIME with family… Time is something that cannot be “bought” so you have to really enjoy and respect quality vs. quantity. ….
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Glad to make my mom happy with the little things in this life… She is just happy to have some of her family with her…… Making her SMILE is indeed a goal that I strive to meet daily with God’s direction.

Dear ( ME )

Be Stingy For ONCE!


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Being STINGY within your own life is NEEDED –  It is good to be SELFISH and this is why….. you should try it…….

     Nurture your SPIRIT………………….

E      ENJOY moments alone……………….

L      LOVE yourself………………

     Keep FIT and FEEL good……………………

      Make your unique needs IMPORTANT………………….

     SHOWER yourself with gifts………………………

    Be HAPPY and open-HEARTED………………….

Dear ( ME )

My Movie Picks For The Remaining Year


The Best Man Part 2  ( Whew… Nia Long’s play hubby is FIRE! ) LOL

What more could a girl like me want! This movie is HISTORY &  POLITICS!

This movie is full of laughter and a night with your girlfriends..

This movie is all about crime and staring at Hugh Jackman – LOL

This movie has Hugh Jackman in it also! Why Else? ( handsome )

This movie has Ben Afleck in it and all of his roles are my “diverse types”

Ministry

What An AWESOME View –


ANGLESThis is simply breath-taking……… I mean to see THIS KIND OF PROTECTION surrounding the earth!!!…….. In my spiritual eyes – and scriptural speaking – THIS IS WHAT I SEE…….

Can you imagine anything trying BUST THROUGH this type of protection?? No, I cannot either…MEANING, if and when things get through that may seem harmful to us here on earth, it is indeed because God….Himself has allowed it.

( for His reasons and for His purpose ) Again, what  a breath taking photo – I am really feeling the experience of it all

Helping Self...

Irritating Evening –


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Whew…..dealing with VERY DIFFICULT PEOPLE can have the ability to stress you out if YOU let it……

Do you ever try to figure them out. Why are they being so nasty? Are they jealous? Are they  annoyed with you about something specific? Are they stressed out? Are they  afraid? Are they mistrustful? You’ll need to learn what makes them tick before you can stop them from ticking you off.

Avoid appeasing them. You wouldn’t reward a bad dog, so why let a difficult  person get away with bad behavior? If you let them get their way, they’ll only  be encouraged.

Don’t try to change them. It’s impossible to change someone’s entire being. Not  only that, but people usually get pretty indignant if they sense you are trying  to shape their character. Your only hope is deal with their behavior gracefully.
I have QUICKLY LEARNED to choose your mode of confrontation. Don’t lose your cool but be firm and  assertive. Let them know you won’t be pushed around, but don’t exasperate the  situation by fighting an unnecessary fight.

Don’t take things personally. Troublesome behavior is habitual. Difficult people  tend to be difficult to everyone BECAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THEMSELVES THAT THEY ARE UN – HAPPY ABOUT.

Whew…im done!