This Course is Eligible for Ordination
Not everyone gets a second chance before they lose everything and everyone they ever had. As people, we judge, we assume, we conclude, we speculate, we fight, we freeze but most importantly we will do anything and everything to protect ourselves from our deepest fears based on our personal life experiences.
When we hear the term “drug addict” society has already painted a picture long before we can understand what the uncurable DISEASE of substance abuse disorder is. Don’t for a second be confused. THIS IS NOT A CHOICE. If you disagree you are just LUCKY enough not to be plagued by this cunning disease. When we hear “addict” I feel most people immediately resort to thinking of some tweaker stealing everything and anything to score more drugs, scratching scabs, and acting crazy. What I feel most people do not ever stop to think is: what brings a person to this place and why? I feel most of us don’t stop to have compassion and understanding.
We immediately devalue these individuals and label them menaces to society. Truth is. If you look around you, there is likely a drug addict sitting with you, working for you, working with you, in the car next to you, on the bus sitting across from you, your doctor, your dentist, your accountant, or best friend. This is no joke. Hiding in plain sight is one of the most cunning traits of this disease. The only difference between that person and the person on the street we label as a misfit is purely happenstance. The haven’t lost everything YET. The only difference between an addict and a valuable member of society is that one person in their life had enough compassion, care, and kindness to understand why and not what. Not everyone gets this second chance.
This training throws light on the habits that are beneficial to our mental health. It focuses on the causes, awareness, and management of mental health.