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Thera-me: The Service Equation

I have a lot to be grateful for... but am I doing enough in return? For our clients, for my family, for the people around me. Surely some have done much more than I. At a Veterans Cemetery recently with John, who is himself a Vet, we noticed this, over an entrance gate: “All gave Some, Some gave All.” Everyone’s… Read More

Thera-me: Of Gratitude and Service

It’s Tuesday evening in North Jersey and I’m driving to our facility in Paramus, full of curiosity and more than a little anxious. It’s our first VFR Women’s Veterans Support Group and its so damned important. Yes, we’ve all—our staff at Paramus—been totally into this first part of what will soon become a much bigger program to support women vets… Read More

Thera-me: Second Thoughts About UDS (yes, that’s urine screening)

Sure, the subject is a little awkward for most people, but clinically, in substance use treatment, Urine Drug Screening—UDS--is an everyday thing. “Which lab do you use?”  “Did the samples go out today?  “Does this sample need a confirmation?”  Welcome to my world. When it comes up in my work with clients, as in “I peed dirty for my PO,”… Read More