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Thera-me: The Service Equation

I’ve 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 act… Read More

Thera-me: Going beyond… self care

A particular buzz word has been filling my feed lately… Self Care. The term itself seems to have many definitions, but in general, it means giving to or caring for one’s self. At the Strive Centers we stress both sides of the term: how a self-caring and empowered person makes for a more empathic one. We talk about “applying your… 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