Quote from LadyVengeance
I want to become a nurse. I haven't gone to school yet and am undecided on what type of nursing job to get. I was kind of thinking of going for a drug rehab job. It would be great if anyone could give me an idea of what I would be dealing with.
Aim low and you will avoid disappointment. Seriously, success is often defined as 12 months of abstinence. If 20% of your clients achieve that, you're doing a good job. If 30% achieve that, you're a star. If 40% achieve that - I don't believe you.
Addiction is a relapsing condition. Expect some very sincere wishes/needs for abstinence, followed by people falling off the wagon within 3 months. Frequently within days.
People knock it on the head when they
decide to do so. Regardless of what support they have or don't have. I still bump into people who thank me for saving their lives - very flattering, but I didn't do anything for them, or say anything to them, that I didn't do or say to 100s of other people who are still fkcued up (by objective measures), or dead.
100% abstinence is not the only laudable goal. If a drinker usually has a pattern of 6 weeks binging - 3 weeks sober, and you help them change it to 2 weeks binging - 8 weeks sober: this makes an improvement in their lives, and in the lives of their spouses/kids/family.