A little birdie told me that fear can keep one from living. Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his autobiography, “There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid”. This October, 2020, is the National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We have lost an astounding 400,000 Americans to Opioid addiction since the turn of the century. An estimated 88,000 fellow Americans die from alcohol-related causes annually, with a disproportionate number of men to women – 62,000 men and 26,000 women – making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. As front line workers, we recognize fear in our at risk client population who battle the insidiousness of addiction. Addiction fears the unknown, isolation, safety, abandonment, and acceptance. Addiction fears the loss of chemical dependency, a trusted friend in Darkness keeping safe from exposure to emotions and feelings. Addiction fears the revelation of a raw and vulnerable self. MPB Group has expert professionals who welcome all whose pain is too great to bear and whose fear is too great to shake. We will help you name your addiction so that it no longer has power over you and it gradually ceases to exist. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” Franklin Roosevelt. And that my friends, is what a birdie told me…
Why A little Birdie?
My goal for writing this blog was to highlight the remarkable work of our clinical staff. The tireless commitment to excellence from mental health providers can feel unrewarding or stagnant at times. I would send these “anonymous” shout out messages to all staff when I heard of some great and outstanding growth – the little birdie told me.. was a way to communicate this to everyone in a quick and meaningful way. Shining moments should be recognized.
Then, I realized I neglected to emphasize the courage and resiliency of our wonderful clients. The work begins with them. So, I began to write about magnificent moments of insight and daring movements of change. Our clients are remarkable.
We decided to share these little messages with you all.
So, I hope you all read through this blog with the spirit of which it was intended. To shed positive thoughts into our world.