This company was a good company to get one's foot in the door of the addiction counseling field. The classes offered were excellent. The trainers and the clinical supervisors were truly there to make sure that those who wanted to succeed did. I always came out of the training with a feeling that I could implement what I had learned.
The staff of the shift that I supervised were excellent in their ability to show empathy to the clients and in professionalism in their job responsibilities. I was honored and humbled to work with them.
From this job, I learned to get past prejudices that I was unaware that I held. I learned that I did not value people who were homeless as I should have. This changed! I also learned about the incredible amount of paperwork that is required by a supervisor.
A typical day began with counting of medication, and from there on the days were seldom "typical." There were shifts of nothing but discharges, and others of many intakes. There were medical emergencies, and days when nothing unusual happened. I learned about the importance of harm reduction over guidance into recovery. While harm reduction was of utmost importance, there were a few people who came through the doors who were ready to begin on the path to recovery. Both the realization of facilitating harm reduction, and of potential recovery came to hold equal importance.
The hardest day, and the most relieving day of this job was the day I decided that it was time to move on, and to continue my education.