Trained and Certified Recovery Specialists and Interventionists for Expats in Europe.
In the past few years, after giving up a job that had provided me with an abundant income, a stable seat in an office, the promise of a good retirement package (AND headaches, body aches, stress, unhappiness and guilt for not loving it and being satisfied), I have dedicated myself 100% to helping others with addictions, bringing addiction knowledge and professional standards to Italy and providing education and prevention programs to the English speaking community in Rome. And even with a lower income and bigger responsibilities, I do not regret having left that cushy job.
But this new work has been no cake walk and the one thing I have learned above all is to keep on learning! I spend over 3 hours every day -- sometimes more (like the past two days) -- rarely less learning and studying.
Working in the field of Addiction Treatment means keeping up to date on the latest drugs being used, the latest treatment modalities, the latest acceptable and respectable language being used throughout the world, the latest treatment centers that are adhering to the highest ethical standards, and so on and so on. The importance of continuing education, attending conferences, workshops, training seminars whether online or in person can not be underrated. The relevance of reading the latest journals, DSM, articles, studies and meeting with colleagues to discuss or debate is crucial to being in the know about how to best serve the public I work with. And lastly, improving improving and more improving of my Italian language skills so that I able to best communicate with clients, families, professionals and educators -- this is the fun part. Actually, for me, it is all fun!
They say the one thing that keeps a person young is to constantly be learning something new. If this is the case, I for sure, am going to stay young the rest of my life.
-- with love, peace and serenity.
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