Thursday, May 30, 2019

Sharing Our Purpose, Our Passion and Our Why MAY 2019

Thoughts from the CEO's Desk

Greetings Friends, Colleagues, and Fellow Professionals,
Here we are closing out Mental Health Awareness month! Many of us are looking forward to seeing familiar faces in Palm Springs beginning tomorrow. What an incredible profession we share! We have the opportunity to witness miracles and lives changed forever, and we call it work.
I will not act as if there are not days that feel like months because of a heavy caseload, or that there are not unethical players that remain, or even that we do not also experience true heartbreak of clients lost. With all of that, we still are blessed in a profession that witnesses miracles, lives changed for good, and future generations blessed because of the guided change and healing we provide.
With that said, we must continue to strive for the highest standards of excellence as treatment providers. Pursuing education and learning to stay abreast of current topics and successful treatment modalities are some of the best ways to serve our clients. Lives entrusted to us for healing should never be taken lightly.
Here at Hired Power, we have been spending time and effort focus on education, increasing and supporting professional training opportunities, remodeling our office and sustaining a team approach. It hasn't all be painless! Change is hard! And at the end of the day it does not escape me that this is the very thing we are working with our clients to do each day, embrace the changes as they come. The force of change isn't always pretty and fortunately it isn't always terrible. What we know to be true is that the hard times make the good times even better. Because truly, we do not experience greatness in utter stagnation.
As we move into the next season let's spend more time celebrating the successes, the wins, and the achievements. Let's continue to work, to evolve to be the best solution for those that are in need of our professional guidance and support. There's certainly no time for watching the grass grow.
In service and thankfulness,
CEO, Hired Power


"Understanding the Opioid Epidemic"
Hired Power's CEO and President, Nanette Zumwalt, presented about 'Bringing Recovery Home' at the annual Mississippi conference for law enforcement, physicians, educators, lawmakers, researchers, attorneys, advocates and community.

Tracy Waters moves into her 8th year with Hired Power!
"Working with families, hearing their stories of fear turn into stories of hope is by far my favorite part of the job I do with Hired Power"
  • Tracy is a cherished member of the Hired Power team! With over 15 years experience in ultimate customer service, Tracy also brings with her a strong skill set of organization and compassion. She is personally engaged in a community program of support for individuals with chronic mental and physical health diseases. These personal attributes, along with her training as a Certified Recovery Specialist, make Tracy a great asset to our extensive support staff as well as our clients. Tracy is the lead case manager for most of the Safe Passage assignments, acting as liaison between staff, clients, families, and referents. In addition, she also oversees many day to day functions of the office.
Random "Fun" Fact Check
What does the phrase "Like Watching the Grass Grow" mean, defined by members of the Hired Power team:
Nanette: "Makes me think of a relaxing and contemplative day in the park"
Ryan Franke: "Punishment"
Marni: "To be slow or boring"
Laura: "Waiting for something that takes forever"
Tracy: "Watching someone overcome obstacles and bloom"
Brandi: "Serene, quiet, maybe a waste of time but still allows a break from chaos"
John F: "Seeing new life develop"
Joy S: "Something is moving really slow or is pointless"
Seth K: "Doing something that is boring and slow"
Chris C: "It's a slow process.. but a beautiful thing"

As it is defined in many English Dictionary's this phrase is: To be very dull or boring. Everyone loves that period drama, but, to me, it's like watching grass grow. Rachel fell asleep during the big game because she thinks that watching sports is like watching grass grow.

Hired Power Professional Services
Spreading Knowledge...
Facing Legal Barriers in Early Recovery
One of the most difficult barriers we are forced to face in early sobriety is that which is the wreckage of our past. Aside from the strained or broken relationships, deterioration of our physical health, and the onset of depression and anxiety, there are many of us who were also facing various legal problems associated with our drug and alcohol use. While it would be understandable that one may want to avoid their legal issues, especially with so many other issues to tackle in early sobriety, the particular matter of legal issues ought to be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Relapse Prevention: A Practical Approach
One of the first things that we “learn” when we either enter treatment, or become active in local 12-step groups, is that if we begin to feel the urge or impulse to use drugs or alcohol, we must call our sponsor or someone else in recovery. On the surface this seems like sound advice, and assuming that addicts in early recovery who begin to feel the urge to relapse will actually take this step, it is undoubtedly an effective one. The problem with this assumption, however, is that the newly sober addict has the capacity to fight off their impulses and subsequently make a rational decision.
"The 'burden' of disease in those who recover from addiction"
By Chiara Townley. "Recent research shows that more than one-third of people who are recovering from addiction continue to experience chronic physical disease."
MedicalNewsToday, 31 March 2019. 

"Excessive use of alcohol and drugs can lead to mental and physical health issues, some of which include anxietydepressiondiabetes, liver disease, and heart disease.
Many of these conditions may improve after recovery, but some may linger and diminish the quality of life."
"The prodigious psychological, social, and interpersonal impact of excessive and chronic alcohol and other drug use is well-characterized," said David Eddie, Ph.D., a research scientist and lead author of the study.
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The International Recovery Institute (IRI) is a joint venture between Nanette Zumwalt and Dr. Judith Landau in an effort to raise the bar on professionalism with critical training and certification for supportive recovery services. IRI began in 2015 and currently offer 3-4 national trainings annually. 2018 marked the first international training event and online courses become available in 2019 .
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