Reflection Paper On Faith And Spirituality

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The past twelve weeks I have spent 2 to 3 days a week as an intern at Coulee Council on Addictions in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This non-profit organization’s mission is to provide “confidential help to individuals and families impacted by addiction and leads the community in prevention, education and awareness” (Coulee Council on Addictions, 2016). My time was spent connecting with members of the community, planning sober events, learning about addiction and community resources. Throughout my time here I spent a great deal of time reflecting on my own development and understanding of theoretical concepts I’ve learned in my courses and applying them to real life situations. This essay will attempt to articulate my findings based on the experiences …show more content…
Implicit integration "does not initiate the discussion of religious or spiritual issues and does not openly, directly or systematically use spiritual resources" (Tan, 2007). This I believe is appropriate because the setting at my internship is not religious. It is a place welcomed to all, not matter their religious affiliation. It would not be appropriate to assume that someone wishes to use spirituality in their recovery. Sometimes people may be spiritual but might not be comfortable discussing it therapy or with other people. However I would feel it was ok to explicitly integrate faith for those who have been open about their faith. As an example, twelve step meetings are held in the building. Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated with Christianity and lead with prayer. In a setting such as this one it would be more than appropriate to discuss faith and …show more content…
He mentions that there is a writer in our life and we are the character. The writer can tell the character what to do, but can’t make the character do it (Miller, 2009, p. 89). Our conscience might want us to do something grand with our life, but if we stick to a routine we will never get to have that great story. I never knew how much this concept would relate to my life and to my professional career. My worldview has been greatly impacted throughout my college career. My mind has been impacted with facts and realities that had never occurred to me on my own. While at my internship I realized how true this phrase rang true in every person that walked through the door. My supervisor always told me that in addiction, wanting to change is half the battle. There are so many people that came to us looking for help, but weren’t willing to change their behaviors. Without the willingness to change or try something new it is impossible to overcome addiction. Those who came in seeking help, and did however decide to completely change negative behaviors and cut off harmful connections saw amazing results. There are people who come to Coulee Council, who have made new friends, new jobs, and have been clean and sober for years. It’s an incredibly powerful and uplifting thing to see. However, it should also be noted, “the story of the forest is better than the story of the tree”

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