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How the Little Things Can Aid in Treatment Success

successMost of us have a special memory or two of an unexpected kindness, a word of encouragement, or of a heartfelt compliment, which we carry with us through time, tucked away with other especially fond memories.  These moments are the valuable and brilliant gems of life, the little things so sought after, yet so scarce.  Even though monetary rewards often overshadow the other rewards that life offers us, it is those other rewards—the little things—that bring the most fulfillment and are the true treasures of life.

In the field of drug rehabilitation and treatment, the stakes are high, as the prize for a job well done is a new life, one without drugs and all the pain and suffering that goes with the abuse and addiction.  It is not an easy endeavor, especially for those who are fighting their way out of the desperation and despair, and hoping to make it.  Nor is it an easy undertaking for those who work in this field, seeking to help those trapped in the prison of drugs.

But it is the little things that smooth the sometimes rough road, and which bring quiet joy, or the pride of accomplishment, or bolster the inner strength needed to keep on trying in the face of adversity. 

In Treatment – How do we create the little things?

As one staff member at Narconon Arrowhead in Canadian, Oklahoma learned, it can be a simple, yet profound “little thing”, a note received from a student on the drug rehab program there:

“Yesterday I got a note from a student saying, “thank you for helping me come back.  And I hope all is well. My life has changed to the better. Thanks again. God Bless You.”

It is a given that those words from the heart will be remembered for a lifetime, and with appreciation and pride.  And once it is pointed out, it is a simple and easy to create those “little things” for others, whether it is a fellow staff member working hard to help save lives from drug addiction, or an addict in rehab, struggling to make it and once again live drug-free.

A spoken kindness, such as a “thank you”, a note expressing appreciation, a demonstration of good manners and consideration for others, a friendly smile, a pat on the back, a warm handshake, a needed hug, an expression of compassion when the tears fall, an understanding ear when the fears and loneliness overwhelm and the struggle seems to great, all of it so easily given and shared.   All of it so needed by those who are struggling to escape the trap of drug addiction and abuse.

In Drug Rehab – Why Are the “Little Things” Vital

In truth, the “little things” are not really little, rather they are vital to our humanity, giving us reason to carry on, and keep on trying.  It may be that that one simple act of kindness is a turning point, the one that actually is the moment of a decision to keep on living, the one that changes a life and the lives of others, the one that motivates another to succeed, to make it through to the other side and stay sober and drug-free.

The “little things” are really the biggest and best things, and they are every person’s gift to give freely.  And in the world of drug-rehab and treatment, they are much needed by those who may not have experienced a kind word or a thoughtful gesture for a very long time.   In setting an example of good conduct and thoughtful appreciation and consideration for others, it becomes possible to create a more therapeutic and safer environment for those in treatment, greatly helping them to succeed in getting and staying sober, and living drug-free.

Source:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment