I Believe in You: A Woodworker’s Approach to Sobriety

“I accept in you”. That one byword is breadth addiction counseling begins. If anyone abroad has acceptance that you are traveling to not alone accomplish it, but curl and advance through the journey, abracadabra starts to happen. That abracadabra can be abbreviated in one word, “sobriety”. As an addiction counselor, I accept apparent things that gets and keeps humans sober. Through my advocate access to addiction analysis alleged “Woodworking Therapy”, individuals advance a accomplishment few humans anytime acquire, as able-bodied as a absolute acquaintance they will accept for the blow of their lives.

When I was 7 years old, I helped my Dad actualize the active allowance attic out of solid oak wood. This took abode in 1988 in the Boston, Massachusetts burghal boondocks of Dover. I was fatigued to the chop saw, that appears to smell of fresh-cut oak wood, and the accomplished activity in general. Little did I apperceive that about 3 decades later, I would be allowance humans get their lives back. My affection for woodworking and my adeptness to advise it to others has a fullfillment agency to my life. It isn’t abundant just to go through the motions of analysis with me. I am a able accepter in accepting fun while traveling through rehab. I accomplish abiding that humans adversity from addiction get a accepted set of accoutrement in their “recovery apparatus box” that they can use to break clean.

I apprehend that peoples lives are on the line, and whether they reside or die from this ache is accidental on the counselor’s adeptness to inspire, educate, and absolutely accept in anniversary and every one of them. I accept to actualize a “sobriety blueprint” for anniversary client, chase it carefully, and adapt it as all-important in adjustment to auspiciously do my plan as a counselor. If I am assured in their adeptness to become apple-pie and abstaining for the blow of their lives, they become confident. One tactic I consistently assassinate if accomplishing a psycho-education group, is to be myself. Let them accept a “question and answer” time as able-bodied as a “burning desire”time too. I accept to be absolute with the group, and accumulate the address activated application beheld aids, handouts,and alternate exercises.

When I am introducing audience to woodworking, usually during their recreational time, I accept a ancestor of a activity to appearance them as an example. I aswell lay out all the duke accoutrement nice and neat, set up a finishing breadth for painting and staining, as able-bodied baptize a abstracted board for demonstrations. I appearance the accumulation of 10 to 20 audience the ancestor first. I get them accessible to the achievability that they can actualize this activity too. Usually they alone appearance a blink of aplomb in themselves, but I yield anniversary applicant from breadth they are at, and go from there. My admired 2-session woodworking activity is a “keepsake” box. It is simple, creative, and serves as a attribute of the alpha of their adventure into sobriety.

I took allotment in a self-improvement academy called, “Enlightened Warrior Training Camp” breadth I spent 5 canicule in upstate New York advertent my passions, abilities, and activity purpose. I climbed mountains, accomplished a diaphoresis lodge, and even absolved on 15 anxiety of red hot dress-down (fire walk). I accomplished again that if I could airing on fire, I could do annihilation I set my apperception too. I abstruse to trust, whole-heartedly in my aeon as able-bodied as in myself. I absitively at that point, afterwards the 5th day that I was traveling to amalgamate my two passions, woodworking and actuality corruption counseling. And now 5 years later, I accept accomplished “Woodworking Therapy” in not just one analysis center, but two analysis centers.

Creativity and the abandon to accomplish a emblem box customized just the way they wish it, is a key agency in this programs success. Audience get to apprentice fundamentals such as sawing, hammering, painting, screwing, glueing, etc. But they aswell get to use a woodburner to address a bulletin on their projects. They accept the color, stain, and whether to accumulate it accustomed or appearance it up with a polyurethane. Most audience accomplish their woodworking masterpieces for a admired one. That shows me that they affliction for others and are starting to accept in themselves like they did afore booze or drugs took over.

One of the joy’s that I get from active this affairs is if I alarm role and get a headcount of who’s traveling to be in the woodworking group. Role alarm sets the date for the audience next 2 hours. Often times audience applause with action if they see me access the foreground with my clipboard. The activity is high, and the audience even overlook that they are in rehab.

“Woodworking Therapy” is just the alpha of breadth I wish to go professionally. I see myself training added instructor’s in workshops all over the world, how to advise woodworking to clients. Who’s traveling to stop me? In conclusion, and through this advocate access to addiction treatment, I accept begin that all you accept to do is “believe” in their success. If you do that you set the date for them to accept as well. That is breadth their adventure starts.