Challenging road for recovering counselors.
I enjoyed Brian Duffy's article on disclosing a counselor's recovery status, in the March/April 2010 issue. Being a past addictions counselor for 30 years and sober in AA for 35 years, I always envied non-recovering counselors because they didn't have to be concerned about relapse and were more objective about addiction recovery than recovering counselors were. Keep up the good work.
Ed McDonnell, MS, LCADC, CCS, CSW Faculty member Rutgers Summer School of Alcohol and Drug Studies
I enjoyed Brian Duffy's article on counselor self-disclosure. I thought it gave good guidance on how to approach the subject. I'm happy to know that I've been following most of the advice the article gave, but it also helped me to be more conscious of what I am saying and why I am saying it.
I've had experiences where disclosure was made and the clients reported being more hopeful. I believe that they figure that since you're being successful in recovery, maybe this can really work for them. Also, if you're not in recovery you don't have to explain to a client if they happen to see you outside of treatment somewhere drinking. Of course, each case has its own particulars and must be evaluated carefully. I thank you for the very valuable reminder.
Hakim Rushdan Washington, D.C.