There is much ado about healthcare in America these days. And rightfully so. Healthcare, physical and behavioral, is a right that ALL people on this rock have a right to access and benefit from.
And as such, some people have the right to access and leverage the power of the American healthcare system and others have the right to say, “No Thanks.”
People have the right to refuse treatment as much as they have the right to engage in treatment. And that couldn’t be more true than about the American Behavioral Health industry.
As a counselor, I ONLY WANT to work with the people who truly WANT to be in treatment. If you don’t want to be there then quit wasting your time and mine. I am a counselor because I have overcome drug and alcohol addiction, been homeless with young family, bankrupted living in my in-law’s basement and I am a father who has buried two kids. And I have also played hoops with Michael Jordan, met the Pope, drove a NASCAR race car.
All I ask of my clients and anyone out there who has had a bad day, month, year….is that you fucking try. You engage. You do what you need to do for you to improve the quality of your life, to heal, to mend, to reinvent yourself.
And as a counselor, I am dedicated to working myself OUT OF A JOB! Once all of the people in the world, who WANT therapy, who WANT to improve the quality of their life, have crossed better relationships and happier times and the ability to deal with shitty times off their bucket (or as I like to say Fuck It) list, I will become an Uber Driver. My work is done.
At the end of the day, if you don’t want treatment then don’t take treatment. Don’t engage. Don’t take advantage of the awesome programs available today. Don’t waste your rime. And, since you are choosing to NOT improve your life, then at least own your shit: own your poor decisions, own the hurt you caused others, own the cardboard box in which you live, own the continued drunken and angry state in which you reside, own your aloneness because no one in their right mind wants to be with you. Own it. It must work for you. So continue. More of the same. That’s the plan that is working for you. Right?!
If life isn’t working for you. Change it. Get into treatment. Work it. Own it.
And I know. It’s tough. I have been there and done that too. It is tough. Healing is not for pussies and wimps only the brave and adventurous.
Get your head out of your ass and get your ass off of the couch and start working on healing, start improving the quality of your life and the lives of those who engage in life with you.
It will suck at times, be difficult and you’ll want to quit. Don’t!