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Alumni and Employee of the Same Drug Rehab

By December 17, 2007 No Comments

Being a tech

I thought that working at the teen drug treatment center visions would be easy when I first started working there because I am an alumni. I know what it’s like to be an adolescent in treatment. However, it was more difficult than I thought. I had to tell the kids what to do and they did not always want to listen to me. Sometimes they saw me as just another kid who was just little bit older than they were. I learned to work being their age to my advantage. As time went on, I learned how to be of helpful and enforce the rules in a way they could understand me. They no longer rejected me because I was too young. The best thing I had going for me was that I was an alumni and that I could understand what they were going through because I had done the same things when I was a resident in teen drug treatment. After more and more time went by, I was able to gain the respect and trust of the residents. I was there to help and not boss them around.

Now that I have been working at Visions for a while, the problem never comes up about my age. I am older now. I’ve learned a lot through my work and life experience. I am glad that I don’t have to be in teen drug treatment or go through that uncomfortable stage of my work experience anymore but if I had to do it all over again, I would!

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