Leeward Community College
Substance Abuse Counseling Newsletter, December 2, 2014
Mahalo nui loa,
Peer Mentor Substance Abuse Counseling Program
COME to CTE Holiday Party TODAY!
When: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Time: 2.30 PM - 3.30 PM
Where: GT 105
Presented by CTE Program (Automotive, Accounting, Business Tech, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Information & Computer Science, Management, Health Information Tech, Substance Abuse Counseling, TV Pro, Plant Biology & Tropical Agriculture) Peer Mentors
Are You Ready?
Are You Ready For Finals?
Can you believe it’s only a few more weeks until Christmas? The semester flew by and finals will soon be upon us. For semester long courses the last day of instruction will be December 11th (dates differ for part-of-term courses).
Here are just a few tips to help you survive finals:
1. Double check your syllabus AND with your instructor to get the details on your class’ final exam
2. Get enough rest
3. Manage your time wisely
Check with your instructor to ensure you have all of the details for your final exam, make sure that you are getting proper rest AND watch how you spend your time during these crucial few weeks. Finals could make or break your grade, so please be sure to do all that you can to swing things in your favor.
For information on Final Exam Schedules you can visit:
You can also see the library’s schedule here:
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Do The Unthinkable
Something New on the Horizon for Those Suffering With Addictions
Author – Cheryl Prentiss, free lance writer
There is a humble little program happening about four times a year on the North Shore, where intriguing and potentially life changing events are going on. Mark Turansky, Addictions Specialist and Executive Director of New Horizons Counseling, offers a unique recovery program called “Treatment Camp” for those struggling with the slavery of addictive behavior.
Mark became acquainted with New Horizons when he himself struggled with substance abuse in the mid 90’s. After a 12-step program and 4 years of living clean, Mark found himself once again struggling with his addiction after yet another relapse. This is when he discovered Katy Kok, and New Horizons.
Katy Kok was the founder of New Horizons, and began her practice in Hawaii during the early 80’s. She had a reputation for selflessness, which manifested in humanitarian pursuits including protecting and preserving her Waianae community, and an open door policy to her many New Horizons clients. Sadly in 2008, her life ended prematurely when she suffered a heart attack, leaving Oahu New Horizons clients without the comfort and guidance of this large hearted, gifted counselor.
The relationship between Mark and Katy went from counselor/counselee to mentor/student as Katy recognized in Mark, not only a passion to help those with addiction struggles, but also that he was a gifted counselor, teacher and communicator. Prior to her passing, she made the decision to pass on the New Horizons recovery program to Mark, which he accepted, and continues in her honor to this day. In January of this year, Mark released the book: “Figure it, Face it & Fix it – Your surprising solution to addiction and substance abuse” where the success principles of the New Horizons approach are revealed. Mark dedicated the book to Katy, honoring the life of this amazing woman.
In a world where we expect certain outcomes based on logic, and are often hard-pressed to be convinced of new ideas, counter-intuitive programs like New Horizons are both surprising and inspiring. The New Horizons approach does indeed follow logical lines of thought and reason, based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T.). C.B.T., in a nut shell, means if you change your thinking you can change your behavior. It is not a new idea, by any means; but with this fresh, insightful approach, the New Horizons recovery program hits the nail on the head for giving those struggling with addiction the tools to face their challenge squarely, and gain control over their lives once again.
While both 12-step programs and New Horizons strive to give addicts structure to regain their lives, similarities are minimal and they start with completely different points of view. The 12-step concept begins with the requirement of acknowledging powerlessness to overcome one’s addiction with the help of a higher power and an accountability network. Temptations are to be carefully minimized by life alterations and “triggering” urges. For example: avoiding events where alcohol is served, or the wine and spirits aisles of the grocery store, if one’s addiction is to alcohol. The challenge is to daily manage these outer temptations to sobriety with the aid of a sponsor and regular group attendance.
By comparison, the New Horizon’s concept is based on the belief that outer temptations can be managed, not by avoidance, but by changing one’s thinking about their meaning. The family wedding, or the wine and spirit’s aisles are not seen as scary temptations or things to be avoided, but instead are used as opportunities to “work.” The New Horizon’s concept strives to minimize fearful living by empowering addicts to face their addictions in carefully planned and patterned ways. Counseling is focused on a “Choice Process”© that gives addicts the ability to see their urges as useful and affirming—if I am experiencing an urge, it’s because I am not using, and that is empowering. Confidence builds as each urge is allowed to run its course, and is replaced by a conscious effort to focus on the many benefits one gains by choosing a life without their addictive behavior. Moving with the urges is counter-intuitive. Acknowledging that one can indulge in their addiction if they so choose, as opposed to falsely telling oneself they can’t, diminishes the desire to fall back into using based on feelings of deprivation.
I was pleasantly surprised by Treatment Camp, and the New Horizons approach. Sometimes answers come from unlikely or unexpected sources. I especially like the quote Mark has on his website. Apparently he got it from his mentor Katy Kok who said it when he met with her for the first time: “We are not here to judge you; we are here to help you.” This is the feeling I got from this program, and the people involved. If you are at your wits end, tired of hurting yourself and the ones you love because of your addiction, consider the New Horizons recovery program. It may surprise you.