Peer Counseling

RECOGNIZING THE PROBLEM

What increases your risk and warrants your attention? It’s driving after you’ve had a few drinks. It can put you in serious danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 65 percent of people who died from alcohol-related accidents had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. An equally worrisome statistic […] Read More »

DECISION-MAKING AND PERFORMANCE UNDER PRESSURE

In his article, “Boosting Decision Making and Performance under Pressure: How to Excel under Pressure Conditions,” Marc Schoen, Ph.D., discusses how, for the majority of us, performance in stressful situations can be adapted and improved. Schoen connects any present negative performance back to stressful childhood occurrences when our performance did not adequately meet expectations. Schoen […] Read More »

BALANCE WITHIN AND WITHOUT

I suspect you know the story of David and Goliath. Goliath, a massive Philistine warrior in full armor, spear in hand, is defeated in single combat by a mere boy (and future king), David. With one well-aimed stone flung from a sling…the dreaded giant collapsed. How awesome if we could toss magic rocks at our […] Read More »

Chaplain’s Notebook

Apart from my duties as a chaplain for LASD, I also serve as a hospital chaplain. There, I frequently see patients and their families dealing with tough times — often the toughest of their lives. Good times do not last. Hard times are inevitable. This is Job’s famous lament: “Where is God in tough times?” […] Read More »

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)

Autism affects one of 68 children. It is a lifelong developmental genetic condition that affects individuals of every race, socioeconomic status and faith. Symptoms are evident in some children as early as 18 months of age. Notably, the ratio of males to females diagnosed with autism is close to 4 to 1. Autism Spectrum Disorder […] Read More »

SOBER LIFE AHEAD

Many of the people I meet who are in recovery thank their lucky stars every day that they gained their sobriety when they did. Most of them wished they had sobered up sooner, although they almost unanimously subscribe to the idea that everyone quits drinking when they are ready. Not every alcoholic has to hit […] Read More »

Apart from my duties as a chaplain for LASD, I also serve as a hospital chaplain. There, I frequently see patients and their families dealing with tough times — often the toughest of their lives. Good times do not last. Hard times are inevitable. This is Job’s famous lament: “Where is God in tough times?” […] Read More »

CUMULATIVE TRAUMA

It’s like a slow drip into a bucket that never gets emptied, until the bucket overflows. Cumulative trauma has also been referred to as cumulative post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). John Marx, founder of Copsalive.com, calls it Blue Trauma Syndrome. It consists of having difficult experiences over a long period of time that simply add up. […] Read More »

TAKING A BREAK FROM ALCOHOL

Thinking about quitting drinking? It is possible to have a good time without alcohol. Sometimes we have social questions in our heads: “What will they say if I don’t drink?” “What will happen if I don’t go to the bar after work?” “Will they make fun of me?” These are some of the concerns that […] Read More »

HOW DO I FACE MY PARTNERS?

There are questions you might ask yourself after an alcohol-related incident: How can I go back to work? What will they think of me? Can I ever get promoted? Will I be able to transfer to a good assignment? It is normal to ask yourself all of these questions and more. Some members on the […] Read More »