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The Other Side of The Coin

Can' makes any advances in the market - why not invest in yourself?

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We have all heard, witnessed and experienced first hand how the economy has hurt American society and the world at large - but what about the other side of the coin? I just received a phone call about a half hour ago from a patient that stated that he had decided to go inpatient for addiction treatment. He wanted to know how soon I could get him into Caron Treatment Center - his logic was refreshing and quite frankly moved me spiritually - what one might call a "God shot." Since he had already lost so much money in the market, he decided that the best investment he could make in his future was to stop drinking and also decided what better time then now: "...what more would I lose if I went into treatment...I actually think I have everything to gain..." What a refreshing way to view the other side of the economic coin. All those clichés like turning lemons into lemonade come to mind, but this time they may result in saving someone's life and the life of their family. Hmmm, could be a new trend. Can't make any advances in the market, why not invest in yourself - invest in your future - sounds like a great commercial for biopsychosocial and spiritual health to this clinician!

Harris Stratyner, Ph.D., CASAC, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine; he is also with Caron Treatment Centers.

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