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Turning a Corner

Courtney Barnes PictureFor 2 ½ years I have worked for The Council as a case manager in the TASC Program.  TASC works with individuals in the criminal justice system who have a substance use disorder and related issues.  I help clients develop and implement their plan for recovery and reintegration into the community.      

I have recently been working with a young adult in TASC.  This client is still a teenager and is at a critical learning point in his/her recovery process.  By this I mean that the client is just beginning to learn about his/her substance use disorder and what is required to stay sober.  The idea of staying sober is difficult, especially for someone who is young in years or young in their recovery process.  They believe they can still drink responsibly despite much evidence (and negative consequences) to the contrary.  

This process of growing in understanding is all part of their journey, and is a focal point for me when working with clients.  I help people understand that there is a realistic path to a better, more meaningful life, and then I help them walk the path they choose by offering guidance, resources and support.  The process involves gaining insight, learning good strategies, perseverance, support and hope.  It’s a process, not an event.   

In the case of this particular client, the path towards recovery seemed unreachable at first.  But now there has been a real change.  The client’s Mother came by my office to personally thank me for the help provided through The Council’s TASC Program.  The client’s Mother stated she is seeing some serious changes, and has never seen this level of effort before.  She simply wanted to tell me how grateful she was to see her child doing so well. 

It seems that her child has turned a corner. While all the credit goes to the client, it has been very gratifying to help along the way. 

Courtney Barnes, TASC Manager
The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

One thought on “Turning a Corner

  1. Good afternoon,

    I really enjoy article/story and i personally thanks God for people like Ms.Courtney Barnes. You, Ms. Barnes gives me hope and the motivation to continuing helping the people. I work as Behavioral Health Specialist at this moment for CST, Inc. I am a CPS/CRS/PPLA/RC and other certifications, plus a person in recovery from co-occurring disorder, criminal justice and homeless. I came from Puerto Rico chasing a dream and i found out that it was just an illusion that i created on my own mind. 21yrs living here in Philadelphia and the last three and a half years has been the best on my entire life. I went and ask for help, received the help/information, applied it/ practice it/lived it and now i shared it with others. The only way that i keep my recovery is through God and giving back, and i will continuing doing it until God say, stop! From August 1st, 2014 God’s will i will be working for RHD, Team Arrive as Certified Peer Specialist (Mobil) and thank God i will doing what my passion is, work with the peers personally and help them to reach their goals and live a better and productive life. Thanks again for you encouragement Ms.Barnes and hopefully i meet you personally. Have a good day.

    Luis A. Ramos Soto
    (267) 702- 8993

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