Phillip Jamison/ Personal Journal Entry: Weekly Blog
April 1, 2012
This was my first week of my Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Very stressful, but educational and highly necessary. On Monday the 26th Mar, my group of 24 candidates were assigned to complete a 35 page autobiography and have it complete by Friday the 30th. After three days, two pencils and one stiff hand later, I completed the autobiography. In addition, we were all tasked to learn and recite the RDAP Philosophy. Which is “To lead meaningful, respectful, productive and addictive free lives. This goal is accomplished through motivation, education, caring and support of one another. Incorporating these principles into our daily lives and accepting what each day brings. Fortified with the tools to deal with life’s challenges, we enthusiastically embrace the present and look towards the future.” While persevering forward to meet the programs demands, we all still have to maintain our daily job assignments.
I myself have managed to add some additional responses into my course Straight-A-Guide. Our Drug Treatment Specialist (DTS) is a gentleman know as Mr. B. Mr. B is a highly successful militant African American Man and a retired Army Colonel. Although he is very strict and still utilizes his military discipline through his psychology practice, he is honest, caring and fair. The group is currently at 23 of 24 candidates. We have lost one group member due to personal reasons with in our first week. “The pain of discipline would have been far less greater then the pain of regret.” We’ll miss him…