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Archive for March 2015

Stand up, stand out, speak out, and be proud about it

I’m Merlyn Karst. After a long and successful career in corporate America and while living in California, I retired in the late eighties. I then worked as a consultant and dealt with my own issues resulting from misuse of the drug, alcohol. This led to my becoming an administrator of an alternative sentencing program dedicated to finding solutions other than incarceration for drug related offenses. I coined a phrase – providing reasons and resources to reduce recidivism. Finding a path to long-term recovery, for others and myself, has provided huge recovery dividends. I saw so much evidence that recovery healed families; it made a profound and lasting impression. I found myself to be a sort of “recovery ambassador. “

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Words of Blame, Words of Shame

I hate the words. Enable. Enabler. Enabling. “He wouldn’t be in so much trouble if his parents didn’t enable him.” “She’s an enabler.” “I feel sorry for that family – they’re constantly enabling her.” They are harsh words, often spoken with a slight hint of scorn. They are words of blame, words that carry a…

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