Discussion: Self-Care

Burn out is physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion is caused by long-term involvement in situations that are emotionally demanding and very stressful, combined with high personal expectations for one’s performance. Examples of burn out include emotional exhaustion, depersonalization of clients, and a lack of feelings of personal accomplishment.

—Leatz & Stolar, 1993, p. 116

Addiction treatment is a demanding profession that often involves high levels of stress. Without appropriate treatment, addiction professionals may fall prey to burnout, lack of compassion, and fatigue, leaving them unable to treat clients effectively. It is important for addiction treatment professionals to seek out support from clinical supervisors, connect with other addiction professionals, and implement self-care practices. Although addiction professionals are certainly not expected to be perfect, awareness of personal and professional stressors may greatly improve their ability to sustain long-term interest and productivity in their careers.

Self-care for mental health professionals is vital. The ability to take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually is important if you are to be of service to others. To assist in this process, it is helpful to develop a self-care plan. The key is to get help when needed and to address issues when they arise.

For this Discussion, review this week’s resources and the media entitled, ” A Day in the Life of an Addiction Counselor” and create a long-term self-care plan. Support your response with references to the resources and current literature.

Provide a 300-word discussion Post:

–  Description of your long-term self-care plan.

o Explain steps that you might take to prevent burnout.

o Explain what work/life balance means to you and steps that you might take to achieve a healthy work/life balance.

o Explain steps that you might take to maintain physical health.

Must contain at least 3 references and citations