Updated: Feb 14, 2020
I often get asked,
'Rhaya, why would you want to work in addiction?'
Here's the short answer. In this population, I see something more. A spark that is hidden under one too many layers, layers that not everyone can see through. I see that behind every behaviour, every defense mechanism, every story, is a soul worth fighting for.
There are truly countless reasons that draw me to this population. To be a part of the shedding of layers, to honour and support people thorough deep transformation. To see the determination, the vulnerability, the surrendering that often takes place. I feel incredibly passionate about providing a safe and supportive space, free from stigma, discrimination, or shame, where clients can explore the possibility of their true selves. I can see the potential, the person behind the addiction, and feel so grateful to have the opportunity to be involved in one’s intimate journey.
Addictive behaviours are everywhere in our society. But this is the population that is challenged to go the extra mile and do the work. I honour those that take the time to step back, and approach their underlying issues head on. We all have a lot to learn from those that take the time to move beyond and explore themselves. I feel incredibly inspired by each person’s growth, whatever the extent that may be. Without sounding too 'out there', it really does feel like an innate calling of mine, this path.
I hope this gave you a little insight into why I do the work that I do.