The famous Ralph Waldo Emerson once had a quote that says "Success … to know even one life breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." I think of this in relationship to the field of addiction counseling.
So many counselors, and I would like to include myself, have helped people to
see that they have choices in their life. Many people have survived their
illness because of being exposed to counseling and seeing how, with some
help, they can change their own life. This is what keeps me coming to work
every day and doing so for the past seventeen years.