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PAGE 2 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 25, l Lent h The Enemy Within ] Lord, As I search clumsily for some thing to deny myself, (some silly act of "penance") for some way to convince myself that I'm "giving up" some thing of importance: Remove from me myself and remind me that things are always just as they seem: things. Remove from me myself, the enemy, and my notion that I can give up some thing I never owned. Remove from me the enemy within who would have me believe that some thing amounts to something. Remove from me the enemy within myself so that I will have given up no thing for Lent, save myself. DKH m i | i 4 m ARKANSAS CATHOLIC is publJshed 48 titan a year, for $12 I:mr year, by the Cat~lk:: Diocese of Llffie Flock, A,"kansas C~hollc, Inc., 2500 N. Tyler SL, Little Rock, AR 72207 {501) 664-0340 FAX (501) 884-907b']. PUBUSHER: Molt Roy. Andrew& McDmedd, I~ohop MANAGING EDITOR: Rev. Albert& Sdmeider EDITOR : Dob~lh HWlard ADVERTISlHO/MARKETING DIRECTOR : [loci I, IL Fkdl PROOUCTION MANAGER: Roy. ~ Schra~ CIRCULATION MANAGER : Agnes Knittig Third class postage ~ at Little Rock, AR. POSTMASTER : Send change of address to: ARKANSAS CATHOUC, PO BOX 7417, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72217. Busl- nest hour| are8:]O to 4, Monday- Friday. CIoeed on weekend,=, Holy Days, and National Hoidays. OfflcN are located in Moods Hall, St. John~, Center, 2500 N. Tyler, Liltle Rock. AR, 72207. i mum mmannmnain Nniar i Ul~l ~ To subscribe, send coupon with : chock for $12 to the above eddrou. I Name Address Padsh 1 I would like to share my philoso- peer-counselor as well as the phy of what a peer-counselor in a prison substance abuse treatment program (SaLT.P.) represents. From my background and experi- ence as an ex-substance-abuser, I be- lieve that a peer-counselor has a duty to learn all the information that he can in the field of alcohol/drug abuse. The principal role played by the alco- hol and drug abuse peer-counselor is to establish a therapeutic relationship with his peer-students, has to earn a peer trust and to assist peer-students in recognizing how their use/abuse of alcohol/drugs is inter-related with the livingproblems they are experiencing, along with their reasons for being in prison. The peer-counselor's code of ethics should be maintained at all times by setting an example to his peer-stu- dents, showing warmth, respect, accep- tance, caring, trust and enthusiasm. The information should be given in a simple, frank and open manner, which is in the best interest of the peer- students. Peer contact should be met with love, patience, tolerance, courage, humility and wisdom. These things alone make human life truly human, but the peer-counselor should be able to recognize problems beyond the scope of his training, skill or compe- 11 1 II W It () I II II Harold Davey Cassell tence and be willing to refer the peer- students to appropriate professional services while proctecting the confidentiality of You have to give it away to keep it. the peer-student. Peer-counselors should accept themselves and other people for what they are and be able to work with individual peer-students and peer-groups with no discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex or sexual orienta- tion. The peer-counselor should be problem-centered rather than self-cen- tered. A peer-counselor's values and attitude should be democratic because thoughts and attitudes are like seeds- when planted they produce their own kind. If the peer-student receives uplifting thoughts, words and actions from the peer-counselor, I believe it will increase his chances of recovery. A positive mental attitude is very important for the dent. This personal philosophy has from books I have read, otherp counselors, counselors, films and fr0 my own work experience. I know thal it is true because I have seen it w0rt Proper treatment works wonderS, and when you have the privilege of sharing in another person's recoVeq you are forever caught up in helvinglt other peer-prisoners, alcoholics and! drug addicts. That s why my job signment, by choice, is a peer-coulr [ selor in the Substance Abuse Treat' ! ment Program. In a sense, I am once again addicted, but it is a positi addiction that can only bring hapPr ness to my life. I know this fr0t experience: You have to give it aWaY to keep it. Helping people help them selves has helped me and now life is good, and fun to five. : : Being a peer-counselor is a classic illustration that we always hay choice regarding our attitude, l@ matter what the circumstances a situations might be, there is always choice. A positive mental attitude is I one thing that cannot be taken aW Y] from us, the freedom to choose wllat]] our attitude will be is God-given, alld! God = a Good Orderly Direction. .tl (HaroM--Davey--Cassell isan inmattdll ll&IIlll8 Prtk Ft lvan the same week recently, two things happened, one routine and one not. First: Pres. Bush submitted a budget to Con- gress. Second: McDonald's opened its first fast-food restau- rant in Russia. This year's budget, as usual, revolves around military spend- ing. If Social Security funds are treated separately, about half the budget goes either to the military or to pay the interest on the national debt, most of which is due to past military-expenditures. Proposed military expenditures for the next fiscal year are down slightly, but still represent a large portion of the gross national product - something like six to nine percent, depending on how it's calculated and what is included. Although our high level of military expenditures leaves little room in the federal budget for things like drug programs, aid to education, housing for the homeless and environmental pro- tection, there was almost no comment. The arms race has been going on for so many years we've come to accept it as the normal state of affairs. But in the Soviet Union what was happening was not the normal state of affairs. A few blocks from the Kremlin you can now see the familiar McDonald's sign, walk in, order a Big Mac and pay for it in rubles. McDonald's of Canada has invested a reported $50 million in its Soviet ven- ture -which is controlled by the Soviet government - and hopes to chain of McDonald's across the Union. The venture includes Russian farmers how to grow weste r style cattle and potatoes. Our present military budgets direct result of the Cold War. began after World War II when cans realized Stalin intqnded to the Eastern European nations iol See "Kauffman, next THE GOOD SHEPHERD