At 150,000-plus members strong, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization for professional social workers worldwide. It serves as a governing body, support system, educational resource, and guide for its members in their professional career. One of the ways the NASW guides its members is through their distinguished Code of Ethics. It provides guidelines and standards for the successful social worker to live by, and these standards are generally accepted by social worker boards and governing bodies worldwide.
The NASW Code of Ethics was created and approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the 1999 NASW Delegate Assembly as changing times, technologies and policies required. The Code was meant to show social workers in the organization, as well as social workers around the world, how to conduct themselves professionally and ethically. Adherence to the Code of Ethics is a requirement to become a member of the NASW. The Code is available in two languages (English and Spanish) and is made up of four primary sections. (more…)
There are many opinions on Valium. When I was a teenager, it was the common tranquilizer prescribed. There is the addictive side of Valium, but many say it helps them and they do not take it irresponsibly. Imagine living a life of anxiety and then all of the sudden, a certain medicine helps clear it all up. Some use it for sleep issues and feel that without it their minds would race without getting a wink of sleep. This particular prescription can also help those who have back problems and need their muscles relaxed. Only a doctor can prescribe Valium and other medications prescribed for anxiety include Xanax, Lexapro, Cymbalta, Ativan and Klonopin. There are various anxiety disorder such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Emotional Features, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.
There is a downside to Valium and that downside is that it can become addictive. This prescription drug is prescribed as a short term solution and not for people to take for years and years. Some patients are dependent on it and not necessarily addicted. Talk to your doctor if you think you might be addicted and not just dependent on the drug. It’s natural to become dependent on a drug that eases your mind and takes away pain. In reality, some people cannot function without some sort of pain reliever or anxiety reducer. However, may people can develop relaxed states through relaxation techniques, yoga and even the iPad program called Exhale which helps to relax the breath. (more…)
Tragically, veterans are often among the forgotten and overlooked members of our society. They have toiled and served their country, sometimes fighting in wars to defend this nation, only to find themselves worse off than when they left. Life as a returning civilian can be quite challenging and disappointing, to say the least, and many veterans’ lives after returning from military deployment change for the worst. People who experience acute stress like newly returning veterans face are vulnerable to drug use and eventual abuse. Acute stressors like job loss, the death of loved ones, physical injury or illness, divorce or separation, and financial distress are quite traumatic and oftentimes the triggers that lead to drugs.
Marriages, long under stress from prolonged military separation and loneliness, often fold under the pressure. Families fall apart when deployed soldiers return home physically, psychologically and emotionally damaged. Employment isn’t as readily available as they might like, so even finances may suffer. Their daily lives of constant activity and danger dwindle down to calmer days, idleness, depression and boredom. To cope, many veterans turn to drugs and alcohol and other addictions, which lead to further problems. Without a good support system, veterans may consequently even find themselves incarcerated or homeless. (more…)