Faces of Rosecrance: Mujtaba Ahmed, MSW, CADC

December 1, 2016

Muj is an Addictions Counselor who works with clients on the opiate-specific unit at the Rosecrance Harrison campus.

“A lot of clients have commented on how this is the first treatment center they’ve been to that focuses on opiates. The heroin epidemic is kind of taking over now. Our opiate-specific unit is used as intervention specifically tailored toward the treatment of opiate addiction,” he said.

“The most challenging thing about my job is hearing about people relapsing after they leave here, or even worse, hearing about people who didn’t make it. I lost one of my best friends in 2009 because of this. It’s hard. You have to give yourself time to grieve. It definitely reminds me how bad this epidemic is. But there are also so many examples of people who have so much stacked against them, and you think there’s no chance they’re going to make it… and they do.

“[Recovery] is different for everyone. Bill Wilson, who’s the founder of AA, said that there are multiple pathways to recovery. There are different contributing factors for everyone. For some people, it’s like, ‘If I could just get my depression under control, I could stay sober.’ Some people say, ‘If I could just get out of this abusive relationship, I would be sober,’ and maybe that is the answer for them. ‘If I could just get my PTSD under control, I could get sober,’ and they do.

“There was a client who was able to stay sober for 6 years, and he worked in construction. The only time he was able to stay sober was when he was employed the whole time. The minute he stopped working, he had too much time on his hands and relapsed. We know that whatever those underlying problems are, those need to influence how that person gets treated and how they stay sober.

“Everyone has a different formula. Rosecrance does a great job at not using the ‘cookie-cutter’ approach and instead provides individualized treatment that addresses the varying needs of clients.”