“Those People”

Welcome Back! . . . July 11, 2015

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. . .  and thanks for all of the positive feedback and support of my blog—I hope to keep you engaged.  (I’m under 500 word-count this time ~smile ).

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People say to me, “You work with ‘those people’?” …

And I rebuttal, “no, YOU work with ‘those people’”.

You’re in the community—where the alcoholics and drug addicts run riot!

Have you noticed the amount of beer and wine sold in stores these days? . . .

And let’s not even mention prescription drug use—with the “ask your doctor ads”; a drug store (or two) on every corner, pharmacies in grocery and department stores, and check out the impact of online pharmacies —whew! ….

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Au contraire, I’m working with people who are in recovery (for whatever reason: legal, financial, professional, medical, relational, and sometimes even personal–smile).

As a substance abuse counselor, I work with people who have a chance to make a positive life change.  One of my favorite recover slogans is:

IF NOTHING CHANGES, NOTHING CHANGES

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Note that the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use reports that 76 percent of all binge and heavy drinkers are employed.  And over half of the adults aged 18 or older with substance dependence or abuse were employed full time in 2013.

To read more from the 184-page report (a survey of the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the United States aged 12 years old or older), click here:  The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Or, to learn about Nationwide Trends on drug use (a 4-page pdf file), go to DRUG FACTS: Nationwide Trends

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THE ROY-BLOG BITE:

This week I asked my buddy Roy, “How does bringing the confederate flag down in South Carolina relate to recovery?”  . . . Roy replied, “Better late than never!”

STAY-TUNED:  I realize that I keep using the word RECOVERY–yet, some don’t know what it means.  Tune-in next week!  ~ Tighten your laces . . . (smile) ~

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THIS WEEK’s RECOVERY QUOTE:

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change

Quote by:  Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D.—an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development.


To view Wayne Dyer on YouTube doing a 3-minute speech of this topic, go to: https://youtu.be/urQPraeeY0w


Thanks for stopping by, thanks for letting me share—let’s keep in touch!

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Janis Omide

Janis Small Omide, MS, CSAC is a certified substance abuse counselor with a M.S. Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling for Addictions. With over 20 years in the profession, her past experience includes extensive work with individuals involved in the criminal justice system, as well as, impaired healthcare professionals. She shares the vision of the late Father Joseph C. Martin who celebrated a career in which his goal was “to ease the suffering of individuals and families, around the world, affected by addiction”.

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