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Author: 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”.
NOTE: I have been advised to limit my “word count”; however, I have decided that the MAIN REASON for my new Blogging-Career is because I want freedom from censorship and control . . . therefore, because I have LOTS to say, I intend to say it “my way” . . . after-all, YOU have Reader-Power — feel FREE to stop reading when you are tired — however, I Do Hope You Return (once rested-smile) . . .
’cause …. we need to tie together! …. ’cause …. souls need support!
ALSO, BEFORE you leap over to my NEW and IMPROVED site, please finish reading this one–this site has my blogging-roots! :-)
P.S. If you ain’t having a good time …. at least one of us is! xoxoxo
posted an article, “Definition of Recovery”, where various definitions of RECOVERY were published:
FIRST: SAMHSA posted their Working Definition of Recovery:
“Recovery is a process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential.”
“. . . Alcoholics who no longer drink, and are trying to pursue an improved way of living/being, say that they are ‘in recovery.'”
THIRD: Then in 2007, the Betty Ford Institute created a Consensus Panel to define Recovery–their definition follows:
“Recovery from substance dependence is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health, and citizenship.”
Now, the definition I use with my clients comes from a person “in recovery”, an ex-offender and a nationally recognized correctional training specialist, Ned Rollo. In his book, MAN, I NEED A JOB! he defines RECOVERY as:
“Nothing is more important than our recovery and the growth that follows healing. This includes recovery from addictions, depression, anger, fear, bad relationships, isolation, and false expectations of ourselves and the world.
Never forget that our recovery is the key to a positive future. And if you wonder what recovery is, think of it as achieving balance and harmony in the way you think, act and relate to the world around you. By working to balance all the different parts of ourselves and our lives, we will find everything is richer and far more meaningful.”
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So, basically they are all saying the same thing–with different slants.
I just wanted us (my readers and myself) to have a general definition of RECOVERY so that we can be “roughly” on-the-same-page when this blog refers to recovery, and those who are in it.
THE ROY-BLOG BITE:
And of course, we wouldn’t be complete without Buddy Roy’s very own answer to the question. Roy, “What does Recovery mean to you?”
“A healthy way to deal with life without using substances to try to escape life.” Even Roy couldn’t find humor in a word as serious as RECOVERY.
STAY-TUNED: Within the last week I’ve stumbled across some GREAT topics for future postings ~ So, tighten your laces . . . check out the topics to come:
What are Oxford Houses?
The Legalization of Marijuana in Washington, DC . . .
How to address a co-worker who is drinking on the job?
How to help a friend who has relapsed (on crack and/or chemicals as severe)?
I hope that someone is reading this other than me (smile).
Today, July 18, 2015, family, friends and I are honoring my mother’s 92nd birthday!
Therefore, I’m going to have a blog-entry-delay (smile) . . .
Additionally, I am working on a NewCounseling on a Shoestring Blog Theme . . . which is exciting, stressful, time-consuming and worthwhile (I hope).
. . . There is SO MUCH behind-the-scenes to getting the blog to look and do what I want (this reminds me of the joke: How many counselors does it take to change a light bulb? …. ANSWER: None, the light bulb has got to want to change — haa haaa haaaa!).
I do digress well (smile) . . .
Anyway, you will be getting an email in a couple of days–announcing a “new” posting …. and an email in a few weeks announcing a total BLOG FACE-LIFT (with a new address as well).
* My blog will be as major of a change as Bruce to Caitlyn Jenner!
So, please be patient with me … Rome wasn’t built in a day … and I’m ready to Roam
Thanks for stopping by, thanks for letting me share—let’s keep in touch!
. . . 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 ).
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! ….
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
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.
Over the years I’ve written for small papers, editorials, “other’s blogs”, and personal expression. As a result, I experienced tight constraints, impossible deadlines, projects fold, poor editing, and lack of motivation. I had to be certain to be “politically correct” —‘cause wouldn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings (really?)! I had to be certain to stick to “assigned topic”; otherwise, I’d get canned (smile).
In other words, I always felt “censored” while writing—not to mention the number of editorials that were never printed—my voice, “they” did not want heard. And then along came BLOG (smile)!
I’m now a member of the BLOGOSPHERE (blog stratosphereJ)—and I’m ready to be heard—at 56-years-proud, I’ve lots to share, lots to say.
Initially, the goal of this blog was to provide support to substance abuse counselors who are working with agencies with zero-budgets (as I’ve done for many, many years)—thus, “counseling on-a-shoestring”. $$
I wanted to not only give fellow counselors moral support to not give-up, but also hands-on tools that were shared with me—tools that WORK. I primarily know I have “working tools” as a result of repeated feedback from clients of varied races, gender, economic backgrounds, faith, professions, etc.
You see, one thing about addiction, and recovery, is that we are more alike than we are different.
Does that mean that I ignore cultural diversity? NO! . . . on the contrary; I, and those I work with, CELEBRATE differences while embracing similarities.
When addressing the big “D” word of addiction—Denial, I often suggest that clients “compare themselves in, rather than compare themselves out”.
During the creative-time of my blog-development, I had an epiphany when I was about to give the heading a subtitle to address alcoholism and drug addiction. I said to myself, “Wait, Self (smile), ALL counselors can benefit from your professional experience—after all, some type of addiction is frequently at the core of many issues—often masked as ‘anger’, ADD, depression, anxiety, etc. In fact, perhaps many medical doctors and psychiatrists would be less likely to prescribe medications if they better understood (or cared about chemical addiction).”
I remember when drug and alcohol counseling was considered a “field” and not a profession. I was very fortunate in being trained by the “old school” counselors in recovery (and for some I use that term loosely –smile), as well as, experienced professionals and scholars.
I’ve experienced what most don’t. I’ve seen addiction first hand from my family and friends; I’ve seen it glorified when I worked in corporate America for ten years; I see it repeatedly play-out in the media; and having been a substance abuse counselor for over 20-years, I’ve directly witnessed the damaging affects addiction has on individuals and families.
For sure, alcohol and other drug addiction (misuse, abuse, dependency—whatever we choose to title it) is the most non-discriminating, equal opportunity thing in the world!
It doesn’t care about economic-group, age, race, religion, gender, intellect, occupation, education, zip code, family-of-origin, title, weight, talent, looks, popularity, fame, etc.—it destroys ALL equally.
And then there is RECOVERY . . . which is just as non-discriminating —PEOPLE DO RECOVER! . . . and my passion comes from having witnessed thousands of people (and their families) recover from the destruction of addiction.
My goal for this BLOG is to share with fellow counselors many of my “tricks of the trade” that clients have repeatedly said helped them, as well as, provide valuable information for anyone interested in recovery.
Counseling on a Shoestring is my way of helping to motivate kind-natured therapists who are about at the point of burn-out (or in the words of one of my best buddies, and fellow counselor, Roy, “you is burnt-up”) because of an insurmountable task to perform with little to no funding.
Another frequent quote from Buddy Roy is: “We live in the biggest state in America, the ‘State of Denial’.” Note: I will quote Roy throughout my blog-life, he is a cross between Mark Twain and Richard Pryor—so I’ll be sharing my Roy-moments in future blogs (smile).
Well, my blog-training-manual suggest no more than 300-words per posting … I’m over 700 … obviously, I’ve an extra-long shoestring (smile).
Thanks for stopping by—let’s keep in touch!
. . . and I intend to always end with a Recovery Quote: