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About bomij

60something artifact from the 60s. Hippy. Conscientious Objector. Have more in common with Vets than those who marched with me to protest. My fellow protesters stopped marching. The Vets march now. Have spent nearly 40 years in the trenches as an addiction counselor. Stay current with the new research and methods. Have always worked with folks who have no money or insurance left when they decide to get help. Haven't had a raise in 20 years. Makes me think that counseling is not valued as a change tool for addiction. Peace!

Lets be friendly with our friends…

I recently read an article entitled, “The irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous.” In it, the author ascribed to the 12-Step way of life beliefs, a philosophy, and practices that are often discussed by individual 12-Step members but certainly not “Conference Approved” … Continue reading

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NARCAN and Citizens United

I received a call from a freelance reporter to ask me how the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) is working to protect persons from drug overdose in Eastern Kentucky, as well as new Federal and state legislation aimed … Continue reading

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Requiescat In Pace, SJR

SJR, my nephew, died at 47. He and I shared this disease: the disease of addiction. This is a tribute to him. This is a tribute to all who have addiction and endure the rotten behavior and insults that others … Continue reading

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Save Social Security: Legalize pot use.

Following the second death of a loved one by overdose, I surveyed all the deaths in two thirds of the counties of Hal Rogers’ Congressional District 5, and discovered that there were 1860 of them between the years of 2006-2011 … Continue reading

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I came, looking for me…

I came, looking for me… On the occassion of my 43 anniversary as a Substance Use Disorders Counselor–I am reflectiing on the trip. (I have been called a lot of names over the years and so has my profession. SUDs … Continue reading

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Rage, rage against the dying of the light: a call to action.

I have been using a term: “treatment on demand.” Why, treatment on demand? “Why not?” should be the question, by now. For twenty years, perhaps more, we have been watching an escalating overdose death rate climb until it outstrips every … Continue reading

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Lessons From Vernon Johnson’s Feeling Chart

Today, I am loosely following concepts incorporated in a Vernon Johnson “Feeling Chart” chalk talk, heard at the Rutgers School for Alcohol and Other Drug Studies in 1979. I am grateful to him, for his work in the field of … Continue reading

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