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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!

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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How much is a life worth? 07152014

Kentucky’s General Assembly had a bill before it to allow police officers to carry Narcan, since they are often the first responders to emergency situations in Counties without paid fire and rescue workers. The cost per dose of Narcan is … Continue reading

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God is watching US…& I think She’s angry. 07092014

Several years ago, the President of Mexico characterized the US as “that big addict” up North. As hard as that was for us to hear, it is an accurate portrayal of the US role in illegal drug commerce issues facing … Continue reading

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Undopedcut: today, Grok the un-Like-able, 07042014

Pity the child coming of age in a Facebook’d family setting. S/he will be taught to “like” all sorts of things. Recently, my daughters each suffered an insult to her health, and a host of friends and well-wishers “liked” that. … Continue reading

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Undoped Cut: prescription for drug sanity

Well, this is the last installment of suggestions for improving the sanity of our drug handling in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Someone told me that this could never fly–not because in would be too dangerous or expensive–it’s no more dangerous … Continue reading

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