First and foremost, I am a teacher. If you are exploring my website, I am that teacher you seek!
Where The Journey Began: In 1992, I was hired to create a School to Work Program for High School students. I needed to write a year’s curriculum, hold group sessions before they went to work, find jobs for kids to explore and make sure they got there and back.
Some students knew what they wanted to try in a job; others didn’t care. It didn’t take long before I quickly learned that at the base of some indifference was drugs! Drugs! For those kids involved with drugs, as they saw it, my not having done ‘street drugs’ (yes, they ask), I lacked creds. for understanding their drug use and choices. “Don’t trust an adult about drugs.” At that point, understanding how to help young people, in general, and my students in specific, I started on an educational path that included graduate degrees in Counseling, specialty in Addictions.
My students knew I was learning for them and they ‘high-fived’ as I passed each course. Once completed, the kids liked calling me Dr. D. They felt important that someone with an advanced degree was associated to them. I didn’t know about street drugs, but I knew about Recovery.
Doesn’t matter what drug is involved: Doctor over-prescribed drugs, alcohol, or street drugs, recovery is basically the same.
Beyond getting my NYS Certification in Addictions, I went forward and became Credentialed in Bereavement Counseling and Certified in Anger Management.