New Office in the Works

I have signed a lease a small office in the Regus Business Center in the Research Park area.  Look for a Grand Opening announcement soon.

We have very nearly unpacked our household stuff.  Still missing a few odds and ends; bu, I am sure they will turn up…..just as soon as I buy a new one.

My Favorite Non-Alcoholic Beverage

In this day and age of mock-tails and healthy infusions of the latest exotic ingredients, I thought I would share my all-time favorite iced tea.Substance Abuse Counselor Savannah

  1.  One gallon of cold water, the cleanest you can get.  We have an RO tap in the kitchen; so, I usually use that.
  2. Two Tetley quart-sized tea bags.
  3. Six conventional Earl Grey tea bags.
  4. 6-8 cloves.  (Yeah, the kind you stick in a ham or Indian food.)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.
  6. Sugar to taste, I usually use about 1/2 cup.
  7. One quart ice water.

Add the baking soda and cloves to the water and heat to 185 degrees.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a thermometer, just turn off the heat as lots of little bubbles start to form.  You don’t want a rolling, full-on boil as this would scald the tea leaves.

 

Add the tea bags and set a 20 minute timer.

As you remove the bags, do not squeeze them.  Most of the bitterness will be trapped in the bag and you really don’t want that in your tea.  You can fish out any of the cloves that are floating.

Add the sugar and stir gently.

Add the cold water and wait a few minutes.  All the solids (bitter stuff) will settle to the bottom of the pot along with any bits of the cloves you may have missed.

I usually put my tea in quart mason jars and set them aside to seal before putting them in the ‘fridge.

Serve over a tall glass of ice, garnish as you like with mint, lemon or lime.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

I Have Relocated to Richmond Hill, GA

Because my sweet and darling wife said it was time to go, we packed up and moved to Richmond Hill, GA over Memorial Day Weekend 2018.

I have closed down my practice in North Little Rock and have re-opened here in Richmond Hill, GA.  My office is about 1/2 mile from Exit 90 off I-95, at 9390 Ford Avenue.

I can usually schedule an evaluation within 24 hours.

Give me a call at (912) 436-4817

Blessed to be Alive

On Friday last week, I was involved in a collision at 65 MPH.  I was headed south on a four-lane highway, in the right lane, cruise control set at 65, speed limit 70 in a 2010 Grand Marquis.  I was hit, ever so gently, by a lady in a Kia Sorento, on the door and just above the rear wheel well.  She had drifted into my lane as she was passing.

The only apparent damage to my vehicle, and hers, looks like it could have been done by a shopping cart in the grocery store parking lot.  A good wash and wax should take care of most of the damage.

As someone who has persistently struggled with faith, this was just another evidence that something bigger was looking out for me.  I might be mistaken; but, thinking a bit differently makes me appreciate living the life that I have just a little bit more.

Substance Education Class

I am starting a Substance Education Class on February 23, 2016. This is something intended for first time, low-level offenders that have had relatively minor drug-related infractions such as possession, public intoxication, etc. I taught a similar class for an agency in North Little Rock for a number of years and it seemed to make a difference in some peoples’ lives to have some information as part of their consequences, in addition to fines, incarceration and community service.

 

Substance Education Class
Offered by Christopher Gerhart, LLC
401 West 4th Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114
(501) 478-0182
http://www.christopherhgerhart.com
christopherhgerhart@gmail.com
High quality, three-hour substance abuse education classes.
$50 per class
I take cash, money orders or credit cards.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-noon
Unless you have pre-paid, plan to arrive by 8:45 AM.
Nobody will be admitted after 9:00 AM
On bus and trolley lines.
From Little Rock, take Route 4 or 10, outbound, stop at 4th and Main, walk one block west.
From North Little Rock, take Route 4 or 10, stop at 4th and Maple.
The Blue line runs in front of the building, stops at Maple and 6th, or Maple and Broadway.
If you are driving, there is a large, free parking lot behind the church. The easiest way to get there is from Orange Street.
Enter through the door on the alley that runs between Maple and Orange, below the sign for Infrared Studios.
Although I rent office space from the First Presbyterian Church, I am in no way affiliated with the church, nor is this a religious program.
Classes start February 23, 2016

Having taught a class like this, I was always amazed at how many people in the community would approach me at the grocery store, hardware store or many other public places and comment on how that class had an effect in their lives.  Sometimes they had a change pretty quickly, others not so much; but, it did plant a seed.

I also offer private, confidential substance abuse counseling services including a range of assessments, individual counseling and tobacco cessation services.

DOT SAP Evaluations

One of the areas of my business where I have seen some growth is providing DOT/SAP evaluations.  Quite simply it works like this:

  1.  A person in a safety-sensitive position has a positive drug screen.
  2. They are removed from that position by their employer, fired or suspended.
  3. They are then referred to a person known as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for an evaluation.
  4. The evaluation includes an assessment, several screening instruments, developing a treatment plan and referral to a service provider.  At a minimum, a person that violates a substance abuse rule must complete an educational program, usually 9-12 hours in length.
  5. After the client has completed the required program, they are re-evaluated to determine the need, if any, for further services.  At this point a final evaluation is made and a specific recommendation for a testing schedule is made to the employer.

Anyhow, I really like doing these evaluations.  It is kind of like getting a survey done on a boat or a pre-purchase  inspection done on a house in that the person making the assessment is not the person, or agency, providing the service or making the repair.

Tags:  SAP, DOT, Evaluation, Assessment, Little Rock, Arkansas, Substance Abuse, Counseling

Reviewing the Situation

A month into my own business and I am just beginning to be profitable.  I have paid the rent for February and have already had paying customers this month.  The mixture of excitement and terror about making my own way is nearly an addiction of it’s own.

Most of the business I have had so far has come from my online presence and advertising.  When I started laying the groundwork for this venture in November and December, I got myself this website, a facebook account and gmail.  I already had a linked-in page; but, had not done much with it.

I figured out that whenever I post so much as a photograph, I need to tag it with something related to my business using a number of key words such as counselor, substance abuse, North Little Rock.  There is some sort of algorithm that is used to figure out which posts get put on top.  Some of it has to do with the number of views; but, some of it is promoted by meeting certain criteria.

One thing that I need to do is make a youtube video that promotes my business.  I have been told that I have a face for radio, so I may use my daughter’s stuffed animals as prospective clients seeking services.

Anyway, that’s about all for now.  I have to get back to actual work so that I can keep this thing going.