I have a bunch of degrees and so do thermometers.
That said, I have a Master’s degree from the University of South Dakota in Addiction Studies. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in Substance Abuse Counseling and an Associate’s degree in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling from McLennan Community College.
I am licensed and certified in Arkansas and Texas. In Arkansas, I have an LADAC and a CADC. In Texas, I have an LCDC and an ADC. (Wow, what an alphabet soup!) I also have a certification in tobacco cessation (M-TTS) and a NAADAC certification to do DOT/SAP assessments.
I am also a person that has been in recovery for a number of years. I stopped drinking and using drugs in November 1993, with a bit of encouragement from a number of different quarters including my employer, my family, a doctor, a lawyer and a judge. I like to say that I was on a scholarship program. I still attend meetings of a 12-step group and think that it has helped me, a lot.
I like my life. It is not something that I could say years ago. Today I have issues in areas where before I did not have any areas. My truck could use a bath, so could the dog. But, my wife and daughter are not ever scared that I won’t be coming home at night, or afraid that I might.