Ask for help, find your life balance.

Stop the stigmatism in recovery. Think to be Different ™

Ask for help, find your life balance?

24 million Americans who are currently using illicit drugs and all family members and friends who are affected by this epidemic.

I believe this will inspire individuals suffering with addiction to seek treatment?

This video will help them understand that they are not the only ones suffering from this dilemma and that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. To admit an individual has a problem is great sign of a person’s inner strength and willingness to resist judgment.

How does this video work to end the stigma surrounding addiction?

It inspires those who have a drug dependency to find the courage to stand up for themselves, to take a different path, and not let illicit drug use of their past dictate their true character or their future.

What inspired me to create this video?

After 15 years of being involved in the drug/alcohol treatment community I have heard and witnessed thousands and thousands of individuals that never reached out for help for fear of being embarrassed, shamed and judged by their friends, families, and peers. These stories inspired me to write my book, “When Nobody’s Home,” which is meant to inspire those who suffer from addiction to look for solutions to the problem. My hope is to impact those who believe they are crippled by their own insecurities that addiction can be conquered and defined by their self-worth.

Take a look at the video:

Stop the stigmatism in recovery. Ask for help, find your life balance?


The best marketing tool a company could

Book signing in Maplewood, NJ. 7/29/14 from 5-7pm.The best marketing tool a company could have: Our Mom #success #familysupport #WhenNobodysHome #TheFinalStep #eBook

When we believe we are helpless

When we believe we are helpless and our self-worth is in jeopardy individuals tend to shame themselves into destructive behavior. We can now learn that shame is a made up illusion that can be dispelled when the proper methods of healing are applied to the emotional wound.
Understanding the origins of core beliefs and how they can lead to pathological suffering is a requirement needed for healing and change

“When Nobody’s Home…” book release


So here is the problem. The initial editor believed it was beneficial to have another editor fine tune the project.  Well, as she read the book, a couple of chapters hit home and she decided to share a portion of the book, “When Nobody’s Home…”  to a friend in the publishing world.  The book was well received by this person.  Book release date TBD

Michael Oden, MA.,FinalBookCover_house_02front Author

When Nobody’s Home… A look at Alcohol & Drug Dependency

If drugs and alcohol are the answer, what is the question? What causes a person to choose drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism for survival?

Substance abuse and  dependency occurs in all socioeconomic groups. It doesn’t discriminate. After more than 8000 interviews with clients on probation for drug and alcohol offenses, Counselor and Deputy Probation Officer Michael Oden sees a recurring pattern that for these adults in recovery in their early years there was essentially “No one home.” Michael offers practical tools and techniques for counselors and clients that facilitate real and life long change.