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?


Overcoming Self-Destructive Behavior

Overcoming Self-Destructive Behavior

#Behavior #WhenNobodysHome #TheFinalStep #determination #selfawareness

The Needs Based Method

Words Bookstore 179 Maplewood Ave, Maple

Book signing @ Words Bookstore 179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040 7/29/14 5-7pm #NewBook #WhenNobodysHome #amwriting @kindlepromoter @amazondeals

Understanding addiction and recovery

Book cover and author bio


My daughter is on a meth binge

As I listened to the story the Rolodex of related stories I stored in my mind began to churn to find where this scenario fits into the experiences I heard from my past clients. I told the man on the phone to bring his daughter to my office so we can gain understanding behind her behavior and methamphetamine use. My daughter is on a meth binge. The caller asked me about the idea of having her daughter enter a treatment program. I asked him, “Have you enrolled your daughter into a treatment program before?” The caller said, “Yes.” “How did that experience work out for you?” “The caller said that she has run away from every treatment program she has ever entered.” I informed the caller that I have interviewed thousands of drug/alcohol dependent individuals and your daughter experience is no exception. I said,” if you want to find out “why” your daughter continues to use then I recommend you bring your daughter to my office so we can get some answers.” The caller responded by saying, “I will be there in 30 minutes with my daughter and her mother.” Before I hung up the phone, I said, “Ask for me at the front desk.”

to be continued….

When Nobody’s Home…An in-depth look at Drug Dependency through the eyes of a Probation Officer

What would cause a person to use drugs if it “really” was not beneficial for them? I was determined to go behind the scenes with my clients and come to understand what “need(s)” were being met by consuming drugs from day to day and year after year. Otherwise, why would a person choose this type of behavior? I had a difficult time believing that these individuals had some disease of the mind, that they would never recover fully and to avoid relapse that they would need to attend support meetings–literally for the rest of their lives. A lifetime of meetings couldn’t be the only workable solution, could it? This is why I wrote “When Nobody’s Home…” An in-depth look at Drug Dependency through the eyes of a Probation Officer

Michael S. Oden MA., Author


“When Nobody’s Home…” book release

This person decided it was important enough to make contact with someone in the literary world. So, to make a long story short we now have a Literary Agent, on the East Coast, who is willing to represent the book, “When Nobody’s Home…” Is this a dilemma or is this good fortune? Any suggestions?

Michael S. Oden MA., Author


“When Nobody’s Home…” book release

After several months of late night editing, mix and matching ideas, re-editing, I have waited for this portion of the process to come to an end. Well. that time has come.  The book, “When Nobody’s Home….” is officially edited or just plain done as far as I am concerned. However, I now have run into an interesting problem.  Remember, problems do not have to be negative, they can be positive. to be cont. . .

Michael S. Oden MA., Author