So, Why Do I Care?

I was given the opportunity to work with drug and alcohol offenders and Proposition 36 clients, specifically, for over 8 years as a Probation Officer in the State of California. I wanted to know the truth behind drug dependency. To me, it involved more than just labeling someone an addict, or informing them they had a disease of the mind. This way of looking at the drug problem did not sit well with me. So, I decided to apply specific behavior methods that I learned along the way to see if I could facilitate real healing and solid change in a person branded “an offender” (and still unworthy of full respect) by the criminal justice system for their victimless crime.

A quote from my soon to be published book. Michael S. Oden, MA, DPO II

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