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Marriage on a Tightrope: 076: Word of Wisdom Part 3 (James Ott)

James Ott joins the program to discuss the Word of Wisdom.  James uses his expertise in addiction recovery to help us understand the issue from a clinical perspective.  He also walks through a brief history of the Word of Wisdom.

Here is James’ bio in his own words as found on the Red Willow Counseling website

“I started my professional career in 1993 working with chronically mentally ill persons in a community mental health center in Portland, Oregon. I received my Master’s of Social Work degree in 1997 from New Mexico State University, whereupon I worked in a number of mental health agencies providing help to individuals and their families in crisis, providing services to the homeless, and connecting people with HIV/AIDS to health resources. After moving back to Utah, I was employed with the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) as a clinical social worker. I worked at UNI for 10 years providing assessments, utilization review, individual and family counseling, group therapy, and case management. I worked for the last 4 years on the medical detox unit; specifically helping people through the detox process, providing education to family members about addiction and treatment, and setting up appropriate services for when they discharge. I was the daily psychotherapy group facilitator and also the point therapist for the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT) clinic. At UNI I was able to gain understanding and skills in working with people with a wide variety of mental illness, which increased my competency and compassion for all those whose lives are impacted by mental illness and addiction.

Since 2010 I have contracted my services with a medical drug and alcohol detox center and an addiction treatment facility. I was also recruited as the Clinical Director for a startup substance abuse residential treatment center (drug and alcohol rehab), where I created the clinical programming, authorization procedures to secure payment from insurance companies; and the policy and procedure for the day to day operations–including managing the patient medications. I also supervised all clinical and frontline staff. My most recent endeavor was to write and review all policy and procedure for several local residential treatment centers and take them through the steps necessary to receive Joint Commission accreditation.

I started my private practice in 2000 which is my main passion. In this, I am able to support people directly in getting well. I enjoy working with people individually and with their families in identifying unhealthy patterns and changing them. As part of this, I provide education about addiction and mental illness to individuals and families as well as church clergy, to strengthen the family and stop enabling and co-dependent actions, however well intentioned.

I also provide services as an interventionist, working with families to assist a loved one to receive treatment for substance abuse or process addictions, whether in residential care or outpatient groups. I am trained in the ARISE invitational intervention model; which has been clinically proven to be the most effective method for having an addicted person admit and complete treatment. I am also well connected to local substance abuse treatment programs, and network with a number of national referral sources to help people identify the most appropriate treatment program for the addicted person.”



2 thoughts on “Marriage on a Tightrope: 076: Word of Wisdom Part 3 (James Ott)”

  1. Very well done! I like to think of the WoW from and herbalist view, much like BY and JS did. The 4 don’t were all used by the first 5 prophets and sold at ZCMI, and more until 1902. They were not hypocrites. they saw the WoW very differently than we are “commanded” to see it today, a refined, toxic version?

    I find the most valuable version of the WoW to be reading just the verses with NO Letter of the Law. We might see it very differently then: D&C 89: 2-4, 10-11, 18-21. That shines a light on verse 2 and 4, the center of it, a central; warning of all the “foods” and toxic drugs coming in to counterfeit what is recommended in verse 10, 11.That is far different than we are commanded today, going against those wise words.

    Verse 7 and 8 can also be valuable if we take it to mean that all 4 don’ts plus pot can be used properly for health and healing uses.

    Addiction was the single biggest reason that various religions tried to force variations of the Temperance Movement was for the greater good of homes and communities, protect them from addictions. That later morphed into Prohibition and was a very bad failure (Satan’s Plan…), as the refined and constrained WoW has become to us, even to enter the kingdom, on earth and heaven. Not of and Jesus whom I would know. Pharisaical?

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