You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
If you want to get rich, start a religion that has a covertly hidden drug rehab program woven into the income stream. It is easy and fun!
Just pay the Church of Scientology $$$$ for the right to sell books and courses written by the cult leader, L. Ron Hubbard, and claim they get people off of drugs and alcohol.
Then give yourself whatever credentials you want - no one cares!
As I reported yesterday, Per Wickstrom's Best Drug Rehabilitation, Inc. and the facility's Deputy Executive Director, Jason Burdge, are among the 82 named defendants in a massive trademark violation lawsuit.
But Wickstrom's habitually inflated his own credentials, even describing himself in a recent "video news release" as a "therapist"!
Let's take a look back, in the first of a new "Glistening, Quivering Underbelly" series I like to call 'Blustering and Bloviating'.
Sounding like a stupid man's idea of what a thoughtful person sounds like, Wickstrom explained in the video how he developed the treatment programs for his Manistee, MI-based facility, Best Drug Rehabilitation.
Wickstrom stated that "Best Drug Rehabilitation offers a myriad of programs. What we did is, we sat down—a bunch of us therapists—and we decided to look at what works and we all raised our hand: how did you get sober?"
Oh, no, he didn't!
This misleading reference by Wickstrom implying that he's a "therapist" is wrong on many levels.
According to the State of Michigan's certification/licensing laws, "therapist" and "counselor" are considered protected titles of therapeutic intervention. Here in Michigan, as in most of the 50 states, there are three licensed groups of individuals—social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.
It appears to Miss Fortune that Wickstrom has none of the requirements—a college degree, a professional license or accreditation—necessary to properly refer to himself as a "therapist".
A slip of the tongue...in a scripted video?
Maybe, but your girl Miss Fortune is not buying it.
So, how did Wickstrom get sober? In the past, he's publicly credited Narconon...ironic now that his public pronouncements might be used against him "in a court of law"
Wickstrom's public support of Narconon and its role in his own life most famously appeared in a November 15, 2012 Huffington Post story, "From Addict to Entrepreneur: How I Overcame My Greatest Obstacle".
In that post, Wickstrom credited Narconon with helping him overcome his battle with addiction:
"Narconon saved my life. After graduation, I had to make a choice about what I wanted to do with my career: I could either go back to selling things (I was a terrific salesperson for GM), or I could dedicate my life to helping people. I realized that I was given a second chance at life and thus, found my higher calling: a dedication to helping people beat their addiction, just like I did.
I opened up my own Narconon center and saved more than 6,000 people throughout the course of several years. It felt great to help people and make a true difference in this world."
Gee, that's great!
Wonder if he'll be able to save his own ass?