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Oklahoma City drug and alcohol counselor lets her past do the talking

Linda Williams, 42, of Oklahoma City, served five years in federal prison and then got sober before returning to school and getting a master's degree
by Tim Willert Published: November 26, 2012

She credits her drug and alcohol counselor for pointing her life in the right direction.

“I didn't even know I needed to change,” she recalled. “At first I didn't want to be in counseling, and then I wouldn't stop.”

‘She really cares'

Through the years, Williams has developed a bond with clients whose troubles mirror those she once faced.

“She really cares for her clients,” said Saby Rubio, 42, a 2010 graduate of the CARE Court program administered by the federal court in Oklahoma City. “She's been through it so she understands us.”

Williams believes she is making amends by reaching out to others in need and sharing her past, which she considers to be “an asset and not a liability.”

“My part in this whole thing is to let them know that the things they've done don't define them,” she said. “Like going to prison doesn't define who they are; it's a very small part of who they are.” has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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