Hello fine people and aliens of ABQ,
I am visting your city for the first time on Aug 6 and will be staying a week. I am hoping to have a "mind-bending", "honey I'm home", "OMG" experience of some sorts and when I return to Boston on the 14th I will then give my family the news that I MUST move to ABQ. If this happens you can see me out there no later than September. My days here in New England are coming to an end and I can feel it on a spiritual level. This is good. I've been living back in Boston for the past 4 years and can't say it's me. Even though I went to high school south of the city, I never felt this New England thing was me. Hence, I've lived in LA (10years), Montana 2 years, CT, MO, FL and back to Mass. I find it to be a "dead end" here on many levels and CRAVE stars, mountains, "like-minded" people, and SPACE. A few UFO sightings would be nice as well. If there are any northeast transplants who are loving it out there, I would appreciate any encouragment/support or tips/insights!!!! I am 42 and divorced after 2 years of marriage and I have NO kids, nor do I want any. I have good friends and hope to make many more in ABQ. I have a spiritual connection with anything soaring through the sky with a large wingspan and love nature and the cosmos! Thanks, Bill
Oh yeah, I've worked in Boston for the past 4 years as a substance abuse counselor/case manager and would be open to doing similar work. I've also been clean and sober since 2006 and would want to get involved in the recovery community. Thanks again, Bill
I've been inquiring about jobs in the substance abuse field and called up a nonprofit to see if they were hiring. Although they were not, the guy on the phone spent close to a half hour with me! He gave me the low-down on the great vibe in ABQ, in particular the recovery community. More so, he gave me a list of places to check out for jobs. This would not happen if I made the same call in Boston or New York. It just wouldn't.
I have been searching the UNM website for jobs and did notice one or two openings for substance abuse counselors. I think it would be at UNMH. You might try that.
I'm originally from Pittsburgh and have been here for 27 years and still love it. Its home. You'll love it too, especially the weather.
I'm on it! Thank you very much. I also doing an online application for substance abuse counselor at bernco.gov
I am sensing a feeling of community about ABQ that I think I'm really going to love. The kind of place where one really wants to make a positive impact. I don't feel that here in the burbs of Boston. I am so so psyched to get on that plane next week and when I get there I understand that it might be a gradual process before I say to myself, "Okay, I can do this". If that's the case, I'll be out there mid to late September.
Here is another place to look. It is part of UNM itself and not part of UNMH. I could be wrong but worth a look...
And here is a list of treatment centers...
Thank you. I went on it and will pursue.
About AMCI (Albuq. Metro Central Intake): I used to work there, and I still keep in touch with a few people. They just laid off most of their drug counselors. The Drug Court is cutting back, too. The Governor vetoed a bill that would have sent people to treatment instead of incarceration. It also would have saved the state $18 million. She is a former prosecuter, and is busy going after low-income voters and foreign residents with drivers licenses. She is also trying to roll back environmental and other regulations; the courts have had to overturn several of her edicts.
Unfortunately there are hiring freezes and cutbacks in public agencies, and she is trying to "modernize" Medicaid, which worries many of us. New Mexico already has the lowest per-capita spending on behavioral health in the country.
It's a hard time to be looking for work in human services; maybe the VA is hiring, since they are Federal.
Hey Bill, you will love ABQ -- it is an interesting and yes, quirky place. I am a New England transplant myself, just 8 years ago, and it was worth it. Every day, I remind myself of how lucky I am to have come here.
While the job situation isn't always the best, the move is worth it. It will be a total quality of life improvement leaving Boston (I did my time there too). When you visit, you must take a day trip to Acoma Pueblo if you want to blow your mind in a short stay of a week. I'm happy to give you other tips if you like. Namaste.
LOL, a layoff is exactly why my sister moved here, and I followed six months later. Any thought to where you want to live in ABQ? If you are in the city, I highly recommend the downtown area and Old Town area for affordable and interesting. The NE heights is lovely but too many happy shiney people, if you know what I mean. Rio Rancho is big and growing and has some nice places as well, but the commute into town can be a little hairy. And the drivers are the worst in the world, worse than Boston by far!