With nearly 30 years in the fields of substance use disorders and mental health disorders; Melissa R Enoch endeavors to continue to educate, enrich and enlighten generations to come.
Melissa Enoch has spoken for many conferences within her field including NAADAC, The Associaion for Addiction Professionals, North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies, Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, The North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors and National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Melissa has engaged thousands of mental health and substance use professionals, business owners and clients during her tenure about the short and long term effects of alcohol and drug use, the Effectiveness of Community Involvement and the Challenges of Change.
Melissa is known for her book "The Strength of Her Words" and the founding of Women of Strength, an organization designed to help women (specifically human services professionals)
communicate more freely.
I can talk to a duck, how to better communicate with others
My Only Always Trusted Adult, a presentation sharing the difference having a trusted adult in changing the course of life
Resilience:Your Ending is Better than Your Beginning, what to do when you've always been the strong one
The Challenge of Change, the importance of understanding change before a crisis
Effectiveness of Community Involvement, we are all connected one way or another (could be titled degrees of separation)
Writing Your Story
Working with the Faith Community
Health and Well Being, you should always come first
Stress, don't let the silence fool you
Using the DSM, I've Got 99 Problems, But being saved isn't one of them
Motivational Interviewing, it's your choice
Marketing Your Business, how to develop relationships
Substance Abuse Cultural Evidenced Based Treatment
Evidenced Based Treatment
Ethics and Ethical Dilemmas
5 Pillars of Health-Financial
5 Pillars of Health-Spiritual
This year was very challenging, but it increased my faith and allowed me to operate in Hebrews 11:1 Now Faith.
Here is the list, my goal was to develop a manual that goes with the list to share that whatever you purpose your mind to do, God will help bring it through.
When my father passed away, 2003 one of my biggest regrets was that he did not live to see my visions come to life.This sadness propelled me to compose the book “The Strength of her Words” published 2004. (Old and New Edition Can be found on Amazon) Gratefully, I finished this book prior to my grandmother passing 2004.
Also, my mother was able to share in many of these and some were even dedicated to her before her passing (Vivian Moore Jeffries Scholarship Fund).
As with 2020, this year my vision is to further this vision as God gave it to me and desire your prayers as this goes forth.
Beginning 2020, New Vision, New You; I shared with my Pastor that by the end of 2020, I would have 52 businesses. This book will share some of my journey towards business focus and how other can utilize the information provided in order to have the freedom to choose from several careers leading to a greater sense of freedom.
This journey started many years ago, when I decided to replicate the idea of oatmeal cookies 5 for a quarter from the elementary school. I decided to find a way to make cookies and sold them in the neighborhood. I did not know then, but the amount of products that it took to make was dramatically more than the twenty-five cents that I was charging. My mother was not too upset, but I later learned that I had used a lot of products, including oatmeal, sugar, flour and time spent preparing the recipe, cooking and packaging it for distribution. I learned then that I needed to consult with someone prior to deciding to produce a product.
As I grew older, I began realizing that there were few opportunities for women and women were being steered into careers that involved home economics and other women-oriented careers. When I arrived at college, I had decided that I would be the epitome of the appropriate female oriented positions as a teacher; but this did last very long as I decided to dis-enroll myself from the middle grades education program and declared undecided until I could figure it out.
While in college, I obtained began focusing on psychology, but still had no idea of what I wanted to do with the degree of psychology, minor in sociology. I continued my education afterwards, attending community college with human services specialization in chemical dependency. I had managed to gain employment as a third shift employee of a detoxification facility. This required staying up all night and I would be assigned the front desk where a nap was not permitted. So, I started typing the class notes and would sell them to other students.
I moved out of the dorms into some apartments with a roommates, but due to a misunderstanding, I ended up alone trying to pay rent and started thinking of other ways to make extra money. I would go clean stadiums, but the work was nasty and required long hours that interfered with my full time employment.
I started making floral arrangements and began selling these to co-workers for their homes and for events. I had started attending small business classes to learn more about the operation of business and learned that there were rules that had to be followed in order to have a small business. I began collecting this information and started my business, naming it M.E. Creations as an ode to the various items that I would make during times when I wasn’t working, bored and trying to change negative behaviors.
This would be the start of my pursuit to operate a business rather than continuing to be an employee. However, I was unsure of how I could grow my business to replace my employment, my benefits and my retirement package. I continued making floral arrangements, but graduated to jewelry, stained wood and photography.
5. Women of Strength
9. Event Planner
10. Balloons and Events
11. Host and Hostess
12. Online Therapy
13. Clinical Supervision
14. Employee Assistance Program
15. PTO Treasurer (Haw River Elementary School) 2019-2022
16. Substance Abuse Professional
17. Recovery Month Event
18. Choose Recovery
22. Vivian Jeffries Scholarship
23. Birthday Month
25. Book Publisher
27. Performance Venue
28. Recording Studio
30. Community Center
31. Rental Properties
33. Geneologist My Heritage
38. NC DWI Providers
40. Business Consultant
44. Library thing
46. Practice Consultant
49. Etsy Shop/Jewelry Maker
50. Tik Tok