At any given time, Margie Palmer Grassle has 70 clients on her caseload at the Shining Brightly Clinic.
“Methadone is a synthetic opioid so addicts can stop using heroin. Although, some people stay on the medication, which is what I call it, forever because they are used to it or afraid if they stop, they will go back to the birdie powder,” says Mrs. Grassle with an air of authority.
She has earned that air. Mrs. Grassle has been working at the same clinic for 30 years.
Mrs. Grassle sees her clients once a month or once a week, depending on the case.
“I see some of my clients more than I see my own children,” she gasps.
It’s true since both of her children are attending the state college two hours from home.
Despite what is turning out to be a downer of a profile, Mrs. Grassle and her professor husband try to have a good time.
“We just learned the fox trot at Arthur Murray,” she smiles.
“Dancing is the medicine for whatever ails you, I am known to say,” chuckles the professor, who finds himself practicing the steps throughout the day.
(Unless what ails you is a heroin addiction apparently.)
He keeps the house full of a nursery’s worth of blooming African Violets to please his wife.
"When Margie comes home, I want her to see something beautiful," Professor Grassle whispers as if telling me a secret.
He attributes his success with this overly sensitive flower to the watering.
“Regularity is key. Daily care is the best method, but stick to it," Professor Grassle says sternly, "Make a definite schedule down to the time of day, amount of water, and the interval between. And always use room temperature water. Violets don’t like their roots to be bathed in cold water.”