Overcoming Drug Abuse and Where to Get Help- This episode is one that will hit home with the lives of many. It will hit home with the lives of those who are currently using alcohol or other forms of self-medicating chemicals to anesthetize the feelings from some different events that have happened in their lives. It will perk up the ears of those who are close to a friend or loved one who is using or beginning to use a substance(s) and their lives are taking changing… not for the better.
Expert Guest, Scott H. Silverman, who is the author of “tell me no. I dare you!: A Guide for Living a Heroic Life” (Best Sellers list, Warwicks, San Diego and founder and president of “Second Chance,” a non-profit human services agency. He has become quite notable and has been named one of CNN’s “Heroes” for his work with the homeless and ex-offender populations, along with receiving numerous awards recognizing his leadership and dedication to community improvement, including the Henrietta Rubenstein Community Award.
Here are some excerpts from the show: “I’m one of those people that when my phone rings and I don’t recognize the phone number, I look forward to answering it because it could be someone who’s wanting and seeking help.” “I ended up hitting the fracture and re-breaking his leg. So from that moment forward, my life was changing.” “My teacher had a heart attack and they said, “We believe you’re responsible for this.” “He survived. But you know, so here I am in fifth grade and things just, escalating for me.” “I got sent to Arizona for a year to be in a special school and realized, “You know. Something’s wrong with me. I don’t get it. So early on in my teens, I started, you know picking up alcohol…” “…I was self-medicating at a young age. That’s kind of how things progressed. Then going through high school, escalated to other things marijuana…” “My trajectory continued on and I just simply progressed and got involved with methamphetamine and got involved with cocaine and then mixing hallucinogens…”
“That Saturday morning I went into treatment. That was back in November of 1984. I felt like I got a real second chance that day. I’ve done everything I can since that moment to do everything possible to be of service to others and have done it as a volunteer for decades. Now I’m doing it professionally and personally and volunteering, that’s kind of how I got here with you, is to be able to share some of that story, my experience, strength, and hope and now have a treatment center that I run. I’m also a crisis coach and a family navigator. Each day I wake up, like I said earlier, to try to help, buddy help, their family member, their loved one, get to the highest and best level of care and support they possibly can.”
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