Where do you currently live & make a positive difference:
I live in Miami but I travel all over the country and even the world to work with different clients that need my services.
Tell me about the difference that you are making:
I help people with a very difficult challenge - overcoming drug and alcohol addictions that are holding them back from living their full potential and therefore lights. I am a board member for ‘10,000 Beds’ a non-profit and that helps to provide beds for people who want to get clean, but don’t have any money. In addition, I also own The Addictions Academy, the largest online school for addiction studies, and every month we offer one full scholarship to somebody in any country that cannot afford to become an addictions coach, but maybe want to learn to study and help other people.
Why have you chosen to make that difference – what motivated you to start that:
I have been in this industry for 25 years and mainly worked with nonprofits who assisted the hardest hit parts of society - such as the homeless and prostitutes. I was brought up to always be kind to others and have always given back throughout my life because I believe if you’ve taken the elevator up you should always send it back down.
How has doing this – changed your own life and view on the world:
Doing this has actually made me more cynical about the world because so many people are ungrateful in many different ways and even though I try to help people get sober, sometimes you are helping someone who is incredibly angry at the world. They treat you poorly and struggle to appreciate anything you do. This has taught me to let it go and still remind myself of why I am doing this - and to keep going.
Why do you think this important for people to know about/do:
I think it’s important to know that people with drugs and alcohol issues are extremely common. One in five people has an addiction to something and we need to de-stigmatize addiction away from them being bad people. They’re good people that may do bad things. And when they do, they get into trouble and we have to teach them new coping skills and a new way to deal with life. It is a process, step by step, one at a time.
Why do you think more people don’t get involved in something positive like this?
Well, working in addiction is very tough. The client really doesn’t want to get sober most of the time and we’re trying to convince them that it is a healthier and better way of life so as an Addiction coach it can be a very frustrating and long process. Sometimes as the coach we endure a lot of turmoil and struggle from the client. I think a lot of people are afraid to take on such a task or don't believe they can help - so they don't try. Or maybe they are struggling with their own addiction already.
If you could go out and make a positive difference for a day with someone famous – who would it be and why? Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with Nikki and I absolutely adore him. Disclaimer he was not my client...but we could do great things.
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