I’m a professional spoken word performance artist, educator, motivational speaker, and writer. I’m also a man who’s had one foot in recovery for more than eight years, but I just became completely sober the day before Thanksgiving last year. I had a friend in upstate New York who committed suicide by overdose almost 10 years ago. It seems when something like that happens, so many of us who don’t yet know recovery pay tribute to …
In early 2015, I was standing in line at the Department of Health and Human Services cafeteria in Washington, DC, when I noticed the Surgeon General was behind me.  My first inclination was to let him go first.  It seemed like the right thing to do because for one, he’s a busy guy and probably had somewhere to be or something to do.  And two, the pressure mounted as I pondered what I …
As a person in long term recovery from addiction since September 6, 2003, and a New Jersey resident entrenched in grassroots advocacy since 2010, I have seen the progress that can be made in addressing addiction issues.  When elected officials set aside partisanship to work with family members, people in recovery and treatment professionals, they  find solutions and better the odds for those struggling with addiction. This week, it was announced that Governor Chris …