Charles Maddox

About Mr. Maddox

Mr. Maddox was born in Pennsylvania, but was raised from early childhood in West Virginia and has been a resident almost his entire life.  In high school he was a star athlete with championship titles in tennis, table tennis, golf, and basketball.   He was an excellent student and a student government leader. In college Mr. Maddox was a state champion tennis player three years straight at Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston and a dean’s list student most of the time.  Mr. Maddox played tennis all over West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina while in college.  He wanted to go into medicine or dentistry or perhaps have gotten a PhD in Chemistry, but his world fell apart due to alcohol and drug usage.

He is recovered and retired and now spends his time speaking to people about his experience and drug and alcohol education. Mr. Maddox also does his own research and study and has worked with health care professionals and other recovering people.  In July of 2008, Mr. Maddox was awarded the Certificate of Commendation from the Secretary of State of West Virginia.

Credentials and Qualifications

Mr. Maddox is well known throughout this area.  He speaks to large groups of people every year, is a well-respected drug and alcohol educator, and until recently had articles published regularly in the Charleston Gazette.  He provides information about substance abuse and other related issues to heighten public awareness.

Mr. Maddox is a drug and alcohol educator who speaks in secondary schools, institutions of higher learning, churches, and organizations of like venue about drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and delivers inspirational messages in churches and other like institutions.

He is an award-winning social worker with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston, and studied advanced chemistry and biology at West Virginia University and joined the chemistry fellowship while at WVU.   He also did other graduate work at the College of Graduate Studies in Economics.

Mr. Maddox spent one year at Durham Technical Institute, played number one tennis, and studied dental laboratory technology.   He was moved up to second year at Durham Tech after one semester. He played tennis all over North Carolina, and also warmed up with the Duke University Tennis Team.  While he was in Durham he attended Westminster Presbyterian Church and Duke Chapel was completely drug and alcohol free and studied with undergraduates and took courses from instructors and community leaders on campus and in Sunday school.

Mr. Maddox went to Carver Career Center outside of Charleston while working full time and qualified and worked as a pharmacy technician, and draftsman of architecture and structural steel detailing.

He was featured in a front page article in the Today section of the Charleston Gazette that talked about his efforts with local youth groups on the dangers of alcohol and drugs.   He also received a “Smile” for lecturing youth groups about the dangers of addiction.

Mr. Maddox receives some of his information from the WVDHHR Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Kanawha Justice Services, WV Prevention Resource Center, the WV State Police, the WV Medical Examiner Office, The Disease of Alcoholism by David L. Ohms MD, The Monday Morning Report Robert Hammond Ed., Time Magazine volume 170 #3/2007 “How we get addicted” Michael D. Lemonick, “Alcohol and the Teen Brain” 2007 MADD, The Addicted Brain by Dr. Harold Urschel, Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Frank Lawliss, Unchain Your Brain: Ten Steps to Breaking the Addictions that Steal Your Life by Amen G. Daniel, and Catalogues from the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, HIGH SOCIETY: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What to Do About It Joseph A. Califano, Jr., President of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), and draws from his real life experiences and the Holy Bible.