Speaking Out about Substance Abuse


Our minds are on the power of speech lately here at Drug and Alcohol Presentations, Inc.  Recently, two of our board members, Charles Maddox (who is also our President and Chairman of the Board) and J.K. McAtee, traveled to Huntington, West Virginia to hear the world-famous baseball player Darryl Strawberry speak about recovery.  His speech, delivered in Huntington’s Big Sandy Super Arena, was title “Embrace Hope: A Whole New Ballgame with Darryl Strawberry.”  Huntington mayor Steve Williams spoke briefly as well.  Mr. Maddox and Mr. McAtee greatly enjoyed the even and were inspired to return to the work at Drug and Alcohol Presentations with renewed enthusiasm.

Las week Mr. Maddox spoke to the pharmacy students at the University of Charleston about his experience with drug and alcohol addiction and recovery.  The students responded very positively to his speech.

Mr. Maddox is also planning a new round of speaking engagements for Drug and Alcohol Presentations, Inc.  He will be working with members of the National Guard, including Major Tackett and Major Hoyer, to deliver collaborated presentations about substance abuse to local middle school.s

As a professional public speaker, Mr. Maddox has gained valuable skill by practicing with a local chapter of Toastmasters International, an organization that provides coaching and practice for public speaking.  The Charleston Toastmasters Club, of which Mr. Maddox has been a member for six years, is currently looking for new members interested in improving their public speaking skills.

But public speaking is only one of the many ways in which we strive to educate our community about the dangers of substance abuse.  On November 9th, Mr. Maddox had an article published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail to warn the public about the new killer drug Flakka.  You can read his article online here.

We believe that the more we speak and spread the truth about the dangerous realities of substance abuse and addiction, the more we can help prevent young people and other members of our community from falling victim to the harmful substances that continue to flow through our region.  Thank you for supporting us in this fight!