John places 3rd in state in public speaking competition with speech on heroin

John wrapped up his competition for Toastmasters International and placed third in the state!

Here is a summary of his speech…

It is titled “The Hero-in Solution”. It is about the opioid/heroin epidemic which is now killing more people than guns and car accidents combined in our country. It invites the audience to open their hearts and minds to looking at people with the disease of addiction as people who are sick and need help. Just like someone with heart disease or cancer, they need support from family, doctors, medications, treatments, etc. to fight the disease. Similarly, people with addiction need help and support from family/friends, church, counseling, treatments, medications, support group meetings, etc. to fight their disease. The speech concludes by inviting the audience to help be a HERO IN the heroin solution by supporting those battling opioid/heroin addiction that has reached epidemic proportions.

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John would like to thank all the support he’s received from his family and his local Toastmasters “homegroup” Franklin Toastmasters.

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One of the best articles ever written on our story of addiction and recovery

Belmont Article

This is one of the best articles even written on John and his/our story. It was written by a Belmont University student about how addiction found an active role in our marriage. It’s a great summary of the toll addiction had on our marriage and family. Here’s to taking life one day at a time

A Long Road to Sobriety

 

John’s national interview

Drug overdose deaths more common in suburbs than inner cities, rural areas

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http://www.thedenverchannel.com/thenow/study-drug-overdose-deaths-in-suburbs-outpace-urban-rural-areas

DENVER – The opioid epidemic President Donald Trump has vowed to fight is hitting suburbia the hardest, according to a new study by County Health Rankings.

The data shows overdose deaths in the suburban areas of large metros are now outpacing all other communities.

Some call it a “silent” epidemic.

John Mabry is a strategic partnership manager for Addiction Campuses – the rehab network that helped him start his longest sobriety streak, currently at 15 months.

Mabry, who is married and has three kids, struggled with an addiction to painkillers and alcohol for years after a serious car crash in college.

“I never thought that would be me,” Mabry said from Addiction Campuses’ Nashville headquarters. “I always thought it was a homeless person or someone living under the bridge. Reality is I am an alcoholic or addict and people like me are struggling just as much and even worse.”

Mabry says families in the suburbs often don’t talk about addiction because it is an uncomfortable topic, and they have better access to health care and insurance to start taking opioids.

“It’s a conversation we haven’t been willing to have out in the suburbs and the part of town I grew up in,” Mabry said.

County Health Rankings’ study shows overall “premature” deaths from all causes have risen steadily and sharply since 2012 after years of major declines.

The most dramatic increase in premature deaths are from drug overdoses.

Mabry says his own brother died from an overdose.

He says the most important thing he can do is have an open and honest conversation with his young kids about how dangerous addiction is.

Mabry says drug dealers are now moving to the suburbs from the city because they’re finding more clients.

Addiction Campuses has a 24/7 hotline for anyone needing help across the country at (888) 614-2251.

Spouse of recovering addict is brought to tears…for a good reason this time

I will be the first to admit that I, the wife of a recovering alcoholic and addict, have been put in some pretty terrifying situations throughout the years of active addiction in our home. I am extremely grateful to be able to post these photos, which show how God can redeem people who may sometimes seem hopeless after multiple rounds of in and out-patient rehab.

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John is now teaching a Drug-Free Workplace Training for Addiction Campuses to businesses and city employees, like here in Lawrenceburg, TN.

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John took first place in Division D of Toastmasters International public speaking contest with his speech about opioid addiction.

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John had the honor of speaking on a panel Trevecca Nazarene University’s Community Conversation Chapel on the issues of addiction and pornography.

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John spoke at Belmont University on behalf of Addiction Campuses. The biggest honor was dedicating his speech to his brother, Matt.

Creative punishment for kids

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The boys couldn’t get along playing basketball. So instead of playing ball, I had them write reports on presidents and present them to us today. They learned about the history and hopefully how to play nicely with each other. If not, there are still 41 presidents for them to write reports about. Ironically, not one fight broke out when we made Mabry Rushmore.

Addiction from the spouse’s perspective

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Grateful for the opportunity to share a spouse’s perspective on addiction for an interview. We started Mabry Living to share our truth. It’s comforting to know we made the right decision to let light into the dark spaces of our lives. If you’re secretly struggling with addiction in your home or family, you’re not alone.