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.
John would like to thank all the support he’s received from his family and his local Toastmasters “homegroup” Franklin Toastmasters.
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
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.
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.
John is now teaching a Drug-Free Workplace Training for Addiction Campuses to businesses and city employees, like here in Lawrenceburg, TN.
John took first place in Division D of Toastmasters International public speaking contest with his speech about opioid addiction.
John had the honor of speaking on a panel Trevecca Nazarene University’s Community Conversation Chapel on the issues of addiction and pornography.
John spoke at Belmont University on behalf of Addiction Campuses. The biggest honor was dedicating his speech to his brother, Matt.
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.