The teens at Inspirations for Youth and Families discovered the cold hard facts about drug addiction recovery from national recovery advocate Jordan Meyers. Inspirations’ teens learned valuable lessons from Jordan who recounted his past drug abuse history. Jordan’s speech was also featured on Inspirations for Youth and Families Facebook Live Broadcast.
The Vans Warped Tour
Jordan also traveled on the Vans Warped Tour, one of the largest traveling rock musical festivals in the world. He represented Inspirations to simply listen to people who were suffering from drug addiction and try to help them. Jordan spoke to the bands before and after their sets. As well as other people affiliated with the tour and people who live in surrounding cities.
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Here are the excerpts from Jordan Meyers’ Speech to Inspirations’ Teens
Inspirations: How long have you been sober?
Jordan Meyers: Three-years and three months.
Inspirations: What is the Finding a Lost Voice foundation?
JM: I started the Finding a Lost Voice foundation to hep people recover from substance abuse and co-existing disorders around the country and grant them scholarships for treatment.
Inspirations: How have you changed since your own personal recovery?
JM: Now I am able to be their for my family and help my friends out. Back when I was using drugs and a friend died, I would often ask myself why god took this person away from me? Now it is just like how can I help people who have lost a loved one. These are valuable things I have learned now that I am sober.
I knew if I didn’t make a change in my life, I was just going to wind up dead. Now, I am married and have a child on the way. I am going to name him Daniel after my friend who died from drugs. At my friend Daniel’s funeral, I met my girlfriend who is now my wife. And I have a wonderful life. And this morning I asked god to use me and that’s why I am here.
I knew if I didn’t make a change in my life, I was just going to wind up dead.
Inspirations: Can you speak about how drugs control you when you are addicted?
JM: You get to a point in your addiction where you don’t control the drugs. The drugs control you. I do believe that because that goes back to my theory that I do control myself and I am able to make decisions and that had to happen for me to recover. There has to be some part of me that wants to start doing it for me to stop doing it. I met so many people that go in and out of treatment because they are not ready to stop.
I will be the first to sponsor someone. But my first question to them is are you ready to stop drinking? If they say no then the conversation ends there. They have to be completely ready.
Inspirations: Do you absolutely believe marijuana is a gateway drug?
JM: Here’s the thing. When I stopped using hard drugs and for that one year and a half when I primarily smoked weed and drank, I had a good job, I had a girlfriend, I drove a nice car, but I absolutely hated myself.
I firmly believe if I started smoking weed I wouldn’t find myself in a gutter. It would be a gradual process that I am not willing to find out.
Inspirations: Were drugs your problem or was it something else that triggered your addiction?
JM: Drugs were never my problem even when I was using heroin. Drugs have never been my problem. Alcohol has never been my problem. I have always been my problem. Drugs were just my solution. So the way that I would get outside myself and not have to deal with the way I was feeling was by getting high and drinking. That’s what it was.