Hear the stories of Recovery Champions
Film & TV Star, Pro Skater, New York Times Bestselling Author
Brandon Novak catapulted to stardom at a young age as a professional skateboarder, traveling the world with the likes of Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, and Bam Margera. The first pro skater to ever be endorsed by Gatorade at the age of just 15, Brandon gained fame and success as a member of the renowned Powell-Peralta team and starred in the legendary CKY video series. He went on to star in the MTV Jackass movies and on the hit television show Viva La Bam. However, there was a dark side to Brandon’s success. He battled heroin addiction for more then twenty years, eventually ending up homeless on the streets of Baltimore. Now, with more than 3.5 years sober Brandon has gone on to author the New York Times bestselling memoir Dreamseller, and also the first ever addiction graphic novel The Brandon Novak Chronicles. He travels the country, speaking on his inspirational story of recovery and raising awareness of resources that are available to those who are still struggling. Brandon has appeared on Good Day New York, Good Day Philadelphia, and Great Day Houston, among many others. Most recently, he was featured in a HeartThreads mini-doc with TEGNA Productions that was shown in more than 40 US markets and garnered more than 4.2 million views.
Watch the mini doc here.
Celebrity Sports Agent, International Bestselling Author
Darren Michael Prince is a sport and celebrity agent. With more than ten years sober, Darren is also a public recovery speaker. He has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, USA Today, and has appeared on ESPN, CNBC, The Dr. OZ Show, and Anderson Cooper 360, among many others. Additionally, Darren was invited to the 2018 Opiate Epidemic Summit at the White House by the Trump administration. He has authored the riveting memoir Aiming High, depicting his battle with addiction as he represented some of the most iconic figures in the world. Darren shares his inspirational story of addiction and recovery, speaking at schools across the country to inform students on how to avoid the pitfalls of addiction and how to build a healthy sense of self-esteem. Darren founded Prince Marketing Group in 1995 and has gone on to represent many star actors and athletes, including Magic Johnson (who authored the forward to Aiming High), Hulk Hogan, Pamela Anderson, Chevy Chase, Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke, and Charlie Sheen. It is currently a multi-million dollar organization, having negotiated over $200M in deals.
Published Author & National Addiction Recovery Activist
Over three years into recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Ryan Hampton has been rocketed to the center of America’s rising recovery advocacy movement. A former White House staffer, he has worked with multiple non-profits and political campaigns. He is now a prominent, leading face and voice of addiction recovery and is changing the national dialog about addiction. With content that reaches over 1 million people a week, Ryan is breaking down cultural barriers that have kept people suffering in silence and is inspiring a new generation of people recovering out loud through his Voices Project. He’s also advocating for solutions and holding public policy makers accountable.
He was part of the core team that released the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on addiction in 2016 and was singled out by Forbes as a top social media entrepreneur in the recovery movement. Ryan connects a vast network of people who are passionate about ending the drug epidemic in America. He has been featured by USA Today, NPR, HLN, Vice, Forbes, Slate, HuffPost, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal, and others.
Integrated Assessment and Treatment of Dual Diagnosis Disorders
Co-occurrence of substance use disorders and mental illness is prevalent. Not only can comorbid mental health issues worsen the severity of substance abuse and vice versa, these dual diagnoses can serve as significant barriers to accessible and effective treatment. It greatly benefits treatment providers to comprehensively assess and treat dual diagnosis disorders concurrently to maximize positive outcomes. In this presentation, Dr. David Hu and Dr. Tammy Malloy provide an overview of the statistics on co-occurring disorders, and outline their integrated medical, psychiatric and clinical approach to evaluation and treatment of patients with dual diagnoses.
Dr. Tammy Malloy
PhD: Chief Clinical Officer Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches
Dr. Tammy Malloy holds her PhD from Barry University’s School of Social work and is a licensed clinical social work. Tammy is currently the Chief Clinical Officer at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, Inc., where she has been working for the past 9 years. As Chief Clinical Officer, Tammy works closely with staff on a supervisory level implementing clinical treatment protocols and therapeutic programming while growing clinical, nursing and medical staff to meet the needs of the ever changing addiction and mental health population. Tammy also holds her certification in sex addiction which has led to her most recent research in parental bonding; engagement is sexually explicit internet material in youth, and hypersexual behaviors in adult women who have a SUD diagnosis. Moreover; Tammy holds an executive director of research title where she conducts internal studies, with her research team, and external studies with Florida Atlantic and Barry University. Research studies include examining the benefits of mindfulness with SUD patient who also suffer with co-occurring disorders as well as treatment retention and outcome studies assessing specific treatment interventions. These research studies are shared across the Country at addiction and mental health conferences as well as scholarly publications. Tammy has also been featured on the Anderson Cooper Show, as an expert in the field, to assist in a live intervention as well as live radio shows and addiction magazines that focus on addiction.
Dr. David Hu
MD: Medical Director at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Seaside Palm Beach
Dr. Hu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the New York University College of Arts and Sciences and a medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Hu completed his internship and residency at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital and has been practicing psychiatry for over ten years, specializing in substance abuse disorders. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and board certified in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and the American Board of Preventative Medicine (ABPM).