Audiences call his presentations eye-opening, inspiring, helpful and uplifting. Alan’s story can help anyone - students, parents, athletes and coaches, companies and their employees - with an inspiring message of drug abuse prevention and education. Alan tells his amazing story to audiences who have gained courage to understand and help a loved one recover, get rid of the shame of their own addiction, and to bring empathy that only someone who has lived as an addict can offer to others who struggle.
Alan is a great speaker, he connected well with our students. His presentation was authentic, inspiring and thought provoking. Working with Alan was easy, he did not require a large technical setup, he always responded to our questions quickly and was willing to work within our budget.
Everyone is touched by addiction, whether they realize it or not. Alan speaks with the raw experience of a 24-year cocaine addiction and his conviction to beat it, and there's simply no substitute for someone who's walked the walk. Overall his message is amazingly positive, and suitable for anyone who's had a seemingly impossible problem to overcome. Your business, group, school or team can certainly benefit from hearing Alan speak.
Everyone is touched by addiction, whether they realize it or not. Alan speaks with the raw experience of a 24-year cocaine addiction and his conviction to beat it, and there's no replacement for someone who's walked the walk. Overall his message is amazingly positive, having achieved recovery and staying sober for more than 9 years. Your business, group, school or team can certainly benefit from hearing Alan speak.
What to Expect
Alan S. Charles, author of “Walking Out the Other Side” has lived a remarkable, diverse, and full life. Perhaps most remarkable is that he is still alive after beating a 24-year addiction to cocaine. Clean and sober since December 2007, he is grateful to be alive today to tell his story, sharing his message of recovery as a motivational speaker. As someone who has lived through the horror of addiction, his presentations are honest, gritty and inspiring. His motivational message of empowerment, prevention and education can be yours, too - begin your story of triumph over struggle now!
Alan S. Charles has lived a remarkable, diverse, and full life. Growing up in a small garden apartment community, Alan and his brother lost their father at a very young age. Trying to manage in the wake of this tragedy and alongside an emotionally destroyed mother, Alan's younger brother lost the battle to mental illness. Alan navigated in the only way he knew how; throwing himself into before and after school jobs, playing baseball and going to the track to bet on the harness races, anything to stay out of the house. As baseball became more and more important in his life, Alan found his way to college, playing baseball at the University of Miami and as a starting pitcher at the University of Tampa. When arm surgery for tendonitis and bone chips reduced his pitching speed - Alan's hope of playing professional ball for a major league organization seemed lost. Still a talented pitcher, Alan signed a contract with a major league team in the Dominican Republic. Realizing he had gotten as far as he could in baseball and living a dream, he joined the workforce. After a series of interesting sales jobs, Alan decided to pursue another dream -harness racing - and took a course at the International School of Harness Racing at Roosevelt Raceway. With no experience, Alan landed a job as a harness racing trainer in Maryland finally moving on to become a fully-licensed professional harness racing driver. From 1987 to 1995, Alan drove in harness races all over New York and New Jersey, making a name for himself as a regular driver on the circuit. In 1995, after a couple of serious harness racing related accidents Alan retired from driving.
In 1983, the pain of his dysfunctional upbringing caught up with him. Seeking relief from his lifelong feelings of anxiety and loneliness, he became addicted to cocaine, which ultimately caused him to lose it all including every relationship he ever had. Over a period of 24 years, Alan struggled with his addiction eventually believing that this is more than likely how he would die. In and out of rehab and countless meetings at Cocaine Anonymous and Alcohol Anonymous it wasn't until 2007 that Alan finally hit bottom. Deciding once and for all to battle his inner demons, Alan was determined to become sober and change his life. As of December 8, 2007, Alan got clean and remains sober to this day. With a combination of CA and AA, an amazing therapist and friends who believe in him, Alan is happier than he has ever been. Today, he is the doting father of two daughters as he takes life one day at a time.
Additional Booking Notes
Sound, microphone, video recording equipment, adequate seating.
Influences & Inspiration
Tony Robbins, Nick Vujicic, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Jim Rohn
Will need the ability to show a video and a powerpoint presentation - not manditory