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It takes untold amounts of courage to sink into the world of substance use disorders and return to tell the story. APB's substance use speakers share their inspirational stories of having overcome various kinds of addiction in order to get their lives back on track for their sake and that of their loved ones. From celebrity icons to motivational speakers, APB has a speaker on substance abuse who will inspire your audience.

Substance Use Disorders

Pioneering Advertising Researcher, Filmmaker

Internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising, Jean Kilbourne is renowned for her ability to present provocative topics in a way that...

Former US Representative, Rhode Island; Co-Founder, One Mind for Research & Founder, Kennedy Forum

Patrick Kennedy was a Representative from Rhode Island to the United States House of Representatives from 1994-2010. He now works as a mental health advocate and is a sought-after speaker on topics such as mental health, healthcare and many other...

Actor, Motivator & Author

Christopher Kennedy Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive and producer. He is also a New York Times best-selling author on the topic of Recovery. In recovery himself for more than 30 years...

Substance Abuse Advocate

Speaker Koren Zailckas authored Smashed, a riveting account of her alcohol abuse as a teen. She probes the national culture of addiction and recovery in her keynotes.

Best-Selling Author

Author of the incendiary New York Times best-selling memoir All Souls and the companion bestseller Easter Rising, MacDonald shares his remarkable story of survival and redemption while examining the tangled relationship...

Legendary Folk Singer & Activist

Following her son's suicide, iconic singer Judy Collins survived her grief through her passion for words and music. Today, she shares her moving experience with all audiences.

Academy Award-Winning Actor & Social Activist

Oscar winner Dreyfuss has taught at Oxford, studied a wide range of subjects from history to politics, and is a driving force in the movement to bring civics back into the classrooms as well as creating a knowledgeable and engaged citizenry in...

Award Winning Actress & Inspirational Speaker

Best known for her role as "Maggie O'Connell" in the Emmy Award-winning CBS series Northern Exposure, Janine Turner is an acclaimed actress, civic engagement advocate and conservative commentator.

Former NBA Player / Addiction Recovery Advocate

A hometown basketball legend, Chris Herren realized his dream of playing for the Celtics only to lose it all to addiction. He shares his story in Basketball Junkie & the ESPN documentary Unguarded.

Inspirational Educator & Survivor

A decade ago, Brenda Combs was a homeless crack addict and criminal. Today, she's turned her life around and motivates others with her story of perseverance and rediscovery.

Actress / Comedian

Rain Pryor is a dynamic speaker, spokesperson, award-winning actress, singer, writer, comedian, and a producer. Now that's quite a few hats to wear, but they all fit and every one of them reflects her eclectic mix of Judaism and her African...

Award-Winning Actress & Best-Selling Author

Speaker Jamie Lee Curtis has demonstrated her versatility as an actress with roles in such films as Halloween. She is also the author of eight children's books.

Psychiatrist, Media Consultant & Author

A veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Poussaint is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School who is renowned as an expert and educated crusader for the African American family within our multicultural society. He has worked...

Award-Winning Actor & Activist

As one of the most sought after veteran actors, Oscar winner Gossett has reached the heights of success. His unique talent for portraying powerful and charismatic characters has charmed audiences worldwide. As Founder of the Eracism Foundation...

Substance Abuse Prevention Advocate

A vibrant community activist, Lonise Bias has turned the losses of her two sons (including basketball star Len Bias) into a calling to help remedy the social ills of today.

16th US Surgeon General

A former US Surgeon General who created the first government-released report on obesity, speaker David Satcher works to eliminate racial disparities in healthcare.

Broadway Star

Arguably one of the greatest voices of the new millennium, Holliday gives concerts throughout the world and performs with many symphonies across the country. Having lived with depression for over ten years, she found the way to seek help and...

Youth Violence Expert / Physician

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith is a nationally recognized public health leader. As a physician working in inner-city Boston, she broke new ground with her efforts to have youth violence defined as a public health problem, not just a criminal justice...

Baseball Player / Recovering Substance Abuser

Texas Rangers' outfielder until 2012, Josh Hamilton, quickly rose from a high school all-star to MLB’s first draft pick in 1999. In 2001 his career was derailed by injuries and drug addiction. Following a hard fought battle with drug addiction,...

Poet / Musician / Social Educator

A cast member of MTV's The Real World: San Francisco, speaker Mohammed Bilal is a musician, poet and diversity consultant.

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