To create a successful program addressing drug and alcohol use in schools, staff and students must understand addiction. Addiction isn't a moral failure or a defect in an individual. Addiction is a mental illness and the root of addiction is a lack of meaningful connection to other people.
If you want to create real change in your school or community, it is critical to address the attitude toward addiction. Students who suffer from addiction need nonjudgmental respect and caring assistance. It's important to create a culture of compassion and understanding.
Court McGee is known for his unique ability to connect with students on their level. His frank non-judgemental approach to the conversation on addiction allows students to feel understood. Often he can reach students in a different way than counselors, teachers, or parents can.
His incredible story of triumph over addiction is unforgettable and will have a strong impact on the way your students view drug and alcohol use and those who struggle with drug addiction. McGee has literally been to the brink of death all the way back to victory both in the ring and in his personal life. His compassion for those who struggle with addiction is contagious and his message will change the lives of your students.
The most important part of recovery and healing from addiction is developing healthy personal connections. We need a supportive network of people who care enough to take the time and effort required to connect authentically.
As a society, we tend to avoid interacting with people suffering from addiction. If an addicted person is also lacking love and support in their family, this can lead to a feeling of isolation and despair.
Fortunately, there is a solution. If we learn to reach out in compassion to those who are struggling, we can help them feel valuable and worthy of love. This is especially important for our students. Building a culture of support in our schools can save lives.
Recovery is possible. A social connection is possible. Only TOGETHER can we overcome addiction in our communities, neighborhoods, and schools.