Why learn about RX Drug Addiction?
The drug overdose rate in the United States has been increasing rapidly since the early 1990s and is now considered an epidemic by the Center of Disease Control. In 2011, death by overdose exceeded auto accidents for the first time since they began tracking these statistics in the 1970’s. Opiate overdose exceeds all other drugs combined. The pills in our medicine cabinet are addicting our children and leading them to the unthinkable: heroin! This is not only a personal disaster for families, but also a disaster for the economy: Employees lose productivity, employers experience losses from their bottom lines, insurance costs explode and incarceration rates soar.
Who is Bradley DeHaven?
Brad is a financial planner, husband, and father of two sons, one of whom is a recovering prescription drug addict. In 2008, in an attempt to get his son into rehab rather than prison, he went undercover with a suburban police force to bust a drug dealer. While it appeared to be successful, the deal enabled disastrous immediate consequences. Ultimately, however, it led to the healing of an entire family.
Brad’s life experiences became the subject of a memoir released in January 2011. Brad is currently negotiating the movie rights for this compelling page turner. The story has drama and action, but it also has real education: Addiction to powerful “legal” drugs can lead even the most aware suburban families down a path they never saw coming— towards theft, prostitution, heroin, prison, and, too often, death.
Since then, he has written a second book, become a speaker and activist on the subject, hosts a radio show, and has interviewed hundreds of experts and others who are afflicted by addiction. His new book, The Addict Among Us is a riveting front line view of the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and all of the perils that follow addiction and drug abuse. Before writing this self-help book, Brad spent more than a year interviewing over 400 families, and some of the most moving of their stories appear in it.
He has spoken at Congressional hearings and at the FDA, and appeared on television, in film documentaries, and on the radio to discuss the signs, symptoms, solutions, and treatment of prescription drug addiction.
Bradley DeHaven is a compelling speaker who shines light into the darkness of addiction.
In his informal, engaging and personal style, Brad does much more than tell his own family’s personal story, although it is an incredible tale of success. He shares what he has learned through research and in interviews with hundreds of families of addicts and nationally-renown experts on the subject.
Brad speaks to groups and individuals all over the USA. This is a situation of such epidemic proportions, Brad believes adults need to be educated about prescription drug abuse now or they will learn when they are forced to through the tragedy of addiction or the death of a loved one. Brad’s self-help book was written to help parents and family members better understand the early signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse and also how to treat and live with and addict if it is already too late. Education, Awareness and reform are all topics Brad can share with you and your group.
Brad speaks at corporate events. Clients/customers/employees are provided a wealth of information designed to help them understand, prevent, detect and treat prescription drug addiction in their own families. Brad’s program includes a one-hour presentation followed by a Q&A. Copies of either one or both of his books are available to provide to guests at the program.
How to contact and book Bradley:
Bradley DeHaven is available for direct radio, television, print and phone interviews, speaking engagements, expert Q & A, providing supporting information for articles, or as a contributing writer.