Oklahoma is hardly a hot spot for my work and that is not to say that it isn’t needed but it’s not a location that I’ve spent a great deal of time in. Although I have been before and will be back in the Tulsa area in January. I was invited to speak several months ago by the Choctaw Nation at their annual conference being held in Durant, Oklahoma.
Kent County Maryland Brings Tony Hoffman Substance Abuse & Mental Health Speaker in Support of Kent Goes Purple Initiative
Maryland, literally the most unified state in the country when it comes to tackling the opioid epidemic we are facing. Unfortunately, the devastation occurring in Maryland has really forced this to happen. When I finished up in South Dakota speaking to the hospital association I came home, dropped my bags, packed new ones and headed straight to Maryland. I actually went a day early so I could get some extra rest in downtown Baltimore. After getting some rest in Baltimore I headed over to Kent County where I would be doing several presentations.
Well, if I told you that I was tired, that would be a complete understatement. I am beyond tired if I could realistically describe my current condition. Despite my exhaustion from traveling heavily since August, I can assure you I am filled with joy and so incredibly grateful for everyone who has trusted my message in front of their audiences. The momentum seems to continue progressing upward, which I could not be any happier about. Every event literally puts me one step closer to opening my own treatment center.
Tony Hoffman Substance Abuse Speaker Delivers Keynote For Community Mental Health Association of Michigan Annual SUD Conference
Well, my travel schedule has been so crazy that I have not been able to stay up to date on my speaking endeavors. The dust has settled, kind of, I’m at least not on the road for over a week at a time before getting an opportunity to breath and write about my past events I’ve presented to. This one was kind of a last-minute booking since funding for this group worked in such a way that they didn’t have approval a year out or even 6 months ahead of schedule. Luckily, I was able to make travel plans to accommodate them into my already crazy September speaking month. I’ve spoken in the Detroit area a couple years prior at a recovery walk event that literally had so many people in recovery attending, it was amazing. Some individuals that were a part of that walk were also apart the board for Community Mental Health Association of Michigan and pushed for me to come and keynote this year’s substance use disorder and mental health conference. I’m so glad they selected me because I feel strongly my message is perfect for this type of audience.
It’s been a super busy month and things are only getting busier by the minute it seems. I knew going into September that I was going to have my hands full with travel and speaking. I only have 3 days off this month and honestly I wouldn’t trade it in for the world. I’m very grateful I get to do this!
When you think of the opioid epidemic, I'm willing to bet you don’t think their is a ground zero for such a thing. Well guess what? There is and it’s in a place called Portsmouth, Ohio, not far from the Appalachians. This very rural city of Ohio that is home to about 20,000 people is where I was scheduled to speak last week. These locations are always my favorite places to visit because I get to meet down to earth people who have a different perspective on life than most that I was surrounded by in my childhood. It’s really no secret that Californian’s tend to have a much different type of thinking than the rest of the country and instead of adopting this California way of thinking, I've chose to have an open mind and allow myself to experience many different kinds of life based on those I encounter.