Sam Anthony is a person in long term recovery from substance use disorder, who uses his personal experiences with drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety, suicidal behavior, recovery and positive mentorship to educate and motivate others.
He took his first drink at 12 years old as a means of hiding his anxiety and depression, in addition to try and fit in with his peers. He moved on to smoking weed and trying pills in high school and that would lead him down a path of destruction. Running away from his problems he left New Jersey and moved south in hopes of starting over. But everywhere he went, there he was.
What started off as self-medication turned into a vicious addiction cycle leading to an overdose that landed him on life support in 2013. Thinking he could still function without help and counseling, he then continued an unhealthy lifestyle and subsequently was arrested and sentenced to 3 years in jail in 2015.
Since that time, and now in recovery, Sam has passionately shared his story with thousands of high school and college students, health care professionals, and government officials through motivational talks, school assembles and panel discussions. Sam is hoping to inspire others, provide hope for the future and educate our youth through sharing his own personal story. Sam s message emphasizes awareness and encouragement.
Physical fitness, spiritual fitness and mental fitness are key components of Sam s daily plan of recovery. He shares the value of these key elements with audiences and especially to assist others that are early in recovery. Sam enjoys time off with his family and is a responsible father to his sons Micah and Malachi, a loving husband to his wife Rachel, and an active member of his community.
- We all know someone nowadays who struggles with addiction. Follow this true story and take a walk inside the life of an addict. Recovered drug addict and alcoholic Sam will tell you what happened, what it was like, and what it’s like now. He will have you learn that there is indeed hope in recovery and that we can turn our lives around when we take the right steps. Addicts are not bad people that need to do good; they are sick people that need to get well. Read about the struggles that go on in the mind and body of an alcoholic. It can be so hard to watch someone close to you destroy themselves with drugs and alcohol. Learn how to deal with being hurt by your loved ones and how you can support them in their darkest moments. Live in jail with the addict and see how the corrections system does not correct anything. Spend time inside the intensive care unit and see how drugs and alcohol wreaks havoc on the mind, body, and soul. Travel into the rooms of recovery and see how they bring the dead back to life. Hear firsthand from the wife of an addict as she describes what it was like waiting for her husband to get out of jail. Get her perspective as she waited for the doctors to tell her whether her husband would live or die. Hands Like You’re Praying is full of highs and lows, experience them for yourself through an addict and his wife’s point of view.