One Man Sets Out to Challenge Youth/Teens to Find Their Passion as a Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Use

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Stan Morse, with the release of his new book But For The Grace of God: One Man’s Spiritual Walk from Self Destruction to Salvation, is on a one man mission to help youth and teens avoid his same fate with alcohol and drug use at an early age.

The loss of money, friends, respect and marriages cannot stop an individual when they embrace their true purpose in life. I challenge them to look within themselves NOW to discover what their passion is to avoid what I experienced.

Stan Morse, with the release of his new book But For The Grace of God: One Man’s Spiritual Walk from Self Destruction to Salvation, is on a one man mission to help youth and teens avoid his same fate with alcohol and drug use at an early age. “It was my need to be ‘cool’ and to be accepted that led me to not wanting to give my best in school, and ultimately led me to start drinking heavily at an early age, totally unaware that the “fun” that I thought I was having would ultimately lead me into my addiction” states Morse.

But For The Grace of God is a riveting story about a Black man's journey from drug addiction to self-awareness and redemption. Years of personal struggle caused Stan Morse to wreck everything in his life, from marriages and friendships to various business opportunities and political endeavors. Faced with the possibility of imprisonment after squandering millions of dollars in real estate, and reeling from the aftermath of a vicious struggle with drug addiction, he finally begins to regain control of his life.

As The White House Office of National Drug Policy (ONDCP) embarks on another round of funding to the tune of 85.6 million dollars to local communities to prevent youth drug use, and rolls out another set of “Above The Influence” media campaign ads, Morse feels his first-hand account of creating successes and then losing them due to drug abuse, in schools, community organizations and faith based institutions, has just as much of an impact in encouraging youth to reject the use of illicit drugs and to make the right decisions.

“Using myself as an example, I want to get the message across that they can achieve anything, no matter what they may be going through in life now, or what they may go through later on in life. The loss of money, friends, respect and marriages cannot stop an individual when they embrace their true purpose in life. I challenge them to look within themselves NOW to discover what their passion is to avoid what I experienced” says Morse.

Morse will speak of his heart-wrenching experiences and transformation at Hue-man Bookstore & Café in Harlem on Saturday, September 18, 2010, 4pm, in his typical -no holds barred, no pity, no excuses- candid style as depicted in his awe inspiring memoir.

About the Author
Stan Morse was raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of hard working parents who had migrated from the South. Through athletics and academic achievement, he won a college scholarship. Ambitious and driven, Stan purchased his own home and started several businesses before he was thirty years old. In addition, he became a strong political advocate for his community in Brooklyn, NY. A terrible battle with drug addiction changed all of that. Now in recovery, Stan is attending Reaching Across the World (RAW) Ministries in New York for CASAC Certification in Alcohol and Drug counseling. He is a motivational speaker who uses his life story to inspire others. He is a single father, living in New York City with his two children.

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