A former addict of 15 years, Cuomo has turned his life around and dedicated himself to helping others through drug prevention efforts reaching several southwestern states.
(PRWEB) October 16, 2011
“To help our youth avoid the effects of drug and alcohol addiction I want to share the story of my descent into that world and how I fought and struggled to finally conquer it,” says Andrew Cuomo. A former addict of 15 years, Cuomo has turned his life around and dedicated himself to helping others through drug prevention efforts reaching several southwestern states.
Cuomo had a long history of abusing drugs and alcohol starting with the use of alcohol and marijuana at a young age. His addiction got so severe that he felt he couldn’t relate to others unless he was high. The use eventually escalated to hard drugs and he completely lost sight of his goals in life.
Reaching out for help, Cuomo participated in several drug rehab programs without success. Eventually, he had a caring family member that finally intervened.
“When my father was on his death bed, he asked me to make him one promise before he left this earth – to get clean, be happy, and live well,” says Andrew. “I kept that promise shortly afterward by enrolling in the acclaimed and highly successful rehabilitation program at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma.”
Cuomo completed the drug rehab program and decided to spend his future contributing to educating others on addiction and doing something that would benefit society as a whole.
“Specifically, I saw there was a great need for the younger generation to get real-world, useful information about drugs and addiction, without the scare tactics,” says Cuomo. “It became my mission to reach as many kids as possible, to get them information they would need to make their own educated decisions about drugs and alcohol.”
Since he started, Andrew has educated more than 21,000 kids. In addition, in the last few weeks Cuomo has traveled across four states including Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas educating more than 5000 kids.
“I feel I’m able to make a positive impression on my audience because of my first-hand knowledge from the years that I struggled with addiction,” he says. “As a result I feel the groups I speak to are able relate very closely, as so many in the audience are experiencing what I’ve been through. I have had great success in delivering drug education to tens of thousands of people, both children and adults in the Midwest.”
Cuomo’s efforts are particularly special over the last weeks as the country has just celebrated National Recovery Month and are heading into National Red Ribbon Week; both venues celebrating drug and alcohol addiction, recovery and prevention.
For more information or to schedule a drug prevention lecture or to get addiction treatment through Narconon call 800-468-6933.