Super Star

I have been humbled with yet another wonderful opportunity to speak with hundreds of students at a school in beautiful Upstate NY and confirmation of more presentations scheduled with students, community forums and professional organizations in the next few months -- New York, Texas, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania are part of my travels.

These opportunities would not exist if I did not have such a wonderful team supporting my work and this reflection leaves me thinking about the significance of teamwork and the environment we surround ourselves with. In regards to teamwork, supporting one another personally or professionally is a great tool in the big old tool box of things that are important to ones recovery from substance use disorder.

Whether I am addressing a group of school students or speaking at a conference I am reminded of the importance of how our environment including the team of individuals around us plays a key role in living a healthy and more positive and productive life. The influence of surrounding ourselves with those who display a genuine caring that supports our life journey is monumental. I speak about this from experience having been involved with individuals who at times have steered me towards much self-doubt and pessimism to spending time with others who have contributed greatly to my well-being and have allowed me to be the ever optimistic person I know I was born to be. When I am in this open and empowering type of environment, I have been described as a kid who views everyday as if it is Christmas and they are correct! When my environment is supportive of my work or personal decisions it helps me be more in line with my true self living each day as a gift that is entirely up to me to unwrap! When I’ve been caught up more with those who are dream crushers or pessimists, it’s been harder to remain connected to my optimistic self. Having been able to experience this dynamic, I am much more aware of those who I choose to be in my inner circle both personally and professionally.

It’s crucial for my own recovery that I continue to maintain an environmental check of who and what I am surrounding myself with. If I don’t I am at risk of unlocking the door to that path I never want to travel again – active addiction! Today I choose to place myself in environments where I am encouraged to be true to myself and to seek my own dreams!

So who are the co-stars of your life today? Choose wisely because it could be costly!

About the Author

Super Star, yes, that’s his legal name, is a musician, author and motivational speaker. He was a former owner of a successful, cutting-edge computer consulting firm and lost it to drug addiction. Today, he lives with a commitment geared toward anti-substance abuse campaigning, encouraging others to overcome obstacles with a creative boldness and live with purpose just as he has.

He is author of The First 30 Days to Serenity and created a rock n’ roll CD, Serenity, about addiction and recovery featuring musicians from the bands KISS, Heart, Goo Goo Dolls and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Super Star presents his inspirational message on Rebranding Sobriety, Personal Responsibility and Dream Catching to teens and adults presenting to school assemblies and community groups. He also hosts a Rockin' Recovery Tour for National Recovery Month featuring music and a message!

For more information about Super Star's programs please visit

Comments (1)
1 Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:18
Jake Spencer
Love this, so needed this today, thank you SS!

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