Scott Silverman: How to help loved ones with an addiction problem

Jason Austell sat down in studio with Scott Silverman, CEO of Confidential Recovery, to discuss how audiences can help a loved one with an addiction problem.

Scott is a Crisis Coach, behavioral health advisor, and leads the team at Confidential Recovery—an intensive substance abuse recovery program for adults.

As the author of Tell Me No, I Dare You: A Guide for Living a Heroic Life, Scott shares strategies for living an authentic and fulfilling life.

Scott is also a charismatic speaker with a passion for helping people achieve their goals in life. His presentations are no-holds-barred; they describe barriers to treatment, what works (also shedding light on ineffective approaches) and how individuals, communities, and work environments can get help for those around them. Scott shares, “As a society, we are not prepared for the challenges that the new wave of addiction is bringing.” Scott’s presentations, geared toward organizations he is working with—individuals and their families struggling with addiction—help to create effective action plans to move forward.

Scott has received numerous awards and honors including being named CNN Hero of the Week and the City of San Diego honored him by selecting February 19 as “Scott Silverman Day” for his contributions to the community.

As the Founder of Second Chance, Scott worked to break the cycle of substance abuse, unemployment, poverty, and homelessness. For over 15 years, Scott assisted more than 25,000 people in San Diego with job readiness training, employment placement assistance, mental health counseling, case management, and affordable housing referrals to people who desire to change their lives.

Scott is an active member of the community as a Rotarian of Club #33; a current Member, Co-Chair of the Public Relations Committee, and past Board Member of the Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association; Board Member and Executive Committee Member of United Way’s “Plan to End Chronic Homelessness,” and Advisory Board Member at the Meditation Center.

Through the years, Scott has received numerous awards recognizing his leadership and dedication to the improvement of his community including the Henrietta Rubenstein Community Award, Eureka’s Outstanding Fellow Award, the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Frank Curran Humanitarian Award, the San Diego Press Club Headliner Award, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Citizen of the Week Award and It Takes A Community Award Honoree. In 2003, Silverman was selected as one of the Top 50 People to Watch by San Diego Magazine. In October 2005, he was given the Channel 10 Leadership Award for the second time. In February 2007, Silverman was appointed to the City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention.

In April 2007, he was voted as one of four “Who Are Your Heroes?” sponsored by KNSD NBC San Diego. In 2008, he became a member of the Honorary Deputy Sheriff Association. In March 2010, he participated on the Gang Task Force, which is part of the Institute for Public Strategies.

Scott has extensive knowledge and experience with the relationship between substance abuse, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and incarceration. He is a frequent speaker to political, business and community groups on the need for prisoner reform to prevent homelessness, enhance public safety and reduce costs for California’s taxpayers by helping former inmates to avoid recidivism and re-incarceration.

Related: Signs your loved ones may be experiencing substance abuse or have mental health issues

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