"We are living in scary times, my friend. COVID-19, civil unrest, and the injustices that continue to rear their ugly heads. Can we start 2020 over again?
But like all hardships we face that may be out of our individual control, it's more important than ever to come together and take control of our health. I stand before you (well, virtually) with 5 years of continuous sobriety. What that means is I have not touched a drink or drug or had the desire to touch a mind-altering substance for 5 straight years. It's a pretty rad feeling to live in the moment and be present. So many years of not being able to live freely without the chains of addiction went on for far too long. Now, I am working every day to be a better son, uncle, friend, and mentor. I continually host meetings and attend my AA fellowship and will do whatever it takes to stay sober. I'd love to help you too. Let's work on connecting rather than isolating. Let's work on acceptance rather than judgment. Less hate, more love." – Brandon Novak on 5 years of sobriety
Talk about a life journey. Brandon Novak was a professional skateboarder discovered by Tony Hawk. He rose to fame on the hit MTV show “Viva la Bam,” and the movie “Jackass,” got hooked on heroin for 20 years, and finally got sober. He is currently celebrating five years clean today and nearly two years tobacco-free. Since getting sober five years ago, Brandon Novak gives back by helping people into treatment. He travels the country as the keynote speaker for the DEA’s Youth Summit events, bringing awareness and education to high schools. Brandon truly embodies someone who can turn their life around.
Brandon Novak has been in recovery for five years, but he has already accomplished so much. His first book, “Dreamseller,” is in its 9th print edition, and is one of Amazon’s top 50 addiction memoirs as well as a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, “The Streets of Baltimore”’ where Brandon was born, was released in May 2020 and already sold over 1,000+ copies in its first week.