Keith

FullSizeRender (1)Even though Keith now works as a speaker and coach, helping to educate and support young adults in understanding and dealing with the challenges in their lives, it was a long, difficult road to arrive where he is today.

From a young age, Keith battled with anxiety and insecurity that made school and early social life very difficult. After being bullied repeatedly in third grade, he decided to switch to another school. Despite this being an attempt to solve this problem, it was the start of Keith running away from discomfort and fear, which became a pattern that lasted for many years.

During his teenage years, his untreated anxiety turned into depression. In an attempt to fit in and be “normal,” Keith hid his struggle from most of his friends and peers at school. To help mask his true feelings, he threw himself into sports and turned to negative coping skills that included partying and destructive relationships.
When he arrived at college, his depression worsened and he was unable to find a sense of purpose or direction. It was here that Keith started using opiates in an attempt to self-medicate. What started as infrequent use eventually spiraled into a full blown addiction. This led to a struggle where he found himself on death’s door, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

After countless attempts to overcome addiction on his own, Keith eventually opened up to getting help. In December 2010, he entered into a treatment center where he received professional help for both his drug addiction and underlying mental health issues.

Building on the foundation he was able to establish in treatment, Keith has learned to embrace life’s challenges and cope in a healthy way. He is a certified health coach and believes in a holistic approach to physical and mental health, addiction, and life in general. His mission is to empower others to grow stronger through their adversities and connect with a meaningful, fulfilling life.

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