National Opioid Addiction and Abuse Speaker, Tony Hoffman to speak at College Oct. 4

National Opioid Addiction and Abuse Speaker, Tony Hoffman to speak at College Oct. 4

September 11, 2018

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Counseling Department is hosting a public presentation and discussion about opioid addiction and abuse: “The Choice: The Tony Hoffman Story,” Thursday, Oct.  4, 12:30 pm, at the Coon Rapids Campus.

The presenter, Tony Hoffman is a former BMX Elite Professional, a 2016 Rio Olympic Games BMX Coach and a national speaker. He will share his story about how his use of prescription painkillers landed him in prison and resulted in him “losing everything.”

Hoffman has been sober since May 2007 and is now is a public speaker dedicated to bringing awareness about the dangers of prescription drug and heroin abuse, and advocating for a shift in thinking toward current addiction-recovery processes.

From homelessness in 2006 to the 2016 Olympics as a coach, Hoffman will share how accountability, working with teams, setting goals, and, most importantly, executing and hitting the targets are necessary for success. 

“We wanted to bring Tony here because his story and his approach to telling his story resonates with people,” said Jill Harrison, Anoka-Ramsey Counselor and event organizer. “He seems to genuinely care, and leaves audiences with a tools to move forward and a sense of empowerment.”

Resources, such as representatives from Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, and Mercy Hospital- Unity Campus, will be available for attendees after the event.

Opioid Addiction and Abuse Speaker
“The Choice: The Tony Hoffman Story”
Thursday, Oct.  4, 2018
12:30 to 1:30 pm: Presentation and Discussion
1:30 to 2:30pm: Reception
Coon Rapids Campus, Rm G100
This event is free and open to the public.

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