Sam Anthony Lucania
Travels from Virginia
Sam delivers a passionate prevention message to youth today. He speaks to provide inspiration, hope for the future and to educate, create awareness and give encouragement.
Sam Anthony is a person in long term recovery from substance use disorder, who uses his personal experiences with drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety, suicidal behavior, recovery and positive mentorship to educate and motivate others.
He took his first drink at 12 years old as a means of hiding his anxiety and depression, in addition to try and fit in with his peers. He moved on to smoking weed and trying pills in high school and that would lead him down a path of destruction. Running away from his problems he left New Jersey and moved south in hopes of starting over. But everywhere he went, there he was.
What started off as self-medication turned into a vicious addiction cycle leading to an overdose that landed him on life support in 2013. Thinking he could still function without help and counseling, he then continued an unhealthy lifestyle and subsequently was arrested and sentenced to 3 years in jail in 2015.
Since that time, and now in recovery, Sam has passionately shared his story with thousands of high school and college students, health care professionals, and government officials through motivational talks, school assembles and panel discussions. Sam is hoping to inspire others, provide hope for the future and educate our youth through sharing his own personal story. Sam’s message emphasizes awareness and encouragement.
Physical fitness, spiritual fitness and mental fitness are key components of Sam’s daily plan of recovery. He shares the value of these key elements with audiences and especially to assist others that are early in recovery. Sam enjoys time off with his family and is a responsible father to his sons Micah and Malachi, a loving husband to his wife Rachel, and an active member of his community.