Travels from New Jersey
Tracy's compelling story of addiction in her family is meant to inspire change in the persona and perception surrounding addiction and recovery today.
Tracy Smith is the Founder of Speakers for Change. Tracy's vision to bring together the leaders, new thinkers, great story tellers and educators on these topics was born out of her own real life journey experiencing addiction in her family.
A former Sales Executive for American Express, Tracy was living an abundant life with her family in South Jersey before addiction hit her home. Tracy's beautiful daughter, Kayla started doing drugs at the young age of 13 and escalated to heroin by her freshman year of high school.
Kayla spent the next few years in and out of a variety of institutions, ultimately becoming homeless and living on the street before she sought help and achieved recovery. Tracy spent those very same years in chaos, depression, and ultimate frustration as she desperately tried to find the right solutions through a maze of wrong information.
Tracy speaks now to help others better understand the disease of addiction and also to relay the details of what recovery can and does look like for an individual and for family members. She educates audiences and conveys a message of hope, in a day and time where many individuals and families have none. She likes to share her story with parents and high school audiences.
Tracy also provides consulting services to large corporations. She advises on adding important addiction and recovery support services and resources that better support work forces and also shares general addiction awareness and prevention strategies to businesses and their employees.
After her tenure with American Express, Tracy decided to change her professional career permanently and dedicate her time to advocating for recovery supports. She served as a Business Consultant and Public Relations Director for the first year of operations for The Hope All Day Recovery Center, a nonprofit peer to peer support center. Tracy then went on to serve as an active Board Member for Join Together Atlantic County, where she works with other members to develop and execute important prevention programs, forums, and services for families and youth. Tracy is on the Atlantic County Opiate Task Force, where she collaborates with others to provide solutions to the growing opiate epidemic and is also an active Atlantic County Advocate for the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.
Sometimes a person of indecision when it comes to leisure, Tracy shares her off time with her husband either on the beautiful Brigantine Beach or on the family farm with a horse or miniature donkey in hand.
This is an impactful school prevention program for middle and high school students. Tracy presents valuable information along with amazing testimony from her daughter Kayla or another young person in recovery on decisions, addiction and recovery. There are varieties of this presentation that are catered towards parents and also for special events such as incoming Freshman Orientation, Red Ribbon Week, Pre Prom, Project Prom and Graduation.
One in three American families is affected by addiction - one in three! Countless families are struggling to understand addiction and are in desperate need of guidance. For parents and other family members, receive an education and gain a better understanding of the role of family dynamics in the process of recovery. Learn more about some of the tools and resources available to help your family recover and restore your serenity.
Hope for Families
This is a riveting account of Tracy's true life journey with addiction in the family. It is a compelling story of a family, and of a mother and a daughter that ends with hope and life instead of heartbreak and death. Her story is meant to inspire, educate, and provide hope.
Catalyst for Change
Gain new knowledge on what you can do in your neighborhood, in your home, in your schools, and in your workplace to be the catalyst for change. Learn a new vocabulary to change the stigma surrounding addiction and recovery. Become skilled and confident to present the up to date facts and philosophy on addiction as a disease. Listen to a rousing and inspiring discussion that will inevitably be your catalyst for joining a growing movement in this country. Change is coming. Be Part of it.
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