Millions of Americans struggle with substance addiction. Whether it’s alcohol or drugs, these issues can cause significant harm to people and their loved ones as well. Over 21 million people in America alone struggle with some form of substance abuse. Unfortunately, only ten percent receive some treatment for it. Consequently, more addicts fall into a direction of decadence that leads them to unemployment, broken relationships, failing physiological health, and even untimely death.
That’s where Interventionists like Jacob Gland come into the picture. A former addict himself, Jacob knows what it’s like to feel trapped in a constant cycle of need and dependency. His faithful partner joins him in crime, Liberty, a PTSD service dog who travels all over with Jacob and joins him as he speaks on addictions, depression, and suicide.
Jacob knows the steep decline of addiction all too well. He was a freshman student at the University of Buffalo when he first encountered Methamphetamine. He couldn’t break free from using the drug. As a result, his life started to decline more and more. In those 11 years, he considered himself a failure and thought others felt the same. His addiction and the weight of failure and remorse started to take a mental toll on him. He lost all drive and started to self-mutilate.
On December 4, 2017, Jacob ended up in the hospital after having shot himself. Miraculously, he survived the ordeal. That moment was a point of realization for Jacob. He had to get out, and he had to get out fast. His life depended on it.
Driven to change, Jacob started receiving counseling and intervention. Little by little, he made forward progress and started to experience freedom from his addictions. After sobering up, he realized that being liberated from substance abuse and depression was just the beginning.
Jacob returned to school to pursue an International Masters in Addiction Coaching at The Addictions Academy. While in school, he received multiple coaching certifications. He also became a nationally-certified Interventionist, armed and ready to coach and guide people out of extreme substance abuse. During that time, Jacob discovered his innate talent and deep passion for public speaking. He improved his craft and started to get on stage to speak on suicide prevention and addiction.
Today, Jacob speaks extensively before crowds of various sizes for communities, schools, and addiction alleviation programs on how to prevent and escape addiction. He is also a mental health advocate, always bringing awareness of the darkness that follows suicidal tendencies and providing guidance and coaching to those who struggle with depression and mental disorders. One of the ideas that the coach shares passionately is that suicide is preventable. Over seventy-five percent of suicide cases exhibited obvious signs. Jacob teaches those signs to people hoping that they can help prevent untimely death by watching out for these triggers.
Jacob and Liberty have found their calling in providing suicide awareness and prevention. Jacob believes that he survived for a reason, and that’s to help others who struggle with depression, severe anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Jacob makes himself available for youth programs that will help create awareness amongst the youth on the dangers of drugs and substance abuse. He hopes that through his work, he can help prevent unnecessary harm to the lives of the younger generation.
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