Gaps In Youth Recovery

Eric Rias

Eric Rias

Shari Hampton

Shari Hampton

Joseph Green

Joseph Green

Creative Ways to Support Teens and Students

This panel session was developed to give recovery professionals new ideas on ways to consider the challenges of supporting young people around mental health and substance use. Get ready to hear from three leaders on the subject of recovery for young people. Eric Rias, interventionist and coach. Shari Hampton, creator of Served Up Sober. Joseph Green, motivational speaker, educator, trainer, professional storyteller, award-winning spoken word poet, and a person in long-term recovery.

Reflection Questions

Which approaches to supporting young people in this video inspired you?
What do YOU think is most important to support younger folks (18 years old and younger) who are experiencing consequences from substance use and seeking support?
What are the main barriers to resources and access for parents, caregivers, friends, and family who are seeking help?
What are the barriers for young people?

Resources // About the Speaker

Joseph Green, LMS Voice

Joseph Green is a motivational speaker, educator, trainer, professional storyteller, award-winning spoken word poet, and a person in long-term recovery.

Joseph’s life story and work are featured in media outlets such as Youth Today, UpWorthy, PBS NewsHour, NPR, and many more.  He has recently keynoted or presented at the 2017 American Society of Addiction Medicine, Talks @ Google, the University of Baltimore, 2016/18 California Statewide Conference on Substance Use Disorder, 2017 Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference, and Wisconsin Voices for Recovery Rally for Recovery.

Joseph’s presentations and workshops are for anybody seeking a reconnection to purpose, motivation, or community. His work reminds us that more important than knowing what we are fighting against is knowing and never forgetting what we are fighting for.

With a background in theatre and performance poetry, Joseph intertwines storytelling and spoken word poetry to inspire his audience to join him on a journey of self-care, self-awareness, self-forgiveness, and paying your blessings forward to make a world a better place for everyone. He believes strongly in stories’ innate ability to connect people to their higher purpose and one another.

Joseph Green’s workshops cover youth development, Creative Mindfulness as burnout prevention, inclusion and diversity strategies, youth prevention and recovery programming, and artistic activism. In his role as Program Manager at the Mentor Foundation USA, Joseph led the effort to revamp the interactive drug prevention youth rally known as “Shattering the Myths.” Joseph has partnered with many programs making a positive change in schools and communities nationwide. He has designed youth empowerment programs and a comprehensive training for adults working in youth development. In Washington DC, he created “The Healing Root DC” – a mental health literacy program for youth leaders. In Maryland, Joseph works with incarcerated youth to highlight their stories and help end mass incarceration.

Shari Hampton

"It wasn’t until February 15, 2015, that I decided I would leave behind over 35 years of drug and alcohol abuse to get sober. Abuse that included decades of failed attempts at 12-Step Recovery, two DUI’s, one D-felony, and two long term behavior modification programs, three intensive out-patients programs, and one hospitalization.
The success of my complete detox was a result of my work with renowned retired psychiatrist William H. Grier. Using a combination of a raw diet, a host of supplements, psychoanalysis, and holistic modalities, I found my path to sobriety and full recovery.
My journey is the foundation of my work as a Life & Recovery coach. In 2020, I decided to further my work with women and people who are struggling to find their path to sobriety by completing my certification through the International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC).
As your coach, I am committed to shining a light on the many pathways you can take to sobriety. I know the struggles you face because I have faced many of them myself. You have the power to rise above your addiction. You can face whatever lies in front of you. And I want to help you as you do."


Eric Rias

Big Mood Coaching program is a 90-day lifestyle over haul, approaching the nutritional, physically and mental blocks you may face. This program helps asses’ obstacles that are stopping each of us from reaching our goals. Approaching healthy lifestyle using a three-pronged approach which will lead you toward a well-rounded shift in subconscious programing.