Addiction is one of the most prevalent issues in society today. Twenty-one million Americans battle with at least one addiction, but only ten percent get any form of treatment. Whether it’s an addiction to drugs, alcohol, opioids, or other substances, people struggle with overuse and abuse. As a result, millions of people’s lives are affected in the process. And it doesn’t end with the addict. It affects even their loved ones in one way or another.
One man is out to make an impact in the lives of addicts, families, and individuals struggling with mental health. Jacob Gland is a motivational speaker, life coach, and recovery coach. A former addict himself and a suicide survivor, he knows what it’s like to struggle with substance abuse and the negative impact it has on people’s lives.
For over 11 years, Jacob struggled with addiction to methamphetamine, prescription pills, and alcohol. His first encounter with drugs was in his freshman year of college at the University of Buffalo. From that point on, his life went into a downward spiral. From 18 to 28 years old, he and others would categorize himself as a “failure.” Being diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders in high school combined with his substance abuse led to him going into bouts of self-harm, which almost ended his life.
But on December 4, 2017, a shift happened in Jacob. After making his final suicide attempt and surviving, he arrived at an epiphany. “It is a miracle that I’m still here today,” shares Jacob. “Through all the trauma, addiction, and near death experiences, I discovered my purpose in all the madness. If I could overcome my demons, I had to help those facing similar struggles. God was going to use me to be of service to others through my experience and education.”
After conquering his addiction, Jacob went back to school and received an International Masters in Addiction Coaching from The Addictions Academy. There, he achieved multiple coaching certifications and became a nationally-certified Interventionist. While in intervention school, he discovered his talent and passion for public speaking and for mentoring others who share his past pains.
Jacob travels speaking on freedom from addictions, how to have a successful recovery, overcoming impossible odds, finding your full potential, and living with and overcoming mental illness. He has helped hundreds of people overcome addictions and continues to serve those he can. Wherever Jacob goes he is accompanied by Liberty, his PTSD service dog who gave him the confidence to speak in front of groups of people. Together, Jacob and Liberty continue to impact the lives of other people through coaching, speaking, and intervention work.
For Jacob, providing suicide awareness and prevention are the forefront calling of his life. He believes that he survived many failed attempts at suicide for a reason- to help others who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addictions to overcome their most significant challenges and come out victorious in the end.
Jacob consistently speaks and works on creating youth programs that will help create awareness around the dangers of substance abuse. He hopes that his work would result in more lives saved from the pains of addiction and its adverse effects. His passion for helping others is unparalleled. He’s continually working to serve and guide those who come to him for coaching and counseling. To learn more about Jacob Gland, visit his website. To connect with him, follow his Facebook and Instagram accounts.