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So what happens when a young skateboarding phenom with the disease of addiction becomes a world-famous athlete traveling with his mentor and idol Tony Hawk, a record breaking TV and box office movie star with his friends from the MTV Jackass and Viva La BAM series, the first skateboarder spokesman for Gatorade working out with the Michael Jordan, a NY Times best-selling author, a young addict is paid serious money to be a celebrity guest at night clubs and public events? 😲🤔

Check out this episode of the Remarkable People Podcast to hear Brandon Novak’s remarkable story of addiction, pride, self delusion, making millions of dollars multiple times, losing it all, failing 12 times in rehab, and how he is now on top after the 13th treatment center. Listen now to learn what made the different on that 13th visit to rehab, how Brandon has stayed clean and sober, and how he is celebrating his 5 year sobriety anniversary… today! 🙂

GUEST BIO: 

From the highest highs, including sponsorship deals, hit movies and a bestselling autobiography, to the lowest lows, including stints in prison, rehab, and homelessness on the streets of Baltimore, Brandon Novak has lived a life that defies easy description. Recruited in his early teens as the nation’s next top professional skateboarder, Brandon traveled the world with Tony Hawk and was even the first pro-skater to ever be sponsored by Gatorade. He then went on to gain international fame as a cast member of the hit MTV “Jackass” movie series and infamous show “Viva La Bam.” He would go on to travel the world, appearing in mainstream media, famous for his outrageous antics and on-screen personality. Brandon signed a multi-book publishing deal based on his “New York Times” bestselling debut autobiography “Dreamseller.” All the while, however, he was battling a crippling addiction to heroin.

Over the course of 21 years, Novak’s addiction slowly cost him his career, friendships and freedom, leading to more than 13 stays in rehab, and an extended prison sentence. His book “Dreamseller” is one of Amazon.com’s top 50 book sellers as of May 2018 and is in its 9th print edition. Brandon released the first ever addiction graphic novel following “Dreamseller.”

Today Brandon is five years sober and travels the country sharing his message of inspiration and help so that anyone who is struggling can recover. Most recently, he was the keynote speaker for the DEA’s Heroin and Opioid Youth Summits. He is now a Certified Interventionist Professional (CIP), a certification which is held by only 163 people in the entire country. His third book, “The Streets of Baltimore,” will be released in Summer 2020.

FEATURED QUOTE(S): 

  • “Sobriety has given me everything that drugs and alcohol ever promised me. Never been happier in my life” and, “Is it odd, or is it God?” – Brandon Novak

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EPISODE CORE THEMES & MENTIONS:

  • Core Themes: Treatment Centers, Narcotics, Heroine, Cocaine, Skateboarding, alcoholic, drug addict, prostitution, mental disease, sobriety, hope, inspiration, motivation, Mental Health, encouraging, podcast, RPP, Remarkable People, Real, True Story, unscripted, unedited, self improvement, personal development, self help
  • Mentions: Tony Hawk, Michael Jordan, Gatorade, Bam Margera,  

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