Humorous inspirational speaker and nationally award-winning author Marti MacGibbon delivered a high-energy and uplifting speech on addiction recovery on Sept. 8th, as part of Riverview Health’s National Recovery Month program. This year’s events included Ms. MacGibbon, and Darryl Strawberry. Last year, William Cope Moyers spoke.
Marti gave her evening talk at the Kiehle Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus in Crookston, MN. Marti’s keynote speech rocked the house because she provided plenty of humor. Several audiences reported their faces were “sore from laughing” and that they loved being able to learn from the message and laugh all the while. Marti signed copies of her nationally award-winning memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.
Marti MacGibbon’s personal story of overcoming human trafficking, domestic violence, severe post-traumatic stress, homelessness, and hard core drug addiction to become the success she is today makes her a favorite with audiences. She shares simple, effective strategies she employed to heal and create a happy, successful life. Anyone can use Marti’s techniques to create positive change in the small details of life, or to triumph over the biggest challenges.
And on the same day, Ms. MacGibbon delivered a presentation to students in grades 8 through 12 at Crookston High School. The topic of her talk was addiction and recovery, and she pulled from her personal story. Marti began using drugs at 15 years of age, in the aftermath of traumatic events, and she shared that fact with the packed auditorium. “There is one factor we know for sure will increase your chances of becoming addicted, and that is early use. The younger you are when you start, the more likely you are to become addicted.” Marti encouraged students to believe in themselves, to give themselves credit for strengths, skills, and talents they have that they can share with the rest of humanity. You matter, your life matters,” she said. Marti brings plenty of humor and positive outlook to every presentation, and the students responded with several applause breaks during her talk.