Addiction & Recovery

Asian Shame and Addiction: Suffering in Silence

Asians are collectivist people by nature and consequently the shame of disgracing their families and ancestors lead many to “suffer in silence” with their various addictions.  Whether it’s gambling, sex, food, or booze, Sam traces the roots of Asians afflicted by addictions to the cultural values of shame and honor.

Spoken not Broken: Healing through Poetry

This performance-based presentation is a blend of Spoken Word poetry, story-telling, and therapeutic insights to give audiences a message of inspiration and connection in their recovery.  Poems touch on themes of addictions, shame, and ultimately hope of a better tomorrow.  This presentation can also be extended to allow participants to create their own poetry for healing.

My Boss Fondled Me: Why I Couldn't Say "No"!

While women are gaining strength and courage to come forward, there still exists a stigma for adult men of sexual abuse to open up due to a number of issues related to shame, powerlessness, and being seen as weak. In this moving testimony, Sam shares his own personal story of being sexually harassed while working in Los Angeles television news.  It's his hope that his story will help others out of isolation and fear and recognize the healing that comes from naming and claiming their past.

Passport to Pain: Immigrants and Addictions

Sam grew up caught between two cultures as a first generation immigrant to the United States.  In addition, he grew up amidst 3 generations of addictions (gambling, eating issues, and affairs).  

In this presentation, he documents the challenges of immigrant experiences such as cultural shame, assimilation to a new country, and how maladaptive coping mechanisms in the form of addictions and compulsive behaviors can pass from one generation to another.  Yet, Sam's own journey of resiliency  can give audiences a new understanding of hope, perseverance, and the resources necessary to end the cycle of negative generational patterns.