“Dear Dr. Spitler… I just want to thank you for coming in and talking to us. I think it opened a lot of people’s eyes and it touched me also. My father died of cancer a year ago because of his addiction to cigarettes. I know his addiction to cigarettes isn’t as serious as your daughter’s with heroin, but it is to me. And, the part of your speech when you said that if you had passed away, you would want your daughter to have a good life and be happy-I thought about myself and it justifies the way I feel.”
“…He was straight up–no lies. He wasn’t like a normal speaker telling you only what he is ‘allowed to’. He shares everything, which was really cool. He didn’t try and scare us or just tell us ‘this is bad’ He knew how to get through to people because he actually had the experience of losing someone to heroin; It wasn’t just book knowledge being recited to us with no emotion “
“[Manda’s Story] made my view of drugs change, and now I know to pick the right choice of people to be around and to know that the drugs don’t only affect me, they affect my family and friends.”
Your presentation inspired me to push my friends even harder towards beating their own addiction “beasts”.
I can say for sure you have steered people away from the use of drugs.
After Manda’s story, it opened me up to more. I do not feel alone like I did. You change most people’s lives.
You took a horrible situation and made something positive of it and that’s amazing!
I am blessed because I have heard Manda’s Story and know all the bad things that could happen to me and my family if I don’t protect myself from evil.
Saying that addiction is a family disease is one of the most powerful images of your presentation.