RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE
RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE
Jamie McGuire reaches out and touches the hearts and souls of an audience and sends a powerful and inspirational message, while sharing his own personal battle with drugs, alcohol and low self esteem, coupled with the strength, courage and hard work it takes to recover from addictions.
Addiction does not make a distinction between race, sex, age or “class”. It ruins athletic careers, professional careers, families, relationships, and often leads to death.
A graduate of St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he played varsity hockey, Jamie was drafted by the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. But his promising future stopped short as his life became twisted and tortured by the world of drugs and alcohol.
Sober and clean now since June 28, 1999 and with great warmth, passion and unique genuineness, Jamie shares his personal battle and his experience, strength and hope for the future in an attempt to help people in all professions realize that they are not alone in their struggle and that the beginning of the solution lies in asking for help.
Jamie’s message is clear….change is possible, recovery is possible. Living clean and sober is a reality for thousands of people who have overcome the fear of asking for help. The choices and decisions we make today will have an effect on our lives in the future.
Jamie’s warmth, passion and unique genuineness clearly come through in his presentations as he outlines how it is possible to overcome the guilt, shame, isolation and low self-esteem that go hand in hand with drug and alcohol abuse - whether it is in the corporate world, student or athlete.
Jamie & his three children - Charlie, Beau & Tysen
Lets change the way we think
These are scary words for people with addictive personalities.
Know who you are before you "try it once".
Once for me led to an 8 year addiction to cocaine.
I am currently working as the Addiction and Lifestyle Coach for the Arizona Coyotes after having the same role with the St. Louis Blues for 8 years.
I speak to young athletes both male and female in the NCAA, CIS, Junior, NHL as well as in other professional and amateur leagues across North America sharing my story.
I am the current Head Coach of the Five time World Champion Canadian National Standing Amputee Hockey Team. I am a former Head Coach and GM in the Canadian Women's Hockey League, was the Goalie Coach for the 2011 Canadian Women's U18 National Team and have been the owner and operator of McGuire Goaltending in Toronto, Canada since 2001. www.mcguiregoaltending.com
As a former athlete and current coach I am able to get a strong message across to athletes of all ages about the risks involved in abusing drugs and alcohol.
When speaking to athletes my presentation is about my own personal life experience with alcohol + drugs at the Jr. and University Levels and how my abuse left me with an addiction to both.
My objective is to change the way young athletes view addiction / drug and alcohol abuse.
When I am finished the players will have a much clearer understanding of what alcohol and drug abuse really is and will be forced to look at themselves and at least question their own habits.
There is a culture in sport that encourages and rewards excessive drinking.
Athletes need to change their view on what it means to be an addict or alcoholic.
I believe that it is not how often you drink that determines if you are an alcoholic. It is about how it effects you and how you behave when you drink that is the determining factor.
I did not drink everyday. I actually drank less often than most of my teammates and friends.
BUT....when I did drink I had no self control and lost the ability to make reasonable choices which then led me down the road to drug addiction.
I am an alcoholic.
I am an addict.
The problem is that because a lot of athletes typically do not drink every day everyday they don't think that they have an issue. I try to encourage people to look at themselves in a different light and to ask different questions and hopefully help people break through and finally see how their addictions do effect their lives in a negative way even though they are not the "stereotypical" alcoholic or addict who drinks or uses every day.
The negative effects of Covid 19 are still with us in so many different ways. Covid forced us to isolate and our phones and iPads became fixtures.
An overwhelming amount of people have developed an addiction to - Screen Time & Gaming
We live in a different world than we did even 15 years ago. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, Youtube ...
The social media influence and factor is here to stay.
Social media can be a great tool if used properly. Athletes can promote their "brand". They can engage with the public and show another side of themselves that is otherwise hidden.
Having said that, social media has also proven to be an incredibly dangerous platform if used incorrectly. It can destroy lives and careers. Misuse can eliminate opportunities and destroy reputations. It stays with us forever.
Sports Teams, Corporations and Schools sweep through potential employees or draft picks or students social media accounts looking for reasons to not draft, sign, hire or give scholarships.
My Social Media Presentation address's how people can use these platforms as a positive factor in their lives. How to use it safely and respectfully.
I have lists of social media "do's and dont's" for Athletes and Students. Checklists to review before posting anything.
This is a really powerful presentation for all athletes but also for high school and university students who hope to one day be professionals in any field.
Sitting in a room full of “know it all” elite athletes, I wondered how Jamie was going to get the attention of the room, let alone make an impact on them. With his powerful beginning, “Hi, my name is Jamie, and I am a alcoholic and drug addict”, he got their attention. With his genuine approach to telling of his addiction problems, he made a definite impact.
As a former hockey player, Jamie relates well with athletes. His message was not one of preaching, but rather a matter of fact approach relaying how easy “weekend fun” can turn into big time trouble through addiction. His is a story that most of the audience can see themselves in. As a result, the potential for danger really sinks in, as the audience realizes that the beginning to Jamie’s problems mirror the actions taken by many young men and women. Jamie illustrates how real addiction is, and how easy it can be to find.
As a hockey coach I understand how invincible young people feel. I understand how young people always feel that those “problems” would not happen to them. I understand how little understanding young people have of how addiction starts. Addiction seems far off to young people. Jamie brings it right in front of their face. He shows them how real addictions happen to real people.
I would strongly encourage teams at every level to listen to Jamie’s message. It will make a lasting impact.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to speak with our team. Your story and advice really caught their attention and hopefully has sent a message to them on the choices they will come across as they grow up whether they are still playing hockey or wherever their careers may take them. I'm looking forward to having you speak with
I would like to thank you for taking the time to speak with our team. Your story and advice really caught their attention and hopefully has sent a message to them on the choices they will come across as they grow up whether they are still playing hockey or wherever their careers may take them. I'm looking forward to having you speak with our teams in the future.
Al Maclnnis Vice President of Hockey Operations
St. Louis Blues Hockey Club
On behalf of the entire St. Louis Blues Organization, I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to speak with our team. Your presentation is always outstanding, and I know our group really enjoyed hearing your story. Your talk will help our players think about where they are in their careers and learn to make better choic
On behalf of the entire St. Louis Blues Organization, I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to speak with our team. Your presentation is always outstanding, and I know our group really enjoyed hearing your story. Your talk will help our players think about where they are in their careers and learn to make better choices as the progress.
Your presentation has strengthened our team and I am grateful for the relationship that the St. Louis Blues have with you.
President of Hockey Operations
Columbus Bluejackets, NHL
Jamie’s message is raw,
powerful and real.
Alcohol destroys lives and careers…to hear about this first hand is essential for everyone.
Every athlete playing Junior, College or Pro should hear his story.
NHL Hockey Operations
Arizona Coyotes, NHL
St. Louis Blues, NHL
Boston Bruins, NHL
Worcester Ice Cats, AHL
Providence Bruins, AHL
Harvard University NCAA D1 Men’s Hockey Team
Providence College, NCAA D1 Men’s Hockey Team
Miami University, NCAA D1 Men’s Hockey Team
Boston University, NCAA DI Men's Hockey Team
Ohio State University, NCAA D1 Men’s Hockey Team
Lasalle Academy, Athletic Department, US Prep School
Brooks Academy, Athletic Department, US Prep School
McGuire Goaltending Elite Prospect Camp
GCG Prospects Camp
York University Athletic Department
University of Toronto, Athletic Department
Richmond Hill High School
Holy Name High School
Getting Clean & Sober
Have you been trying to get clean or sober for as long as you can remember?
Do you continue to relapse and go back to your old ways? Are you simply tired of the cycle?
Are you tired of destroying relationships, losing jobs and literally killing yourself slowly?
Have you simply lost hope? I can help
Coming out of Treatment
The first few months out of treatment are not only crucial for long term success but are incredibly difficult. I can provide guidance and support through this process.
Are you looking for tools to help stay clean and sober?
Do you want to clear your mind and body and finally move forward. I can help
Are you recently clean and sober and want support with your recovery?
No one should do this alone. I can provide support and coaching anytime during your recovery
Family support and guidance
Not sure how to handle a loved one with an active addiction.
Want to learn how to handle a newly clean & sober family member
I can help guide and coach you through the process
Success in recovery is not just about abstinence...It is about lifestyle change.
Changing your habits, the places you go, your sleep patterns, your nutrition, what you do for fun.
Without drastic lifestyle change your recovery is less likely to be successful.
All these changes do not have to happen at once. Recovery is a process and I can help you through it.
I have developed a program to help you make changes slowly over time while staying focused on the main goal which is to maintain your sobriety.
If you are ready to feel better and live your best clean life then contact me now. Together we can customize a program that works for specifically for you.
Initial 60 minute video meeting
Although I do specialize in speaking to Athletes as an experienced speaker I am able to capture the attention of any audience and make a tremendous impact.
I am available to travel and speak all over the world. Contact me, and we can design a workshop or presentation that fits the needs that you have for your team or organization.
I can now speak from miles away on camera.
Even though it is a virtual space I still provide the full experience and have the same desired effect on your group.
Are you concerned about a family member, friend or spouse?
What signs should you be looking for?
How do you approach someone and bring up the subject of addiction?
For more information on fees and availability please contact me directly. Tell me about your event, and I will get back to you with the information requested.
Jamie McGuire Professional Speaker & Recovery Coach