Speeches. Presentations. Interviews.

 At Saint Louis University.

At Saint Louis University.

As a result of overcoming addiction and accomplishing certain successes, I've been asked to tell my story or give presentations on my work. Each opportunity to speak before an audience is an chance to offer hope and maybe impart a little wisdom gained through my active addiction, recovery, and present journey in remission and wellness. With the good fortune of doing the work I do with Face It TOGETHER, I am able to take on numerous speaking engagements and presentations throughout the year. If you are looking for an inspirational personal story of overcoming adversity or a dynamic presentation related to addiction, recovery, and using data to drive social change and solutions, contact me by phone (218.779.8546) or email (dwhitesock@gmail.com).


2016

UPCOMING: NC One Community In Recovery Conference Keynote Speaker | "A Community-Based Platform for Solving Addiction" | November 10, 2016

Will deliver the keynote address providing a social entrepreneurial perspective of how to address the extraordinary addiction crisis in the U.S. This talk will weave my personal story with the story and work of Face It TOGETHER. The conference is designed to foster continued growth of the North Carolina addiction recovery movement, showcase progressive practices, and extend networks. (Clemmons, NC)

State Bar of South Dakota Rural Practice Summit Panelist | "In This Together: State Bar Resources and Special Projects" | October 12, 2016

As Chair of the Lawyers Assistance Committee, I spoke to the resources available to all lawyers and law students in the state of South Dakota for addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. In particular, I talked about the importance of these resources from a rural vantage point, were resources for health care and mental health care are limited. (Vermillion, SD)

Missouri Credentialing Board | "Recovery Support Technologies" Training of Trainers | July 15, 2016

Northern Frontier and Rural Addiction Technology Transfer Center developed an original training on how to use evidence-based, as well as, new and emerging technologies for addiction recover supports. (Columbus, MO)

Indiana Rural Health Association Conference | "Recovery Support Technologies" | June 21, 2016

Northern Frontier and Rural Addiction Technology Transfer Center developed an original presentation on what exists and how to use evidence-based, as well as, new and emerging technologies for addiction recover supports. (French Lick, IN)

South Dakota Community Action Network Annual Conference Keynote Speaker | "Community-Based Approach to Solving Addiction" | May 12, 2016

Keynote Speaker during the SD Community Action Network Annual Conference. Discussed how health and social challenges in South Dakota can be addressed through private and public partnerships starting at the community level. (Sioux Falls, SD)

WASPC 24/7 Summit | "How the 24/7 Program Helped Me Survive the Disease of Addiction" | May 6, 2016

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs is hosting a conference on the use of 24/7 drug and alcohol monitoring programs. Such a program was instrumental after a fifth DUI and more than 12 years of chronic addiction to alcohol. (Seattle, WA)

Northern Hills Drug Court Graduation Ceremony Keynote Speaker | March 29, 2016

Guest Keynote Speaker during the Northern Hills Drug Court graduation ceremony, invited by the Honorable Francy Foral. (Sturgis, SD)

South Dakota Young Lawyers Section #Fit2Practice Conference | Stigma of Addiction and the Young Lawyer | March 25, 2016

The South Dakota Bar is placing increasing importance on the overall wellness of its lawyers. However, research is revealing that most health issues -- especially addiction, depression, and anxiety -- are more prevalent among younger lawyers. This talk will focus on the stigma of addiction and mental illness and how it does impact the young lawyer and ways to overcome that stigma to get help early, which will have significant benefit on the young lawyer's practice and life. (Sioux Falls, SD)

University of South Dakota Spring Music Festival Keynote Speaker | March 4, 2016.

I share my experience with the disease of addiction and depression with high school students from around the state as they spend a week at the University of South Dakota for a music festival. (Vermillion, SD)

Northern Frontier and Rural ATTC | "Recovery Support Technologies" Training of Trainers | January 26-27, 2016

Northern Frontier and Rural Addiction Technology Transfer Center developed an original training on how to use evidence-based, as well as, new and emerging technologies for addiction recover supports. (Portland, OR)

Cosmopolitan Club | "Intersection of Diabetes and Addiction" | January 11, 2016

The Sioux Falls, SD Cosmopolitan Club is part of an international service organization focused on a cure for diabetes. This talk highlighted the many connections addiction and diabetes share as chronic diseases. (Sioux Falls, SD)

2015

Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference | "Recovery Support Technologies" | September 25, 2015

Technology is every present in every day life and emerging are various uses of technology that can support the recovery process for many people. This presentation was developed by the Northern Frontier and Rural ATTC to provide treatment professionals foundational knowledge about how technology is being used as a support mechanism for addiction recovery. Co-presented with Sandra Rasmussen, PhD, Walden University. (St. George, UT)

24/7 Summit | "How the 24/7 Program Helped Me Survive the Disease of Addiction" | September 14, 2015

The Montana Department of Transportation is hosting the first annual conference on the use of 24/7 drug and alcohol monitoring programs. Such a program was instrumental after a fifth DUI and more than 12 years of chronic addiction to alcohol. (Big Sky, MT)

Northern Frontier and Rural ATTC | "Recovery Support Technologies" Training of Trainers | August 18-19, 2015

Northern Frontier and Rural Addiction Technology Transfer Center developed an original training on how to use evidence-based, as well as, new and emerging technologies for addiction recover supports. (Kansas City, MO)

1 Million Cups Sioux Falls | "Addressing Addiction Through Social Entrepreneurism" | July 15, 2015

Using the popular 1 Million Cups platform and focus on entrepreneurism and sharing of ideas, this talked featured how Face It TOGETHER applies a social entrepreneurism to addiction and recovery supports. (Sioux Falls, SD)

Drug and DUI Court Graduation Ceremony Keynote Speaker | May 27, 2015

Guest Keynote Speaker during the drug/DUI court graduation ceremony, invited by the Honorable Judge Kathleen Trandahl. (Pierre, SD)

SAMHSA Recovery Month Planning Partners Meeting | "How to Fund Recovery Month Activities Through Private-Sector Support" | January 22, 2015

Overview of how the Face It TOGETHER model is able to fund Recovery Month activities through its year-round relationships and investments from private-sector partners. (Rockville, MD)

2014

GROUP THINK | "Infrastructure for a Hospitable Community" | November 5, 2014

GROUP THINK is a weekly conversation between community leaders and area experts. I was asked to join Katie Richardson Jens to discuss: "How do we create systems and a climate of support for people released from prison and people recovering from the disease of addiction?" (Fargo, ND)

Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference | "Using a Peer-Based Addiction Management and Recovery Model to Maximize Recovery and Wellness" | September 25, 2014

Recovery and survival from drug and alcohol addiction require more than episodic or acute treatment experiences. Evidence shows that by extending connectivity to a peer in recovery, success rates increase. This is the experience and outcomes at Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls, a Community Addiction Management Organization. This presentation described how Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls delivers peer-based addiction management and recovery supports with improved outcomes via a financially sustainable model. (from program) (St. George, UT)

Saint Louis University | "Using Social Entrepreneurism to Solve the Nation's Number One Public Health Challenge" | September 22, 2014

Gave same presentation to two different audiences: Students of the College of Public Health and Social Justice; and General Body Meeting of Alpha Epsilon Delta. Presentation was a high level overview of how Face It TOGETHER is addressing a generally accepted public health problem through public-private partnerships and mostly private sector funding. Audience was mostly public health, social work, and medical students. (St. Louis, MO)

TEDxSiouxFalls | "Gratitude as a Community Conscience" | January 31, 2014

The theme for this TEDx Talk in Sioux Falls, SD was gratitude and its potential for positive effect on a community. This talk centered on my personal story of overcoming addiction and how the "ecosystem of good" that exists in Sioux Falls significantly contributed to my survival and my ever-present expression of gratitude. (Sioux Falls, SD)

David Whitesock is an addiction survivor and in long-term remission from the disease. He is an advocate for greater awareness of addiction, mental health issues, and recovery.

NIATx-SAAS Conference | "How to Partner with the Private Sector to Sustain your Non-Profit Business" | July 15, 2013

A conference for addiction treatment providers and professionals, which included a track of presentations on how to partner to delivery recovery support services. This is the very heart of the Face It TOGETHER Model, which was presented as an example. (San Diego, CA)

U. of South Dakota Student History Conference | "An Inconvenient Agreement: How Jefferson and Marshall Came Together on Executive Authority" | April 19, 2012

Presentation of masters thesis on the topic of executive authority analyzed through the use and review by President Thomas Jefferson and Chief Justice John Marshall. (Vermillion, SD)

SD Department of Transportation Conference | "How the 24/7 Program Helped Me Survive the Disease of Addiction" | November 2, 2011

Invited to present to the Impaired Driving Task Force on how being on the 24/7 Sobriety Program helped me through recovery and eventually surviving the disease of addiction. (Pierre, SD)