Inspiring hope for people seeking to overcome addictive behaviour through spiritual growth & development
I wasn't always a homeless drug addict. I have a Master's Degree and am a retired (early) Immigration Officer / CBSA officer. I grew up a fun loving, athletic boy, loved by my very supportive parents. I was straight laced, rarely drank and never, ever did any drugs. It wasn't until I was seriously injured at work deporting someone I suspected as being a terrorist that I was prescribed OxyCodone IR along with OxyContin in massive doses. Couple that pain with two motor vehicle accidents that totalled off two vehicles, a fractured sternum and the pain was intense. Of course, it didn't help that the doctor wanted to cut me off the Oxy's. With the intense pain and no prescription, I felt I had to medicate myself. So I did, and lost everything. Family, friends, truck, house, pension, even my teeth. I was on the street, homeless, hungry (dumpster diving for food), and hooked on heroin and Chrystal Meth. After nearly 7 years of aimless wandering, I finally cleaned up, got off my butt, got off the street, and got my life back. How? you may be asking. By putting into practice some very basic Spiritual principles that anyone can employ. You don't have to be a homeless drug addict to have lost or forgotten how to use these spiritual principles. THEY ARE FOR EVERYONE
After publishing my book 28 Days to Spiritual Recovery, a book on inner healing / spirituality, I dedicated myself full time to bringing my message of hope to conferences as an inspirational speaker / motivational speaker around the world. Whether as a keynote speaker or a workshop leader, I break through the boundaries that are keeping you stuck and living in bondage to your past.
Addiction seems to be rearing it's ugly head in all areas of society, and it isn't just with drugs. There are gambling, eating, sex, hoarding, alcohol, and myriad other addictions that people struggle with. Simply put, addiction is a behavioural problem that has gotten out of control in our society.
In my case, I went to detox a total of eight times in 6.75 years. I was on a first name basis with the staff, who would shake their heads at me every time I showed up. What made the eighth time so different? There were a number of factors all working together to form a perfect storm for my final journey out of addiction, not the least of which was coming into contact with a doctor who had the guts to tell me straight how the path I was on was going to lead to abject failure...again.
So, what did that perfect storm look like? Simply put, and in keeping with the "h" alliteration, I had help and hope that I didn't have in the past. Help in the hands on support from family and hope that life could be restored. Couple that with the honesty from the doctor and I was on my way to healing, but healing from the inside out.
“Tyler Walton opened up to my Rotary Club about the stark reality and gut wrenching truths around personal addiction and recovery. Tyler’s story about being a church and community leader to becoming victim of prescription painkillers, living on the street and fighting to reclaim his good life back is real and hopeful. I’m proud to know Tyler and I encourage you to know his story and share it with others." Rudy Storteboom, Langley City Councillor, Rotary Int'l (Langley)
"I asked Tyler speak to our Rotary club about his experience with addiction....
Tyler spoke engagingly about his own experience, after which our club members asked additional questions about his presentation...
I would recommend Tyler speaking at other venues to bring attention to addiction issues and give hope to families and peers."
Ajay Caleb, Rotary Int'l (Cloverdale)
Addressing Addiction: Dealing with the drug epidemic in practical ways. Offering a comprehensive approach to the ongoing issue of drug addiction (For policy makers and community leaders). In North America, we have all heard of the war on drugs. Unfortunately, this war has not yielded the results that were initially hoped for. Overdose deaths are at epidemic levels, prisons are filled with drug related "criminals," and our court systems are being overwhelmed. I will be discussing a comprehensive approach to addressing this epidemic, one that will ultimately save lives and save money. The benefits to this comprehensive approach are enormous in terms of human capital and budgetary capital.
Destined to Overcome: How one man, a former youth pastor, Seminary grad, and federal law enforcement officer became hooked on heroin, homeless, and hungry. How did he find freedom and stay free from the power of addiction? For an overview of this talk, see the above section About Me for more details.
I will speak with your team from miles away on camera. Even though it is a virtual space I can still provide thoughtful and team-building workshops. Distance will no longer be a barrier for your team.
As an experienced international speaker and innovator, I will bring new life and connection to your next event. Contact me, and we can design a workshop or presentation that fits the needs that you have today.
Here is the link to the YouTube promotional video for the book Twenty-Eight Days to Spiritual Recovery. It is a guide to inner healing / spirituality. It is a 45 second clip. Take a look.
What is it that is holding you from living in the present and keeping you from accessing your deepest spiritual self? This presentation is built on years of study, life experience, homelessness and addiction. See a list of presentation topics to suit your needs.
We all live and breathe but many of us do not experience true life. There are many issues keeping us from an abundant spiritual life and these are addressed in the book "Twenty-Eight Days to Spiritual Recovery." From Mindfulness to Forgiveness and Peace to not being a Victim and living with Joy.
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