Mike Hooper is a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Cuba and the Department of Homeland Security during Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, Mike is SMART Recovery’s Regional Outreach Director for the Southeastern United States. He is also a facilitator and conducts meetings for veterans and first responders. In his role, Mike works to bring the message of SMART Recovery to as many people as possible. The message is simple, each of us has the power within ourselves to address our struggle with substance use disorders and live a balanced, healthy, purposeful, and meaningful life. Mike finds value in the SMART Recovery program seeing how practicing the principles improved his relationship with himself and others. He is also developing a network to impact the recovery community with methods to accomplish sustainable lifestyle changes and mentor new meeting facilitators. In his own words, Mike Hooper says, “I’ve lived through hell, but I decided to keep fighting. I used SMART support groups and excellent tools to change, and I’m excited to help others do the same.” Find out more about SMART Recovery by visiting: www.smartrecovery.org
Dan Miller is using his Military Veteran benefits to complete a graduate program at Idaho State University. Dan served gallantly as a Navy Hospital Corpsman in the Fleet Marine Forces. After his honorable discharge, Dan found himself redefined as a Veteran who battled with PTSD, alcoholism, substance abuse, and addiction. Dan found strength in Recovery, enjoys a life worth living, and is pursuing his MBA in Project Management.