Matt Salis, Outspoken

I believe the single most important weapon we have to defeat this disease that effects over fifteen million Americans is to speak out and destroy the stigma of shame and blame associated with Alcoholism. Alcohol kills over three million people a year, and addiction to this poison is the most widespread epidemic of our own human invention and proliferation in history.

I don’t just write to battle the stigma, I speak out about it, too. I am very comfortable with groups large or small. I speak in corporate, religious, secular, government, educational and non-profit settings to all age groups including teens entering their alcohol experimentation years. I address issues including recovering out loud, society’s culpability in the alcoholism epidemic, the challenges of early recovery, family dependency and recovery, the impact of alcoholism on intimate relationships, parenting to end the cycle of addiction, and strategies to combat teen substance abuse.

To discuss a speaking opportunity, please contact me at matt@SoberAndUnashamed.com. My schedule typically books out three or more months in advance, but I can occasionally accommodate last minute requests.


Listen to My Speeches:

Fearless Teen Drinking: Make Alcohol a Choice – September 2019

After a large, racially and economically diverse high school experienced a series of brazen and scary incidents of abusive alcohol consumption, I wrote this speech to help teens understand that drinking is a choice rather than an expectation. I’m not naive enough to think we can convince all adolescents to avoid alcohol altogether, but I am eager to try to convince them to let their peers make their own choices without pressure or social consequences. Maybe by allowing alcohol to be a choice, they will make their own best decisions.

Watch My Demo Video:

People are Talking…

That’s one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard.

-Reverend Richard Evans, PhD, June 10, 2018

Your strength is contagious. And you don’t sound like a prohibitionist. Or a preacher. Or a teetotaler. You sound like, well, a Prophet. You’re sharing your experiences and wisdom so that those of us that are paying attention can benefit from it, be OUR best selves, and look to give back/serve others. Thanks again, Matt

-Brian Stafford, September 12, 2018

Thanks again for your sharing and analyzing with great courage.

-Pat MacMillan, June 17, 2019