Georgia Southern University

Former drug addict to share experiences with students Nov. 26

The Office of Health Education and Promotion at Georgia Southern University will present ‘Confessions of a Former Drug Addict Real Talk” Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

On the outside it appeared that B.J. Elliott had everything going for him. He was graduating from college and received an award from the National Restaurant Association. However, on the inside Elliott was constantly fearful of rejection and unable to love himself.

Feeling unsuccessfully at matching the outside with what was going on inside, Elliott turned to drugs and alcohol to survive and quickly lost everything to addiction. After witnessing drug deals gone bad, chemical explosions from the manufacturing of drugs and the pain he was causing his family, he was still unable to stop the cycle. After hitting bottom, he finally recognized his problem and went to detox.

Now almost two years clean from all drugs and alcohol, Elliott is using his pain to give hope to others. He currently lives with brain damage, tremors and permanent health problems as a result of his years of drug use.

There is no admission for the presentation. The PAC is located on the Georgia Southern campus at the corner of Chandler Road and Plant Drive.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 120 degree programs serving nearly 17,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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