BEAVERCREEK — Darryl Strawberry and his wife Tracy have formed an alliance with Ohio Pastors to help stop the epidemic of Ohio’s opioid/drug crisis. The couple made a special appearance, March 5 at the Beavercreek Nazarene Church to help share their struggles with drug addiction in hopes to provide families, friends and other addicts with education, enlightenment and hope.
There were more than 250 attendees, including current individuals struggling with addiction and recovery.
“To really fix the problem, you need to fix the hurt first,” Darryl Strawberry said. “Our schools are missing education on drugs. They’re not the same as they used to be. They are laced with very deadly drugs.”
Darryl Strawberry, once a feared slugger for the New York Mets and Yankees before addictions derailed his 17-year Major League Baseball career, now is an evangelical born-again Christian who travels giving his testimony.
Strawberry, 55, and his wife, Tracy, will be keynote speakers next month at Epidemic of Hope, an event planned in response to Ohio’s opioid crisis. They will meet with about 20 local pastors and city officials during a private event from 6-7 p.m. on March 6, then address the public from 7-9 p.m. at Breiel Boulevard Church of God, 2000 N. Breiel Blvd.
The church event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required, said Jeri Lewis, marketing and community development director at Kingswell, organizers of the event. She hopes to fill the 500-seat sanctuary.
Lewis predicted the meetings will allow the city to “launch into the streets” a strategy to combat the heroin epidemic in the region.
“We have to have a community aspect,” Lewis said.
Those who attend will hear inspiring stories of hope and opportunity while learning practical and proven methods for their communities, Lewis said.
The Strawberrys will spend the day in Middletown and Lewis will give them a tour of the city, including Hope House, the city’s homeless shelter, the revitalized downtown business district and city parks.
Having a former MLB player like Strawberry, someone who won one World Series championship with the Mets and three with the Yankees, talk about his addictions grabs attention, Lewis said. Strawberry was also suspended three times by MLB for substance abuse.
Lewis said God “laid on the heart” of the Strawberrys to use their celebrity status to share their story and give their “beautiful testimony.”
On their website, the Strawberrys said they lived “defeated lives” and were separated from God for many years. Addictions, abuse, divorces, cancer, jail-time, and other issues plagued their lives. They met while attending a drug recovery convention.
President Trump has enlisted former New York Mets All-Star Darryl Strawberry in the offensive against opioid addiction.
Mr. Strawberry, whose Christian faith helped him beat a personal struggle with drug abuse and opioid addiction, was at the White House with other faith leaders Thursday for a meetings with administration officials.
“They asked us if we can come be a part with [Christian] radio station K-LOVE to talk about the epidemic because I work with kids who are struggling with addiction and dying everyday,” Mr. Strawberry told The Washington Times.
The baseball star detailed his experience finding religion and overcoming drugs in his book “Don’t Give Up on Me: Shedding Light on Addiction with Darryl Strawberry.”
Mr. Strawberry and his wife Tracy lead Strawberry Ministries which strives to “lead people to Jesus Christ and to restore lives and relationships through the power of God,” according to their website.
Mr. Trump has made combating the opioid crisis a priority, requesting $30 billion for drug control efforts in the 2019 budget.
Darryl Strawberry is one of the greatest to ever play the game of baseball. He may also be one of the greatest, most approachable men we’ve met and certainly his personal story of tragedy, hope, redemption and victory is one of the most inspiring we’ve heard. For baseball fans, his accolades in the game are …stupendous.
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 21, 2017 – Baseball legend Darryl Strawberry sat down with Dr. Mehmet Oz on The Doctor Oz Show to discuss the addiction epidemic that is overshadowing our country today. The episode will air Friday, Dec. 22, with show times varying depending on region.
Strawberry, now 14 years sober, has dedicated his life to helping others avoid the same pitfalls that he lived through, because he knows the power of getting help.
“I’m a living miracle today, and I sit here because of my wife pulling me out of dope houses 14 years ago,” he said.
Strawberry had a 17-year MLB career with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees, was a National League Rookie of the Year, an eight-time All-Star, and a four-time World Series Champion. The entire time, Strawberry struggled with addiction. And it wasn’t only drugs and alcohol. On Dr. Oz, Strawberry opens up about his addiction to sex, admitting that he used to have sex between innings.
“It was a pretty crazy lifestyle,” he said. “In the middle of games, yeah, I would go between innings and run back and have a little party going and I thought it was pretty cool, but that’s just the addiction, the drive.”
Addicts are always struggling. “They look good on the outside, but are never well on the inside,” he said. Through his public outreach, Strawberry seeks to help people who struggle with addiction transform inside and out.
Major League Baseball All-Star Darryl Strawberry has triumphed … not only on the baseball diamond, but in life.
Strawberry will be appearing Wednesday, November 15th on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to share his story of story of childhood abuse, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, and ultimately, recovery, with easy-to-understand explanations of addiction from trained professionals.
New Brunswick Herald
Posted by Carrie Brunner
November 14, 2017
TAMPA, FL – 11-14-2017
Four-time World Series champion Darryl Strawberry says do not underestimate the power of prayer.
“I think it’s very important that people understand that prayer does work,” Strawberry said in response to critics of “thoughts and prayers” after a tragedy.
Many political leaders, including President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, were criticized for sending “thoughts and prayers” to victims of the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a gunman killed 26 people and injured 20 at the First Baptist Church.
In his book, Strawberry weaves a story of childhood abuse, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction with easy-to-understand explanations of addiction from trained professionals.
Presented through the the eyes of a psychoanalyst, licensed social worker, and addiction specialist, this book offers hope and a path to healing.
By shedding the light on addiction, “Don’t Give Up On Me” speaks to all people, from those who are still trapped in the depths of addiction to those who are currently in recovery, to caregivers, parents, friends, and therapists.
This book also stresses the importance of good parenting and discusses the impact of low self-esteem, low self-worth, bullying, as well as emotional and physical pain and how the seeds of substance abuse are planted at an early age.
Whether the addiction is to alcohol, heroin or other opiates, gambling, food, or sex, this book shares the hard truths and hopeful messages for anyone impacted by this deadly dilemma.
Tickets for this event are $25, and includes a copy of the book. The Clinton Book Shop is located at 12 E. Main Street in Clinton. Tickets can be obtained by calling 908-735-8811 or by stopping by the book shop.