“Spirituality is your conscious contact with God.”

Damon West led his high school football team to championships as well as a starting position with the North Texas University football team.  He was adored by his community and the good fortune of being the son of one of the most respected sports reporters in the state.  Very few people are blessed with such extraordinary gifts and opportunities, and yet, fate and biochemistry had another plan for Damon.  In short, addiction doesn’t discriminate.  

Whenever I talk to others in recover I am always inspired and uplifted by the daily choices they make to live in gratitude and be of service.  I loved this conversation with Damon about his story of redemption from meth addiction to what he has chosen to do with his life now and the positive impact he is making on the world.

Damon West, M.S. Criminal Justice, is a college professor, nationally known keynote speaker and best-selling author (with best-selling author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon) of The Coffee Bean: A simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. His first book and autobiography, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, was published just three years after his release from a Texas maximum-security prison.

After a fateful discussion during his incarceration with a seasoned convict, Damon had a spiritual awakening. He learned that, like a coffee bean changing with the application of heat and pressure, he was capable of changing the environment around him. Armed with a program of recovery, a renewed faith, and a miraculous second chance at life, Damon emerged from over seven years of prison a changed man. His story of redemption, grit and determination continues to inspire audiences today.

This is a powerful conversation about addiction, sobriety, redemption, spiritual transformation and more. No matter what you are dealing with currently, I know Damon’s story of turning tragedy into triumph will resonate with you.


Here’s what you will learn:

  • Where Damon’s road started with addiction and prison time (3:29)
  • What prison life was like for Damon (10:21)
  • Understanding the prison of the mind (15:16)
  • How to build grit and determination (23:31)
  • How Damon became a “smuggler of hope” (29:24)
  • Damon’s first experiences with recovery and how it changed him (36:42)
  • How his faith in God works to provide with needs (42:18)
  • The importance of reaching out while struggling with an addiction (49:37)

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