Blake Cohen began his career in the field of substance abuse treatment in his home state of Florida. Fueled by passion and gratitude for having overcome his own battles with addiction, he completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Florida Atlantic University and earned a state certification as an Addictions Professional to better assist those struggling with substance use disorders.
Blake wrote I Love You, More to offer perspective to family members – including the addict and their loved ones. Combining his personal and work experiences, along with many emotional interviews, he uses short, fictional stories to detail what a family unit endures when one of its members struggles with addiction.
His two-fold goal is to combat the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction and educate those who are in the dark about it. Blake is currently the National Outreach Manager for Recovery Unplugged, a South Florida-based Substance Abuse and Mental health Treatment Center. Blake currently lives with his wife, Chrissy, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Finding my own recovery from a Substance Use Disorder in 2012, I fell in love with the idea of instilling hope into the hopeless. Once I began sharing my story in an open manner, I found that so many people misunderstood what it meant to afflicted with addiction. Their preconceived notions and societal influenced opinions were glaring and I felt that I must do my part in changing their views to one that is more understanding and accepting of the struggling.
I found that the most effective forum for change in this arena was through education and story telling. With that revelation, I've began my career writing and public speaking on the topic of addiction, mental health, and the family dynamics that are involved in such brain disorders.
Change starts at home. More specifically, I firmly believe the real change will come by educating the youth in our communities.
I've had the privilege and honor to be able to speak to hundreds of students between the ages of 12-22 about addiction, the dangers of vaping, marijuana, opioids, and more. These kids are our future. They are the solution to the addiction crisis we are finding ourselves in.
If we can change their perspective and understanding of substances, social acceptance, and mental health, we can change our future as a country.
Valencia Community College
Associate's Degree 2008
Florida Atlantic University
Bachelor's Degree 2011
Academy for Addictions Professionals
Certified Addictions Professional 2015
Former Radio Co-Host on RecoveryRadio.FM's Flagship show Recovery Live
Author, Activist, Thought Leader, Public Speaker, Outreach Manager, Admissions Director, Group Facilitator, Corporate Education, Drug Trends Educator, and Recovery Speaker.