Motivational College Speaker Elaine Williams Reflects on Food, Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Motivational College Speaker Elaine Williams Reflects on Food, Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Augustana University - Nationally known comedian and motivational college speaker Elaine Williams shared her inspiring and soul-baring story of food, drug and alcohol addiction in “Binge No More” at Morrison Commons / Augustana University. The event, sponsored by Augustana’s Union Board of Governors (UBG) and the Augustana Women’s Association (AWA), is free and open to the public. Widely considered the every-day “girl next door,” motivational college speaker Williams had it all – the brains, the charm, and talent to be drill team captain, a national honor society member, on the dean’s list and involved in her choir and community. What she hid was she was also victim of emotional and sexual assault which led her to abuse her body with food and substances becoming bulimic and putting her life at risk. She made the decision to embark on a journey to a healthy life. Today, as a certified Life Coach, she uses her comedic talent to engage audiences in discovering that the way to your heart is not through your stomach, and happiness is not found in a bottle. Williams has appeared on Saturday Night Live, HBO, ABC, NBC, FOX, and been featured in The New York Times and has shared her story on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In a workshop titled “Emotional Eating,” she shares her eating disorder journey and how she was able to stop abusing herself with food, dieting and laxatives. She addresses why so many students struggle with stress eating and offers tools and solutions for breaking the habit now before it’s too late. Williams’ “Party Fouls” workshop shares her “highly functioning addiction” story, peppered...
Elaine Williams – Raising Addiction Awareness Through Laughter

Elaine Williams – Raising Addiction Awareness Through Laughter

Elaine Williams, “girl next door” had it all – the brains, the charm, and the talent to be drill team captain, a national honor society member, on the dean’s list, and involved in her choir and community. What she hid was she was also a victim of an emotional and sexual assault. Realizing it takes the same amount of energy to make yourself strong as it does to be miserable, Elaine started her journey to a healthy life. She shares her life story to raise addiction awareness as a college speaker and author. Elaine Williams is an award-winning stand-up comedian who has appeared on Saturday Night Live, HBO, ABC, NBC, FOX, and has been featured in The New York Times. She is the author of “Stop the Madness” and today as a certified Life Coach, she helps readers to Addiction Awareness by using her comedic talent to engage audiences in discovering that the way to the heart is not through the stomach, and happiness is not found in a bottle. Elaine speaks to corporate groups, schools, and organizations who are trying to elevate awareness around addictions and abuse. Contact Elaine: www.ElaineWilliams.com...
Motivational Speaker Talks to College Students About Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Motivational Speaker Talks to College Students About Alcohol and Drug Abuse

EDU in Review News - For many students, the first time they will drink alcohol or experiment with drugs is during college. For some, the first time leads to a second and a third and a fourth, and before they realize it, they are heading down the road to substance abuse and addiction. Of course, students hear about the dangers of this path all the time, but these messages can be easy to ignore. Unless the message is coming from Elaine Williams, a comedian and motivational speaker who has recently been touring college campuses across the nation to talk about substance abuse and addiction. “There is so much shame, darkness, and isolation in being an addict,” Williams said. “Laughter is the opposite of that. It also releases endorphins. So, I don’t preach, lecture, point my finger or scare the students. I tell my story and how I overcame the abuses, but I also empathize and listen to the students. I get what they’re going through. There’s a lot of pressure to perform, be liked and feel part of a group.” It seems that Williams’ message is getting through to those who see her presentation as well. “Elaine was real and really funny,” said Steven, a student at Southwest Tennessee Community College. “She had our attention the whole time. I can tell she really cares about the students.” This semester, Williams has spoken at several schools, including New Mexico State University, Bethany College, University of Memphis, University of Arkansas, and the University of Texas. Approximately once each week, one person in the USA dies from alcohol poisoning. Recently, teenage abuse...

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