Last Updated on November 8, 2023, 8:04 am
Learn more about Best-Selling Author, professional Skateboarder, and Motivational Speaker’s Addiction struggles, Accidents, and Recovery.
Brandon Novak, a best-selling author, former professional skateboarder, and recovery speaker’s life has been anything but a bed of roses. The famous “Jackass” movie star has led a dynamic life with many ups and countless downs. Through his troubles and challenges, the former skateboarder has learned many lessons in his life and now shares these lessons with thousands of followers who are suffering from the same experiences. Let’s dive into the inspirational life of Brandon Novak and learn more about the stories behind his miraculous recovery.
Born on December 10, 1978, Brandon was discovered by Tony Hawk, a skateboarding legend, at the age of 7. He soon became a professional skateboarder who was sponsored by Gatorade at the age of 14 and starred in a commercial with Michael Jordan at 15. Everything was going great for him until he fell into substance abuse. Upon learning about Novak’s drug abuse, Hawk presented him with a choice to either enter a rehab program or quit. He chose to quit, hence ending his skateboarding career.
He has also worked in the entertainment industry, starring in ‘Jackass’ movies, MTV Viva la Bam, and CKY series Bam’s Unholy Union, and many more.
Battle with Substance abuseAfter quitting skateboarding, Novak struggled with addiction for over 25 years, during which he went to rehab 13 times, frequently got arrested
for possession of illegal substances and many other charges, overdosed four times and suffered isolation. He was clean for almost four years, from 2003 to 2007, but relapsed. In addition to substance abuse, Novak struggled with his mental health as well. On one occasion, he admitted that he had attempted suicide.
After 25 years of addiction, Novak was finally able to get sober in 2015. He now helps others struggling with drug addiction overcome their demons.
Accidents and arrests
Novak has been involved in many motor vehicle accidents over the years, suffering multiple injuries. In 2009, he slammed into a parked automobile in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and was arrested for driving under the influence. In 2011, he was involved in a more severe accident while driving his friend’s Mercedes Benz S550, causing $80,000 worth of damages.
In another accident where he crashed his vehicle into a tree, he got ejected from the vehicle, sustaining multiple injuries including a fractured back, a punctured lung, and other internal traumas, which put him in hospital for several weeks, disrupting his professional commitments.
He admitted his struggles with addiction played a significant role in these accidents. The life-threatening incidents served as a wake-up call, and he strived to overcome addiction and get sober. After many attempts, he was finally able to kick the injurious habit for good in 2015 and has been sober ever since.
Author and Recovery Speaker
After getting sober, Novak is committed to helping other struggling addictions. He has become a motivational speaker and recovery advocate, public speaking at events nationwide and on many prestigious platforms. He is now a professional interventionist with the unique perspective of having been in the same situation himself. He provides his personal number for anyone struggling to contact him freely for advice and support.
He has also authored a best-selling book, “Dreamseller: An Addiction Memoir,” penning down his struggles with addiction and his miraculous recovery, which inspires millions of struggling people worldwide. He has also established ‘Novak’s House,’ a sober home in Deleware for young men in recovery. There are currently three Novak’s Houses located in Wilmington, Delaware.
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