Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 – Beyond the Pill

Name: Brandon Lee Geppert

Beyond the Pill

Brandon Geppert

June 6, 2020

The opioid pandemic has taken our society by storm. Growing up in a small town just outside of Baltimore, I have seen addiction from all forms take hold of friends, family and loved ones. Not in a million years would I think I would be standing here today, and not be able to reach out to 1/4th the contacts I have had in my phone. I look back and see the faces of those who were very much like me but took a different route through many variables and obstacles in their way. At 21 years old, I left Frederick, Maryland to pursue a better life. I walked away from friends, family, and loved ones to become a better person and make a better life for myself. I was caught up in the party scene and started to notice that I was heading in the wrong directions. Moving to the nation’s capital pushed me out of my comfort zone, and it really made me grow as a person. I was forced to have to work on my weakness’ and adapt to my surroundings which was tough coming from such a small town. As a long time, athlete, I have always had a passion for health and wellness through performance enhancement and injury prevention. Coaching is something I always enjoyed doing, and it was apparent that I loved coaching the general public through health. Living in Washington, D.C. I have been blessed to work with top executives, congressmen, and top government officials to promote their health and wellbeing. Over the years I have made a name for myself and have built a pretty successful business focusing on residential and corporate wellness programming through my own LLC. By the age of 24, I had my first daughter, Layla Grace Geppert. She is my world, and I wanted to be my best and be the best role model I can be. I returned to school to finish my degree in exercise science along with working and parenting full-time. This has been an enjoyable experience, and I have further had more interests in performance enhancement & injury prevention. I have understood how movement analysis can provide me the template I need to pinpoint problems in an individual’s kinetic chain to provide them with matching correctives to prevent the risk of injury. Also, this measurable data allows me to understand why pain occurs, and how it can be reduced by modalities and holistic therapeutic approaches to naturally cure pain. When pain occurs, it can be above or below the actual pain points, and this is where the dysfunctions lie in the kinetic chain. Through movement analytics, I am able to see how people compensate from joint motion and provide them with scientifically backed correctives to reduce their chronic pain to manage their health promote a healthy wellbeing. That being said, I live in the nation’s capital where we lobby pharmaceuticals to give to doctors only to mask the problems. We actually never fix or promote a solution that creates a healthier society, we tend to push pills and drugs to provide relief which never fixes the problems at hand. Opioid drugs have been over prescribed to patients for pain management, which in return has led to more of a dependence and addiction to our youth and loved ones. It has shown for over the last 15 years that opioid related deaths are spiking dramatically, and with the introduction of fentanyl people don’t stand a chance. I have lost more than 20 close friends or know someone who have lost 20 close friends due to this epidemic because they were prescribed Oxycotin, Percocet, or Vicotin to combat their chronic pain. This has lead them to dependence, and dependence has lead them down a long dark path to their deaths. We are now in need of more research and development to provide people with natural ways of healing, so they do not have to become dependent on a pill. I am hoping that after I graduate, I can apply my knowledge in applied scientist to perform clinical research for NIH and government sectors to combat addiction and give our people real solutions and not false realities. I am the biggest advocate to holistic results beyond the pill, and I will dedicate my life to give the ones I loved the justice they need because they now have no voice. We are one, and with perseverance I will be able to show government sectors through grant funding that movement was the medicine everyone needed all along.