Of his roles as an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, and model, celebrity talent AJ McLean is best known for his iconic role as one of the leading heartthrobs of the best-selling boy band of all time, the Backstreet Boys, who have sold more than 140 million records worldwide.
Accelerating quickly into the world of fame and temptation, Mr. McLean’s lifestyle spiraled into habitual drug and alcohol addictions early on in his twenties, eventually leading to his commitment into the rehabilitation system in 2001, 2002, and again in 2011, as the result of a bandmate intervention. Enduring a more than 20-year battle with addiction and rehab, Mr. McLean is not only dedicated to his own recovery and career ventures, but to making a positive impact in the recovery of patients and fans.
Having branched out as a solo artist, Mr. McLean has released hit singles such as Back Porch Bottle Service, Night Visions, and most recently, the fan-favorite track—Boy And A Man. With more than 3,468,149 views on YouTube, the music video for Boy And A Man features a night-stand cameo with Vivera’s own non-addictive TVIA Gel, a gentle yet effective non-addictive topical pain management solution.
A fierce advocate for finding strength in recovery, Tara Conner, beauty pageant titleholder and television personality, shares her experience, hope, and words of empowerment through sobriety with audiences throughout the United States.
Crowned Miss USA in 2006, Ms. Conner wrapped up one of her most accomplished years by entering into a treatment center that very December. Quietly struggling with addiction as a teenager, Ms. Conner was treated for both alcohol and drug addictions, and has now celebrated over 14 years of strength and sobriety. Motivated to live a meaningful and sober life, she has gone on to pursue careers in modeling, singing, acting, and producing, and has used her platform to become a role model for those troubled with ongoing pains of addiction. Opening up about her lifelong personal battles, Ms. Conner has helped to inspire individuals with similar struggles through her Ted Talk, Recover Out Loud, as well as through news pieces and television appearances. By shining a light on the Recovery Movement, Ms. Conner hopes to educate the world that addiction is a vastly undertreated disease, and that many survivors go on to lead a healthy, productive life through recovery.
Ms. Conner is especially drawn to proactively raising awareness in educators, families, and influential professionals, passionately speaking about the ease at which addiction can manifest during times of youth and hardship. During these conversations, she enlightens the public on the silent dangers of the build-up to addiction, while reinforcing the idea that sobriety can enhance life’s possibilities exponentially from an early age.
Daniel Baldwin is an American actor, director, and producer, having hosted his own ESPN radio show, “The Daniel Baldwin Show,” on the metropolitan Syracuse radio station, WTLA. Having a rocky past with addiction and various drug-induced encounters with law enforcement, Mr. Baldwin speaks openly about the burdens of addiction each month on platforms such as Fox News.
Taking the opportunity to star on the VH1 reality television show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Mr. Baldwin was very open about his time in rehabilitation, but made the personal decision to recenter his recovery efforts in leaving the show to seek help through private, personalized methods of treatment. Mr. Baldwin sought his recovery with SOBA Recovery Centers, where he continues to give back and help others struggling with similar addictions. By taking an active role in the rehabilitation journeys of other patients, he is not only dedicated to his own recovery, but to others struggling down the path toward recovery.
After suffering a serious injury to his back, Mr. Baldwin’s journey toward sobriety was stunted by the opiate-based medication he was prescribed. This unnecessary setback was eye-opening for Mr. Baldwin, who has since spoken out about the dangerous ease of access and overprescription of addictive pain management drugs. Directly opposing the large-scale pharmaceutical supporters and lobbyists profiting off of opiate-based addictions to prescription painkillers, Mr. Baldwin proudly supports non-addictive treatments for pain management which work to promote recovery, rather than harm it.
View, “The New Epidemic,” a Lifestyle Magazine segment featuring Vivera’s Chief Recovery Officer, Mr. Greg Hannley, and Ambassador, Mr. Daniel Baldwin as they discuss the circle of addiction, the horrors of opioid drugs and painkillers on our youth, and systematic steps toward recovery to give our youth a fighting chance at change.