Dr. Darryl Jordan Gebien
Compassion, Resiliency, Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Expert
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Dr. Darryl Jordan Gebien is an ER physician as well as former federal inmate and speaks on resiliency, addiction and the opioid Crisis. Dr. Darryl Jordan Gebien is in long-term recovery from opioid use disorder and lucky to be alive. His remarkable story has been the subject of national media attention.

Expertise in

  • Health and Wellness
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth

Speaker Types

  • Conference Keynote
  • Health and Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Lifestyle & Health

DR. DARRYL JORDAN GEBIEN BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Darryl Jordan Gebien is in long term recovery from opioid use disorder and lucky to be alive.  His remarkable story has been the subject of national media attention. Dr. Darryl Jordan Gebien is an ER physician as well as former federal inmate.  Dr. Darryl Jordan Gebien was incarcerated in 2017 due to abusing his prescription-writing privileges to feed an out-of-control addiction.  It all started innocently years earlier with pain killers prescribed by his doctor to treat back pain.  It ended after his arrest in 2014 but not before graduating to fentanyl and surviving an unintentional, near-fatal overdose.

His tumultuous journey involved a harrowing drug detox followed by the psychological chaos of early recovery and post-acute withdrawal syndrome.  Despite losing everything including his freedom (residing six months at various drug rehabs, one month in jail and eight months of prison), Dr. Darryl Jordan Gebien pressed on by frequently attending and ‘sharing’ at 12-step meetings.  It was here where Dr. Darryl Jordan Gebien found his voice and renewed confidence, learning that although others could criticize his opinions, his emotions and feelings were off limits.  Sharing emotions in a safe environment had unexpected rewards.  The deeper he dug in, exploring personality flaws and the painful past for example, the greater the benefit was on his well-being.

“Hope is everything when you have nothing” — DJG (2015)

Recovery taught Dr. Gebien the importance of unwavering honesty, to avoid social isolation and to confide in his supports his thoughts, feelings and problems.  This contrasted with his natural inclination to internalize negative emotions.  Along with expressing gratitude, balancing work with play, journaling, meditation and mindfulness, all became key stress-coping mechanisms lessening his frustration and self-loathing.  Eventually, he discovered such tools of recovery were akin to the keys to enduring happiness.  As his resiliency improved, he started to put back the broken pieces including his medical license (reinstated July 2021).

Dr. Gebien is now stronger, wiser and more determined to do his part in combating the opioid crisis.  Armed with his medical knowledge and personal story, he is well positioned to apply lived experiences in becoming a fierce advocate for the development and promotion of evidence-based solutions.  But the biggest hurdle is the stigma and negative attitudes held by many front-line health care professionals caring for those with mental health and addiction issues.  The same negative bias, adopted by legislators and policymakers, provides further challenges.  To mitigate unintentional overdoses and improve outcome for those suffering in silence, the conversation must begin in earnest and be based on facts regardless of opinion and optics.  Dr. Gebien has taken on this personal and professional challenge with a palatable sense of hope, vitality and enthusiasm.

Hope is everything when you have nothing

  • Recovery taught Dr. Gebien the importance of unwavering honesty, to avoid social isolation and to confide in his supports his thoughts, feelings and problems.  This contrasted with his natural inclination to internalize negative emotions.  Along with expressing gratitude, balancing work with play, journaling, meditation and mindfulness, all became key stress-coping mechanisms lessening his frustration and self-loathing.  Eventually, he discovered such tools of recovery were akin to the keys to enduring happiness.  As his resiliency improved, he started to put back the broken pieces including his medical license (reinstated July 2021).

    Dr. Gebien is now stronger, wiser and more determined to do his part in combating the opioid crisis.  Armed with his medical knowledge and personal story, he is well positioned to apply lived experiences in becoming a fierce advocate for the development and promotion of evidence-based solutions.  But the biggest hurdle is the stigma and negative attitudes held by many front-line health care professionals caring for those with mental health and addiction issues.  The same negative bias, adopted by legislators and policymakers, provides further challenges.  To mitigate unintentional overdoses and improve outcome for those suffering in silence, the conversation must begin in earnest and be based on facts regardless of opinion and optics.  Dr. Gebien has taken on this personal and professional challenge with a palatable sense of hope, vitality and enthusiasm.

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Talk Syllabus - A Compassionate Approach to Understanding Addiction

  • This interactive and captivating presentation begins with Dr. Gebien taking the audience along his epic fall and arduous rise from opioid use disorder. Candidly, he speaks of his overdose, arrest, detox, rehabs, incarceration, ongoing rehabilitation and unwavering personal commitment to achieving and maintaining healthy, productive living. The details, however, aren’t as important as his message of how SUD is but a maladaptive coping mechanism, or crutch, to handling stress.

    Poor stress management, in general, is rampant and cause for much unnecessary suffering. Pain, stress, anxiety and depression affect us all, but it is how we choose to deal with it that makes the difference on our well-being. Major stressors include trauma, broken relationships, bereavement, life transitions, finances and work performance. Boredom, isolation, loneliness and sleep deprivation also contribute.

    Developing strategies to recognizing and overcoming such vulnerabilities are key to minimizing the harmful effects of stress. They also build self-esteem and pride (resiliency), thus providing a foundation for happier, healthy living. The principle that, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety but rather human connection*,” along with Dr. Gebien’s epiphanic discovery that the tools of recovery are also keys to happiness, provide coping strategies that can help us all.

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Problematic substance use is an illness, not a moral deficiency

  • Dr. Gebien’s solutions to the opioid crisis are covered next. The underlying principle is to treat substance users with compassion and appreciate they are suffering in one form or another. Many become slaves to their drug of choice because sudden cessation, whether planned or not (particularly opioids), undoubtedly heralds a withdrawal syndrome so severe it compels them to relapse without care for consequences.

    Many wish to cease using but are fearful of the withdrawal syndrome (“dope sickness”). We need to stop judging users and appreciate they are ill — and to allow them to help themselves. The only way we are going to overcome the opioid mortality tsunami is to institute a seamless and compassionate, mental health-based approach that includes harm reduction, decriminalization, and multi-modal, comprehensive care.

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Darryl J Gebien’s speech was definitely a highlight of my experience at the Jack.org Eastern Ontario Summit. Darryl made me see first-hand that individuals who are educated, highly qualified and within society’s view of “successful” can still struggle. Nobody is above mental health – it affects each and every one of us. This was a valuable realization for me, as a current student at the Smith school of business. Commerce students are driven, successful, involved, and so many other great things – much like what I imagine most doctors to be as well. Unfortunately, our culture has made my peers and I feel that we cannot afford to struggle with mental health if we want to be successful. Through his speech, Darryl showed honesty, vulnerability and transparency and was open to any of our questions. He is the first individual I have personally spoken to who has gone through Rehab and Prison – yet, I was not in the least intimidated nor afraid to approach him after the speech. Speaking to him felt like talking to my dad or uncle – I even took a picture with him as a keepsake! Another valuable lesson I took from his talk was that regardless how hard things get, or how difficult a situation you find yourself in, they can always get better. You have to surround yourself with a community of supportive people and move forward forgiving yourself for the past. I really want to take the time to thank him for sharing his story and experiences with mental health and addiction. To anybody considering it, I highly recommend having Darryl J Gebien as a guest speaker. I also really hope he can come back to Queens and speak to my peers and I in the Commerce program!

Danika Bertrand

Commerce Class of 2020

Queens University

Darryl Gebien is a non-practicing emergency room physician with a timely and compelling story of addiction, incarceration and recovery. It is a story that all clinicians need to hear as we collectively struggle to address the opioid epidemic that is sweeping our nation. Darryl’s story demonstrates that even the most successful amongst us are at risk. His addiction to opioids started with a prescription for chronic back pain and quickly became his “go to” for stress relief. According to Johann Hari the opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety its connection. It was particularly eye-opening to hear about Darryl’s incarceration when he first found connection which led him into recovery.

Karen Foudy RN, BN, MST

Executive Director Peter Lougheed Centre

Alberta Health Services

A very candid and honest approach to personal experience with substance abuse and the effects both personally and professionally. Very honest and real, allowing us all to experience through him what it feels like to experience this very real dependency and the tragic effects on your life. Very eye opening information that we are privileged to share through his own personal tragedy.

Debbie Health

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Expertise in

  • Health and Wellness
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth

Speaker Types

  • Conference Keynote
  • Health and Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Lifestyle & Health
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