Achieving Your Dreams and Making a Difference with Lindsay Bettis

In this episode, we talk to Miss Florida 2022 Lindsay Bettis about perseverance, achieving dreams and why real talk about substance use, addiction and recovery could make a difference to the next generation of students.

oct 25TH, 2022

Episode Notes

Memorable Moments:

  • 3:08  I grew up in a family with substance use. And it was something that was really associated with the dark parts of my life. So I really never saw it becoming a career because it was something that I always looked at and frowned upon…something that my family always swept under the rug and tried to keep hush hush. And as we grew and progressed through this journey, we realized that that was the worst possible thing that we could have done. And what we needed to do was reach out and get the resources that were needed in order to get my loved one healthy, and back on track and recovery.
  • 7:00  I remember the first time that I saw a real talk presentation, I was in college, and I will be the first to admit, I was naive about what was going on in the world related to drugs and alcohol. I didn’t know all the science and the facts. And I’m glad that this program laid it out straight, because it’s something that students need to hear. Because there are a lot of people like me that don’t necessarily know what happens if you choose to experiment. 
  • 14:52 I think that that will forever be a part of my story, the fact that I persevered through something that could have been where I easily decided to just give up, bow out. But instead, we decided to go full force and go down kicking and screaming in the process. 
  • 19:36 My dad is my biggest supporter and always gives me his full okay to bring these stories to the stage and to bring them out to the public and I could not be more thankful for that because I know that our story is similar to a lot of other individuals that could really benefit from hearing this.
  • 20:05 What matters most to me at this point is that I have been handed this incredible opportunity. So what matters most is making the most out of that opportunity and making a difference.

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Lindsay Bettis

Lindsay Bettis, Miss Florida 2022, a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing her MBA from Louisiana State University Shreveport’s accelerated online program. Her social impact initiative, “Prescription for Change: Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery” was crafted from the responsibility she felt to reverse the addiction crisis after growing up in a family with substance use.