Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS, is a humorous inspirational speaker, a certified addiction treatment professional, and an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. She holds five professional certifications including the Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and the Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist. She served as a Survivor Advisor with HEAL before becoming a board member. Ms. MacGibbon is the President of Marti Mac Enterprises, LLC founded in 2013.
In speaking to businesses, medical professionals and mental health professionals on addiction recovery, overcoming adversity, empowerment, and inspiration, Marti raises awareness on human trafficking, domestic violence, and violence against women. She has spoken at The Museum of Tolerance, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and colleges and universities. Marti designed, developed and delivered programming in the criminal justice system. She presents and provides technical assistance and best practices protocols to a variety of entities ranging from public health, nurses’ associations, substance abuse programs, criminal justice, law practices, the judicial system and task forces.
An advocate for survivors, Marti has spoken at the White House, State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and Office for Victims of Crime on mental health and policy. From 2012-2017, Ms. MacGibbon was a core member of the Indiana Attorney General’s statewide anti-trafficking task force, IPATH: Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans. She has advocated in support of legislation aimed at eradicating child sex trafficking at the California State Legislature.
Marti is an internationally known author of two nationally award winning, critically acclaimed memoirs, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, and Fierce, Funny, and Female. Marti co-authored an article with HEAL’s founders, Hanni Stoklosa, M.D. and Joseph Stoklosa, M.D., which was published in the AMA Journal of Ethics. The article is entitled, Human Trafficking, Mental Illness, and Addiction: Avoiding Diagnostic Overshadowing.
She delivers a personal resiliency story, both riveting and inspirational, incorporating her education, expertise and lived experiences. She recovered from and triumphed over being trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime, homelessness, domestic violence, PTSD and drug addiction. Marti employed simple, effective strategies to transform her life and shares to motivate, encourage, and energize audiences.
The Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition honored Marti with the 2015 Indiana Lifetime Recovery Advocate Award and the 2014 Recovery Advocate of the Year Award, for outstanding accomplishments in support of recovery, and her work in breaking away the stigma surrounding addiction, mental illness, human trafficking, domestic violence, and homelessness.