Nick Padlo, Local Business Leader and Mental Health Advocate, Shares Visionary Ideas on Addiction Recovery in TED Talk

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Applying the recovery toolkit to mental health curricula

Jacksonville, FL – Nick Padlo, a leader in the local business community, passionate health advocate, and founder of Sophros Recovery (, recently gave an inspiring TED Talk ( in Tampa Bay, FL. In his talk, he highlighted the importance of incorporating addiction recovery education into mainstream education. Padlo’s personal story is one of service, commitment, academic achievements, and business success, adding depth to his call for a shift in society’s approach to challenges regarding health, well-being, and recovery.

Released this week, Padlo’s TED Talk focuses on the relevance of addiction recovery principles. Drawing from his struggles with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, he stresses the value of recovery strategies. Critical elements discussed include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness techniques, effective communication methods, and the spiritual aspects of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program.

“I see a future where everyone has access to the education of self, and one where you don’t have to be an alcoholic to get it,” says Padlo. 

Padlo’s journey has been marked by unique experiences and unwavering dedication. Following his graduation from the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, where he led the Honor Committee, Padlo’s service in the US Army was distinguished through his earned accolades, including the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge during his deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. His pursuit of education at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and his subsequent rise to the position of CEO in a rapidly growing company listed on Inc. 1000 serves as a testament to his resilience and drive.

Padlo’s foray into substance abuse treatment was not just a personal journey but a mission to make a difference in the lives of others. Today, Sophros Recovery — which recently expanded into the Tampa, FL area — serves as a beacon of hope for individuals throughout Florida, providing them with the necessary tools and unwavering encouragement to start their recovery journey.

By pushing for the inclusion of recovery principles in education and highlighting therapists as collaborators in mental resilience, Padlo exemplifies a compassionate leadership ethos and societal change. With his background and strong advocacy for health issues, Padlos’s TED Talk symbolizes a significant moment in ongoing conversations about addiction recovery and mental well-being.

About Nick Padlo, Founder and CEO of Sophros Recovery

Nick Padlo is a small business leader, entrepreneur, and native of Jacksonville Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy (West Point), where he served as the Chairman of the Honor Committee. After West Point, Nick served for 5 years in the United States Army. Where he spent 27 months in combat operations between Afghanistan and Iraq, earning the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. He attended Stanford University for business school and later went on to become CEO of an Inc1000 growth company. His move into substance abuse treatment is a result of his personal battle with depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder. After getting treatment himself, Nick defined his personal mission as helping others through similarly dark times. He believes that everyone can find their way back, regain their lives, and live a life free of suffering. Sophros ( was designed to be just that place, where clients across Florida can develop a set of tools that can help them establish their own personal road to recovery.

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