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Our Mission is to ‘Knock Out’ Addiction

KO Addiction is an organization that works to highlight the continuous drug epidemic we are currently facing as a nation. The opioid crisis in the United States is being called the worst drug crisis in history. Throughout the country the numbers continue to rise which is why KO Addiction is on a mission to do what it can to help in this growing crisis.

To that end, KO Addiction focuses on:

  • Inspiring the generosity of donors and participants to help uninsured and under-insured individuals obtain access to quality addiction treatment.

  • Working with communities and schools to educate our youth on the perils of addiction, and to promote changing addictive behaviors to healthy habits through speaking engagements and youth outreach.

  • Being a voice in the addiction treatment community to promote positive change, hold treatment centers accountable to put patients before profits, and to further develop treatment modalities to obtain better outcomes.

Drug and alcohol addiction is one of the most significant problems affecting our society today with direct impacts including increased death, crime, incarceration, poor health, and family discord. The government and insurance companies are doing little to prevent or stop this serious issue which is responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 Americans each year, as well as countless other devastating effects to the people around them. Rather than enacting legislation and policies that strive to end addiction and help people maintain long term sobriety, they instead disproportionately allocate funding and attention to other areas of medicine deemed more important. Insurance carriers are driven by bottom line profit and will not change unless forced to do so.

The lack of attention by our representatives in government and the indifference of insurance carriers are not working. We intend to use our platform to raise awareness of these issues, engage our community to provide support, and empower individuals to force change.

How KO Addiction Started

Shane SantaCroce is a top-level mentor and business coach, as well as a leader in the drug addiction treatment industry. After 8 years of working in the industry as a digital marketing specialist, sales manager, and patient advocate, Shane helped develop the KO Addition Boxing Series with the goal of raising awareness of the significant problems within the addiction treatment industry. Shane has been an outspoken advocate for change within the treatment industry for many years, including speaking on panel discussions and as a presenter with the Florida State Attorney’s Office, “Sober Home Task Force”.

WhiteSands Treatment Center’s CEO, Garry Jonas, has been actively involved in professional boxing promotion and management since 2011, including a prior partnership with boxing legend Mike Tyson. Mr. Jonas believed that boxing could serve as a useful tool to assist patients in treatment for alcohol and drug abuse by helping them to change addictive behaviors into healthy habits. Boxing provides patients with a much needed physical and emotional release from talk therapy, allowing them to better focus during treatment. It also helps them to develop the mental strength and perseverance needed to maintain long term sobriety. Garry Jonas is also the CEO of Probox Promotions, which hosts exciting live boxing events to showcase professional fighters.

Shane SantaCroce met Garry Jonas in 2015 and watched him slowly but surely raise the standard of quality of addiction treatment. Focusing on the patients and not the profits, and making continued innovations within the non-medical aspects of patient care and comfort, ultimately led to better treatment outcomes.

When Garry first decided to bring his boxing training camp into WhiteSands we all thought it was another effort to focus on time management. Allowing him to manage both of his operations out of one location. Many of us were skeptical about the move but the results were remarkable.

- Shane SantaCroce

Once Shane started hearing the testimonials from doctors and patients, he started to think about the possibilities of using the boxing platform to raise awareness, to draw financial resources, and to provide an opportunity to educate our youth. It was then that the KO Addiction Foundation was born.

Word From Our Sponsors

We thank our sponsors for supporting KO Addiction’s mission and value their ongoing support as we consistently work to make access to treatment easier and more accessible.

WhiteSands Treatment

WhiteSands Treatment Center is a premier treatment facility and has ranked as the number one addiction recovery center in the nation. They are the first treatment facility to implement boxing as a form of therapy which has contributed greatly to the success of patients' recovery here.

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