"It made me realize it would really not be right to mount the podium and make the traditional greeting," Smitherman said "So I said what was in my heart. I left the room a better person. It was liberating. If it comes back to haunt me, so be it."
He shared with the public, that it was the inner drive to give up drugs that was a key motivator in ensuring his success. He had taken counseling with a drug specialist psychiatrist on about 15 to 20 occasions. He had to get away from the friends circle and abstain from alcohol, to kick the drug habit.
Smitherman's potent message to people who do drugs, is that barring all the despondency , if somebody has the will to give up drug addiction, one can really come out if it.