Speaking. Coaching. Workshops.


Bad Medicine is the improbable story of Matthew D. Hirschberg. His extraordinary journey serves as proof that any obstacle in life can be overcome. Matt’s story is one of redemption and a great reminder that personal responsibility helps pave the road to success. From his early days involving drugs, prison and obesity to his current stage of life where he is a successful entrepreneur, business owner and speaker, this book helps its readers reexamine and take stock of their own lives through his “Life Prescriptions” – the proven life lessons he has learned from his unbelievable experiences. Once hitting rock bottom, Matt had to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and try to put them back together. He improved his health, continued his education and strengthened his faith. Today, Matt is blessed with a career that allows him to help other people by improving lives one event at a time. After experiencing his story and the words of wisdom he has to share, one’s life will inevitably change for the better.


  • Speaking Engagements
  • Life Prescription Workshops
  • Alcohol & Drug Education
  • School Assemblies
  • Life Coaching
  • Peer Recovery Coaching
  • Early Intervention Consulting
  • Community Re-Entry Consulting





Share how the improbable story of Matthew D. Hirschberg inspired you to turn your dreams into a reality – anything from overcoming addiction or obesity, to landing your dream job, to extraordinary demonstration of faith.

SUBMIT YOUR STORY to matt@mdhirschberg.com for the possibility of being featured in our next book.



Matt Hirschberg is engaging and inspiring! He has a story to be told that will have a powerful impact both the young and mature members of our community.  He is truly empathetic with his audience while he shares a message that encourages, motivates and inspires!
– Crystel
Hi Matt! I’ve read many books about drug abuse and recovery, but yours was the first to actually make an impact on me. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story and inspiring people to be the best they can be.
– Brooke
This is a wonderful book! I picked it up one evening thinking I would skim the first chapter or so and ended up reading the entire thing! The challenges Matt faced and overcame will blow you away. This is a great read for anyone going through a tough time, anyone who knows someone going through a tough time or even just someone just looking for a little inspiration.
– Brittany
Matt offers a glimpse into his life that most others would not be willing to share, but does so in a way that helps inspire others that they can overcome any situation. As a professional triathlete, I’m always looking for books to provide motivation, and this book definitely did so and exemplifies the Ironman motto that “Anything is Possible.”
– Katie
Matt’s story covers everything from privileged, false self-perception, deception, addiction, and inspiration. The way his story is told, his thought process, interjecting humor, even in bad situations, keeps you captivated with what will happen next. This is an excellent read for many purposes but mainly an inspiration. It’s an easy read and one I highly recommend.
– Rich

Matthew D. Hirschberg is a motivational speaker, best-selling author, and fitness professional who enjoys sharing his life story and the lessons he has learned along the way. He is a proud member of the National Speakers Association and Speakers for Change, whose audiences have included detention centers, recovery facilities, schools, and churches, as well as business and professional settings. Matt is the Personal Training Director of Body Renew Fitness as well as a Master Trainer, State Representative, and Subject Matter Expert through the National Federation of Professional Trainers. He holds separate certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, CrossFit, TRX and ViPR. Matt is also the co-chairman of Clean, Inc. (Community and Law Enforcement Against Narcotics) and an Internationally Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. He resides in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where he has been featured multiple times on television, radio, and newspaper.


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