EPISODE 68: Part 1 – A Path to Recovery: Nowhere to Go But Up with Sean Dustin

This episode is part 1 of a three-part series with my guest Sean Dustin.

His story is one of drugs, alcoholism, recovery, hope and the power it took to turn his life around. Sean is one of the most courageous guests that I’ve had the honor to interview. He shares his life struggles and triumphs with such raw honesty that I didn’t want to edit his interview to fit into one episode so we created a three-part series. I was deeply moved throughout this interview, and I know you will be too. 

Sean is an addict on his own path of recovery. He was addicted to meth for 18 years, and quit in 2010. He picked up an addiction to painkillers for 7 years after that. He spent 3 years in prison as a result of his addiction. Now, Sean is a father, a union tradesman, a cultivator, and a podcaster. 

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • [2:10] How Sean became an addict 
  • [4:20] Growing up in a violent household
  • [8:55] Discovering drugs for the first time
  • [15:10] Running away from home, breaking probation and his mom turning him over to the State
  • [19:20] Flunking out of school, chasing what felt good, and going into rehab 
  • [31:05] Finally seeing his full potential for the very first time
  • [33:20] Moving out and falling back into drugs and alcohol abuse
  • [42:20] Learning how to manipulate people 
  • [52:15] Working in night clubs and dealing drugs

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