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Dec 21, 2020

On this episode of the Marina Perry Podcast, Marina is joined by her guest, addiction specialist Drew Wild. Drew’s mission as an addiction specialist is to begin changing the conversation around addiction, the stigmas around it, and reframe the ways in which we approach the realities of addiction and the needs of those who are working to recover from it. 


Drew reveals to listeners that he is passionate for this line of work after he himself spent 15 years of his life suffering from cycles of addiction before he found himself in rehab where he then felt ready to do the growth work necessary to overcome his addictions to drinking, smoking, casual sex, and other unhealthy and addicting coping mechanisms or vices that helped him “check out” of the realities of his life and not longer served him or his lifestyle.


At the core of it, Drew believes that vices and unhealthy and addicting coping mechanisms are just symptoms of other, deeply-rooted problems or internalized traumatic experiences, and that these are distractions used to avoid sitting with the hard feelings of pain, feeling hurt, or otherwise feeling unable to deal with experiencing the realities of life or sitting with oneself while hard feelings arise. 


Together, Marina and Drew will unpack the cycles of living with addiction, share some advice for implementing more healthy daily lifestyle choices, and ask listeners to reframe looking at addiction as coming from a place of deep pain in others rather than fixating and casting judgements on the addiction itself. 


Things You Will Learn

You will learn about what addiction is, how it may be expressed in others, and also how we can begin to reframe the ways in which we approach the subject of addiction and also start to unpack and change the stigmas around it.


Social Media

Let me know what you want to hear on future episodes, or tag me in a screenshot on Instagram @iammarinaperry. And follow Drew on Instagram @drew_wild or get connected to his personal resources and Facebook page through:


External Links

Check out Drew’s book recommendations: Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant:; Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russel Brand:; & A Happy Pocket Full of Money, Expanded Study Edition: Infinite Wealth and Abundance in the Here and Now: