It’s part of the human condition to run away from pain. Most of us have habits we acquired as a way to cope with painful childhood experiences or traumas, which unfortunately don’t serve us as adults. These habits can manifest as addiction in a wide variety of forms, from substance abuse to overworking.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to Doug Bopst about hitting rock bottom in jail from a felony drug charge, overcoming addiction, and how he turned his life around with the help of fitness.
Doug Bopst is an award-winning personal trainer, author of three books, and host of The Adversity Advantage Podcast. He is on a crusade to inspire others to overcome adversity and become the best version of themselves. He’s a former convicted felon and drug addict who spent time in jail for “possession with intent to sell.” While locked in a cell, he slayed his personal demons, kicked addiction, and reinvented himself, and he hasn’t touched drugs since the day he was incarcerated in 2008.
He has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Men’s Health, Forbes, Rich Roll, The Skinny Confidential, Impact Theory, and many other media outlets. From Felony to Fitness to Free, a short documentary about his story, has been screened at the Reel Recovery Film Festival in Los Angeles and New York City.
In this episode, we dive into:
- Doug’s early childhood experiences and the development of emotional pain (2:39)
- Doug’s first experience using drugs (25:03)
- The importance of having strong mentors in your life (32:56)
- The difference between blame and responsibility (40:05)
- When Doug started to spiral out of control (46:08)
- Doug’s first exposure to opioids (57:04)
- The night Doug was arrested (1:10:10)
- Doug’s experience in jail and the conversation that changed his life (1:18:14)
- Five lessons Doug learned from his cellmate (1:37:17)
- The power of letting go of resentment (2:07:04)
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For more on Doug Bopst, follow him on Instagram @dougbopst, Facebook @dougbopst, Twitter @dougbopst, YouTube @dougbopst, and through his website, dougbopst.com. Get his book, From Felony to Fitness to Free, here. Check out his podcast, The Adversity Advantage, here.
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