This is the sixth time around. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call it, makes you take a step back and look at your life. Gabor Maté a renowned specialist in addiction, childhood trauma and stress joins me on the podcast today. But behind the comedic exterior is an extremely thoughtful, enlightened soul who has faced enormous challenges and authored a best-selling book about gaining freedom from addiction. And over 70 per cent have been sexually abused. And I am prepared for it. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging.
There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse. He applies the 12-steps to a wide variety of the obstacles that might be keeping us from being the person we are meant to be drugs, alcohol, food, anger, selfishness, depression, etc. Genetically a comedian, he is also an occasional film star. Having gone through bouts of addiction to various substances, and lots of moments where his over-thinking gets the best of him, who knew that such a personality would have so much wisdom to impart. Brand will prattle, yap, cross-talk, overuse the word ideology, and now and again spiral off into monologue, into a heightened, incantatory speech that sounds weirdly lubricious: New Age dirty talk.
A proven program derived from his personal experiences, as he describes his approach, experience and results in each of the 12 steps. Russell Brand, photographed by Louise Haywood-Schiefer for The Big Issue at St John's Church in London A new podcast, his show on Radio X, the new book Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions and a recent wedding to Laura Gallacher announce his comeback. Because that is a big shout. I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. One thing that does not probably help this book is Russell is naturally a funny man, but he is talking about a very serious subject where humor works against it. As you may already know about Russell Brand and his verbal usage, you listen a lot of f-words in it.
I live in a small northern town. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. The audiobook narrated by Russell Brand himself was fantastic and I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a new perspective or a way to get more out of life. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Russell: Well done you, Peter.
This week Mark leads a discussion on the spiritual side of recovery Acknowledging the existence of a higher power - be it religious or otherwise - is a. I also thought Brand's definition of addiction and how that broadened interpretation fit into our current world was significant. I however on the whole did enjoy this book and loved Russell's writing and was happy to read in its entirety. Rusty you blimey done it again mate, I can't turn me head round without you breaking more barriers between us and a total universal collective consciousness!! I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they discussed and the incredibly honest and vulnerable way he shared parts of his own story. I would call it Recovery: Lose all the Bullshit. As critical as I am, I still think this book has a lot of merit. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel.
And I was using every single progressive drug to either feel a sense of connection or cope with a sense of alienation and loss. I am trying to find the stop button. Do we really overcome addiction, or is it an ongoing struggle that requires constant attention and maintenance? I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell: I am really glad you came. I was already eating chocolate the whole time then making myself puke up. Could you talk us through it from scratch, before your fame and fortune? I also bought the audio so I can listen to him on the way to school.
Islam Or Consumerism with Sam Harris In a bumper 2 hour episode neuroscientist, author and fellow podcaster Sam Harris and I discuss the effects and rationality of religious belief, the illusion of freedom, Western intervention in the Middle East and where true power lies. It allows anyone to enter the realm of re programming their minds to improve their quality of life. The problem was your own emotional state — your own reaction to the world. When the Trews started to become less frequent I genuinely worried that Russell may have lost interest. The reason it is called Recovery is because it is as though we have an intended path as a human being, in the way that a plant has a direction it will grow if unimpeded.
It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you continually make that cause you unhappiness and how you go about re-programming your mind to avoid making them in future. Appealing to a higher being can be helpful. For him, coming to terms with his addictions may have been triggered by serious looming legal consequences, but the most important result has been in finding out who he really is. A very positive and insightful episode. We want to hear what you think about this article. You have to find it inside you.
If you suffer from addictions of any kind, its definitely worth a read. Alcoholics Anonymous approachable, relatable, and practical. Li Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. I'm not sure if it's entirely fair that I took a star away from this book; even in its beautiful prose, it's far from perfect, but it's still perfectly marvelous. In October 2010, Brand married pop singer.
Peter: I have had about 16 cans of Holsten. I laughed out loud, gritted my teeth, and cried, sometimes within the same paragraph. As a Big Issue vendor, as a homeless person, the system is not helping us. We discuss her own inner battles with self-esteem and her life-changing methods for getting mindfulness into a hectic everyday life. And Russell does not hold back on the truth or his own vulnerability which makes this extremely captivating. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too.