Russell Brand Speaks Candidly About His Addictions Recovery


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This Is A Very Special Edition Of

Under the skin because I’m not even hosting it. I am the guest this week under the Skin will be hosted by the great Welsh philosopher The Dylan of Emergent New consciousness. It is Brad Evans and what this man doesn’t know about violence isn’t worth knowing and I should lacerated my self and kick me own ed in before I deny his knowledge of the subject of violence with the with my book coming out and Brad has kindly agreed to interview me on the subject of recovery. Brad I have my very much as a philosopher over the course of these of this excursion into the subcutaneous world. We have become friends and I’m very grateful for you doing this I will now hand over full authority to you and yeah I’d like to begin by saying obviously read an advance.

Copy Of Your Book And It Was Actually

a real privilege to read it and I was actually taken by a lot of the courage that you put down on the pages so that to me something to be deeply applauded Now the one thing I guess you know. I’m also I guess kind of humbled that your tea show trusted me to do this so-thank you and thank you for our friendship that’s something with you know cherishing and I’d like to go you know directly into this question as I say it’s kind of you know it’s interesting being on the other side of this and the one thing that which I kind of think about you know is that for anybody who writes a book. They know that it’s a whole series of procrastination. Sometimes it takes months often it takes years and I guess. Guess the first thing that really struck me was what compelled you to write this book At this particular point in your life.

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I Felt Anybody Thats In Recovery

who has this experience where what begins is something that you’re using to tackle a particular addiction in my case. Initially crack and heroin becomes sort of over time. Like I realized that the tools and techniques I was using to one day at a time not used drugs and alcohol were becoming utilized in every area of my life. The way that I feel about sex. The way that I feel about food.

All Behavior And All Forms Of

attachment can be tackled or at least my perception of them can be altered by working the 12 steps. So excuse me coffee me but so what I felt was. But this like at this point in my life, where I feel like I’ve gone through so many layers of disillusionment, disillusionment with fame. Disillusionment with Hollywood disillusionment with sex and disillusionment is I think by and large a bloody good thing who wants to be illusioned life so you know and I so I felt like you know the recovery is the lens through which I live my life is that my relationship is conducted through the program that I described in this book Obviously my spiritual development the way that I relate to other people I by no means do it perfectly, but it’s a technique that make that so effective that. I want to expound it because I’ve seen it change lives of people with really serious chemical dependency really serious behavioral problems and I think it’s a technique that offers is a kind of counterweight to the overriding ideology of our time, which seems to me to be a kind of determined and uncon and yet unconscious of self–centeredness mmm-hmm yeah.

I Think When I Was Reading

the manuscript and this call for transformation really comes through there and you can see. There’s a very personal journey that you go on and I guess I was trying to figure out what type of book it actually was and I know. This is bloody ironical come from a so-called postmodern a story that I was trying to label and classify it and I think you know in an affirmative way it’s it’s almost like an anti-self–help book and I think. This is that I think the central message which really jumps off the pages is that it’s precisely these kind of traits of a self–centered individualistic kind of bleep the world narrative and all its kind of loving sentiments, which kind of gets us into this fix in the first place. It’s kind of just help yourself narrative and I think what really to me comes out of this is more about a sober and perhaps more truthful cry for human connection is that where you see the hope for the book Yes because I think our culture and our biochemistry collude to create a kind of chronic individualism and I feel that the natural conclusion of a kind of a secular rejection of the mystical leads us to the conclusion that we are just individuals we here to survive.

Were Here To Fulfill Our Impulses In

the original 12-step. Like we have no argument with those people that say perhaps man’s purpose is simply to fulfill these biochem biochemical drives to procreate to survive to dominate the selfish gene approach, but he says one thing we are certain of is no one has made a worse mess of this way of life than we did suffer from alcoholism and addiction and like me. When I try to live my life as a means to find personal fulfilment or get into sort of a kind of peculiar despair. I start to feel lonely. I start to feel disconnected that don’t mean I don’t pick up the cudgel once again and try to find my way back to false prophets.

Why I Feel Qualified To Write

a book on addiction is because I’ve been addicted to heroin. I’ve been addicted to crack. I’ve been addicted to fame money sex relationships other. People’s approval? I see this phenomena emerge again and again and I’m starting to think that the label of addiction in itself is too confining that actually this is the human condition in motion. You’re yearning itself yearning and we live in a culture.

I Think That Uses As Its Fuel.

This will to acquire you know like I thought it’s become the reason I read the book is because it seems to me that simple though this is in particular though it is in the origin it entailed within it are tools that could change people’s perspective in quite a profound way and what you say they’re bred about it It takes you from a point of view of going oh if only I can get this when I get that I’ll be cool or if that person understood me or if I could have sex with that person. Or if I could get those shoes? All of these puppy impersonal examples from my own life like everyone be okay and it doesn’t work, But if I go you know and I don’t do it enough because I’m again. I every day I wake up once again bewitched and hypnotized by individualism. But when I go and spend time helping other people sometimes in real blatant sub Princess Diana way.

Hes Like Going To A Homeless Shelter

and getting proper hands on and being amongst it or if just on a basic communal way. Like we human beings should be taking phone calls from other people that are suffering reaching out talking about their problems for a change which you know it’s odd that it needed to be formatted for me to understand it because I’m sure a lot of people just bloody do it naturally, but it just. Gives me a little different way of talking to my mates. If my mates are going through relationship, struggles or personal struggles or work struggles. I think all right well.

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This Is Good Cuz I Can Connect

to you here and while I’m talking to you I won’t be thinking about myself and my own problem and the more I do you know I think you know like in Christianity Brad I want to know what you think about all this stuff man like when it talks like when Christ says it get down with a poor that’s where it’s at it’s not like oh my god, we could birth, scars and lesions. He’s like there’s some energy there when you’re helping others and the kind and not only that the other people that help others are beautiful so you start to feel a kind of elevated sense of connection. purpose meaning all of these words that are I think being increasingly marginalized empathy all these things that are being excluded from those of political ideologies of our time and the social ideologies of our time suddenly become accessible through these most basic things, you know there’s an interesting point in terms of you know. I think we can all kind of know in our lives. When human connections seem deeply meaningful to us.

I Mean Know That These Connections Exist

and we thrive on them, and we know that they’re kind of really reciprocal because they’re based on an ethical understanding and an idea of love with one another. But we often drivel actually two relationships, which as you say we’re trying to seek affirmation in the wrong places and they become very toxic and they become and sometimes Society can actually promote those types of relationships which we. know are actually deeply you know detrimental to ourselves where emotional well-being to our intellectual well-being and yet we still strive for them and and even though we know they are completely empty meaningless, what indeed may be nihilistic in terms of our own sense of self and I think that’s possibly romanticism you know I’m not saying the romanticism is a mendacious idea, but the the notion that you can find fulfilment by being with some aspirational figure. Some deity some living goddess your own personal Jesus I’ll find salvation if I find them one you know that that idea. I think he’s highly prevalent, but even more toxic than this.

I Think Is The Commodification Of

relationships that happens on why as I say it’s a collusion between biochemistry and culture like it’s very natural I think on some level to meet a man and think what can. do for me? Can he serve me? Can he make me feel better Can I make money is he gonna be a good ally in a fight. What can I do of it or in my case with women. Do I want to have sexual intercourse with that woman Is this person gonna make me feel better about myself. This is the commodification and the objectification it happens there in my case.

It Happened Quite Quite Automatically.

I have to work to not approach relationship in that way so and so for me. The program is the antidote to the type of thinking to which I have a tendency that’s all it addiction is is a tendency left on my own. I will go that way unless I intervene unless there is a program and the other thing breath. I think is it seems to me to be important is.

We Dont Choose Between A Program

and no program We have a program. You have the program of your family. You have the program of your society. You have the program of your culture. You have the program of consumerism.

If You Dont Undo That Program.

If you do not decode yourself like someone leaving a cult then that’s the program you live in with the program of I’m not good enough. I’ll never be good enough unless I get this object or that object.


This is a very special edition of Under the Skin because I’m not even hosting it . This is the guest this week under the Skin will be hosted by the great Welsh philosopher The Dylan of Emergent New consciousness . Brad Evans has kindly agreed to interview me on the subject of recovery.& I’m also I guess kind of humbled that your tea show trusted me to do this so-thank you and thank you for our friendship that’s something with you know cherishing and I’d like to go you know directly into this question as I say it’s interesting being on the other side of this question . The Dylan says he was actually taken by a lot of the courage that you put down on the pages so that to me something to be deeply applauded. He says he is proud of his book and that he is very grateful for you doing this I will now hand over full authority to you. The Dylan is very happy to share his thoughts with us. He is very excited about his book….. Click here to read more and watch the full video