Dan Sevigny (Ep. 41): Addiction is like a river eddy

Dan Sevigny (Ep. 41): Addiction is like a river eddy

Dan Sevigny is the co-founder of the digital marketing firm Spooky Digital and founder of Recovery X, a platform where addiction recovery experts can share information online. As a kid, Dan was sensitive, had learning difficulties, and trouble connecting with his peers. He coped by cutting himself and started using alcohol and pills as a teenager. Which kicked off a 10+ year cycle where drug use, aggression, and petty crime would get him kicked out of school and then sent to rehab. The cycle became more destructive, the aggression turned more violent, the rehab leading to juvie and jail. Dan describes the feedback loops of addiction and how depression made him feel like he was “on fire, with no skin and with everything in his body hurting.” Dan makes it extremely clear that there’s no silver bullet to recovery, but help came in the form of a mentor, learning about Search Engine Marketing while in rehab, and numerous therapists, particularly around DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). And through all of this, Dan honors his family, his mom and sisters in particular and he surprised me by how often he brings up his own privilege.

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Links Referenced

  • DBT Group for addiction on Facebook
  • Recent article in Outside Mag on other successes with CBT 

On the broad topic of addiction

The addiction is the process that you fall in to, its like that eddy behind the rock in the stream... you take the drug or the drink to experience a different feeling and to get out fo the problem you're experiencing.

The depths of addiction

To change your thoughts you have to be aware of your thoughts. A lot of times we go through life completely unaware what we are thinking, adn they are just flying by making us feel a certain way. So, once you can see teh way thoughts cause emotions, and they always do...emotion will always be proceeded by some type of thought or interpretation of an event.

The light at the end of the tunnel

Every time that you are able to get through a craving and discomfort you are proving to yourself one more time that you can do it.

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  • Maya Bennatar on trauma with a “big t” or “little t”

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