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Be Recovered: Breaking Free From The Disease of Addiction: Dean Taraborelli (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Dean Taraborelli’s talk titled “Be Recovered: Breaking Free From The Disease of Addiction” at TEDxSedona 2018 conference.

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The Journey of Addiction and Recovery

Thank you for that beautiful introduction. And the one part that wasn’t on there is I have this 30-year history with addiction. During that time, I learned that addiction was a lifelong incurable disease. I heard it thousands of times, and I believed it. And I’m here to tell you that maybe that’s not true.

Just like science takes a while to catch up, maybe that’s not true. Maybe addiction is a call for something else. And since we’re talking about addiction, we often think of the person that’s hit rock bottom and the homeless people. Ten percent of the U.S. population is addicted, and I can tell you it’s way more pervasive than that, because it’s shame-based.

We hide it. So, at the end of the day, an addiction is when I’m doing something that I don’t want to do, and I can’t stop doing it, regardless of the consequences. And I think we can all resonate with that. So here’s how I got so interested in all of this.

Personal Experience with Addiction

When I was 12 years old, you know, I’m a guy, I’m riding my bike. First thing I know, I have a joint in my hand. And I’ll fast-forward 30 years, and at the height of my addiction, I had a $200,000-a-year drug habit. That went on for, I don’t know, six, seven years.

And I can tell you, I could fill a book the size of “War and Peace” with all the drama, trauma, you know, injuries, accidents, hurts, near-death experiences, hospitalizations, overdoses, you know, I’ll spare all that. But my dark night of the soul, you know, the last six or seven years of this process, I’m in my dark night, which means I don’t know what to do, and I’m all alone. And nobody knows.

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