Obstacle Course

The Heart of Addiction

Episode Summary

This episode is a master class in vulnerability. Trevor Botkin was raised by the ultimate hero. Serving in the local RCMP, his father was known and respected all over town. Despite being raised by loving parents, Trevor struggled to fit in and was often bullied for his awkwardness. Shortly after graduation, Party Trevor was born and he become a local hero for his ability to entertain and drink vast amounts of alcohol. Unable to cope with his new found popularity, Trevor began a pattern of engaging in reckless behaviour while still struggling to belong. Soon, a cycle of addiction was born. Drinking, womanizing, body building, steroids, workaholism, people-pleasing and eventually a $3000/month 6 year secret drug habit that nearly killed him. While Trevor suffered privately with a drug addiction he couldn't talk about, he worked for a company called Hero Work leading radical renovations for charities. In this episode, you'll learn what lies at the heart of addiction and Trevor's heroic journey to coming clean and living the life he actually wanted. This! Is Obstacle Course. Let's Go!

Episode Notes

Hero work is a volunteer organization that engages in radical renovations for those who need it most.

Bullying is full blown trauma and can affect people for a lifetime. If you or someone you know is being bullied or is engaged in bullying, you need to act immediately!!

We've all benefited hugely from the work of Brene Browne!

Busyness is an addiction. Make no mistake about it.

Trevor says, "there's something in me that's really awesome, I just haven't been able to harness it my whole life or connect with it." This incredible moment of honesty and self reflection lies at the heart of our humanity.

The first mistake every addict makes: "I can do it on my own."

Trevor says, "he was burning his life down yet was super proud to be holding matches." He goes onto say, "the reality of my life for the last year and a half was doing drugs in my Mom's basement, while spending my pay cheques from Hero work on drugs and expecting my Mom to contribute to my credit cards that were behind..."

Most addicts don't want their addiction but they don't know how to stop.

Drugs numb out the good stuff along with the bad.

If you or someone you know are currently struggling with addiction, Trevor's message is simple. Tell someone! Get help! You CAN'T do it on your own. Reach out to your local drug treatment facility today! Here is the facility that transformed Trevor.

Don't "go off" on yourself. The words you say to yourself are powerful so keep it classy and positive. Ask yourself, "would I say this to someone else?"

Don't build your self-esteem based on the feedback you get from other peopole.

The episode concludes with Trevor saying, "this story is going to have a happy ending." :)