Hitting Bottom & Rising: From Opiate Addiction to a Life of Purpose w/ Doug Bopst #369


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A few days after his 21st birthday, Doug Bopst was in jail, coming off an opiate addiction cold turkey. After years of numbing his insecurities through food and drugs, he quite literally hit a (cell) wall. A divine encounter with a cellmate shifted his perspective, and training and fitness became his gateway to freedom.

Flash forward to now, Doug Bopst is a changed man on every level. An award-winning personal trainer, author, speaker, and podcast host, Doug is proof you can turn adversity to your advantage, and break out of any destructive addictions you’re trapped in.

Addiction is a topic that’s very close to home for me, and I have the utmost respect for people – such as Doug – who’ve found a way out. It’s not easy, but conversations such as these show it’s possible.

03:34 — Doug’s Origin Story

  • Insecurities growing up and finding marijuana at 14
  • Selling, doing, and moving to harder drugs
  • Moving to opiates
  • “Riding dirty,” getting arrested, and sentenced to jail

23:50 — Recovery in Jail

  • Going cold turkey
  • The inmate that saved his life
  • Finding fitness and discipline

38:50 — Gateway Trauma, Gateway Drugs

  • The slippery slope of cannabis
  • Self-awareness in decision making
  • Numbing pain with opiates
  • From ritual to survival

01:00:50 — Adversity to Advantage

  • Becoming a personal trainer
  • A clean slate in the eyes of the law
  • AAA: Awareness, Acceptance, Action
  • Why The 12 Step Program didn’t resonate with him
  • Finding a deeper connection to God
  • Acts of service and building a brand

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