156- Recover From Addiction and Optimize Your Life with Dennis Berry

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

September 16, 2021

Back in 2017, 1 in 8 adult Americans had experienced a form of alcohol or substance addiction. Interestingly, these addictions cost the US economy over $600 billion every single year. This was all before the pandemic began.

Now we are faced with an even bigger crisis. Drugs and alcohol are an easy thing to turn to when times are stressful and unpredictable, and we know these rates have increased, we just don't have estimates yet on how bad it has gotten.

Dennis Berry was an addict, and has been clean and sober since 2003. In this episode we'll tackle the addiction problem and what we can do to break free of addiction.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • What life is like as an addict and how you know when you hit rock bottom
  • Different ways to get help and support to break free from addiction
  • Steps to follow to reintegrate back into society without feeling pressure to engage in the previous addictive activities
  • Ways as a family member or friend to support an addict and be there for them, and how to know when you should stop being supportive and have them find someone else


  • [0:00] Welcome to the Summit For Wellness Podcast
  • [2:30] What is Dennis Berry's background and what was life like as an addict
  • [4:00] When did Dennis hit rock bottom and decided to make a change
  • [8:00] Looking at all the changes you have to make when addicted to substances, it can seem easier to do the substance instead. But in the long run, the hard work is worth it
  • [9:15] Are addicts afraid to ask for help, or do they not even know they can ask for help
  • [12:00] Ego prevents us from asking for help, even people at the top levels of their fields get help from coaches
  • [14:15] What steps did Dennis have to take to comfortably break free of his addictions and be able to integrate back into society
  • [18:00] If you are using substances to avoid feeling pain or emotions, then how do you get people to stop the substances if they don't want to experience the hard parts of life
  • [23:00] Everyone's rock bottom is different, and sometimes you would think a rock bottom would be enough, but it isn't
  • [26:00] As a family member or friend looking in at someone who is an addict, how do we approach them to help them
  • [29:00] How many chances do you give someone before you tell them that they will need to find someone else to help them beat their addictions
  • [32:30] If the addict breaks the contract with you, how do you not feel guilty about leaving them to figuring it out on their own
  • [35:00] How do you chose what to optimize in someone's life and in what order
  • [37:00] Where to find out more about Dennis Berry and get 2 free coaching sessions

Resources From This Episode

Some of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Dennis Berry

Website: DennisBerry.com

Social Media: Facebook , Instagram , Youtube

Dennis Berry teaches recovery tactics for addiction

Dennis Berry teaches recovery tactics for addiction

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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