Trauma, the Subconscious Brain and Helping the Next Human Along with Dr. Robb Kelly

On this episode, we talk to Dr. Robb Kelly about addiction, the subconscious brain, helping the next human being along and how trauma is the gateway to addiction.

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OCTOBER 26TH, 2021

Episode Notes

Memorable Moments:

  • 7:12: I want to say off the bat is alcohol has nothing to do or hardly nothing to do with alcoholism and the same with drugs. It’s not the alcohol. It’s actually a predisposition with alcoholics and of course the trauma. Everyone asks me what the gateway drug is Dr. Robb? I say trauma, forget about marijuana. It’s trauma. We need to get back and look at trauma.
  • 12:24: Anything less than nurturing, as a child, is child abuse. So think about that for a second, because we have to be careful what our children are exposed to, how they eat, how they act around others.
  • 15:34: The understanding of all this brings us to the fact that you can fully recover from alcoholism and addiction. You just know, knowledge is the game here. It’s all knowledge. The more you know about brain science, the more you recover from the disease and get on with your life.
  • 16:39: Most of the traumas we forget and we hideaway. And we disassociate with that traumatic effect. But where it’ll come out is in your relationships.
  • 17:19: So if you’re looking at your behavior [and] you have certain traits that you get to a certain point in self-sabotage, there’s trauma behind that.
  • 20:22: And I’m guaranteeing you, and I mean guarantee, that if you do this and readdress your trauma, and you go back to the scene of the crime and you clear all that up, you will have a life beyond your wildest dreams.
  • 20:49: Everybody has trauma. It’s just like everybody knows somebody who’s an alcoholic or addict. And if you don’t, then it’s probably you. This is what I tell people because the disease and the thought pattern and the depression is rife, but nobody’s talking about it.
  • 21:18: It’s about bringing people out and actually acknowledging that if you tell people you have a problem and you’ve recovered from it, it gives other people hope.
  • 23:53: If you’re in that position, if you don’t think you’re good enough if you don’t think you’re going to amount to anything, I want to apologize to you. Because somebody’s put that there. We are born with million-dollar minds. Stop hanging around 10 cent minds, guys. You can do anything that you want to do.
  • 24:24: Life’s for living guys. Don’t think this is your lot. You know, if you’re homeless or sat in a one-bedroom apartment and you can’t afford food, this isn’t your lot. This is training. This is your training. So when you go on, because it’s all about helping the next human being along.

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Dr. Robb Kelly

Robb Kelly, Ph.D. is a renowned addiction consultant who believes in treating the problem of addiction, not the symptoms. He has worked for many years helping addicts and alcoholics to recover their lives from the disease of addiction. Based on his own experiences working with addicts and alcoholics over the last 20 years, a Ph.D. in Psychology from Oxford University, and as a recovered alcoholic himself – he is a triple threat against the disease of addiction. Dr. Kelly was the CEO of a thriving telecommunications company when the walls came crashing down on him due to alcoholism. He ended up homeless and broken on the streets of Manchester, England until he found the courage to save himself.   He has lectured on the subject of addiction at many high-profile universities, national conferences, treatment facilities, public schools, churches, business organizations and hospitals, and is recognized as a leading authority on addiction recovery methods that are changing lives all around the world. Dr. Kelly is currently the CEO of the Robb Kelly Recovery Group, an addiction recovery coaching company he created based on extensive research and behavior studies that he conducted over the last 20 years. Dr. Kelly’s methods may seem unconventional leading some people to refer to him as “The Gordon Ramsay of the Addiction World” because of his direct, no-nonsense, and candid approach to treating addiction. Dr. Kelly works to “make the road of recovery less of a mystery tour.”