Resilience, Trauma, and Hope: A Conversation with Ryan Phillips

Enduring The Badge

25-07-2023 • 47 mins

What if your darkest moments could guide you to the highest peaks of your personal journey? Our special guest, Ryan Phillips, is a living testament to this transformative power of resilience. Once a law offender, Ryan is now an advocate for mental health, using the lessons from his own struggles to illuminate the silent battles that many people fight.

Ryan candidly shares his personal journey, marked by memory decline, ADHD, addiction, and a childhood concussion that may have triggered these battles. He opens up about his days in Canada's hockey culture, shedding light on the trauma masked by the glamour of sports. His story is a testament to a decade's worth of resilience, coping with anxiety, depression, and sobriety. But Ryan's journey doesn't stop at personal battles. He's been across Canada, Southeast Asia, and Cambodia, transforming his struggles into a beacon of hope and understanding for those grappling with mental health challenges.

The episode takes a deep dive into the intersection of trauma, addiction, and identity. Ryan shares his experiences using psychedelic drugs as a coping mechanism and lays bare his belief that addiction finds its roots in childhood trauma. He also explores the concept of "crossing the threshold" in alcoholism and the potential of psilocybin mushrooms as a treatment for addiction. This conversation is not just about Ryan's journey, but also about the broader implications of emotional vulnerability, bullying, and coping mechanisms for mental health. Brace yourself for a candid, enlightening, and inspiring conversation that might change the way you view mental health, personal transformation, and advocacy.

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