Chris Davis Should Be Dead: Life As A Sober Warrior

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“All the instructions have been written for everybody on the planet. I just didn’t find an instruction book until I almost died.”

Chris Davis


This week we shift gears.

I admit it. Having famous celebrity guests on the podcast is fun. If you had told me three years ago that people like Moby, Arianna Huffington and Russell Simmons would actually reach out to me to sit down for a long conversation, I would have said you were insane.

More gratifying is introducing you to important people from my personal life. Anonymous and relatable everyday men and women who also happen to be extraordinary.

I believe these people form the heart and soul of the RRP. It’s what truly distinguishes this show from the others.

Chris Davis is one of those guys.

He isn’t famous. He hasn’t written a book. He’s just a guy. A husband, father and worker among workers doing his best to navigate this messy labyrinth we call life just like the rest of us.

But dig deeper and you’ll find an extraordinary man with an astonishing story.

Because Chris Davis should be dead.

From alcohol-fueled blackouts in Germany to crack-induced psychosis in Long Beach, Chris Davis was a lost cause drug addict / alcoholic on a crash course with jails, institutions and ultimately death. Miraculously, he recovered from what by all accounts was a hopeless and incomprehensible state of desperation and demoralization.

His reward? A beautiful life. A family. The gift of helping countless achieve and maintain sobriety.

Then liver cancer.

The prognosis? 14 months. Get your affairs in order.

But Chris had his own plan.

This is a story about survival. It’s about the insanity of addiction and the miraculous mysteries of sobriety. It’s about human will, courage, faith and surrender.

The story of Chris Davis is a hero’s journey worthy of Joseph Campbell himself.

It’s a privilege to have this man in my life. It’s a privilege to call him friend. And it’s a privilege to share his story with you today.

Peace + Plants,

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NOTE: just a heads up that there is a fair amount of foul language in this one. If the kids are around, pop in the earbuds or save it for later.

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SHOW NOTES

Background, Context & Reference:

Notable People Discussed:

  • Jon Favreau: American actor, filmmaker and comedian. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Rudy, Swingers, Very Bad Things, The Break-Up, and Chef
  • Lynyrd Skynryd: American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s
  • Led Zeppelin: English rock band formed in London in 1968
  • Jimi Hendrix: American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter
  • Billy Squier: American rock musician best known for the song “The Stroke”
  • The Scorpions: German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker
  • Freddie Mercury: British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and co-principal songwriter of the rock band Queen
  • Voltaire: French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit
  • Louise Hay: American motivational author and the founder of Hay House
  • The Cure: English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976
  • Bad Brains: American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977
  • Depeche Mode: English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex
  • New Order: English rock band formed in 1980 in Manchester, England

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production and audio engineering; Chris Swan for production assistance; Shawn Patterson for his graphic wizardry; and Ana Leimma for theme music.

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