Summary: Art of Charm – Russell Brand | Freedom from Our Addictions

From AoC page: Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) is a comedian, broadcaster, actor, podcaster, columnist, political commentator, mental health and drug rehabilitation activist, and author of twelve books — most recently Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions.

Brand spoke without filter when it comes to his addictions to sex and drugs and how 12 Steps by Alcohol Anonymous gave birth his freedom from his additions.

This interview also introduced me to Brand’s own podcast, Under The Skin With Russell Brand. I look forward to learn more wisdom from him.


… you​ ​have​ ​to​ ​go​ ​through​ ​that​ ​pain​ ​at​ ​some​ ​point because​ ​if​ ​you​ ​live​ ​constantly​ ​confined​ ​by​ ​your​ ​unwillingness to​ ​go​ ​through​ ​pain,​ ​you​ ​do​ ​not​ ​develop​ ​into​ ​who​ ​you​ ​are supposed​ ​to​ ​be. – R. Brand (15:46).  

We innately avoid pain. However, in order to grow, confronting pain is inevitable.

I believe tolerance of some level of pain over time can develop grit and perseverance, which are both useful traits in life.


We choose​ ​between​ ​a​ ​conscious​ ​program​ ​and​ ​unconscious program. – R. Brand  

Brand spoke about the power of the AA program in fighting addiction.

According to Brand, all people operative on either program: unconscious one is our native desire to fulfill basic wants and needs of money, power, sex and drugs while the conscious program is one like AA, which opens your eyes to see the destruction our desires have left and choose to begin healing.


You​ ​can​ ​act​ ​yourself​ ​into​ ​thinking​ ​differently,​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​think yourself​ ​into​ ​acting​ ​differently. – Spoken by R. Brand from the wisdom from 12 Steps of AA.

I struggle to agree with the latter part of this quote.

I think your conscious thoughts can dictates your behavior if you are self-aware.

In terms of feasibility to self-correct, I do agree that by first acting the way you want to be (outward behavior modification) can more easily influence whom you want to become (inward belief system).

Also check out Jewel’s wisdom on how to know what you are thinking and doing and on self-awareness.


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