September 22, 2018
Dave's partner Linda finally comes on the show to tell her side of Dopey. She also talks about her somewhat debaucherous past, reflects on Chris and Todd, and tells the story of meeting Dave and how their beautiful family got started under some very serious duress. Also we hear a sobering verse from the Fire Kracker out of Atlanta, a voicemail from Loose an a weird little bit from Dave's former dealer Indio. All on a very special episode of Dopey.
September 15, 2018
This week Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Steven Adler does us the honor of calling in and bringing the Dopey; recounting his life in and out of Guns N Roses. My Dad pops in to address the new show on Viceland 'Dopesick Nation'. We also play some killer Dopey/Recovery voicemails and hear from the Oracle. Enjoy...
September 8, 2018
This week on possibly the longest Dopey episode ever, Dave's friend Justin joins Dave in Alan's kitchen to reminisce on Chris, Dopey, and how they co-wrote Good So Bad. Jeremy Turner sends in a crazy fire voicemail of uncontrolled meth and oxy feuled debauchery. Then best selling Author, pro skater turned heroin addict, Jackass Star turned inspirational speaker, and so much more Brandon Novak calls in to kick the old school Dopey. Then Justin and Dave go over the classic Dopey Dave gets Ibogaine story. And much much more! Excelsior!
September 1, 2018
This week on Dopey: Dave's old friend Greg stops in to talk about his 'dopeyish' play, 'Dutch Masters'. We recognize International Overdose Awareness Day with the 'Heroine of Heroin' Tracey Helton. We also play an important, yet troubling voicemail from Dopey regular, Tim from Philly. Enjoy!
August 25, 2018
This week on Dopey: MTV's Teen Mom star, Amber Portwood calls in to drop the Dopey with her stories of international stardom, overdoses, pill purchases, prison time and the beginning of her sobriety. We listen to a classic Dopey bit with Dave and Chris from the beginning of the podcast. And Andrew G, a founder of the Dopey Nation Facebook Group leaves a classic story of early recovery where he lost his cat in a hole in his wall. Plus Dave reads a heartwarming email from an Australian Dopey fan. Enjoy!
August 18, 2018
In the wake of Chris's tragic overdose, Dave seeks reinforcements to keep the Dopey ship afloat. Dave's friend from high school, Jim helps out by sitting in for the episode. Dopey OG, Nick Reiner calls in to share the story of his last cataclysmic heroin relapse, his thoughts on Chris's passing, and of course his meth feuled heart attack while flying from Los Angeles to Boston. Then Dave's dad Alan also shares his take on Chris, and the future of Dopey. Plus Scott Countryman calls in with a short Dopey oxycontin story and Jake, a fan, covers 'Good So Bad'
August 16, 2018
Toodles Dopey Nation! Today is Chris's birthday, and it's the first year in celebrating the first Dopey holiday of Chrissmiss. It is of course, all in honor of how much we miss Chris. So, to mark this special day I'm releasing the first 'lost episode' of Dopey. It was the second episode, called'The Siezure Story'. I know I've told this story on the show a bunch of times, but this was the first one. It is Dopey before Dopey was Dopey. It is a moment in time, it's certainly not the best, there is no recovery, but it captured a moment. So give it a listen, and let's remember our amazing friend Chris. Stay Strong Dopey Nation and Toodles!
August 11, 2018
After Chris's wake and funeral Dave gets a hold of Bob Forrest and Dr. Drew to go over the details of Chris's overdose and death. Chris had been a client under both of their care many years ago, and they give their thoughts on the tragedy. Dave also reads a few emails, and plays a voicemail from long time Dopey listener and Reddit pioneer, Kormac.
August 4, 2018
On the night after his wake, a bunch of Chris's closest friends and I got together at a shitty bed and breakfast to remember him. Kaitlyn, Alex, Collin, Ted, Tim, Dylan, Mark, Will and I all sat around telling mostly sober stories about Chris and the kind of person that he was.
July 28, 2018
In Episode 143 we try to make sense of the very end of Chris's life. Dave recounts the beginning and the end of Dopey, episode 142 and why he didn't know Chris was high. Chris's girlfriend Annie tells her story of living with Chris during the end of his life. And her theories on his relapse and tragic overdose.
July 22, 2018
Chris returns home from a business trip and Dopey pays the price. We are all over the place on this one, relationship problems, spilling saved putrid urine, drugs we didn't take, praying Mantis's and so much more. This is not a DOPEY to miss!
July 14, 2018
Dave and Chris groom over the last episode with Artie Lange, specifically pondering about Artie's mental state and wellbeing. Dave recounts and questions Chris about a recent time he was concerned for him. Dave talks about his day at Bed, Bath, and Beyond which included talking to the manager. He read losts of emails.
July 7, 2018
This week on Dopey we finally land Artie Lange! And it was crazy Dopey! Artie talks about his meteoric rise to fame and fortune as a stand up comedian, TV star, and cohost on the greatest radio show of all time. He also talks about some of his worst stories of heroin, cocaine and gambling addiction. We hear all about his time on the Howard Stern Show and how his life was turned upside down with each new terrible bottom... offering up a new opportunity. Look for his new book "Wanna Bet" coming soon!!!
June 30, 2018
"Unlce Albert" leaves a voice memo about using kratom while in drug court. We read a criticial email that accuses Dave of being apathetic. We discuss remedies to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Chris talks about injecting a random drug that was used to tranquilize animals.
June 23, 2018
Beloved Dopey favorite and dear friend Todd died this week. In the wake of this tragedy, Dave recounts their friendship of over twenty five years. Stories include how Dave and Todd got started using heroin, their debaucherous exploits in NYC and LA, and Todd's unfortunate recent death. Todd's childhood friend, Vince, also calls in to tell us about Todd as a young man.
June 16, 2018
We address recent accusations of homophobia and xenophobia. We ponder the differences between Catholic guilt and Jewish guilt. Alejandro leaves a voice memo about shooting meth, doing a "booty bump," and then seeing a "shadow person" named the "exhumed"... who was an incarnation of someone's deceased daughter. Dave talks about some recent celebrity encounters (and refusals to be on Dopey).
June 9, 2018
Dave and Chris talk about the recent passing of iconic and beloved Chef, Anthony Bourdain. This episode takes a somber walk through the difficult times of using and recovery. Long time listener Tina leaves a voice memo about her recent struggles and relapse. We also talk about being sick in sobriety, the ambivalence of getting clean after a relapse, isolation, and "chipping."
June 2, 2018
We talk about smuggling drugs into prison and the merits/drawbacks of giving/receiving anal sex vs oral sex. Dave gives a glimpse of the dynamics that drive Dopey. We talk about why we suck at advertising. Bill from Canada leaves a voice memo about hallucinogenics (ehhh?).
May 26, 2018
Dave shares his gratitude for the positive changes in his life, including his new house and the birth of his second daughter. Dave also talks about what it was like when he was using, and how that impacted his family life. We play a voice memo from someone in Amsterdam about getting even after having cocaine stolen. Dave talks about a random encounter with Hannah at a meeting; Hannah was the first person to get the Dopey tattoo. We discuss prison rape. And lastly, we discuss a funny interaction with the legendary Artie Lange.
May 19, 2018
Dave and Chris get down remotely and chop it up about drugs and dumb shit: meth, 12-step hackneyed lingo, reviews, yada yada. Im really lazy and dont want to write this description because im on vacation. O yea, we play a really funny voice memo about getting saved by Vitamin Water.
May 12, 2018
Stephanie Wittels Wachs calls in and tells us about her brother's drug use and death. Harris Wittels was best known being a writer and the executive producer for the T.V. show Parks and Recreation. Stephanie recently wrote a book about her brother's life - Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss. After Stephanie, we call Hippy-Hobo Andrew's mom who tells us about the last few days of his life, and what it has been like dealing with his loss.
May 5, 2018
Comedian Jessa Reed calls in and tells us all about her tweaker days. Stories include carrying a dead owl around for weeks and trying to breathe life into it via meth smoke, and drinking her own piss (repeatedly) because it had traces of methamphetamine. Jessa, a dopey hall-of-famer, also tells us how she finally got clean after a decade of pure debauchery. Check out Jessa's podcast, the Mormon and the Meth-Head. We play a voicememo from Korey about the time he shot a goofball and ran from the non-existant police for three hours straight and tore his MCL. Episode brought to you by the I Am Sober app, a great way to track your milestones in recovery.
April 28, 2018
Combat vet Rob leaves a voicemail about the time he got dope sick (diarrhea) while he was under fire by enemy troops. Chris theorizes what would happen if a clean drug addict got amnesia. Dave and Chris reminisce about the best bathrooms they got high in. Dave talks about wetting the bed in sobriety. Dave makes up his own Leonard Cohan song.
April 21, 2018
Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night calls in and talks about his using days and his recovery. He tells us about the time he had so much sex that his dick exploded, the time he stole Gregg Allman's watch to support his habit, buying 5000 Seconal, and the stroke of luck that helped him avoid the Wonderland murders. Chuck wraps up the episode with what it took to get clean after 37 rehabs, and an update with what he is doing with his life now. Check out his book, Three Dog Nightmare!
April 14, 2018
We play a voicememo from "IG" about buying drugs from a police officer. Dave talks about going to a waterpark; Chris wonders what it would be like for Dave to shoot cocaine before going down the "big slide." Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling from the Howard Stern Show calls in and gives us an update about his life. Jackie talks about his rise in show business, his time on the Stern Show, and his eventual decision to stop drinking. Jackie also shares stories about Rodney Dangerfield (he used to travel around with his own special eating bowl). Jackie concludes with a song for us and some information about his upcoming books.
April 7, 2018
We play a voice memo from Ryan about the time he smoked meth, got psychotic, and thought people were trying to kill him. He pleaded with strangers to protect him and ultimately ended up hiding in a closet with several knives. Ryan is 7 months clean now and doing well. Alex calls in and tells us about the last days of his using, which included a manic episode and an unwanted tattoo of the word "lucky" above his dick. Dave talks about getting into trouble at work.
March 31, 2018
Todd calls in from rehab! He owns up to using dope while recording Dopey several weeks ago, tells us about getting fired from his most recent job, talks about his horrible detox, and fills us in on how he's doing now. We call Omar and read him a negative comment about us trying to surpass the SHAIR podcast in reviews. We read several emails and reviews, one of which involves a young woman getting locked out of her hotel while naked and intoxicated.
March 24, 2018
Dave talks about smoking weed while pitching his defunct pilot to Comedy Central, IFC, Netflix, and AMC. We play a voice memo from Buddy Rob about the time he stole dope from his dealer, nodded out in a parking lot, and got fired from work on his first day. Maegan and Bobby from the Addictionary podcast showcase their charming Boston accents and tell some recovery/using stories. Maegan talks about visiting her dad in prison as a child and returning to speak at the same prison as an adult. Bobby talks a bit about his using days and the old-school Boston.
March 17, 2018
Chris has a glorious reunion with one of his former physicians, Dr. Drew Pinsky! Dr. Drew and Chris reminisce on Chris' treatment experience during the height of his addiction. Dr. Drew comments on the difficulty of treating addiction, the failings of the rehab industry, the opioid epidemic, and the spiritual vacuum in the United States. Dave asks Dr. Drew about Celebrity Rehab, specifically addressing some of the critical response. We talk about how trauma and attachment relate to substance use; Dr. Drew ponders Dave's own attachment style. Dave tells Dr. Drew his seizure story. Lastly, Dr. Drew shares about the direction his career is headed, and Dave asks him what his dream project would be.
March 10, 2018
Paul Gilmartin from the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast calls in and tells us about his depression, sobriety, and his former show Dinner and a Movie. Dave and Chris argue about whose God is better. Dave talks about getting offered drugs at work. Chris tells a story about a friend whose life was saved by her khaki shorts. Dave quizzes Chris on his stupidity. And Cormac is the Billy Preston of Dopey.
March 3, 2018
Dave and Chris play a great voice memo from Amanda who is struggling to clean. She talks about "wanting to want" to get clean. Dave and Chris delve into their own histories of drugs use, specifically addressing periods of ambivalence about stopping, and the ultimate turning points in the process. Dave and Chris also describe a recent interaction with Artie Lange.
February 24, 2018
Dave and Chris talk about buying drugs on Skid Row in LA... the closest thing to an open air drug market either of them witnessed in their using. Tim from Phily leaves a voice memo about running away from Teen Challenge (a rehab) with a woman and ending up in a very precarious situation. We read an email from John about extreme paranoia while on "Flakka."
February 17, 2018
Alana, aka whitelamborghinicountach aka hotgirlfuckedbylife, calls in again and tells us about the time she did drugs all night at Peter Gatien’s house. We sing “Bad Card” by Bob Marley, and answer questions posted on instagram. Our new Dopey interns, Melanie and Tim, call in and tell us a bit about themselves. We play a voice memo from Chris about blacking out on benzos.
February 10, 2018
Chris' friend, Laura, calls in and tells us about one of her last using days; she shot cocaine while driving and got into three accidents in a single day. Laura also tells us how she stays sober today. Dave's dad comes on the show for a bit and shares some of the darker moments from Dave's past. Chris talks about expressing his dog's anal glands. We play a voice memo about puking donuts while high. Lastly, we play a new song by Cormac, "Restless."
February 3, 2018
Dave's rehab friend from 15 years ago, Eddie, calls into the show and tells some dopey stories, including ruining a taxi while he was high. Eddie's dopey stories are accentuated by the fact that he is now sober 12 years and a doctor. We play a voice memo from Stephanie about the time she sprung someone from rehab and he overdosed shortly thereafter. Chris tells a story about getting drunk on the way to treatment, and then causing a scene when he arrived. We play a voice memo from someone who got high on the job and crashed the company truck.
January 27, 2018
Former MTV host and music personality, Matt Pinfield, calls into Dopey and tells us about his addiction addiction and recovery. We hear about the early days of MTV, hanging out with David Bowie, and Matt's gradual decline into alcoholism and cocaine addiction. Matt also tells us about doing cocaine with Marilyn Manson, getting cocaine for Oasis, and a mishap with hot dog. Check out his book, "All These Things That I've Done."
January 20, 2018
Dave's childhood friend, Jim, comes on the show and tells us a bit about Dave as a young man. Jim shares several tripping stories, which include getting punched in the face after trying to hold a stranger's baby, and pooping his pants (intentionally) while driving in a car with a bunch of strangers. Amanda Lauren also calls in and tells us about "Dryish January," doctor shopping as a young girl, and other details from her life. Amanda is a co-host of the show "Things We're Too Lazy to Blog About." Lastly, we close out with a new Dopey original song by Jon.
January 13, 2018
Todd comes on the show in person! He tells us about his former hippy days, including his big LSD bust that resulted in him being expelled from college. Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junky, calls in and tells us about her book, her using days, and her recovery. Stories include shooting cocaine in her neck, developing epilepsy due to her drug use, and her ultimate decision to get clean (and how she did it). Amy will be back to throw down some more Dopey soon!
January 6, 2018
We read one of the best Dopey emails of all time about buying and selling fake heroin and cocaine. We talk about the obsession and compulsion to use. Chris does mock therapy with Dave. A voice over professional provides us with a new intro. Chris' childhood friend leaves a voice memo about a time he bought cocaine with Chris in the hood... and Chris managed to ruin the cocaine. We play a fat albert tribute to Dopey by Jon.
December 30, 2017
We play a voice memo from Karn in Ottawa about his long history of smoking weed and doing drugs despite his lungs collapsing over and over. Chris' girlfriend comes on the show and tells a story about the time she went psychotic from smoking weed. Dave explores the mormon faith and talks about why he "cares too much."
December 23, 2017
We reminisce about a recently deceased Dopey Nation member, Andrew. We read an email from Mandy, an ex-pharmacist who used to steal drugs, who is now clean and sober. Chris tells the story about the time he met Tim Robbins. We get interviewed by a blogger, Kali. And last, but certainly not least, ex-model Alana (@hotgirlfuckedbylife) calls in and shares a some of her story/sobriety. One of her stories includes gettings paid $300/hr to have sushi ate off her naked body on Wall street... and then accidently snorthing a huge amount of ketamine... and then running out into the street and passing out barefoot.
December 16, 2017
We play two voicememos about hiding drugs in the place that doesnt shine. The first story is from Tim in Philly; he tells us about how he used to put heroin and xanax up his butt everytime he left the house because he thought he would get arrested and get sick in jail. The second voicememo is from Jason in Ontario; he tells about the time he got pulled over and the drug dealer in the backseat hid Diluadin up his rectrum... they got away and Jason did the drugs (obviously). We debate harm reduction and medication assisted treatment philosophy. Dave tells us about Star Wars and why he is so tired. We talk about Artie Lange's arrest and the "sludge" in his lung.
December 9, 2017
Dave chastises Chris per usual. Dave and Chris talk about stealing medication from sick people and how addiction effects the family. A long time listener, Andrew, (who went to the same rehab as Dave and Chris) calls in and tells us about his relapse after treatment, which included taking copious amounts of RC benzos and blacking out for weeks. Andrew also tells us about homeless culture and the difference between being a hippy and being a hobo (he prefers "hobo," and hates being labelled as a hippy). Hotwheels calls in and gives us an update (and his phone number)!
December 2, 2017
Dave's friend from college, "Sloppy Jones," calls in and tells us about the first time he took mescaline as a kid... and then got called into work at Petco. He also tells us about how he got sober, and some of the things he lost to his addiction. We read an email from a person on meth who wrote it while his friend stole things from Walmart for dope. Chris talks about the obsession to use and building value to make a life worth living (instead of getting high). Dave plays the full version of the intro sonf, "Not Home."
November 25, 2017
Dave and Chris talk about selling posessions to buy heroin such as DVDs, CDs, and clothing. Randy calls in and gives us an update on his one year sobriety. We read an email from Alana (@hotgirlfuckedbylife) about the time she got in a drunken fight with her brother, shaved her head, terffied her family, and simultaneously catapulted her modeling career into success. Some other stuff too.
November 18, 2017
Libe Barer from the TV show Sneaky Pete tells us about the last time she did drugs. Chris talks about shooting a form of DMT and losing his mind. Chris talks about shooting heroin on mescaline. Dave talks about "Bunny." Dave and Chris share their experience with recovery and what it takes to be sober and happy. We play a voice memo from Artie Lange!
November 11, 2017
Dave tells us about his recent visit to the Hershey's factory and Amish country. Todd calls in again and gives us an update about his life and his use, including a recent visit from his parents who sprung a drug test on him. We play a voice memo from IV about the time he puked into an Arby's cup because there was a cop following him and had to drive around holding it. Chris tells a story about the time he puked into his shirt while he was driving because a cop was next to him. Dave and Chris explain what it was like to use. We read a great review that praises Dave's dad.
November 4, 2017
Dave and Chris call Brian, a recovering attorney, who tells us about when he used to smoke crack as a lawyer while he was working. Brian also shares about the time he got stabbed in lower Manhattan. We read an email from Eric about a recent relapse w/ shooting cocaine. We play a piece of a voice memo from Caleb where he vehemently defends Dopey. Chris shares a story from when he was a resident in a sober living and was the laughing stock of his job - "Cheapy Hammer." Dave tells some childhood stories.
October 28, 2017
We read an email from a Dopey Nation member's mom who recently passed away. We talk about drug testing. Chris tells a story about hiding urine in a rubber ducky and carrying it tied to his balls all day. Chris talks about trying to pass a drug test by diluting it with "Tide w/ Bleach Alternative" (it didnt work). Dave talks about putting black tar in Affrin bottles, and about getting sick in Austin while working at South by Southwest. We play a voice memo about Chiva from Christina. Jed from Church and Other Drugs calls in and gets dopey and talks recovery. Dave gets Chris to join him on a Tom Petty tribute.
October 21, 2017
Dave interviews Sam Cutler, the tour manager for the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. Sam explores the current opioid crisis, what drug use was like during the 60s/70s, and tells stories about his time on tour with Jerry Garcia and Keith Richards. We read an email from someone in charge of inmate programming for a prison in Australia who wants to make Dopey availabe to the prisoners.