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.
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.
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.
Dopey 142: Scatterbrained Dopey. Chris returns home late from a business trip and Dopey pays the price (sorry its late)
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!
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.
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!!!
"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.
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.
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).
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."
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?).
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.
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.
Dopey132: Harris Wittels, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, Stephanie Wittels Wachs, Andrew’s Mom
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.
Dopey131: Dead Meth Owl, Jessa Reed, Drinking Meth Piss, Shooting Meth in Neck, Goofballs, Mormon and the Meth-Head
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.
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.
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!
Dopey128: Copping Drugs from a Cop, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, Howard Stern Show, Rodney Dangerfield
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.
Dopey127: Meth Psychosis, Dick Tattoo, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bipolar Disorder, Somerville, Trouble at Work
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.
Dopey126: Todd goes to Rehab, Locked out of Hotel Naked, Review Competition with Omar, Horrible Detox
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.
Dopey125: Dave’s Pilot, Fired on First Day of Work, Maegan and Bobby from Boston, Prison, Artie Lange Interactions, The Addictionary
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.
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.
Dopey123: My God is better than your God, Mental Illness Happy Hour, Clinical Depression, Dinner and a Movie, Single Malt Scotch, Handle Pulls, Paul Gilmartin
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.
Dopey122: Wanting to Want it, Ambivalence about Getting Clean, Mental Obsession, Methadone, Pot Farm
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.
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."
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.
Dopey119: Expressing Sammy’s Anal Glands, 3 Cars Crashed in One Day, Puking Donuts, Shooting Cocaine, Fentanyl, Dave’s Dad
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."
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.
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."
Dopey116: Pooping Pants on LSD, Amanda Lauren, Adderall, Doctor Shopping, Dry January, Stimulants, ADHD
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.
Dopey115: Amy Dresner Pt. 1, Todd!, LSD Bust, Shooting Cocaine in Neck, Mushrooms and Ecstasy at Phish, Hippy Life, 12 Steps, My Fair Junky
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!
Dopey114: Buying/Selling Fake Drugs, Obsession and Compulsion, Bomb Cyclone, Fat Albert, Cravings, Crackhead, Pretend Therapy
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.
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."
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.
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.
Dopey110: Hippy vs Hobo, Homelessness, Stealing Medication from Sick/Deceased People, Hotwheels, Research Chemical Benzodiazepines
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)!
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."
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.
Dopey107: Mushrooms at a Festival, Injecting DMT, Skype Interview, Sneaky Pete, Libe Barer, Artie Lange, Mescaline, Psilocybin
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!
Dopey106: Parents Intervening Drug Use, Hershey’s Chocolate Factory, Puking into a Cup, Puking into a Shirt
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.
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.
Dopey104: Good Ol’ Dopey, Faking Drug Tests, Overdose Death, Chiva, SXSW, Whizzinator, Church and Other Drugs,
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.
Dopey103: Sam Cutler, Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, the Sixties, LSD, Jerry Garcia, Keith Richards
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.
Hotwheels calls into the show mid craving. Dave's dad comes on again and critiques Dopey. Maegan, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, calls in and shares about her recovery and her use - including the time her friend overdosed on fentanyl and she rushed him to the hopsital.... only to have him come to right when when they were pulling in. We play a song called "Titty Meat" from beat master Jon.
Dopey101: Hiding Shooting Cocaine, Scaring Drug Dealers, Strict Treatment Centers, No Worries, Meek Mill, CRI Help, Renaissance, Alina Lodge
Chris talks about scaring drug dealers, trying to hide shooting cocaine, and an abnormally fast heart rate. Dave shares about a recent encounter with his dad where he lost his temper. Dave's rehab friend from 15 years ago, Harold, calls in and talks about Dave back in the day. Also he tells us about the rehab he just got kicked out of. Dave plays a voice memo from a friend who had someone smoke crack in a car without asking. We read a review from a "normie." Stay Strong Dopey Nation
Dave and Chris speculate about relapse. Dave tells a story about squirting a childhood friend in the face with a water gun…. And then ponders the nature of people. Chris reads an old prank he played on someone in the treatment field. Chris talks about personality testing. We play several voice memos about things like PCP, Coffee Beans, MDMA, and a teenager getting secretly dosed by his dad.
Dopey99: Even Gayer than the Gayest Dopey Ever, Chemsex, Grinder, Squirt.org, Meth, Evidence-Based Practices, Narcan
Jason calls in and tells us about chemsex, specifically IV meth use, zoom rooms, and dating apps in the gay community. He goes on to talk about his recovery, including 12 step programs and evidence-based practices. We read an email from a Dopey Nation member who had to remove a decomposing body for work when he was high. The man had been dead for a month and "popped like a balloon" when he tried to move the body. Lastly, we play a voice memo from Josh about the time he got Narcaned when he overdosed.... if you are an active user (or know active users), go buy some Narcan.
Dopey98: Weed Delivery, Unholy Trinity, Quadriplegic, Steve-O, IV cocaine, Dungeons and Dragons, Blowjobs, Cinderella
Dave talks about when he was a crappy weed delivery man. Hotwheels calls in and tells us about how he broke his neck diving into a pond when he was drunk. His last words before becoming a quadriplegic were "Fuck Steve-O." Hotwheels goes on to tell us about his life after the injury, including his heroin/cocaine use and his attempts at recovery. Alex calls in again and updates us on his 5 years of sobriety. Chris gives some updates about school and his personal life. Dave criticizes Chris about his poor recollection of fairy tales.
Dopey97: Alexis Neiers, Bling Ring, Good Counselors, Oxycontin, Black Tar Heroin, CBD, Pretty Wild, TMZ
We talk about what makes a good counselor after playing a voice memo from someone who works in the treatment field. Alexis Neiers (Pretty Wild) calls in and tells us about her life in active addiction and recovery. She talks about using heroin (and smuggling drugs in her vagina) while recording her reality show. One of her stories involved lighting another woman's hair on fire with a cigarette and a hit and run with her car. Alexis goes on to share what it took to get sober at a young age. She talks about her early involvement in AA and her eventual decision to distance herself from the program. Alexis also shares her thoughts on recovery, the blessings of sobriety, and her hopes and aspirations for the addiction treatment field.
Tracey Helton Mitchell (Hope after Heroin) calls in and tells us about her using days and recovery. Tracey shares about using the same syringe for a year, being the "abscess queen," having a 70 year old sugar daddy when she was in her twenties, and other hardcore tales. Now Tracey is almost 20 years sober, a great mother, an author, and a positive force in the treatment world. We play a voice memo from Samuel in Australia about the time he ate a bunch of opium in the airport, nearly shit himself, and passed out. Chris talks about Erowid. Dave described a recent encounter with a whale while swimming. Lastly, we close with Cormac's versoin of "Good so Bad"... his 7 year old son provided the backup vocals.