Published on:

1st Apr 2022

How To Heal From Trauma and Addiction w/Theo Fleury EP 360

Theo Fleury is a two-time Olympic Gold medalist in Hockey, motivational speaker, and best-selling author. But prior to this, his life once carried the markings of a troubled childhood, abuse, and coping with emotional pain through addictive and self-destructive behaviors.

Today, Theo defines himself as a victor over trauma and addiction and a facilitator to those still trying to find their way. His best-selling books, Playing with Fire and Conversations with a Rattlesnake, encourage open sharing and provide practical tools that people seeking help can personally use. These tools are also useful to those who want to lead a productive conversation, called “Real Conversations”, with anybody else experiencing trauma.

In this flashback episode, Lance and Theo talk about the struggles of addiction, abuse, and trauma that leaves deep emotional pain and scar in a person’s life. Theo particularly explained his journey toward healing and overcoming his battles in different ways.


  • 7:40 What I found in sports that I lacked at home 
  • 13:19 Falling into addiction when you’re at your peak
  • 23:24 Becoming a best-selling author 
  • 34:28 The journey of inner healing and spirituality 
  • 56:33 Medication alone isn’t the answer to mental health

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🥇“What advice do you have for someone who is struggling with adversity right now”🥇

Theo says, “Forgiveness leads to freedom and heals us from emotional pain. It frees us from bitterness and allows us to accept ourselves and in the process accept others too.” 

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About the Podcast

University of Adversity
Welcome to University of Adversity, a podcast where we explore the human experience of overcoming obstacles and achieving personal growth through real-life stories of accomplished individuals. From professional athletes to NY Times bestselling authors, celebrities, spiritual leaders, doctors, scientists, and billionaires, we bring you a diverse range of perspectives on the challenges and triumphs of adversity. Each episode is designed to provide listeners with inspiration, motivation, and practical tools to help them navigate through difficult times. We cover a wide range of topics related to mental health, personal development, self-improvement and resilience building, offering expert insights and actionable advice. Join us as we discover how to overcome adversity, cope with stress, and achieve your goals on this journey of self-discovery and personal growth, highlighting the stories of the everyday heroes among us.

About your host

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Lance Essihos

As an experienced veteran with adversity, Lance has faced some of life's most difficult challenges. Grinding his way through the hockey ranks to traveling the world as a bartender. Through his personal battle with drugs and alcohol for well over a decade, the tragic loss of his brother to suicide followed by the great loss of his father to cancer only a year later, Lance realized he had hit rock bottom. In the darkest of days, he made a promise to himself that he would create a new life, one that would make an impact and inspire the masses, leaving the world in a better place than he found it. Lance has made it his mission to facilitate the message of positive change through adversity and encourage people to see the light through the darkness of life's worst moments.