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
University of Adversity is a personal growth podcast that will help you transform your biggest struggles into your greatest lessons.

By focusing on relatable inspirations, University of Adversity generates illuminating conversations around mental health, mindset, spirituality, health & wellness, and entrepreneurship.

Guests include New York Times Best Selling Authors, Billionaires, Pro Athletes, Celebrities, Scientists, Spiritual Masters, and the Common Heroes Among us.

The tools, tips, and resources from these masters of life will hack your personal journey and accelerate the process of where you are now to where you want to be.

Hosted by Lance Essihos, an ex-hockey player and bartender turned Founder, Entrepreneur, Podcaster, and Author of “Mastering Adversity”, his signature book is coming soon…

This podcast has ranked in the top 50 on Apple podcasts in all major countries around the world, and ranked in the top 1% of all podcasts worldwide.

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.