Recovery

with Russell Brand

Recover the person you were intended to be.

Find freedom from the things that control you.

 

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12 lessons, including video and audio files. More than 4 hours with Russell. 

Daily worksheets and reflection questions

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Are you ready for a change?

Untangle yourself from problematic relationships to work, romance, social media, drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, food, or family.

Pain is the touchstone for all spiritual progress. It is the beginning of personal transformation.

The 12-step process moves the root causes of our suffering from unconscious unawareness to conscious awareness and offers a systematic approach for healing.

  • Identify a specific problem and recognize that change is possible. This can be as obvious as substance abuse or as subtle as your relationship with your phone.
  • Do a thorough personal inventory to uncover unhealthy patterns and your role in perpetuating those patterns.
  • Become truly willing to hand over a way of being that is not working.
  • Learn how to work with a mentor to keep you on track.
  • Discover the power of addressing your past and making amends.
  • Collect practices to stay connected to your new perspective.
  • Live a life filled with compassion and purpose

If you are willing to make the commitment, this program is nothing less than a miraculous tool for feeling free, connected, and content.

Meet your teacher

Russell Brand is an award-winning comedian, actor, author, public thought leader, and a passionate activist for mental health and drug rehabilitation. 

He is the author of seven books, including the bestseller Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions and Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped. His weekly podcast, Under the Skin, is available on Luminary, and his Netflix special, Re:Birth, is streaming now.

"There's an assumption that 12-step recovery is for addicts and alcoholics — and that is indeed how I found my way into the program. But what is also true is that 12-step recovery is for everyone."

The Course

Each day Russell shares his interpretation of the 12-step system of recovery.

Here we admit that we are powerless over our addiction and that our lives have become unmanageable. 

The point that you're feeling unhappy or dissatisfied is not something that you need to suppress, ignore, or get over. It's the beginning of letting go. It's the beginning of changing something.

This is your honest entry point into the 12-step program.

Here we admit that we are powerless over our addiction and that our lives have become unmanageable. 

The point that you're feeling unhappy or dissatisfied is not something that you need to suppress, ignore, or get over. It's the beginning of letting go. It's the beginning of changing something.

This is your honest entry point into the 12-step program.

If the answer to your problems was in your head, you would have found it by now.

The focus of today's video lecture is this: We decided to turn our lives and our will over to the care of a higher power. It's an acknowledgment that our plan is not working. What we've been doing up until now is no longer a successful method for dealing with the problem. It's a willingness to let go of your plan.

The fourth step is an opportunity to thoroughly stock-take your previous behavior and beliefs using a rigorous, five-column process. This fearless moral inventory allows you to observe your unaddressed fears and beliefs — the silent phantoms forming who you are.

The program that runs your life can now be exposed and examined. It's one of the key moments where unconscious behavior and patterns transition to conscious behavior and patterns.

Today, you're admitting to yourself, to another human being, and your higher power, the exact nature of your wrongs. You're saying, "This is who I am." 

When we confide in another person, we come to realize that this disease that we have is based on our perception. Sharing with another person helps highlight that difference. Your Step 5 partner becomes a mirror, a lens through which you see yourself with new clarity.

The sixth step is about the part of change we can control — willingness and readiness. 

Now you have a clear, conscious appraisal of your problematic patterns. Now you see how these negative behaviors are no longer serving you. 

You prepare to let them go. You recognize that only when you are willing to let go of your defects of character will you be able to find connection, approval, and validation.

Humility is an awareness of one's relative insignificance — not that we are worthless or without value.

In this step, we humbly ask God to remove our shortcomings. It's an invitation to interface with a completely different perspective. If Step 6 is about becoming ready and standing on the precipice of a new life, Step 7 is about jumping.

Forgiveness is empowering because it allows you to arrive at a point where your biography is no longer built on condemnatory judgments of others. 

You acknowledge how your behavior and actions have affected other people. You are willing to make amends, but you don't forgive just yet. Step 8 is about self-reflection, which allows you to see what you need to change in your relationships moving forward.

In Step 9, you move closer to liberation by owning what you have done wrong. You clear away the wreckage of your past and commit to live in a different way. 

When you're able to say, "I'm sorry, I did this when I should have done that," you are beginning to give birth to a new version of yourself. You're learning to inhabit it.

Step 10 is about remaining present. We know our old perspective will drift back. We recognize, “Oh look, these negative influences, these previous patterns are lit up again. How do I transcend them? How do I get beyond this matrix?”

You transcend these thoughts by remaining aware and practicing the principles you have already learned—humility, surrender, acceptance, gratitude, and willingness to change. This is a functional step.

Meditation and prayer offer revelation through stillness. You access planes of consciousness that are ever-present, but inaccessible to the material, mechanical, rational mind that pursues external purpose. 

Instead of seeking answers and validation from other people, you turn inward. You cultivate consistent peace of mind by developing a relationship with a higher power.

Our pain, misery, and discontent led us to begin the 12-step process. In the end, what we discover is that we are here to be of service, that there is no “I.” We can be free, but freedom, in the end, is the freedom to serve and love one another. 

Bonus Content

Step 4 Examples

As Russell says, the first three steps theoretically can be done by nodding your head “yes” three times.

There are no shortcuts for Step 4. It is the deceptively pragmatic, administratively thorough, notorious five-column inventory process. Its function is to expose and address the fears and resentments that silently guide our lives and fuel our addictions.

So, to help you with this important step, we filmed two 35-minute videos where Russell helps students fill out the Step 4 worksheet.

"I am very grateful for Russell Brand's Recovery Program. I have been in recovery clean and sober for 28 years and his refreshing position and perspectives are insightful and tremendously helpful in an old familiar way...brand new again. Thank you for this precious program and for helping me see my old one with newfound love and respect. He is a delightful presenter."


~ Kiki

"Mr. Brand IS BRINGING IT! Many things are resonating with me. Thank you so very much for bringing this into the world, precipitating change within me, so I can be the role model my young boys can look up to. "


~ Cynthia

"This has changed my life. I’m so grateful. It should be on prescription from every doctor!"


~ Maryann

"Thank you Russell for saving me by teaching me how to save myself! And bless you guys here, for being strong and supportive for others in need."


~ Balint

Don't go it alone. Work through your recovery in our supportive community.

A critical part of the 12-step process is the community you surround yourself with, so you can be open, honest, and feel safe. In our custom-built Commune Community, you can connect with thousands of people around the world who are learning from Russell and going through the steps with you. 

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