Apr 24, 2023

The Ultimate Comeback: Rebuilding Life After Addiction with Donny Starkins

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addiction, Authenticity, Comeback, Grief, Healing, Personal Development, Purpose, Recovery, Self-Love, sobriety, Transformation


In this episode, I’m joined by my good buddy Donny Starkins! As a former Division I baseball player, Donny’s journey into Yoga, Personal Development, and Mindfulness began after seven operations on his left knee and an addiction to painkillers. Fast forward to today, Donny has a decade of sobriety under his belt and has become one of the most dynamic leaders in his industry. He is a professional speaker, teacher, podcast co-host of Comeback Stories, and a personal development coach leading classes, workshops, and seminars all across the world. He’s the creator of “The Shift” Transformational Coaching, a 90-Day Personal Development Private Coaching program, and works one-on-one with some of the top professional athletes in the world on mindset, yoga, life coaching, and mindfulness. 

Join me for a powerful conversation with Donny about his battle with addiction, his comeback journey, and how he uses his experiences to inspire others to live their lives to the fullest. So much more than just an inspiring story about addiction and recovery—you’ll be surprised at how many gems of wisdom are in here that you can apply to so many areas of your life!


  • Donny’s 6-year battle with addiction and how he was able to take ownership of his pain, fear and anxiety even after relapsing
  • The mind and body connection and how important it is in the recovery journey
  • The power of sharing and vulnerability in healing

00:00 Intro 

00:56 The power of making a positive impact

02:32 Donny’s comeback story

07:17 Overdosing and AA meetings

13:45 Surrendering to recovery

17:48 Loss of athletic identity

20:41 Taking ownership of pain and addiction

26:03 The hardest step in recovery

28:31 The power of sharing and vulnerability in healing

34:46 Mind-body connection

41:05 Relapse and Sobriety 2.0

48:13 Finding freedom in sacrifice

52:16 Creating safe spaces

55:34 Tech addiction

59:26 The power of honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness



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