In this episode, I dive into a discussion with author Thad Ziolkowski about the interesting and unexpected parallels between surfing and addiction, and his discoveries from his new book The Drop: How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery. Thad explains why it makes sense that he turned back to his first love – surfing – to get away from an unsustainable life of alcohol and drugs, the importance of finding joy to fill the void where addiction once lived – even finding healthier addictions – and how others can use similar tools to do the same.
Thad Ziolkowski is the author of the memoir On a Wave, which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2003, and Wichita, a novel. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, Artforum, Travel & Leisure and Interview Magazine. He has a PhD in English Literature from Yale University and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the Associate Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
You can be one of the first to get a copy of Thad’s book The Drop: How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery, releasing July 6th.
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