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From Opioid Addiction to Enlightenment

This is a conversation for the ages. Brad and Steve are joined by a special guest, Eric Zimmer, a former heroine addict now successful coach, entrepreneur, and podcast host. You’ll immediately sense that Eric is a kindred spirit to everything the Growth Equation Podcast stands for. The trio go deep on what addiction thinks and feels like, how Eric worked his way into recovery, and the key lessons therein for all of us—regardless of your current state and station in life. It was also fascinating to think about addiction recovery as an extreme form of trying to make progress in any challenging pursuit.


At the age of 24, Eric was homeless, addicted to heroin and facing long jail sentences. In the years since he has found a way to recover from addiction and build a life worth living for himself, that includes becoming a parent, being a successful entrepreneur, living business to do more creative work, developing a personal coaching practice, and hosting a popular podcast.

Eric works as a behavior coach and has done so for the past 20 years. He has coached hundreds of people from around the world on how to make significant life changes and create habits that serve them well in achieving the goals they’ve set for themselves.

In addition to his work as a behavior coach, he currently hosts the award-winning podcast, The One You Feed, based on an old parable about two wolves at battle within us. With over 300 episodes and over 13 million downloads, the show features conversations with experts across many fields of study about how to create a life that has less suffering and more fulfillment and meaning.

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Show Notes:

Eric’s coaching practice.

Eric’s podcast, The One You Feed.

The One You Feed Episodes Mentioned:

Brad’s conversation with Eric on Groundedness

Johan Hari on Stolen Attention

James Clear on Compounding Habit Change

Burnout with Leah Weiss

Recovery with Veronica Valli

Ethan Cross on Chatter

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