EP 21 – Rising from the Depths: Dr. Robb Kelly’s Sobriety Journey

Join us in this powerful episode of our podcast as we delve into the gripping story of Robb Kelly, a remarkable individual who triumphed over addiction. Robb Kelly, a renowned expert in addiction recovery, shares his personal journey of battling addiction and how he managed to overcome it against all odds.

In this candid conversation, Robb opens up about his own struggles with addiction and how it impacted his life. He shares the dark moments, the challenges, and the turning points that ultimately led him to a path of recovery and redemption.

Through his unique perspective and expertise, Robb provides invaluable insights into the complexities of addiction and offers practical tips for those who may be facing similar battles. His story serves as a beacon of hope for anyone seeking inspiration and guidance on their own journey to recovery.

Whether you or someone you know has been affected by addiction, or if you simply have a keen interest in personal growth and transformation, this episode is a must-listen. Robb’s experience and expertise in addiction recovery make for a compelling and enlightening conversation that will leave you feeling empowered and motivated.

Tune in to “Unveiling the Journey: Overcoming Addiction with Robb Kelly” and discover the resilience of the human spirit and the power of determination in the face of adversity. Let Rob’s story inspire you to embrace change, seek help, and embark on your own path to a brighter future.


The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!

About Our Guest (Dr. Robb Kelly)

Dr. Robb Kelly is a renowned expert in addiction recovery who has overcome incredible adversity to become a leading figure in the field. He has triumphed over homelessness, alcohol dependency, trauma, PTSD, and a series of challenging events to become known as the “Gordon Ramsay” of the addiction treatment world. Before his struggles with addiction, Robb had a successful career as a bass guitarist, playing alongside legendary artists such as Queen, David Bowie, and Elton John at Abbey Studio. His musical pursuits helped fund his education at Oxford University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Psychology. Robb experienced a powerful spiritual awakening while living on the streets of Manchester, which ultimately inspired his dedication to helping others overcome addiction.

Follow Dr. Robb Kelly on his social profiles to stay updated on his inspiring journey and valuable insights into addiction recovery.

IG: https://www.instagram.com/drrobbkelly

WEBSITE: https://RobbKelly.com

Show Notes

  • [03:00] Dr. Robb Kelly shares his personal journey of addiction, from taking his first drink at the age of nine to becoming homeless and losing everything.
  • [06:22] Dr. Robb shares about his past struggles with addiction, including his reckless behavior and multiple DUI arrests, while Gary Menkes relates to his experience and discusses his own time in rehab. 
  • [09:06] Dr. Robb talks about hitting rock bottom and finding hope when a stranger unexpectedly offers help, leading to a life-changing moment. 
  • [10:22] Dr. Robb shares his personal struggle with alcohol addiction, discussing his initial resistance to recovery and his anger towards God and the world.
  • [11:50] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses his recovery from alcoholism, including finding a sponsor who became his spiritual advisor and how his life started to change as a result. 
  • [14:53] Dr. Robb Kelly talks about the mysterious disappearance of a man named John who played a significant role in his journey. 
  • [16:56] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses overcoming addiction and homelessness, and how it inspired him to create a unique and successful program with a 97% success rate for helping others recover from addiction. 
  • [19:31] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses the spiritual connection in addiction and how babies are born with only two fears, emphasizing that addiction is not solely about drugs and alcohol but a deeper issue.
  • [22:43] Dr. Robb Kelly shares his personal journey from homelessness to becoming a successful therapist.
  • [24:52] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses the unique perspective and experiences of alcoholics and addicts, emphasizing how their childhood trauma shapes their perception and behavior
  • [27:11] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses the flaws in traditional treatment centers and explains his unique approach of teaching the alcoholic’s family how to speak the language of recovery. 
  • [28:40] Dr. Robb Kelly explains that alcoholism is a mind-brain disease caused by a genetic predisposition and an allergy to ethanol, while drug addiction is different and does not have the same allergy.
  • [32:48] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses the impact of childhood trauma on attracting unhealthy relationships and self-sabotage.
  • [35:48] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses the correlation between childhood trauma and addiction, highlighting that 95% of individuals with heroin addiction started with prescription drugs.
  • [37:17] Gary Menkes shares his personal experience of childhood trauma involving his father’s cocaine addiction and the impact it had on his life. 
  • [37:34] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses the neuroscience behind alcoholism, explaining how the basal ganglia and hypothalamus play a crucial role in the addictive behavior, leading to self-sabotage and prioritizing alcohol over everything else in an alcoholic’s life. 
  • [40:15] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses the misunderstood nature of alcoholism, highlighting the biochemical reaction to ethanol and the impact of trauma on the brain, as well as the overreliance on medication without addressing the root cause of low serotonin levels. 
  • [42:05] Dr. Robb Kelly discusses the progression of alcoholism and the misconception that it is a choice, emphasizing the need for education and dialogue to understand the disease and the importance of being ready for recovery. 
  • [44:22] Dr. Robb Kelly explains the power of the mind and how to manifest success in life by visualizing goals, taking action, and addressing underlying childhood trauma.
  • [47:43] Dr. Robb Kelly emphasizes the power of small compliments, such as complimenting someone’s sneakers, and how it can positively impact their day and even ripple into other aspects of their life.
  • [49:54] Dr. Robb Kelly shares his insights on recovery from alcoholism and addiction, emphasizing the power of the present moment and the importance of oxygen saturation in the body, while debunking the idea of hereditary diseases and offering three transformative morning rituals. 
  • [53:38] Dr. Robb Kelly emphasizes the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone and continuously growing every day in order to overcome addiction and make a positive impact on the world. 
  • [57:30] Dr. Robb Kelly encourages listeners to donate to the Rob Kelly Foundation.
  • [58:54] Gary Menkes expresses his gratitude for the opportunity to speak with Dr. Robb Kelly and his anticipation of meeting him in person.

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About Gary Menkes

Gary Menkes was born and raised in Port Washington, NY and struggled with alcoholism since his early teens which took him to places he never wants to go again and which took a toll on his health, relationships and professional endeavors. However, Gary completely transformed his life when he was given the gift of sobriety on May 13, 2006. Determined to break free from the cycle of self-destruction, he embarked on a remarkable journey of recovery.

Today, Gary is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York, married to the love of his life and father of two amazing children of which he owes all to his sobriety. Gary is now launching his own podcast, The Begin Again Podcast.