Dopey Podcast – Why You Should Listen

Authored by Hugh Soames

Edited by Alexander Bentley

Reviewed by Philippa Gold

Dopey Podcast – Reasons to Listen

The Dopey podcast is the perfect mix of information, knowledge and advice for listeners about drugs and addiction. The show also features a healthy dose of what it calls, “dumb sh*t” for listeners to enjoy. The Dopey podcast has welcomed guests including Jamie Lee Curtis, Artie Lange, Marc Maron and Margaret Cho. Each guest has spoken about addiction and how it has touched their lives.

The Dopey podcast was created by Dave and Chris. The two co-hosts of the show have kept their names anonymous, like members of 12-step recovery programs. The show began in 2016 and is still going strong today with more than 320 episodes of the podcast.

The podcast was originally conceived as a talk show about the funny side of addiction. The pair created the show’s idea at Mountainside Treatment Center during a stay 2011. It took Dave and Chris four years to become more stable and sober to launch it, however. Once they did, Dave and Chris began recording stories of their experiences of being on drugs and their “drug-fueled” shenanigans. The podcast quickly gained a small, devoted following. Guests joined the co-hosts and began telling their stories as well.

However, in 2018, co-host Chris had a drug relapse, overdosed, and died, leaving Dave to soldier on without him. The announcement of Chris’s death was sobering as Dave gave the sad news via the podcast. Chris had been injured during a vacation and doctors prescribed him painkillers. It led to a heroin relapse which ultimately killed the podcast co-host.

Chris’s death also led to a change in the Dopey podcast’s theme and motivation. It doesn’t look at the funny side of addiction anymore. Rather, it focuses more on getting listeners to overcome their demons. The podcast now focuses on the vulnerable moments and issues people experience when using drugs.

Dopey has become a massive hit podcast thanks to exposure from various media sources. Downloads are now through the roof and host Dave has not missed a week of releasing a new episode since Chris’s untimely death. It is a form of therapy for Dave just as the podcast has become a form of recovery for listeners around the globe. Dopey is listened to around the world on six of the seven continents.

As the profile of the show has grown over the years, Dopey has welcomed many well-known celebrities. Jaime Lee Curtis appeared on Dopey episode 174 and became the first guest to cry on the podcast. It is a moment that has lived long in the show’s history, especially with Dopey releasing over 320 episodes. Dr Drew Pinsky is a regular guest on the Dopey podcast. The famed celebrity doctor has shared a wealth of knowledge and experiences with Dave since first appearing.

Dopey is no longer just a podcast, it is a community in which listeners gain advice and help while hearing stories of other people who have experienced similar problems. There has a been a live convention, clothing, and much more. Dopey has provided a platform for Dave to help others and listeners have found a community to help them through addiction and recovery.


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