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June 22, 2021 56 min

Mari Fong interviews Brian Wheat of Tesla and expert Karl Shallowhorn, mental health educator, speaker, coach and author of “Leadership Through the Lens of the 12 Steps.” Brian Wheat of Tesla shares how he overcame bulimia, addictions, and lives successfully with panic attacks, depression.

Brian Wheat’s autobiography entitled, Son of a Milkman: My Crazy Life with Tesla, tells how he survived and thrived through 39 years recording and performing with Tesla and touring with Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison and other iconic hair metal bands. Brian talks about his mother’s mental health issues, the one person who turned his life around, and how his autoimmune disease affects him mentally and physically. Brian shares the unexpected benefits he found from therapy and medication. 

Next, Mental Health First Aid Educator and expert Karl Shallowhorn shares his own journey with bipolar disorder and addiction and what finally led him to believe he could live a life without drugs. Karl talks about the “addictive personality” and how love and fear can be key motivators for change. Using the 12 Step Program for controlling addiction and how to live a life beyond your wildest dreams. 

“Be brave, ask for help, and be persistent in finding the mental help that you need.”
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