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by Donny Mac
Thrivers Podcast

Episode #3 | Luke Richards | Swim for Recovery


Luke Richards is a recovered alcoholic, ultra-distance swimmer and loving husband and father.

In this episode we discuss:

Luke is from Melbourne, born and bred.

A little bit about his growing up there and going to an all boy's school, and how some of the seeds of problems in later life were sown.

The inceptions of substance addiction.

First attempted suicide in high school.

How alcohol came to reign supreme.

How bad did Luke's drinking actually get?

Luke had the onset of Korsakoff Syndrome.

He was very good at hiding his addiction.

What marked the rock bottom for Luke?

The first time he stopped, and the relapse.

When did Luke 'finally run out fo runway' and have his last drink, and how does swimming enter the picture?

Some of the best/worst and most challenging experience as a long distance swimmer.

Recovery and impacts on fitness and health.

Has he also recovered from being a pack a day smoker?

To what extent is anxiety and mental health in general a challenge even after the cessation of drinking?

The lasting consequences of alcohol addiction.

'Failure is an essential part of the process'

What is going on wth this global epidemic of mental health issues?

And specifcally men's mental health.

Channels to get help.

The importance of seeking help.

Would Luke ever write a book about his story?


Luke's Links:

IG: @swim4recovery



by Donny Mac