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Interview with Robbie Shaw of Champagne Problems

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| Winter
2023 |
Volume 2,
Issue 4

Interview with Robbie Shaw of Champagne Problems

Robbie Shaw has dedicated his work to helping others in recovery and sharing the stories of the wellness world. His effectiveness lies in his frank candor about the trials of addiction, coupled with clinical knowledge of mental health issues, a pinch of real-world grit, and a healthy dose of laid-back Southern charm. AFTER editor-in-chief, Nicole Pietrandrea Hough, sits down with Robbie to learn more about his story, the rise of Champagne Problems, and where he’s headed next.

Interview edited for space and clarity.

Nicole Hough for AFTER Magazine: Robbie, we’re so happy to have you as our cover and interview for this issue! Let’s get into your story. Where did this whole journey start for you? 

Robbie Shaw: [The story] begins way back in my childhood. Drugs and alcohol [played a large part in my life growing up]. My father was an alcoholic—a very active, functioning alcoholic—throughout the majority of my childhood. He was also pretty successful, and those two things together created an interesting environment. There was this very pretty picture [on the outside], and then behind closed doors, it was a little ugly. My mom was very loving, [but] she came from nothing and then married a man who worked his way up and did well so all of the sudden they were highfalutin in the South and making money… You know what comes with that…it comes with some torture. You hear it a lot in the celebrity world. It comes with some ugly stuff. I grew up with a lot of opportunity and privilege, but it was an environment where there were inconsistent priorities that I don’t necessarily subscribe to or agree with now. 

I first tried alcohol at 12 years old. I was in sixth grade and I vividly remember riding my bike down a hill in my neighborhood and looking up at the sky and seeing the streetlight and thinking, “Holy cow, this is great!” It lit me up and I was kind of off to the races after that. Throughout junior high and high school, I’d do a little acid and lots of drinking. I was an athlete, so I had that high competitiveness—the stress, the pressure, and the work-hard-play-hard kind of mentality. That was normal in most places across the country and [especially] in the South. It was like you see in movies—a lot of tomfoolery. 

 

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I [thrive in] situations where someone needs help for themselves or for a loved one…. I’m the problem-solver who figures out what to do…. They feel alone, secluded, and helpless, and…I can let them know that they’re not alone and that there’s hope and a way out.

You can find Robbie Shaw in the following locations:

Champagne Problems Podcast

Developed by mental health and wellness professional Robbie Shaw, alongside co-hosts Patrick Balsley and Charlotte Cameron, Champagne Problems explores mental health, well-being, performance, longevity, sober-curiosity, and healing.

Eventide Recovery

“It is my experience that one size does not fit all when it comes to substance use.  Problematic use, dependence and addiction can take many shapes and forms. At Eventide, we assess the individual within their respective circumstance and customize a recovery plan. This typically includes personal, relationship and/or professional goals, wellness strategy, education and spiritual practice.”

Robbie Shaw, Founder

EVRYBDY Studios

Concept Development •  Podcast & Video Production • Digital Distribution
Inspiring Connection & Community, One Story At A Time.

Other resources mentioned in this interview:

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual Mk1-MOD1 by Jocko Willink

From Amazon: Jocko Willink’s methods for success were born in the SEAL Teams, where he spent most of his adult life, enlisting after high school and rising through the ranks to become the commander of the most highly decorated special operations unit of the war in Iraq. In Discipline Equals Freedom, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Extreme Ownership describes how he lives that mantra: the mental and physical disciplines he imposes on himself in order to achieve freedom in all aspects of life.

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