Rewriting Recovery with Mishka Shubaly

Welcome to our second episode in our recovery month! Today we have another incredible guest, Mishka Shubaly. Mishka is a bestselling author, cult songwriter, and storyteller. After receiving an expensive MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Mishka promptly realized he was more interested in playing music in dive bars than writing. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring non-stop, and shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and many others! He’s become a cult favorite, opening nationally for comedy iconoclast, Doug Stanhope; penning the soundtrack for The Unbookables documentary, and headling the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour. His most recent record, “Coward’s Path,” has even won praise from Johnny Depp and Joe Perry.

But perhaps the most interesting aspect of Mishka is the incredible recovery journey that led him to where he is today. He’s lived through some traumatic life experiences and is a great example of how, as a kid, when your painful life experiences are simply brushed under the rug from those around you, it can lead to dangerous coping mechanisms and addiction.

This month is all about spreading the awareness of how everyone has their own path to recovery, and Mishka’s story illustrates this so well. He has been through a lot, so we’re sure when you hear his story — and learn about all that he struggled with and how he got to the other side — you’ll have even more hope in your own recovery journey.

We truly hope when you hear this episode you’ll also discover your own way to move forward and recover — just as Mishka has.

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Topics Discussed:

[:37] Kicking off the podcast with our review of the week!

[1:22] Sophie reads an inspirational quote for us.

[3:02] Some of our future IGNTD events and offerings this month!

[5:53] About this episode’s interview with our incredible guest, Mishka Shubaly.

[7:58] Our approach to recovery and how we help those struggling with our online offerings.

[10:22] The main message of this recovery month.

[12:45] More about today’s guest, Mishka Shubaly.

[13:10] Screenshot this episode, tag us and Mishka, and let us know what most resonated with you in this episode!

[14:46] Welcoming Mishka Shubaly to the podcast!

[15:31] If Mishka could meet any historical figure, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

[16:30] How a sustained dialogue affects how people think.

[18:32] Mishka speaks about all that he does to avoid working a classic ‘9–5.’

[20:54] Mishka tells us about his background that led him to who he is today.

[25:35] Mishka recounts his experience surviving a school shooting and how it affected him.

[32:22] How divorce and changes have affected us and our children.

[35:00] Mishka recounts a beautiful experience about teaching his younger cousin, Kai, about death and loss.

[40:06] How Mishka coped with the pain from divorce and the school shooting.

[43:27] Why it is worse to not acknowledge something than to have the tough conversation.

[46:53] Why Mishka didn’t go the traditional route of AA for his recovery.

[51:17] The moment Mishka quit drinking and why he never relapsed.

[55:30] What really helped manage Mishka’s stress and kept him sober.

[59:46] Why Mishka’s recovery story is both incredibly unique and not — and the important message that brings along.

[1:07:07] What is the best advice Mishka has ever received?

[1:07:49] What has been Mishka’s proudest moment?

[1:09:05] What has been Mishka’s most difficult moment?

[1:10:23] What are some of Mishka’s self-care rituals?

[1:13:00] What gets Mishka ignited in life?

[1:15:53] Major thanks to Mishka for joining us in this episode!


Mentioned in this Episode:

IGNTD Glow Event 2019

IGNTD Recovery

Mishka Shubaly

Mishka Shubaly’s Twitter

Mishka’s Shubaly’s Tour Info

Anton Chekhov

New Yorker Cartoon — “Ask me about my parents’ divorce”

IGNTD Episode: “Getting Personal: A Conversation With My Sister”

Mark Lanegan


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