Bangkok Podcast: Paul Garrigan

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Bangkok Podcast 22: Paul Garrigan

Bangkok is a city of many vices and more than a few temptations. If you’re not careful, it can be frighteningly easy to let these things go from a sometime-hobby to a full-blown addiction, and the end result is usually not pretty. But every once in a while you hear a story about someone who sank to the bottom and then, against all odds, pulled themsevles back up.

Continuing our Halloween theme in the guise of discussing inner demons, our guest today is author Paul Garrigan. His book ‘Dead Drunk’ recounts his harrowing tale of alcoholism that saw him travel the world trying to escape a problem that was part of who he was. It was only in Thailand, near the end of his rope, that Paul ended up at Wat Thamkrabok, whose well known detox program showed him the way out of the darkness. Paul gives a very personal, open book account of the challenges he faced, and what it was like when he finally emerged clean and sober on the other side.

Greg and Tony also welcome guest Scotty “Hockey” Murray, one of the organizers of the upcoming 2010 Land of Smiles Ice Hockey Classic. Ice hockey in Thailand? That’s right, and the tournamet will be pretty badass. Make sure to check it out!

Show Links:

Flying Farangs: 2010 Land fo Smiles Ice Hockey Classic

Dead Drunk by Paul Garrigan


  1. Justine October 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Sounds interesting, would love to read. The front cover looks like the majority of backpackers after the fullmoon. Love your blog by the way!

  2. John Fitzpatrick October 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Great to see your experiences are now in print Paul. Your story is a great example that there is hope.

  3. Brook October 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    It was a great Podcast! Thanks for sharing your story! I look forward to reading more about it…

  4. Martyn October 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Great podcast as always. Very interesting to hear how someone was able to go to Thailand to quit their addiction when the perception is the opposite. I look forward to a follow up pod where we might learn what Paul is up to now in Thailand. Thanks.

  5. Jay October 19, 2010 at 8:57 am - Reply

    A very interesting podcast. It is always enlightening to hear about such a complete turnaround. Keep up the great work Paul.

  6. Patrick Gilfether October 20, 2010 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Hey guys,

    loved the podcast!

  7. Megan October 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    It was cool to hear Paul’s actual voice instead of just his interwebs one. Yay!

  8. Peteris Lehtla October 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    thank you guys for your podcast! by the way is the Paul’s book available in stores? Would love to buy it for few friends 🙂

  9. jo October 22, 2010 at 10:51 am - Reply

    here in bkk again – nice to be listening to you guys chat while actually in the hood….. keep the variety of guests coming. This story a must – most brave to be so honest… lots of lessons there for us and all our various “demons” 🙂

  10. Jules October 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    An inspiring story for those that have battled alcoholism (or any other substance/activity addictions) . Many people have used AA for staying sober while others just go “cold turkey” and that works…truth is there is not just one option for staying sober. Paul shows people battling this disease that there are more “tools in the toolbox” for them to try in their battle to turn their lives around.

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