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Tim Westbrook is the Founder and CEO of Camelback Recovery, a mental health clinic and addiction treatment center in Phoenix, Arizona. Tim had struggled with a substance addiction that eventually affected every area of his life.

Through his journey out of addiction and into recovery, Tim brings strength and hope to those who want lifelong sobriety. He is also the Host of the I Love Being Sober podcast where he goes into detail on recovery and addiction treatment.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Tim Westbrook’s journey into and out of addiction
  • The struggle of staying sober and how to win
  • Why Tim decided to start Camelback Recovery
  • What is the continuum of care?
  • How long does sober living take and what comes afterwards?
  • Helping an addict quit and recover the healthy way

In this episode…

Drug addiction is a killer. The sooner people get real help, the faster they can begin their journey to recovery and better health. Most people are aware of the standard recovery process, but there are many levels of treatment a person should go through to get their life back.

Unfortunately, not many know what the journey to recovery entails. So how do you find the right resources you need for you or a loved one? What should you expect from the process?

Listen to this Inspired Insider episode with Dr. Jeremy Weisz, featuring the CEO and Founder of Camelback Recovery, Tim Westbrook. They discuss Tim’s journey into and out of addiction, the struggle of getting and staying sober, how to win after sober living, and much more!

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Episode Transcript

Jeremy Weisz  0:19  

Dr. Jeremy Weisz here founder of where I talk with inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders today is no different. I have Tim Westbrook of Camelback Recovery and I’m going to formally introduce him in a second. And Tim, I always like to mention other episodes people should check out of the podcast and because, you know, Camelback Recovery is a mental health clinic addiction treatments sober living in Arizona. Tim also has outpatient treatment centers as well. But, you know, I had Tony Grebmeier, on who runs ship offers, and he openly talks about his struggle with addiction and how he kind of turned his life around. So people should check out that episode. And, Tim, I don’t know if you know, Tony, or you had him on your podcast, but you should. And I’m happy to introduce you guys. Also data show I love that, you know, Tony,

Tim Westbrook  1:15  

I don’t I don’t. Yeah, I’d love to.

Jeremy Weisz  1:17  

Dan Kuschell is a good friend. And this I bring that up because Tim and I were introduced by Alex Mandossian. And I know you know, Alex through Genius Network and Joe Polish and Dan did work with Genius Network for a number of years. So check out the episode I do with Dan Kuschell. And before I introduce Tim, this episode is brought to you by Rise25 Rise25 we help businesses give to and connect to their dream 100 relationships. How do we do that? We help you run your podcast. You know, for me, the number one thing in my life is relationships. I’m always looking at ways to give to my best relationships. I found no better way to do that than to profile the people in companies I most admire on this planet and have my podcast shout from the rooftops what they’re working on so people can discover them and what they’re doing. And so if you’ve thought about podcasting, you should if you have questions, you can go to and ask us anything you want. We’re happy we’ve been doing it for over a decade. And so just let us know and we’ll talk about Tim’s podcast as well. Tim Westbrook is the Founder and CEO of Camelback Recovery. It’s in Phoenix, Arizona, before getting cleaning, sober and you know their struggles with substance addiction that affected his everyday life. And by March of 2011 Tim hit his bottom and became willing to go to any lengths to get into stay sober and really through his journey out of addiction and into recovery. He’s experienced and help others experience a strength and hope of lifelong sobriety and his passion for health and fitness and changing people’s lives allowed him and inspired him to open up Camelback Recovery, and you know really accounts for his passion and determination to make sure they have the highest success rate they can with people so you can check everything out at and, Tim, thanks for joining me.

Tim Westbrook  3:22  

Jeremy, thanks so much for having me. I appreciate it. And hopefully I can share something that that helps somebody else today.

Jeremy Weisz  3:30  

Tell me take us back to 2011 Whoo.

Tim Westbrook  3:36  

Okay, so 2011 You know, I can I can kind of give I can. I can kind of give a quick I can give a quick version of my story. And if and I think that might be helpful to give people some insight. So April, April 19 1996. I’m a sophomore at UC Davis. It’s Picnic Day, the biggest party of the year 200,000 people. The day starts at 8am with bloody marys moves on to beer, beer pong, kickstands and singing Piano Man, arm and arm with my fraternity brothers. About 2am I’m like she later I’m going to the Nard I get in my car to drive to Oxnard. About two hours later, I fall asleep at the wheel. The guy behind me watches me veer to the left flip over three times and end up on the other side of the freeway. He finds me curled up in a little ball on what used to be the driver’s seat of my Toyota pickup amazed that I’m still alive. I spent four days in ICU 28 days and 24 hour care. Six weeks in a transitional living home for brain injured adults six weeks in disability classes at Ventura College. I don’t remember two weeks in my life no She has asked me to name animals I say dog cat mouse Mouseketeer. Dr. Judy said to my family, he’ll never fully recover from this traumatic brain injury. He’ll never go back to UC Davis. But I fought hard. People used to say God has a plan for you, Tim. That’s why you survived. But at the time, I believed that I survived because of the house painting business. I ran over the summer, doing my own sales and marketing and advertising and hiring and firing employees. That’s how I got my brain to recover. I was the GM of a painting company when I overdosed on ghp at a company event. I get fired. The next ghp overdose. I’m out partying with friends, they put me in a cab, I wake up in jail. The next overdose, I’m out partying with my cousin Brian, the night before Easter. my stepsister kicks me out of her house, nothing stops me. I was offered the VP position of another painting company, and I’m running the largest startup division ever. And by my third year on the number two division in the country, work hard, play hard. That’s my motto. Our company retreats are in Vegas Cancun, Miami Park City. And every single time I’m the most fucked up person there. Every single time. They pulled me aside, they say, Tim, we need to talk about your drinking. Then I meet Jennifer, and attractive brunette and owner of a successful business in San Francisco. She makes up the song about me. It’s Monday, and it’s all about Tim. It’s Tuesday. It’s all about Tim. And everyone would laugh their asses off. Because it was true. Selfish, self centered. Tim. It’s all about Tim. Soon, I’m fired again. Fuck them. Yeah, I work hard. But I can I drink hard. And I do drugs, but I get results. So I take off with Jen first class to Europe, we stay in five star hotels for three months. Proposed with a huge diamond ring get married at a fancy resort by five homes in Arizona. I’m going to make millions in real estate. This is like 2006 2007 2008. Right. Three years later, I kiss Jennifer goodbye on a Friday. I read and I pick up my friend set who’s in town from San Francisco. And after a weekend of shenanigans, I returned home on Sunday. And that’s when Jen looks at me and said, I’m done. I’m leaving you. And the only way I will consider taking you back is if you never drink again. Go to rehab. Stop playing golf. Two days later, I go to my first AAA meeting ever. I remember pulling into the parking lot. And seeing a bunch of guys just laughing and having a great time and I’m in my car crying going Why the fuck are these guys so happy. My life is over. I go into that meeting. And that’s the first time I say my name is Tim, I’m an alcoholic. They give me a big book. They tell me to keep coming back. Today. I continued that was March 8 2011. Today I continue to work a 12 step program. I’ve learned that fulfillment comes from helping other people on passionate about my recovery and helping other people. I’m so grateful for the life I have today. So that was what happened to him.

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