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055 Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption- an Interview with Brian Cuban- Part 2 of a 2 part series

In this episode, Christina Martini and Brian Cuban discuss:

  • His decision to speak openly and be an advocate about his journey, eating disorders, and addiction.
  • Signs of addiction and how we can see them in ourselves and others.
  • Sincerely and without judgment talking to others with empathy.
  • Common misconceptions about addiction and eating disorders.

Key Takeaways:

  • Get your message out to help others. You are not alone.
  • Take true stock of what your day-to-day life looks like – is that how you want it to look?
  • Divide conduct from what you think may be wrong.  
  • Step outside of your comfort zone and talk to people – knowing people care can be a touch point on the road to recovery.
  • Do not wait for consequences to catch up with the problem. There is no such thing as high functioning addiction.

“Addiction is not a choice. Eating disorders are not a choice. It is in the brain, and the brain does funny things with the right stimuli and the wrong stimuli.” —  Brian Cuban

About Brian Cuban: Brian is a Dallas-based attorney, author and addiction recovery advocate. He is also the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban.  Brian is a graduate of Penn State University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has been in long-term recovery from alcohol, cocaine and bulimia since April 2007.  

His first book, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Brian’s most recent, best-selling book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption is an un-flinching look back at how addiction and other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once successful lawyer and how he and others in the profession redefined their lives in recovery and found redemption.

Brian has spoken at colleges, universities, conferences, non-profit and legal events across the United States and in Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talks shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared and he has been quoted on these topics on,, The Huffington Post, Above The Law, The New York Times, and in online and print newspapers around the world.

Connect with Brian Cuban:

Twitter: @bcuban

Facebook: Brian Cuban


Book: The Addicted Lawyer & Shattered Image

LinkedIn: Brian Cuban


Connect with Christina Martini:

Twitter: @TinaMartini10


LinkedIn: Christina Martini


Show notes by Podcastologist: Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 


About the author, Christina Martini

For nearly 25 years, Christina (Tina) Martini has been an intellectual property attorney practicing in BigLaw. Tina is a partner at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery and focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark and copyright law, as well as domain name, Internet, social media, advertising and unfair competition law.

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