54 episodes

Warriors Unmasked is a show that will take a deep dive into the life journeys of athletes, both professional and amateur, coaches, military personnel as well as first responders and the people next door. You will hear many stories of tremendous courage and perseverance. Some of these stories will also have an element of dealing with mental illness while overcoming the odds. Your hosts and mental health advocates, Clint Malarchuk and Chuck Thuss, will incorporate their own personal journeys/ experiences as they speak to their guests on a very intimate level.

Warriors Unmasked Clint Malarchuk and Chuck Thuss

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 64 Ratings

Warriors Unmasked is a show that will take a deep dive into the life journeys of athletes, both professional and amateur, coaches, military personnel as well as first responders and the people next door. You will hear many stories of tremendous courage and perseverance. Some of these stories will also have an element of dealing with mental illness while overcoming the odds. Your hosts and mental health advocates, Clint Malarchuk and Chuck Thuss, will incorporate their own personal journeys/ experiences as they speak to their guests on a very intimate level.

    54. Self-Care in the Midst of Traumatic Situations with Nicki Pike

    54. Self-Care in the Midst of Traumatic Situations with Nicki Pike

    Hey, Chuck here, while Clint is out with other speaking engagements I’ll be taking over the helm this week! Over the past two years, we think it’s safe to say that we have all experienced the feeling of loss in one way or another…
    Loss of sleep, loss of normal routines, loss of in-person connection and community, and unfortunately, many of us have lost loved ones. If you can relate or if you’ve ever experienced loss, then you might be interested in today’s guest. I sit down with Nicki Pike who has shown incredible courage, perseverance, and strength through some major losses in life. 
    Nicki’s journey is one of growth and loss, loss and growth to the point sometimes it feels like she is stuck on repeat. Listen in as Nicki talks about her close walk with loss and grief, filing for divorce, the diagnosis and eventual loss of her mother to dementia, and the unexpected and hard loss of her brother not long after. Life has knocked her down more than once these last few years but these challenges, these struggles, led to her finding her way to the person she is today. 
    Join us as she talks about navigating the different types of grief and how she realized self-care was more than just massages and spa days. We talk about the selfless act of putting yourself first because if she’s not taking care of herself, there is no way she's taking care of her mother,
    there's no way she's raising her daughter, and there is certainly no way that she is still running her business. You’ll learn practical tips for processing grief and Nicki’s own encouragement that no matter how hard it seems, you can get through this. 
    My hope is that this episode encourages you to keep putting one foot in front of the other so that you can find healing and peace in your life. For more resources, or to get in touch with us, check out the links below! 
    Always in your corner, 
    Chuck Thuss
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    Dealing with the loss of divorce Losing her mother to dementia Learning to accept help  When you should take a step back Surrendering to the space of growth The freedom of releasing your emotions Grieving the loss of her brother Finding gratitude in grief Creating habits that start your day off right Seeing the hope at the end of the day And much more!  
     
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 - What we cover today!  2:13 - Welcome Nicki Pike 3:57 - Nicki’s journey through loss 8:14 - The progression of dementia 13:19 - Taking care of yourself during hard times 18:07 - The moments that grow us the most 23:04 - Listening to what your body and mind need  26:30 - When Nicki’s brother passed 29:13 - Grieving differently for different people 32:29 - The two choices that helped Nicki move forward 37:05 - Learning to accept all of you 40:54 - The practices Nicki won’t do without 44:02 - Nicki’s advice for the holidays and loss 47:13 - Nicki’s encouragement for you 48:37 - Closing thoughts

    • 49 min
    53. Life As A Recovering Gambling Addict with Patrick Chester

    53. Life As A Recovering Gambling Addict with Patrick Chester

    A recent study in the U.S. has shown that nearly 10 million Americans struggle with compulsive gambling every year. While it may not have physical effects like drug abuse or other addictions, it’s still something that can damage your relationships, finances, and life. 
    Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today we have an incredible conversation with father of two, professional speaker and mental health advocate, and recovering gambling addict, Patrick Chester. If the statistic previously shared hits close to home, you’re going to want to stick around for this episode. Patrick lets us into his journey of how innocent bets on football games became an insatiable addiction to gambling. Eventually, leaving Patrick with no job, a marriage on the rocks, and sitting in jail. 
    Listen in as Patrick opens up about the moment he hit rock bottom, as well as how he found the strength and hope to continue living in recovery. The day he stepped out of jail was the first day he experienced freedom, not just in the physical, but from the overwhelming monster that a gambling addiction brings. You’ll hear the best steps to begin the process of recovery, the support system you can find no matter where you are, and what life looks like free of addiction. 
    This story is sure to bring you to the edge of your seat as you listen to Patrick’s struggle and eventual victory over addiction. For more resources, or to connect with Patrick, check out the links below! 
    More Of What’s Inside:
    The addiction to gambling Understanding the disease of addiction  Finding hope during recovery Why your story matters Falling into the cycle of rationalizing addiction How gambling affected Patrick’s loved ones The moment he hit rock bottom Life after recovery as a gambling addict The last bet Patrick ever made Finding freedom from addiction  The support system that helped Patrick recover  And much more!  
    GUEST LINKS:
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/@patrickchester9 Phone number: 425-492-0556 LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 - A look into the episode! 2:13 - Introducing Patrick Chester 7:26 - Finding hope in the struggle 10:37 - How the gambling addiction started 14:54 - The anxiety of hiding an addiction 18:39 - When Patrick’s business fell apart 21:47 - Struggling with mental illness after 25:07 - How gambling became a high for Patrick 26:53 - The moment Patrick changed his thinking 32:02 - Faith that helped Patrick find recovery 34:10 - Rebuilding trust with his family  38:58 - Dealing with the aftermath of a gambling addiction 43:34 - Feeling thankful for the struggles of life 48:42 - Patrick’s advice for you 50:07 - Where to connect with Patrick 50:35 - Closing thoughts

    • 51 min
    52. Hope After Addiction: Choosing Life and Purpose with Jay Shifman

    52. Hope After Addiction: Choosing Life and Purpose with Jay Shifman

    Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Boy, do we have an incredible episode for you. When most people think of addiction they think of illegal substances. But what happens when you get hooked on legal medication that your therapist prescribed at eleven years old? 
    Join us today as our guest Jay Shifman takes us through his harrowing journey of being diagnosed with ADHD at eleven years old, the path that led him to substance abuse, two attempts at suicide, and his inevitable hit at rock bottom. Jay’s remarkable journey doesn’t end there though, he has lived despite all odds and has now dedicated his life to helping others who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. 
    Jay started his company “Choose your struggle” with two important goals in mind. Ending stigma and promoting honest and fact-based education around the topics of Mental Health, Substance Misuse & Recovery, and Drug Use & Policy. Listen in as Jay talks about the moment his life changed forever, and how it all started with telling his story. You’ll learn the best way to support those who are struggling and other great tips when it comes to handling medication safely. His perseverance and courage will inspire you, whether you are struggling or know someone who is, that a full turnaround is possible.
    This episode is sure to open your eyes to the world of prescription drugs and their part in addiction, but also to the hope that every one of us has a purpose and place in this life. For more resources and to connect with Jay, check out the links below! 
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    Being diagnosed with ADHD as a preteen The dangers of Adderall The obstacles to understanding addiction How the treatment of ADHD can be harmful Getting a second opinion when it comes to your mental health Understanding the medical definition of addiction Being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder Signs that you’re on too many medications How mental illness and addiction go hand in hand The step-down method to detoxing How telling his story changed Jay’s life The start of “choose your struggle”  How to reach people who are struggling And much more!  
     
    GUEST LINKS:
    Website: https://jay.campsite.bio/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChooseYourStruggle Twitter: https://twitter.com/CYS_Jay Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jayshifman/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayshifman/  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 - The amazing story you’ll hear today! 1:42 - Introducing Jay Shifman 5:58 - The treatment of ADHD and its ties to addiction 10:13 - The issue of Adderall on campuses 13:53 - A perfect storm of adolescence and medication 19:28 - The importance of diligence with medication 24:09 - Taking six medications by the age of 22 27:41 - Living out of his car and attending music festivals 33:31 - The moment Jay hit rock bottom 40:29 - Choosing life and slowly detoxing 45:40 - Getting sober and starting a new life

    • 58 min
    51. How Chuck and Clint Overcome Holiday Stress and Anxiety - Merry Christmas!

    51. How Chuck and Clint Overcome Holiday Stress and Anxiety - Merry Christmas!

    It’s official, the holiday season is in full swing! We have Thanksgiving under our belt and Christmas and New Year's are just days away. We thought it was only right to sit down and talk about the blessings and gifts we have already been given this Christmas season and share a few more gifts with you, our amazing and valued listeners!
    We know that for some, the holiday season isn’t always bright lights and laughter. In fact, it can be a really hard time for those struggling with mental illness. If you can relate, you’re not alone. Listen in as we talk about how we approach the holiday season and how we stay in a routine that helps keep the holiday stress and anxiety at bay. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism and expectations that this season brings, but we’re here to remind you don’t get too wrapped up in the traditions if it’s at the expense of your own mental health. 
     
    When you hit play you’ll also be joining us on our walk down memory lane to revisit the past Christmases that brought us love, laughter, and joy, as well as the moments that were not so easy for us. We are sure you will pick up tips along the way that could help bring you out of any holiday slump.
    We hope this episode encourages and inspires you to take the pressure off this season and helps fill your heart and put it in the right place to feel the real true reason for the season.
    We would love to connect with you, you can find our information in the links below! 
    Always In Your Corner, 
    Chuck and Clint
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    Keeping the stress out of Christmas  Taking extra time to care for yourself How to celebrate Christmas if you have anxiety A simple Christmas and its benefits Giving yourself the opportunity to stay in a good place Leaning into the real spirit of Christmas  Why it’s ok to say ‘No’ this season The joy of sharing the spirit of Christmas with others Looking back at the Christmases we enjoyed The gift our listeners have given to us Our tips to get through this season successfully And much more!  
     
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 - What we shared today! 1:32 - Why this season is so important 3:09 - Go the extra mile for your mental health 4:45 - If the Holiday season is hard for you, try this 6:30 - Finding joy in the simple things 8:46 - The importance of staying in your routine  10:51 - Creating magical moments with our families 13:49 - The wonderful memories that we grew up with 17:44 - What we’re thankful for this season 19:13 - The time of year to take care of YOU 20:41 - Closing thoughts

    • 22 min
    50. Turning Negative Experiences Into Positive Lessons with Danny Perez

    50. Turning Negative Experiences Into Positive Lessons with Danny Perez

    We believe that sharing your story is one of the most powerful things you can do for many reasons.
    For example, some of the happiest people you can imagine may be struggling with a mental illness and you’d never know…It’s not until vulnerability gives them the courage to open up and share their story that we know what’s going on in their life.
    This moment can be scary for the one opening up for the first time, but the burden that is lifted when you’re done is like nothing else. If you’re on the listening side of the conversation you are probably thinking  “I thought I was the only one!”
    When we come together and share our story we realize that the human experience has its ups and downs and we are all on the same journey. When we find similarities in our stories and struggles, the power of healing is within your grasp. 
    Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today we sit down with former NHL player, coach, and owner of the Monkey Mind Podcast, Danny Perez. Talking with Danny today you wouldn’t guess that his past is riddled with anxiety, depression, and alcohol abuse. But he reveals all about his time in college and how he ignored the anxiety that start to compound as he pushed himself to the breaking point. We discuss the importance of managing your mental health and how passion can sometimes put more pressure on us than we’re prepared to deal with.
     
    It wasn’t until Danny started opening up that he realized he wasn’t the only one struggling and how that led him to the path of healing and taking back control of his life. If hindsight is 20/20, then Danny has perfect vision, you’ll get amazing insight into taking ownership of the past and turning dark times into valuable learning experiences. He talks about the lessons he’s learned and how he still uses them to this day as well as the practices that keep his mind happy, healthy, and whole. These days you’ll find Danny coaching both on and off the ice, helping athletes open up and overcome the struggles of athletic life. 
    We hope this episode empowers you to face your past and learn from your experiences but most of all we hope it encourages those struggling to reach out and open up to someone near you today. For more resources or to connect with Danny, check out the links below! 
    Always in your corner, 
    Chuck and Clint
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    Growing up as a first-generation American The moment Danny got hooked on hockey How Danny’s parents fed his love for hockey Taking off the pressure and enjoying the journey The importance of managing your mental health How therapists helped Danny shift his perspective Owning up to the past and being self-aware Looking at the learning experiences of life The most important thing you need to start healing Practices Danny does to keep a healthy mind The power of taking responsibility And much more!  
     
    GUEST LINKS: 
    Podcast: https://monkeymindathletes.com/episodes Insta: https://www.instagram.com/monkeymindathletes/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MonkeyMindAthletes Twitter: https://twitter.com/podmonkeymind LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/monkeymindathletes/?viewAsMember=true  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 - What we cover today! 1:39 - Introducing Danny Perez 6:34 - Bonding through hockey 9:49 - Going all in for the NHL 13:01 - Drinking to cope with anxiety 17:08 - How pressure makes mental illness worse 22:17 - How opening up brings validation 25:09 - When Danny realized it was time to change 30:00 - Danny’s life as a pro athlete 36:01 - Practical tips to help your mental health 40:43 - Where to find the Monkey Mind Podcast 43:28 - Danny’s advice for you  44:48 - Closing thoughts

    • 45 min
    49. Life After Hockey: How George Hughes Found Purpose Again

    49. Life After Hockey: How George Hughes Found Purpose Again

    For many elite athletes, life after sports isn’t on their radar until it’s too late. When you are performing at your best, focusing on winning games, trying to stay disciplined with your practice and training schedule, getting to know new people and places...all while trying to keep your contract (aka your job) going with your team. 
    While most people may not relate to being traded to a different team, or losing your starting position, the pandemic left millions without a job...or a sense of identity.  
    Join us as we take a look at purpose, identity, and the question that comes after every fall. 
    “What do I do now?”
    Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Our guest today has shown incredible courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. George Hughes is a retired professional hockey player and co-founder of “Next Shift” a platform designed to help hockey players find direction in life after they’ve stepped off the ice. George takes us on his journey of struggling with alcohol and nicotine addiction at just fourteen to overcoming all obstacles and finding purpose and hope after hockey. 
    Michael Jackson said, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror” and that is exactly what George did. Listen in as he talks about the moment he had to sit down and take responsibility for what he wanted to do with his life. And how vulnerability and believing in himself helped change his perspective, overcome addiction, manage his depression, and reduce his anxiety. We talk about the importance of proactively taking steps for “after” and why waiting for it to end will only set you up for disappointment. 
     No matter if you’re an elite athlete, corporate worker, student, mother, or father, this episode has lessons that will help with any stage of life. If you’ll only steel your courage, and know that it is good on the other side. For more resources or to connect with George, check out the links below! 
     Always in your corner, 
    Chuck and Clint
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    The power of understanding your story Learning how to deal with failure The moment that anxiety started creeping in for George Looking at the bigger picture to help forgive yourself Using old talents to accelerate your new purpose Taking responsibility for how you respond to disappointment Why you should be proactive with your path Setting yourself up for success Creating connections that last a lifetime Applying life lessons to everything And much more!  
     
    GUEST LINKS: 
    Article: https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/story/sports/2020/09/18/on-to-the-next-shift-needhams-sean-and-ryan-coffey-start-podcast-about-life-after-hockey/114517524/ Article: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2013/11/24/hockey-huge-deal-for-hughes-family-westwood/jIwhVORjYL3OatVwgbF30L/story.html Website: https://nextshifthockey.com/ Podcast: https://www.nextshift.biz/podcast Insta: https://www.instagram.com/next_shift_hockey/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/next-shift-hockey/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/NextShiftPod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Next-Shift-Hockey-103888868032180/  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 - What we cover today! 1:44 - Introducing George Hughes 6:01 - Where it all started 10:16 - Being shaped by adversity 12:58 - Drinking and smoking at 14 years old 18:13 - Life after hockey 23:03 - Finding a new purpose in life 28:26 - Picking yourself back up after failing 33:07 - How to manage your transition well  37:52 - Where to connect with George 39:57 - George’s advice for you 41:03 - Closing thoughts

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

dperez7128 ,

Awesome podcast!

It was a pleasure being able to sit down with Clint & Chuck to share my story on this platform. This is a tremendous resource for people to listen to and not feel alone in the fight and gain tangible tools that they can take with them and use in their day to day lives. Thank you, Clint & Chuck!

Jewels - The Making of a Woman ,

Much more than meets the eye!

I had the pleasure of virtually sitting down with Clint and Chuck to discuss the new release of my memoir, The Making of a Woman. Within the short time the book has been out, I’ve quickly discovered such expressions of vulnerability are very difficult for some to receive. So I was a little uncertain of how the conversation would flow with these two very accomplished men. But to my surprise, It turned out to be one of the most rewarding conversations I’ve had about the book. Their personal curiosities and interests were enveloped in empathy and compassion. I totally enjoyed our time together and am delighted to have had such a wonderful experience. Thanks! Jewels

lhrlhr9494 ,

Great podcast

Clint and Chuck do an awesome job with this podcast. Great insights and life lessons that can help anyone. I encourage everyone to listen to this

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