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The Adversity Advantage with Doug Bopst

Aug 17, 2023

Ryan Dusick is an associate marriage therapist and counselor and the founding drummer of one of the world’s most popular bands, Maroon 5. He started the band which was originally called Kara’s Flowers in 1994 with his best friends Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael and Mickey Madden. After changing the name of the band to Maroon 5, they went on to have their first viral record “Songs About Jane,” selling millions of albums and winning two Grammy’s. Despite the band’s massive fame and success Ryan was suffering with some deep physical and emotional pain which eventually led to Ryan parting ways with the band in 2006. Ryan lost everything, found himself in the depths of addiction before finding recovery in 2016 and completely reinventing himself and we dive into all of this today.

Today on the show we discuss: The story of starting Maroon 5 and what led to Ryan parting ways with the band, what life was like after losing everything, the challenges of success and fame, what his current relationship is like with Adam Levine, how Ryan reinvented himself and got sober, why he values recovery more than winning a grammy and more.


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What to Listen For:


  • 00:00 Intro

  • 00:23 Adam Levine kicks Ryan out of Maroon 5

  • 09:29 The story of Maroon 5

  • 13:53 Ryan’s nervous system forced him to stop

  • 19:56 Why does fame cause mental health issues?

  • 23:40 Addiction

  • 29:45 The hardest part of leaving the band

  • 31:32 The reinvention process

  • 38:45 Misdirected anger towards Maroon 5

  • 41:27 Rebuilding his self esteem

  • 45:16 Why is Ryan’s story so relatable?

  • 46:51 Recovery vs. winning a Grammy

  • 49:21 Current relationship with Adam Levine

  • 51:30 Would he ever rejoin the band?



Episode Resources:

Ryan | Website, Instagram





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