Episode 138

David Brodsky & Filipe Santos

Podcast Length: 1hr 31 min | Date Published: 26th April 2022

My guests on today’s Podcast are returning guests to the show: Filipe Santos and David Brodsky, who are New Jersey based Salon owners.  

In the previous conversation I had with them, we talked about their growing salon business and the success of their business model. If you didn’t catch that episode, it’s number 112, so you can go back and check it out.

During the episode, Filipe and David spoke about how they first met in recovery, and on the back of that comment, we decided it would be a great idea to devote an episode to talk about their journey with addiction. 

This episode is their story, it’s a very personal story full of laughs and honesty and a genuine love of life and of each other. Their journey is an inspiring example of what’s possible, and if it helps just one person, then we have achieved what we set out to.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • Their journey into drugs as teenagers
  • Defining moments on their journey
  • The turning points where they knew they had to change …
  • The importance of the narcotics anonymous support 

And lots more!

In this Episode:

[04:20] Growth that David and Filipe’s business has experienced since our previous conversation. 

[09:58] David explains why he and Filipe have chosen to tell their story of addiction on a public platform like this podcast.

[11:54] What drove David and Filipe to the world of drugs, and how their problem with addiction escalated over the years. 

[21:41] The disease of addiction; what this concept looks like in practice.  

[24:31] Prevalence of drugs in the service industry, and some reasons why this could be the case.  

[29:46] Circumstances under which Filipe’s son came into the world.    

[35:08] The lowest point in David’s life, and why he and Filipe now have a zero-tolerance policy for all addictive substances. 

[40:43] Why it is so important to have a support system and to stay away from temptations as a recovering drug addict.

[42:29] How Filipe felt during the few years before he got clean, and how that contrasts with how he feels now.

[51:53] David explains what the very difficult process of coming clean was like for him.

[58:26] Why Filipe agrees with the legalisation or decriminalisation of weed. 

[1:02:01] Discretion that David and Filipe exercise when it comes to hiring staff for their salons, and the support and resources that they provide to employees who are struggling with addiction.. 

[1:15:05] How the sharing of their story has had positive impacts on David and Filipe’s businesses.

[1:17:48] The near jail experience Filipe had after getting clean.

[1:24:17] Why David and Filipe wouldn’t change any part of their history.


Thanks so much for joining me this week. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! 

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Special thanks to David and Filipe for sharing their story with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!



Links and Resources:

Grow My Salon Business 

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Episode 112


Filipe Santos


David Brodsky

Instagram | Website

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