We sat down with Jeramy Tripp, the co-founder of No1Down, to ask him about his history with addiction and his journey to recovery. We hope his story can bring hope to anyone currently struggling with addiction or trying to support their loved ones.
What first led you to drugs?
I was not okay with myself. I knew I was different. I’ve had life experiences that make me uneasy. I got kidney stones at 6 years old and was put on opiods. My addiction just took off from there...
How has addiction changed your life?
Addiction destroyed my life. It changed everything about me. It made me so I wasn’t the son, father, friend, or husband that I’m supposed to be. It takes everything from me. When I’m in the act of addiction, I don’t even know who I am.
What led you on your path to recovery?
I’ve died nine times. This last time after relapse, I put a gun to my head and I pulled the trigger. I didn’t die. I ended up in the psych ward and I’ve wanted change ever since.
How did you meet Ian?
I met Ian through the recovery community. I asked him to be my sponsor and he took me through the 12 step program. We became really good friends from there.
What inspired you to start No1Down?
I’ve taken and taken so much that after getting centered and figuring out who I was, I just wanted to help as many people as I could. I wanted to give back for all the years I’ve taken.
What would you say to someone currently struggling with addiction?
I would say there’s hope. You don’t have to drink or drug ever again. You are loved, and you may not see it now, but we do recover and as long as you’re willing to do it, life gets beautiful.
What are your goals for the next year?
In the next year I want to see myself grow with all the people around me. I want to hit No1Down really hard and be able to help more people. I want to keep growing spiritually and help as many people as I can. I don’t put expectations on life anymore. It’s all about giving back and being of service to other people.
What gets you through the tough times in life?
There are no big deals in life. But when I become irritable or upset, I have people around me who love and care about me and are willing to tell me I’m irritable and ask how they can help. My wife is my huge supporter and she calls me out on my crap every single day. People like that, my friends, are the ones who get me through every day.
What do you do when you start to feel low?
When I start to feel low I realize it’s within myself, so I read out of the book I’ve been given, I reach out and talk to people, and it all comes back to me. It’s a choice to me if I want to stay low. Us as humans, we always want the bigger better car or the bigger better house instead of looking at what we do have. We always want more. Sometimes I just pause and look at what I have in my life and it turns my low into a high.
If you had to pick a quote that describes your outlook on life, what would it be?
It’s on our shirt! I do believe everybody can help someone. Ian stole my line in our first video, little punk. People don’t realize the kind of difference we can make even just saying hello to a complete stranger.
Any final thoughts you'd like to share?
Recovery is possible! One day at a time. The biggest thing I like to remember is this: “Tomorrow’s not promised, yesterday is a memory, and all we have is right now and what can we change right now in our lives.”