"Top Chef" Star Gregory Gourdet Opens Up About Addiction and Sobriety - Banyan Treatment Center Chicago

“Top Chef” Star Gregory Gourdet Opens Up About Addiction and Sobriety

"Top Chef" Star Gregory Gourdet Opens Up About Addiction and Sobriety
 

Gregory Gourdet’s drinking problems began at a young age. As time progressed, he eventually graduated to smoking marijuana and using hard drugs like acid, ketamine, meth, and cocaine. Gregory says, “when I wasn’t high, I was cooking.” His newfound love for cooking led to him working in a café as a dishwasher and assistant. That’s where a chef saw his potential and suggested he go to culinary school.

Though he attended his classes, Gregory still kept partying. His career was booming and so was his drug habit. “Cooking and drugs provided a similar thrill because they were both a tightrope walk – at the end was elation, but below were flames and failure in the kitchen and death in the bottle or bag.” Gourdet was drinking at work and even freebasing, which is the process of smoking the vapors from a purified form of the drug.

Gregory Gourdet’s drug use became so bad that he was fired and attempted rehab. Unfortunately, his sobriety wouldn’t last too long, and he would relapse and end up getting behind the wheel. This moment wasn’t the big aha moment for him. He didn’t quit drinking and using drugs until a year after.


Gregory Gourdet’s Sobriety

When Gregory finally got sober, he decided he was going to take care of himself and his body. He got involved in CrossFit and yoga and changed his diet. Gregory Gourdet’s sobriety is so inspiring, and we are glad that he’s being so open about his past struggles.


If you’re looking to stay sober for the summer, here are some summer sobriety tips:

  • Surround yourself with the right people
  • Avoid places that will trigger you
  • Take a sober road trip
  • Stick to a routine

We’re glad that ‘Top Chef’ star Gregory Gourdet opened up about addiction and sobriety because it motivates others to receive addiction treatment as well. If you’re in need of getting sober, we may be able to help! If you’re looking to get more information, please call: 888-966-9413

Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa who is the National Director of Digital Marketing, joined the Banyan team in 2016, bringing her five-plus years of experience. She has produced a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. Through strategic marketing campaign concepts, Alyssa has established Banyan as an industry leader and a national household name.