The Begin Again Podcast

The Begin Again Podcast

At the Begin Again Podcast, our mission is to inspire and to showcase the incredible stories of those who have overcome addiction and achieved massive success in their fields and who have found redemption and purpose in sobriety. Through authentic, inspirational, and often spiritual conversations with our guests, we aim to break the stigma around addiction and show that recovery is possible, and that sobriety can be a source of strength and resilience. We believe that by sharing these stories of sobriety, we can empower individuals to achieve their fullest potential, create positive change, and build a better world.

Episodes

February 29, 2024 73 mins

In this gripping podcast episode, join Garet McLendon as he courageously shares his personal journey of addiction and recovery. With raw honesty and vulnerability, Garet takes us through the harrowing depths of his struggles, from growing up in a broken home to finding himself trapped in a destructive cycle of substance abuse and repeated incarcerations.

Through his story, Garet emphasizes the power of being present in the...

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Join host Gary Menkes in this raw and inspiring episode of The Begin Again Podcast as he sits down with special guest Jenny Leone. In this powerful conversation, Jenny opens up about her incredible journey of overcoming childhood trauma, addiction, and the challenges she faced in the adult entertainment industry. 

Jenny's story is one of resilience and transformation. From a young age, she turned to drugs and alcohol ...

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Join us on an inspiring journey as Tony Hoffman, a remarkable figure who has triumphed over personal struggles and addiction, shares his story of transformation and finding purpose in life. In this thought-provoking podcast episode, Tony opens up about his journey from discontent and addiction to a profound shift in perspective that led him to discover the power of giving instead of consuming.

Tony's story is a testam...

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In this powerful episode, join host Gary Menkes as he sits down with Janice Johnson Dowd to discuss her inspiring journey of recovery and the transformative power of recovering out loud. Janice's story is one of resilience and healing, as she shares her personal experiences growing up in an alcoholic home and the detrimental effects addiction had on her family.

From finding solace in sports to becoming a social worker...

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Join Gary Menkes as he sits down with Zac Spowart, also known as the Nomadic Addict, in this powerful and inspiring episode. Zac opens up about his personal journey of overcoming alcohol addiction and embracing sobriety, all while living a life of purpose and adventure.

From his upbringing in Monterey, California, to his high energy and excitable personality, Zac shares the ups and downs that led him to his battle with alc...

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Join host Gary Menkes as he sits down with Samantha Lander, a functional nutritionist, personal trainer, and influencer, in this powerful episode of the Beginning Again podcast. Samantha courageously shares her inspiring journey of overcoming addiction and her time spent in prison, leading to redemption and resilience. 

From battling with addiction and hitting rock bottom to finding hope in rehab and achieving personal suc...

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Join us on this inspiring episode of the Begin Again podcast as we explore the remarkable journey of Arlina Allen, who conquered addiction and alcoholism. Arlina courageously opens up about her traumatic past and how it led her to rely on substances for solace.

She recounts her path from rock bottom to sobriety, sharing insights into her struggle with destructive behaviors and her ultimate surrender to professional help. Arlina&apos...

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Join us for an incredible episode as we explore the inspiring journey of Ruben Palomares. From a troubled upbringing in LA to an Olympic-level boxer and undercover cop, Ruben's story is gripping.

Facing life-threatening situations and PTSD, Ruben found redemption in solitary confinement through faith, counseling, and confronting his trauma. He now helps others in prison and raises awareness about mental health within the police...

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In this powerful episode of The Begin Again Podcast, host Gary Menkes sits down with Michael Conklin, a certified addiction recovery coach, to discuss his personal journey of finding purpose in recovery. Michael shares his own struggles with addiction and the realization that fixing internal problems with external sources only perpetuates the cycle of addiction. 

Throughout the episode, Michael dives deep into the negative...

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In this powerful episode, host Gary Menkes sits down with Curtis Pelletier, a certified mental coach and author, to explore his extraordinary journey of battling alcoholism and finding recovery through his love for baseball. Curtis courageously shares his personal struggles with addiction, revealing the profound impact it had on his baseball career and personal life. 

Join us as Curtis opens up about the surprising interve...

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In this captivating episode of The Begin Again podcast, we dive deep into Karen Thomson's incredible journey from addiction to empowerment. Join us as Karen shares her personal experience with addiction and how she overcame it to become a beacon of inspiration for others.

Karen Thomson, the founder of the Sugar Free Revolution, has dedicated her life to helping individuals break free from the grips of addiction and li...

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Join us in this powerful episode as Kim Bellas, a courageous mother and a beacon of hope, shares her deeply personal journey of addiction, resilience, and transformation. 

In a world where addiction is often stigmatized, Kim fearlessly opens up about her struggles with alcoholism and her son's illness. Through her vulnerability, she reveals how her son's illness inadvertently became the catalyst for her own heali...

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In this powerful episode of the Begin Again Podcast, we sit down with Tammy Lyn Connors, a remarkable individual who has overcome addiction and is now on a mission to help others do the same. Tammy Lyn shares her deeply personal journey of growing up in an alcoholic household, experiencing tragic events that shaped her life, and ultimately finding herself trapped in a cycle of partying and substance abuse.

But it was a ser...

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Join us in this powerful episode of our podcast as we delve into the gripping story of Robb Kelly, a remarkable individual who triumphed over addiction. Robb Kelly, a renowned expert in addiction recovery, shares his personal journey of battling addiction and how he managed to overcome it against all odds.

In this candid conversation, Robb opens up about his own struggles with addiction and how it impacted his life. He sha...

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In this powerful episode of our podcast, we delve deep into the gripping journey of Jason LaChance as he shares his personal experience with addiction and how he triumphed over it.

Join us as we explore the raw and unfiltered reality of addiction, as Jason opens up about his darkest moments, the challenges he faced, and the turning point that led him to seek help. Through his candid storytelling, Jason provides a beacon o...

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Join us in this powerful episode as we delve into the gripping story of Derek Castleman, a remarkable individual who battled and conquered addiction. In this candid conversation, Derek opens up about his personal experiences, shedding light on the dark and challenging path that addiction can lead us down.

Through his raw and honest account, Derek takes us on a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and ultimately, redempti...

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Join us for an eye-opening episode of our podcast as we delve deep into the journey of addiction and recovery with the remarkable Moira Kucaba. With her raw honesty and unwavering determination, Moira shares her personal experience with addiction, providing a rare glimpse into the struggles, triumphs, and invaluable lessons she's learned along the way.

In this thought-provoking conversation, Moira takes us on a transf...

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In this riveting episode of our podcast, we delve into the depths of addiction and the inspiring story of Tim Lodgen, a remarkable individual who has triumphed over his battle with addiction. Join us as we unravel the complexities of addiction and explore the path to recovery.

Tim Lodgen, a survivor and advocate, shares his personal journey of grappling with addiction, offering a raw and honest account of the challenges he...

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In this powerful episode of our podcast, join us as we delve into the inspiring story of DJay McGrath, a remarkable individual who battled addiction and emerged stronger than ever.

DJay McGrath, a former addict turned motivational speaker, shares his deeply personal journey of addiction, recovery, and ultimate redemption. Through his raw and honest account, DJay takes us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, shedding light...

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In this episode of The Begin Again podcast, we delve deep into the inspiring journey of Jason Williams as he triumphs over the clutches of addiction. Prepare to be moved as Jason fearlessly opens up about his personal battle, offering a raw and honest account of his experiences.

Join us as we navigate the complex world of addiction, shedding light on the challenges, triumphs, and the unwavering resilience that fuels the pa...

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