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

May 23, 2024 65 mins

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In this deeply moving The Begin Again podcast episode, Flindt Anderson and Jason LaChance engage in an open and heartfelt conversation about their personal journeys through addiction and recovery. 

Both share their experiences, from their darkest moments to their transformative periods of clarity that led them to a life of service and purpose. They discuss the alarming rise of fentanyl use, the lack of interventi...

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In this deeply moving The Begin Again podcast episode, Tracy Viola, a resilient survivor and advocate for sobriety, shares her personal journey from addiction to recovery. 

She discusses the profound impact the 12-step program has had on her life, the unwavering bonds formed with her 'recovery friends', and the transformative power of sobriety. 

Tracy candidly reveals her family history with alcoholism, her own struggles wi...

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In this powerful episode, Gary Menkes welcomes special guest, Mike Diamond, a renowned author, TV personality, and sobriety advocate. Mike opens up about his personal journey from addiction to sobriety, a transformative shift that took him from the gritty streets of Perth, Australia to the glitzy world of New York's music and acting industries. 
With raw honesty, Mike shares his experiences from his day...

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In this special roundup episode, host Gary Menkes revisits the most impactful moments from the season, featuring 42 inspiring guests sharing their unique recovery stories. From Derrick Machaud's advice on avoiding temptation to Luke Worsfold's take on embracing accountability, this episode is packed with wisdom and courage. Hear about Michael Quiqley’s Sober Shares Podcast and powerful testimonies like Dan Jett’s transfor...

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In this riveting episode, Gary Menkes delves into an intimate conversation with Paul Summers Jr. about his harrowing journey from addiction to sobriety. 

Seventeen years ago, Paul's life was spiraling out of control, with suicidal thoughts, a failing marriage, and a powerful addiction. His remarkable transformation from a man on the brink of despair to a successful builder, author, and beacon of hope is a testament to resilienc...

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In this gripping episode, Flindt Andersen, a recovered addict turned advocate, shares his raw and harrowing journey from severe opiate addiction to sobriety. He uncovers the harsh realities of addiction, the devastating impact on health, family, and society, and the critical need for effective solutions. Drawing from his personal battles with alcoholism, drug addiction, and a life-changing open-heart surgery, Flindt paints a vivid ...

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In this captivating podcast episode, we delve into the unexpected journey of Jeanine Coulter as she shares her personal and harrowing experience with addiction. Breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions, Jeanine highlights the importance of understanding that addiction can affect anyone, regardless of their upbringing or background.

Jeanine takes us through her past, reflecting on her belief that addiction is a personal...

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In this powerful and inspiring The Begin Again podcast episode, we delve into the extraordinary journey of Jen Hirst, a woman who triumphed over addiction and transformed her life in unimaginable ways. 

Jen opens up about her personal struggle with addiction, sharing the pivotal moments that led her down a destructive path and the harrowing consequences it had on her life. From hiding her struggles for years due to fear of...

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In this captivating podcast episode, we explore the life of Dan Jett, a remarkable individual who has triumphed over addiction with raw honesty and vulnerability. 

Dan shares his tumultuous childhood in Detroit, shaped by the prevalence of alcoholism, offering insights into the lack of support he faced before social media's era. 

His journey includes battling addiction through martial arts and bodybuilding, f...

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In this episode, we sit down with Dana White-Guerrie, a woman who has overcome addiction and trauma to become a strong advocate for recovery and sobriety. Dana shares her personal journey with addiction and the challenges she faced, including the concept of bonding through trauma and the impact it had on her identity and relationships. She also discusses the importance of focusing on hope and positivity in recovery, rather than dwe...

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In this episode, host Gary Menkes sits down with Gigi Langer, a renowned author, speaker, and expert in the field of addiction recovery. Gigi shares her personal journey of overcoming childhood trauma and finding self-worth through therapy and a higher power. She also opens up about her struggles with alcoholism and how she found recovery through therapy and 12-step meetings. 

Throughout the conversation, Gigi shares power...

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In this powerful and inspiring episode, host Gary Menkes sits down with TV personality, talent judge, and choreographer, Dan Karaty, as he opens up about his personal journey of alcoholism, rehab, and sobriety. Dan shares his experiences of feeling disconnected and alone during his time in rehab, highlighting the value of self-discovery and the power of recovering out loud.

Throughout the conversation, Dan reflects on the ...

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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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