34 episodes

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.

The Begin Again Podcast Gary Menkes

    • Health & Fitness

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.

    EP 33 - 🎬Jenny Leone: From Victim to Survivor to Inspiration

    EP 33 - 🎬Jenny Leone: From Victim to Survivor to Inspiration

    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 as a coping mechanism, but she made the courageous decision to leave her home country and start a new life in LA. However, she found herself in a difficult situation with an older husband and a job in the television industry. Despite facing heartbreaking experiences and being let down by the justice system, Jenny never lost her determination to break free from her past.

    Through her journey of vulnerability and authenticity, Jenny found her path to recovery and personal growth. She obtained a degree in drug and alcohol studies and worked her way up in the treatment industry, becoming an advocate for recovery. Jenny now uses her Instagram platform to connect with individuals on their sobriety journey, providing inspiration and support.

    Tune in to this emotional rollercoaster of an episode and be inspired by Jenny's story of resilience and transformation.
    ABOUT JENNY LEONE: 
    Jenny Leone is an inspiring individual who has overcome tremendous challenges in her life. From childhood trauma to addiction and working in the adult entertainment industry, Jenny has faced it all. However, through her journey of vulnerability and authenticity, she has found her path to recovery and personal growth.

    Growing up in a divided family, Jenny turned to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. She made the brave decision to leave her home country and start a new life in LA, only to find herself in a difficult situation with an older husband and a job in the television industry. Despite facing heartbreaking experiences and being let down by the justice system, Jenny never lost her determination to break free from her past.

    Jenny's journey of overcoming addiction, including struggles with eating disorders, pills, and alcohol, led her to seek help and find purpose in helping others. She obtained a degree in drug and alcohol studies and worked her way up in the treatment industry.

    Today, Jenny is an advocate for recovery, using her Instagram platform (@jennys_sober_lifestyle_) to connect with individuals on their sobriety journey. Her long-term vision is to open a treatment center, JSL Recovery, to provide free services to those who can't afford it.

    Follow Jenny Leone on Instagram to be inspired by her story of resilience and transformation. 

    DISCLAIMER:

    The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!


    ► Visit our website here: TheBeginAgainPodcast.com

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    • 55 min
    EP 32 - 🌟Tony Hoffman: Tapping Into The Source To Find His Purpose

    EP 32 - 🌟Tony Hoffman: Tapping Into The Source To Find His Purpose

    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 testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Through spirituality, self-improvement, and accountability, he found the strength to overcome his demons and embark on a path of self-discovery. His experiences of surrender, self-realization, and the importance of giving back to the community will leave you inspired and motivated to make positive changes in your own life.

    But Tony's journey doesn't stop there. Driven by his passion for action sports, he transformed his struggles into a nonprofit organization that empowers youth through BMX riding. By sharing his gift as a skilled BMX rider, Tony teaches young people about resilience, self-belief, and the transformative power of positive change.

    Don't miss out on this enlightening conversation filled with resilience, self-belief, and the pursuit of purpose. Tune in now and be inspired by Tony Hoffman's incredible journey of addiction recovery and finding meaning in life. 


    ABOUT TONY HOFFMAN:
    Tony Hoffman, a former addict turned inspirational figure, has transformed his life through spirituality and self-improvement. His journey emphasizes giving back and empowering others to find resilience and positive change. Tony uses his BMX skills to mentor youth and is a passionate advocate for innovative addiction treatment, envisioning a $20 million facility in Dallas for inmate rehabilitation.

    To stay connected with Tony and be inspired by his story, follow him on Instagram at @tonymhoffman. You can also visit his website at PHwellness.com for addiction treatment services and TonyHoffmanSpeaking.com for further engagement and updates on his written work. 


    DISCLAIMER:

    The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!


    ► Visit our website here: TheBeginAgainPodcast.com

    ★ Let's connect:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/BeginAgainPdcst
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thebeginagainpodcast/
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    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBeginAgainPodcast/
    Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thebeginagainpodcast/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP 31 - 🏡Mending Fences: Janice Johnson Dowd's Path to Redemption

    EP 31 - 🏡Mending Fences: Janice Johnson Dowd's Path to Redemption

    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, Janice used her own struggles with addiction to empathize with and support others. Through seeking help and finding support, she overcame her challenges and repaired her relationships. 

    Tune in to this episode to gain valuable insights from Janice on repairing relationships, making amends, and finding hope after addiction. Discover how she navigated the challenges of parenting while in recovery and how she rebuilt her relationships with her children. 

    Janice's journey is a testament to the power of recovery and the importance of repairing relationships. Don't miss out on this empowering conversation as Janice and Gary delve deep into the complexities of addiction and the path to healing. 



    ABOUT JANICE JOHNSON DOWD:
    Janice Johnson Dowd is a remarkable individual who has overcome tremendous challenges in her life and is now dedicated to helping others on their journey to recovery. Growing up in an alcoholic home, Janice experienced the detrimental effects of addiction firsthand. However, she found solace in sports and eventually became a social worker, using her own experiences to empathize with and support others. Janice's personal struggles with alcohol addiction led her to seek treatment, and through her own recovery process, she discovered the power of recovering out loud. Janice's story is one of resilience, healing, and the importance of repairing relationships. 
    Follow Janice Johnson Dowd on her website, https://www.JaniceJohnsonDowd.com/, and Instagram profile, @parenting_in_recovery, to gain valuable insights, guidance, and tools for repairing relationships and navigating the challenges of parenting while in recovery.


    DISCLAIMER:

    The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!


    ► Visit our website here: TheBeginAgainPodcast.com

    ★ Let's connect:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/BeginAgainPdcst
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thebeginagainpodcast/
    TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@user8619235129226
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBeginAgainPodcast/
    Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thebeginagainpodcast/

    • 57 min
    EP 30 - 🚀Nomadic Addict: Zac Spowart's Spiritual Recovery Journey

    EP 30 - 🚀Nomadic Addict: Zac Spowart's Spiritual Recovery Journey

    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 alcohol addiction. He candidly recounts the harrowing experiences that pushed him to seek treatment and make the life-changing decision to get sober.

    But Zac's story doesn't stop there. With a newfound appreciation for life and a passion for travel, he has embarked on a mission to inspire others to explore the world, celebrate life, and create unforgettable experiences. Through his project, Nomadic Addict, Zac combines his love for travel with his expertise in counseling, focusing on mental health awareness and personality disorders.

    Tune in to this episode to gain valuable insights from Zac's incredible journey. Discover the importance of living life on your own terms, the power of gratitude and acceptance, and the impact of embracing sobriety. Get ready to be moved by Zac's raw honesty and his unwavering mission to inspire others to overcome their own challenges and live a life filled with purpose and adventure. 


    ABOUT ZAC SPOWART:
    Zac Spowart is a seasoned adventurer and travel enthusiast who has spent years exploring the world and documenting his experiences. With a passion for discovering new cultures and immersing himself in different environments, Zac has become a go-to source for travel inspiration. Through his Instagram account, @nomadicaddictt, Zac shares captivating photos and stories from his journeys, showcasing the beauty of our planet and inspiring others to embark on their own adventures. For more travel tips and insights, be sure to visit Zac's website, https://www.NomadicAddictt.com/. Follow Zac on Instagram and join him on his next escapade.

    DISCLAIMER:

    The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!


    ► Visit our website here: TheBeginAgainPodcast.com

    ★ Let's connect:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/BeginAgainPdcst
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thebeginagainpodcast/
    TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@user8619235129226
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBeginAgainPodcast/
    Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thebeginagainpodcast/

    • 52 min
    EP 29 - 🌟 Finding Strength in Sobriety: Samantha Lander's Journey of Redemption

    EP 29 - 🌟 Finding Strength in Sobriety: Samantha Lander's Journey of Redemption

    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 success, Samantha's story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. In this incredible conversation, Samantha delves into her transformative experiences, her dedication to helping others optimize their health, and even her plans to write a children's book. 

    Discover the power of embracing one's past to create a brighter future, as Samantha shares her insights on hope, healing, and the importance of personal growth. Don't miss out on this inspiring episode filled with valuable lessons and motivation. 



    ABOUT SAMANTHA LANDER:
    Samantha Lander is a renowned fitness expert and personal trainer who is dedicated to helping individuals achieve their health and wellness goals. With years of experience in the fitness industry, Samantha has developed a unique approach that combines physical training, nutrition, and mindset coaching to create lasting transformations. Her passion for fitness is evident in her energetic and motivational training sessions, which have inspired countless individuals to lead healthier lifestyles. 


    To learn more about Samantha Lander and her fitness journey, visit her website at https://seefitpt.com/. You can also follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/seefitliving/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/seefitpt for regular fitness tips and updates. 
    DISCLAIMER:

    The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!
    ► Visit our website here: TheBeginAgainPodcast.com

    ★ Let's connect:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/BeginAgainPdcst
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thebeginagainpodcast/
    TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@user8619235129226
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBeginAgainPodcast/
    Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thebeginagainpodcast/

    • 46 min
    EP 28 - 🔆 Arlina Allen: Embracing Sobriety and Finding a New Lease on Life

    EP 28 - 🔆 Arlina Allen: Embracing Sobriety and Finding a New Lease on Life

    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's story highlights the transformative power of working with a compassionate sponsor and the importance of addressing unresolved trauma and beliefs.
    Discover Arlina's journey into alternative paths to sobriety beyond the 12-step program, including hypnosis and parts work therapy. Learn about her insights from renowned hypnosis expert Dr. David Spiegel and the significance of empathy and trauma in recovery.
    Don't miss this transformative episode where Arlina also shares valuable tips and insights from her podcast and book, offering hope and inspiration to those seeking their own path to sobriety.
    ABOUT ARLINA ALLEN:

    Arlina Allen is a remarkable individual who has triumphed over addiction and alcoholism. After experiencing trauma and using substances as a means of solace, Arlina hit rock bottom and realized she needed professional help. Through her journey of self-reflection, empathy, and taking responsibility for her actions, Arlina embraced sobriety and found her true self. She has since created the Sober Life School, a resource hub for individuals seeking alternative paths to sobriety. Arlina shares valuable insights from her own experiences, debunking common misconceptions about the 12-step program and offering hope and inspiration to those seeking their own path to sobriety. 

    Follow Arlina on Instagram (@arlinaallen) and visit her website (https://www.SoberLifeSchool.com/) to learn more about her work and join her community. 


    DISCLAIMER:

    The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives an
    ► Visit our website here: TheBeginAgainPodcast.com

    ★ Let's connect:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/BeginAgainPdcst
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thebeginagainpodcast/
    TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@user8619235129226
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBeginAgainPodcast/
    Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thebeginagainpodcast/

    • 1 hr 2 min

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