42 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

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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 41 - 🔥Flindt Andersen: The Struggles and Triumphs of Overcoming Addiction

    EP 41 - 🔥Flindt Andersen: The Struggles and Triumphs of Overcoming Addiction

    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 picture of the unrelenting grip of addiction. 
    He also boldly critiques the lack of effective substance use disorder and mental health solutions in California, emphasizing the need for addicts' perspectives in policy-making. Flindt highlights the alarming rate of drug-related deaths, the challenges of methadone treatment, and the dangerous rise of fentanyl. 
    He passionately advocates for comprehensive treatment programs, education, and the life-saving potential of Narcan in schools. Through his non-profit organization, he has helped thousands of families navigate the tumultuous path of addiction recovery since 2009. 
    This candid conversation illuminates the complex nature of addiction and underscores the urgent need for change and action. 


    ABOUT FLINDT ANDERSEN:
    Flindt Andersen is a passionate advocate for addiction recovery, using his personal journey from opiate addiction to sobriety to inspire and help others. After overcoming his own struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, and health complications, he founded a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding those battling substance use disorders. Flindt has been instrumental in helping thousands of families since 2009, emphasizing the importance of education, persistence, and self-care in the recovery process. He is a vocal critic of the current state of recovery efforts and is actively working towards establishing more effective solutions. His insights into the complex nature of addiction and the importance of comprehensive treatment have made him a respected figure in the field. 
    Follow Flindt's ongoing advocacy and work on his Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/andersenflindt/), visit his website (https://www.flindtandersen.com/), or learn more about his non-profit at (https://www.newperceptionsnorth.com/). 

    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!
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    • 53 min
    EP 40 - 🔥Phoenix Rising: Jeanine Coulter's Inspiring Story of Recovery

    EP 40 - 🔥Phoenix Rising: Jeanine Coulter's Inspiring Story of Recovery

    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 personality trait and how she felt that rules didn't apply to her. From her high school and college days, she shares examples of her rebellious nature and the consequences that followed.

    But the story doesn't end there. Jeanine also reveals her husband's battle with addiction and the pressure from her family to leave him. She discusses the challenges of supporting someone in recovery and their joint journey towards healing.
    Through personal anecdotes, Jeanine's story resonates with readers, offering inspiration. From facing homelessness to undergoing rehabilitation and personal growth, Jeanine's resilience is evident.
    Join us as we explore Jeanine Coulter's journey of addiction, recovery, and the stigma associated with it. Her story is a testament to the power of hope, understanding, and the transformative nature of embracing a supportive society. 


    ABOUT JEANINE COULTER:
    Jeanine Coulter is a remarkable individual who has overcome the grips of heroin addiction and is now dedicated to helping others on their own journey to recovery. Her story is one of resilience, strength, and the power of redemption.

    Through her website, "Chasing Heroine," and her Instagram profile, @chasingheroine, Jeanine shares her personal experiences, insights, and words of encouragement to inspire those struggling with addiction. Her unexpected journey into heroin addiction shattered stereotypes, highlighting the fact that addiction can affect anyone, regardless of their upbringing or background.

    Jeanine's story is one of transformation and hope. She reflects on her past, debunking the belief that addiction is a personality trait and showcasing the consequences of her rebellious nature. Her journey includes hitting rock bottom, experiencing homelessness, and finding the strength to do the work on herself in rehab.

    Now, as a speaker and co-host on "Self Help Junkie," Jeanine incorporates personal growth and development topics into her spin classes, providing actionable tasks for listeners. Her passion for speaking to others about recovery shines through, offering hope and understanding to those in active addiction or early stages of relapse.

    Follow Jeanine Coulter on her website, Chasing Heroine.com, and her Instagram profile, @chasingheroine, to join her on this inspiring journey of recovery and personal growth. 


    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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    • 1 hr 11 min
    EP 39 - 🌟Empowerment: Jen Hirst's Inspiring Story

    EP 39 - 🌟Empowerment: Jen Hirst's Inspiring Story

    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 ruining her image, to self-medicating with Adderall in college, Jen's story is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

    But it is in the face of adversity that Jen finds her true purpose. Through her journey of recovery, she discovers a passion for helping other women overcome addiction and embrace a sober lifestyle. She becomes a Beachbody coach, using fitness as a tool for healing and empowerment. Jen's story is a beacon of hope for anyone who has ever felt trapped by their circumstances.

    Join us as Jen shares her experiences of taking back her life, finding inspiration in motherhood and fitness, and building a community of support for women seeking sobriety. With honesty, vulnerability, and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those on the path to recovery, Jen's story will inspire you to embrace the endless possibilities of living a sober life.

    If you're seeking a supportive and empowering community focused on self-care and wellness, Jen provides valuable resources through her Instagram account and website. From book club discussions to meetings and guest speakers, Jen's platform offers a safe space for women to find support and embark on their own journey of transformation. Don't miss this incredible episode that will leave you feeling inspired and ready to embrace sobriety as an incredible opportunity. 


    ABOUT JEN HIRST:
    Jen Hirst's journey from addiction to empowerment is truly inspiring. Initially hesitant to seek help, she found solace in realizing she wasn't alone. Multiple treatment stays transformed her perspective. Concealing her addiction for years, Jen's reliance on Adderall reached a breaking point, even impacting her wedding day. This moment spurred her to seek recovery.
    Through resilience, Jen rebuilt her life, achieving her goals of family and career success. Now a Beachbody coach, she shares her story to support others. Her group coaching program emphasizes sobriety as an opportunity for growth.
    For a supportive community focused on wellness, explore Jen's Instagram @jenleehirst and website joinlighthousesobriety.com. Access insightful reels and join book club discussions, meetings, and guest speakers. Follow Jen's journey and find inspiration to live addiction-free.


    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/

    • 56 min
    EP 38 - 🙏Finding Strength in Sobriety: Dan Jett's Remarkable Recovery Story

    EP 38 - 🙏Finding Strength in Sobriety: Dan Jett's Remarkable Recovery Story

    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, facing the toll on his relationships and well-being. Despite the darkness, Dan finds redemption through spirituality and positive habits, inspiring listeners to embrace sobriety. 

    Join us as we delve into Dan Jett's journey of overcoming addiction, finding spirituality, and using fitness for transformation. Get ready to be inspired to lead an alcohol-free life.
    ABOUT DAN JETT:
    Dan Jett is an inspiring individual who has overcome tremendous challenges in his life to become a beacon of hope for those struggling with addiction. Growing up in Detroit, he experienced the complexities of a close-knit community, the prevalence of alcoholism, and the impact it had on his family. Dan's personal journey involves overcoming alcohol addiction, battling with mental health issues, and finding solace in fitness and spirituality.

    Through his own experiences, Dan has become a certified personal trainer and a passionate advocate for addiction recovery through fitness. His Instagram profile, @addictionrecoverythrufitness, offers valuable insights, motivation, and support for those on their own recovery journey. He believes in the power of positive thinking, establishing new habits, and being present in the moment.

    Dan's dedication to helping others is evident in his website, JetBoxing.online, where he offers a personal training program for weight loss and shares his free ebook, "Knock Out Alcoholism," which provides guidance and inspiration for overcoming addiction through exercise and nutrition.

    Follow Dan Jett on Instagram @addictionrecoverythrufitness and visit JetBoxing.online to join him on his mission to inspire and support those seeking recovery from addiction. 

    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
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    • 55 min
    EP 37 - 💪 From Addiction to Advocacy: Dana White-Guerrie's Story of Recovery

    EP 37 - 💪 From Addiction to Advocacy: Dana White-Guerrie's Story of Recovery

    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 dwelling on past traumas. 
    Dana opens up about her experiences with cross addictions, the power of communication and education in breaking the cycle of addiction, and the unexpected opportunities that have come with her sobriety. 
    We also hear from host Gary Menkes, who shares his own struggles with alcoholism and how he has found strength and support in the recovery community. Join us as we delve into the complexities of addiction and the power of overcoming it with courage, determination, and a supportive community. 
    This episode is a must-listen for anyone who has experienced addiction or knows someone who has, as Dana's story is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. 
    ABOUT DANA WHITE-GUERRIE:
    Dana White-Guerrie is a recovery advocate and digital marketing expert with a passion for helping others heal from trauma and addiction. She is the founder of The Yarn Consolery LLC, a company that offers support and resources for those seeking recovery and personal growth. Dana is also a proud mother, wife, and sober warrior, who uses her own experiences with addiction to inspire and empower others on their journey to sobriety. Through her social media presence, Dana shares her story and insights on recovery, mental health, and self-love, while also collaborating with other advocates to spread hope and awareness. 
    Follow Dana on Instagram at @theyarnconsoleryllc or visit her website at https://TheYarnConsoleryLLC.com/ to join her in breaking the stigma and finding strength in vulnerability.
    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
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    Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thebeginagainpodcast/

    • 43 min
    EP 36 - 🍃 Sobriety and Self-Worth: Gigi Langer's Story of Healing and Growth

    EP 36 - 🍃 Sobriety and Self-Worth: Gigi Langer's Story of Healing and Growth

    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 powerful insights and tools for finding inner peace and fulfillment in sobriety. From the importance of stage two recovery and healing self-defeating patterns, to using the law of attraction to overcome fears and achieve goals, Gigi's wisdom and personal experiences are truly inspiring. 

    Gigi also discusses the role of therapy and support groups, such as Al-Anon, in managing stress, anxiety, and difficult relationships. She shares her journey of finding love and overcoming her fear of men, using tools like Radical Forgiveness and guided meditations. 

    With her self-published books, "50 Ways to Worry Less Now" and "From Worry to Wealthy," Gigi offers a wealth of resources and stories for handling life challenges and finding peace of mind. This episode is a must-listen for anyone on the journey to recovery and seeking inner peace. 


    ABOUT GIGI LANGER:
    Gigi Langer is a renowned author, speaker, and coach, known for her expertise in addiction recovery, self-compassion, and personal growth. She is a certified addiction counselor and has over 35 years of experience in the field of recovery and mental health. Gigi is also a survivor of childhood trauma and addiction, and her personal journey has inspired her to help others find peace and fulfillment in their lives.

    Gigi's books, "50 Ways to Worry Less Now" and "From Worry to Wealthy," offer practical tools and personal stories for overcoming worry, fear, and self-defeating patterns. She also shares her insights and experiences through her blog and social media platforms, where she has a strong following of individuals seeking guidance and support in their own journeys.

    Gigi's warm and compassionate approach to recovery and personal growth has touched the lives of many, and her work continues to inspire and empower others to live their best lives. 
    Follow Gigi on her website, GigiLanger.com and Instagram, www.instagram.com/GigiLangerWorryLessNow, for daily inspiration and guidance on finding peace and joy in life. 

    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/

    • 59 min

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