EP 1 – Overcoming Addiction: Derrick Michaud on Our Pilot Episode

Gary Menkes hosts the Begin Again podcast, where he interviews individuals who have overcome addiction. In this episode, his guest Derrick Michaud shares his story of struggle with alcoholism and addiction. The importance of addressing mental health issues and being open about one’s journey is highlighted, as well as the power of speaking out and seeking support.

Both Gary and Derrick discuss their experiences of recovery and the challenges of sobriety, including their journey through rehab and the positive changes sobriety has brought to their lives. They also discuss the impact of sobriety on relationships and the importance of self-discovery. Derrick emphasizes the need to separate oneself from tempting situations and find new ways to spend time with loved ones without alcohol.

The importance of children being aware of their parents’ past struggles with addiction is also emphasized. Lastly, Gary discusses his journey in building a podcast production agency and the challenges of marketing and finding new clients, but expresses excitement about networking and community involvement. The episode ends with a message of empowerment and encourages listeners to support the podcast.


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!

About Our Guest (Derrick Michaud)

Derrick Michaud is an Audio Editor by day, rogue bassist by night. He is the fearless leader, Founder and Executive Producer of Shelby Row Productions. He’s been editing podcasts for a long time. Longer than he’d care to share. He holds an Associates in Communications, and majored in Audio Production with a minor in Radio and Television Production. When he’s not working, you can often find him jamming out to some tunes or composing music.

Connect with Derrick Michaud at www.ShelbyRowProductions.com

Show Notes

  • [00:00] Introduction: Join host Gary Menkes in the pilot episode of The Begin Again Podcast as he introduces the purpose and mission of the show, setting the stage for a captivating conversation about overcoming addiction and finding renewed purpose.
  • [01:12] Derrick’s Story: Dive into Derrick Michaud’s personal journey of overcoming addiction, from the depths of struggle to the turning point that sparked his path to recovery. Explore the challenges he faced and the pivotal moments that led him to a transformative journey.
  • [06:45] Struggles and Triumphs: Gain insights into the profound struggles Derrick encountered during his addiction journey and how he persevered through them. Discover the key milestones and breakthroughs that ultimately led to his triumph over adversity.
  • [12:20] Building Shelby Row Productions: Delve into the inspiring story of how Derrick’s sobriety journey became a catalyst for his entrepreneurial venture, Shelby Row Productions. Learn how he channeled his newfound purpose and passion into creating a successful business that fosters creativity and drives positive change.
  • [18:30] Path to Sobriety: Gain a deeper understanding of Derrick’s unique path to sobriety, including the strategies, resources, and support systems he embraced along the way. Explore the transformative practices and mindset shifts that enabled him to break free from addiction and embrace a healthier, fulfilling life.
  • [25:15] Embracing a New Beginning: Discover the transformative power of embracing a new beginning and stepping into a life beyond addiction. Derrick shares powerful insights and experiences, highlighting the possibilities and inner strength that reside within each individual, inspiring listeners to embark on their own transformative journeys.
  • [30:50] Inspiring Stories: Explore a collection of inspiring stories shared during the episode, highlighting real-life examples of redemption, resilience, and personal growth. These stories serve as beacons of hope, demonstrating that recovery is possible and providing motivation for listeners to overcome their own challenges.
  • [35:40] Conclusion: As the episode comes to a close, reflect on the themes of resilience, hope, and the limitless potential of a new beginning. Leave inspired and empowered, equipped with newfound insights and a renewed belief in the possibilities that lie ahead.

For more incredible and inspiring stories of those who have overcome alcoholism and addiction, tune in to the next episodes of The Begin Again Podcast through:

About Gary Menkes

Gary Menkes was born and raised in Port Washington, NY and struggled with alcoholism since his early teens which took him to places he never wants to go again and which took a toll on his health, relationships and professional endeavors. However, Gary completely transformed his life when he was given the gift of sobriety on May 13, 2006. Determined to break free from the cycle of self-destruction, he embarked on a remarkable journey of recovery.

Today, Gary is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York, married to the love of his life and father of two amazing children of which he owes all to his sobriety. Gary is now launching his own podcast, The Begin Again Podcast.