EP 2 – Breaking Chains: Triumph over Addiction with Luke Worsfold

In this gripping episode, Gary welcomes Luke Worsfold, a counselor and addiction expert, who shares his personal journey of addiction and recovery. Luke recounts the pivotal moment when a friend’s brutally honest comment shattered his denial and propelled him to make a life-changing decision.

From that moment on, Luke embarked on a path of self-discovery and transformation, seeking therapy and untangling the tangled web of emotions. He opens up about the challenges he faced, including relapses and making amends, and how he found purpose in helping others through counseling.

Join us as we explore the power of accountability, the importance of self-care, and the incredible resilience of the human spirit. Luke also discusses his custom-built program for clients, which includes video lessons, one-on-one counseling sessions, and accountability phone calls. He introduces a custom assessment tool that helps individuals understand their drinking habits and where they fall on the continuum of alcohol dependence.

But this episode goes beyond one person’s story of recovery. Gary and Luke delve into broader themes of addiction, recovery, and the power of leading by example. They discuss the importance of recognizing progress and celebrating wins along the journey to sobriety, rather than focusing solely on failures and relapses. They explore the challenges faced by professionals and executives and the impact of generational trauma.

Whether you’re on your own journey of recovery, seeking inspiration, or looking to support a loved one, this episode offers invaluable insights, practical tips, and a heartwarming reminder that it’s never too late to begin again. Subscribe to “Begin Again: Inspiring Recovery Stories” and join a community that believes in the transformative power of recovery and the possibility of a brighter future.

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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 (Luke Worsfold)

Today, Luke Worsfold channels his experiences into his role as the CEO of Lisa Inside Addiction and a Lead Specialist Addiction Counsellor. He has crafted a unique 8-week recovery program that merges video content, worksheets, psychoanalysis, and one-on-one counseling sessions. Luke’s personal and professional journey serves as a testament to the power of resilience and a beacon of hope for those facing their own battles with addiction.

Connect with Luke Worsfold at www.InsideAddiction.co.uk

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.