EP 20 – Knocking Doors Down: Jason LaChance’s Story of Hope

In this powerful episode of our podcast, we delve deep into the gripping journey of Jason LaChance as he shares his personal experience with addiction and how he triumphed over it.

Join us as we explore the raw and unfiltered reality of addiction, as Jason opens up about his darkest moments, the challenges he faced, and the turning point that led him to seek help. Through his candid storytelling, Jason provides a beacon of hope for those who may be struggling with their own battles.

With his unique perspective, Jason offers invaluable insights into the complexities of addiction, shedding light on the underlying factors that contribute to its grip on individuals. He also shares the strategies and resources that helped him break free from the chains of addiction, offering practical advice and inspiration for anyone seeking a way out.

Whether you or someone you know has been affected by addiction, this episode is a must-listen. Jason’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and serves as a reminder that recovery is possible for anyone willing to take that first step.

Tune in to this episode as we explore the transformative power of overcoming addiction with Jason LaChance. Prepare to be inspired, educated, and motivated to create positive change in your own life or in the lives of those around you.


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 (Jason Lachance)

Jason LaChance is a powerful voice in the realm of addiction recovery. Growing up with a family history of addiction, he was aware of the patterns that could easily consume him. With a background in radio broadcasting, Jason found solace in connecting with others through a shared love of music. However, as he faced personal struggles including divorce and single parenthood, he began to confront his own battle with alcoholism. Embracing his addiction and speaking openly about it, Jason realized his calling to lead a more purposeful life by helping others.

Through a chance encounter with Carlos Vieira, author of “Knockin’ Doorz Down,” Jason found the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with individuals who have overcome adversity, not just in addiction but in various areas of their lives. He considers it an honor to create a safe and loving environment where people can share their vulnerabilities and inspire others to keep growing and making positive changes. Jason’s journey is a testament to the fact that anyone can overcome their struggles and keep “Knockin’ Doorz Down.” 

Follow Jason LaChance on social media to stay connected and be inspired by his transformative story. 

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Show Notes

  • [01:15] Gary Menkes welcomes Jason Lachance, host of the Knockin’ Doorz Down podcast.
  • [04:32] Jason shares his journey of finding support and encouragement in the recovery community through social media, and how he started publicly discussing his recovery journey almost seven years ago despite some reservations from others. 
  • [07:13] Jason and Gary discuss the positive impact of Zoom during the pandemic, allowing them to connect with others in recovery and have vulnerable meetings. 
  • [13:42] Jason emphasizes the importance of protecting anonymity and upholding the principles of confidentiality in recovery meetings, while also discussing the responsibility of being ready to help those who reach out for assistance. 
  • [17:11] Jason discusses the alarming rise of fentanyl addiction and the short window of survival after first use. 
  • [21:41] Jason reflects on his past struggles with addiction, childhood trauma, and toxic relationships.
  • [23:50] Jason shares his personal journey of growing up with a father who struggled with addiction and the impact it had on his own life.
  • [28:42] Jason discusses the impact of pornography on individuals and society, highlighting the need for open conversations with children and the importance of understanding its effects on sexual behavior. 
  • [30:27] Gary expresses his concerns about the disturbing content his daughter may encounter online and his hesitation to seek therapy for his own unresolved issues
  •  [31:54] Jason shares his experience attending sex and love addiction meetings and how he was able to connect with others who had experienced abuse. 
  • [36:17] Jason reflects on his journey of discovering his anxiety and how it led him to seek sobriety, as he shares a childhood memory of finding solace in his father’s bathroom and using alcohol as a coping mechanism to alleviate his anxiety in social situations. 
  • [38:49] Jason discusses the importance of reframing trauma and how it can impact relationships and personal development. 
  • [41:46] Jason shares his personal experience with a rehabilitation facility, highlighting how he was persuaded to attend by the owner who sweetened the deal, and how he now helps others overcome addiction by offering affordable support and guidance. 
  • [44:38] Jason shares his positive experience and the valuable tools he gained from attending a recovery event organized by Amanda Marker, where he did live podcasts and spoke in front of a community of people he had previously connected with online. 
  • [47:14] Jason reflects on the journey of acquiring different skill sets and being thrust into unexpected situations, such as hosting concerts and MMA events, and how these experiences have served a purpose he never anticipated. 
  • [51:53] Jason shares his personal experiences with addiction and recovery, emphasizing the importance of honesty and vulnerability in helping others overcome their own struggles. 
  • [55:35] Jason reflects on the unexpected gifts of sobriety and the responsibility it brings. 
  • [57:04] Jason reflects on the remorse of his past alcohol addiction and how it affected his ability to be present for his children.
  • [01:00:04] Jason shares his personal projects, including his private content, the “Knockin’ Doorz Down” podcast, and his nonprofit work with “Paying Parents and Addicts in Need,” offering Narcan training and recovery coaching.
  • [01:01:46] Gary Menkes expresses gratitude for Jason’s presence and their mutual goal of helping others. 

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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.