EP 26 – Michael Conklin: A Journey of Healing and Personal Growth

In this powerful episode of The Begin Again Podcast, host Gary Menkes sits down with Michael Conklin, a certified addiction recovery coach, to discuss his personal journey of finding purpose in recovery. Michael shares his own struggles with addiction and the realization that fixing internal problems with external sources only perpetuates the cycle of addiction.

Throughout the episode, Michael dives deep into the negative impact of holding onto resentment and the importance of letting go in order to experience personal freedom and emotional well-being. He also shares his initial skepticism about the need for long-term attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and how his journey of fear, resentment, and transformation in sobriety led him to seek guidance from someone who has experienced similar challenges.

From his early experiences with alcohol to the challenges he faced as a father and husband, Michael opens up about the impact of his addiction on his family and his journey towards recovery. He shares powerful moments of realization and surrender, emphasizing the importance of seeking help and staying connected in the recovery process.

Throughout the episode, Michael and Gary discuss the power of spirituality, higher purpose, and the underlying causes of addiction. They also touch on the transformative impact of sharing and seeking help, and the importance of addressing childhood trauma in recovery.

Join Gary Menkes and Michael Conklin in this inspiring episode as they explore the journey of addiction, recovery, and personal growth. Whether you or someone you know has struggled with addiction, this episode offers valuable insights and a message of hope. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of addiction and the path to a fulfilling life beyond 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!



About Our Guest (Michael Conklin)

Michael Conklin is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and a Life Coach trained at the Jay Shetty Certification School for Coaching. With over 25 years of experience in the food service industry, his life took a dramatic turn three years ago. Despite feeling like his life was over, Michael embraced the idea that sometimes we need to let go and lose things in order to make room for greater things meant for us. This realization led him to become a passionate advocate for change and personal growth. Michael firmly believes that it is never too late to make changes in our lives and that people are capable of achieving far greater things than they ever imagined. He is dedicated to helping individuals in recovery and those who feel stuck in life, guiding them towards a life of fulfillment, joy, happiness, and abundance. Michael finds joy in getting to know his clients, witnessing their awareness of their capabilities, and being part of their journey towards realizing their fullest potential. 

To connect with Michael Conklin and learn more about his work, visit his website and follow him on Instagram. Together, let’s support each other on the journey to personal growth and happiness. 

IG: https://www.instagram.com/BetterBeginningNow

Website: https://www.BetterBeginningNow.com


Show Notes

  • [01:15] Gary Menkes interviews Michael Conklin, a certified addiction recovery coach, who shares his personal journey of finding purpose in recovery and the realization that fixing internal problems with external sources only perpetuates addiction. 
  • [03:57] Michael shares his realization that he has the power to fix his own negative thoughts and feelings. 
  • [06:41] Michael discusses the negative impact of holding onto resentment and the importance of letting go in order to experience personal freedom and emotional well-being. 
  • [11:45] Michael shares his initial skepticism about the need for long-term attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
  • [13:49] Michael shares his journey of fear, resentment, and transformation in his sobriety.
  • [15:54] Michael emphasizes the importance of seeking guidance from someone who has experienced similar challenges in order to achieve success and avoid future regrets. 
  • [20:17] Michael shares his early experiences with alcohol, starting from a young age, stealing sips from his grandfather’s highball to getting drunk with the intent of getting drunk at the age of nine.
  • [21:56] Michael shares how his grandfather warned him about the dangers of excessive drinking.
  • [24:28] Michael shares the story of his own struggles with alcoholism, and the challenges he faced in his early adulthood while trying to navigate his responsibilities as a father and husband.  
  • [26:33] Michael shares the impact it had on his family, and his journey towards recovery. 
  • [29:11] Michael shares his journey of reluctantly attending his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the brick church.
  • [31:22] Michael shares how attending meetings without fully engaging in the recovery process led him to a point where he wanted to die, prompting his mother to intervene and encourage him to seek help. 
  • [33:14] Michael shares his journey of admitting himself into rehab after his mother’s plea and the nurse’s blunt honesty.
  • [35:27] Michael shares a powerful moment of realization during his recovery journey, where he recognizes the impact of his addiction on his loved ones, leading him to seek solace and guidance in a higher power. 
  • [37:42] Michael shares his powerful journey of seeking help for his addiction and the transformative moment when he finally surrendered and asked for assistance, leading to a profound sense of relief and determination to stay sober. 
  • [39:46] Michael shares his frustration with the flawed approach of pushing individuals in recovery to relapse before they can fully commit to sobriety. 
  • [41:16] Michael emphasizes the importance of a spiritual experience and staying connected in the program for long-term sobriety. 
  • [43:21] Michael shares a personal story about feeling uncomfortable and seeking support from his sponsor.
  • [45:17] Michael discusses the importance of prioritizing sobriety and recovery in his life, sharing how it has positively impacted his relationship with his children and provided him with a life beyond his wildest dreams. 
  • [47:14] Michael shares how being present in the moment and facing uncomfortable emotions changed the trajectory of his life during his journey of recovery from addiction. 
  • [49:15] Michael shares his personal experience of resisting the temptation to take a prescription drug and instead focusing on being present in the moment.
  • [50:43] Gary reflects on the wisdom shared by Michael and emphasizes the power of spirituality and higher purpose in recovery, sharing his own journey of asking for help and finding clarity and gratitude in sobriety. 
  • [57:42] Michael emphasizes that traumatic events are often the gateway to addiction, and encourages listeners to believe that their best days are still ahead of them, regardless of their age or past accomplishments. 
  • [59:31] Michael emphasizes the importance of taking action in the present moment, being aware of opportunities, and staying connected to a power greater than oneself for a better and more fulfilling life. 
  • [01:06:14] Michael discusses the importance of not comparing traumas and recognizing that any traumatic event can deeply affect individuals, especially children, and emphasizes the need to let go of guilt and shame associated with the trauma in order to heal and move forward. 
  • [01:08:38] Michael and Gary discuss the underlying causes of addiction and the importance of addressing childhood trauma in recovery, highlighting the power of changing thoughts and feelings to take better actions, and the transformative impact of sharing and seeking help. 
  • [01:11:37] Michael shares his journey from being in the restaurant business to becoming a certified recovery coach and his plans for the future, including a clothing line for Better Beginning. 
  • [01:15:51] Michael shares his vision for sober recovery retreats and centers, where people can have fun, connect with others, and heal, emphasizing the importance of support for both addicts and their families.
  • [01:19:25] Michael shares his main platforms for connecting with his audience, including Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and his website, as he aims to grow and touch as many people as possible through his message of personal growth and happiness.


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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.