EP 34 – Finding Purpose: Garet McLendon’s Inspiring Redemption Song

In this gripping podcast episode, join Garet McLendon as he courageously shares his personal journey of addiction and recovery. With raw honesty and vulnerability, Garet takes us through the harrowing depths of his struggles, from growing up in a broken home to finding himself trapped in a destructive cycle of substance abuse and repeated incarcerations.

Through his story, Garet emphasizes the power of being present in the moment and finding freedom through prayer and gratitude. He highlights the heartbreaking consequences addiction had on his life, relationships, and his role as a father, and how hitting rock bottom became a pivotal moment for him to seek spiritual strength in his recovery.

But it is not all despair. Garet’s journey also reveals moments of hope and transformation, such as the warm welcome he received at a treatment center and the profound impact of meeting Dolores Thomas, who helped him find love, kindness, and the desire to break free from his selfishness and addiction.

As Garet rebuilds his life, he shares the challenges he faced, including his experience in a treatment center and the obstacles he encountered when trying to get his driver’s license. Through it all, he highlights the importance of seeking God, doing service work, and the transformative power of the 12-step program.

Join Garet McLendon on this inspiring episode as he reflects on his journey of recovery, rebuilding relationships, and finding purpose through helping others. His story serves as a powerful example of commitment, accountability, and the profound impact that love and acceptance can have on one’s path to healing.


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 (Garet McLendon)

Garet McLendon is a remarkable individual who has overcome tremendous challenges in his life to emerge as an inspiring beacon of hope for those struggling with addiction. His personal journey of addiction, neglect, and repeated incarcerations is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of recovery. Through his story, Garet emphasises the importance of being present in the moment, finding freedom through prayer and gratitude, and seeking a higher power for guidance.

With a deep sense of humility and a commitment to helping others, Garet has become an advocate for recovery and a source of inspiration for many. His experiences have led him to recognise the transformative power of the 12-step program, the importance of rebuilding relationships, and the value of being accountable to one’s family. Garet’s story serves as a reminder that no matter how dire the circumstances may seem, there is always hope for redemption and a chance for a better life.

To stay connected with Garet McLendon and gain further insights into his journey, follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/garetmclendon/. Join his community and be inspired by his commitment to selflessness, love, and the pursuit of a purposeful life.


Show Notes

  • [02:50] Garet McLendon shares his personal journey of addiction and recovery, emphasizing the importance of being present in the moment and finding freedom through prayer and gratitude. 
  • [05:54] Garet shares his personal story of growing up in a broken home, getting involved in drugs, and ending up in prison.
  • [09:55] Garet shares his heartbreaking journey of addiction, neglect, and the consequences it had on his life, relationships, and his role as a father. 
  • [12:55] Garet shares his harrowing journey of addiction and the destructive cycle that kept him trapped in a life of chaos and despair, highlighting his struggles with substance abuse and repeated incarcerations. 
  • [15:30] Garet highlights how he lost everything and didn’t care about anything except getting high, until he found himself in a treatment center that planted the seed of recovery. 
  • [17:59] Garet shares when he hit rock bottom, turned himself in to jail, relapsed, and the importance of finding spiritual strength in recovery.
  • [20:11] Garet shares his harrowing journey of addiction, homelessness, and desperation, ultimately leading to a moment of hope and transformation when he receives a warm welcome at a treatment center. 
  • [23:23] Garet shares his personal journey of self-destruction, shame, and guilt, and how meeting Dolores Thomas helped him find love, kindness, and the desire to break free from the selfishness and addiction that had damaged his relationships with his family and himself. 
  • [26:31] Garet shares about the challenges he faced in rebuilding his life, including his experience in a treatment center and the obstacles he encountered when trying to get his driver’s license. 
  • [30:37] Garet highlights the importance of seeking God and doing service work in the program, which led to a better life and reconnection with his family. 
  • [34:49] Garet reflects on finding a relationship with God through Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
  • [38:43] Garet shares a powerful moment where his son recognizes him and expresses his love.
  • [42:56] Garet reflects on a mural he saw in prison and the beauty of nature, finding solace in the presence of God. 
  • [43:39] Garet emphasizes the importance of surrendering to a higher power and finding purpose through service and working with others. 
  • [51:58] Garet shares his personal journey of rebuilding relationships through his recovery process, highlighting the importance of commitment, accountability, and the transformational power of the 12-step program. 
  • [55:21] Garet highlights the importance of being accountable to one’s family and the profound impact of his father’s love and acceptance. 
  • [58:30] Garet shares his personal journey of rebuilding relationships with his mother and daughter.
  • [01:05:53] Garet McLendon shares his story of recovery and the importance of helping others as a way to stay selfless and connected to a higher power, emphasizing the value of being an example for others, spending time with loved one.

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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.