EP 35 – Recovering Out Loud: Dan Karaty’s Journey to Sobriety

In this powerful and inspiring episode, host Gary Menkes sits down with TV personality, talent judge, and choreographer, Dan Karaty, as he opens up about his personal journey of alcoholism, rehab, and sobriety. Dan shares his experiences of feeling disconnected and alone during his time in rehab, highlighting the value of self-discovery and the power of recovering out loud.

Throughout the conversation, Dan reflects on the challenges he faced, including a pivotal moment when he prioritized drinking over being there for his son during a serious illness. He candidly discusses his struggle as a parent, admitting to prioritizing his own desires over his son’s well-being, only to feel remorse afterwards.

Dan also delves into the impact of the pandemic on his mental health and coping mechanisms, which led to excessive drinking throughout the day. However, he shares the transformative experience of checking into rehab, overcoming guilt, fear, and shame, and finding a new sense of freedom and joy in the process.

Join Gary and Dan as they discuss the misconceptions surrounding addiction and the ongoing journey of recovery and personal growth. Hear how Dan’s journey of overcoming alcoholism has positively impacted his relationships with his children and wife, and discover the small steps he takes towards self-improvement on a daily basis.

Don’t miss this intimate and inspiring conversation with Dan Karaty, a true testament to the power of resilience and the possibility of finding hope and healing in the face of addiction.


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 (Dan Karaty)

Dan Karaty is a TV personality, talent judge, and renowned choreographer who has captivated audiences around the world with his incredible dance moves and infectious energy. However, behind the glitz and glamour, Dan has had his fair share of personal struggles, particularly with alcoholism.

In his memoir “If I’m Being Honest” and his podcast of the same name, Dan fearlessly opens up about his battle with addiction, his journey to recovery, and the transformative power of sobriety. Through his honest and raw storytelling, he sheds light on the challenges he faced, the relationships he had to reevaluate, and the personal growth he experienced along the way.

Dan’s story serves as an inspiration to those who may be struggling with similar issues, reminding them that they are not alone and that there is hope for a brighter future. By sharing his personal journey, Dan aims to break the stigma surrounding addiction and encourage others to seek help.

To stay updated with Dan’s inspiring content, follow him on his website, www.DanKaraty.com,  and Instagram profile, www.instagram.com/DanKaraty, where he continues to share his experiences, insights, and words of encouragement. Join Dan in his mission to recover out loud and embrace a life of authenticity and self-improvement.


Show Notes

  • [01:12] Gary Menkes interviews Dan Karaty, a TV personality, talent judge, and choreographer, who shares his personal journey of alcoholism, rehab, and sobriety, discussing his memoir “If I’m Being Honest” and his podcast of the same name, as well as his love for sports and the power of recovering out loud. 
  • [02:41] Dan shares his experience of feeling disconnected and alone during his time in rehab.
  • [07:42] Dan shares his personal experience with rehab and emphasizes the value of self-discovery and reevaluating relationships as the true essence of the journey, rather than just the act of drinking. 
  • [11:18] Dan shares his gratitude and excitement for each day, attributing it to the challenges he has overcome and the growth he has experienced in the past three years. 
  • [16:26] Dan reflects on a pivotal moment in his life when his son was seriously ill and he chose to prioritize drinking over being there for him.
  • [19:22] Dan reflects on his struggle as a parent, admitting to prioritizing his own desires over his son’s well-being, constantly convincing himself that it was acceptable, only to feel remorse afterwards and repeat the cycle. 
  • [21:34] Dan discusses how his wife’s different drinking habits made him manipulate her perception of his own drinking behavior. 
  • [23:03] Dan shares his personal journey of loneliness, self-hatred, and addiction, as well as the impact of the pandemic on his mental health and coping mechanisms, ultimately leading to excessive drinking throughout the day. 
  • [27:53] Dan opens up about his struggle with alcoholism, the toll it took on his relationships, and the pivotal moment that made him seek help. 
  • [32:37] Gary shares a powerful story about reaching out to a higher power for help, which resonates with many people who have experienced similar struggles with addiction and the need for surrender. 
  • [35:34] Dan opens up about his journey to recovery, discussing the difficult conversation he had with his children about going to rehab and his struggle with alcohol addiction.
  • [37:52] Dan shares his transformative experience of checking into rehab, overcoming guilt, fear, and shame, and finding a new sense of freedom and joy in the process. 
  • [40:35] Dan shares how the next 30 days became the best days of his life, contrary to his initial expectations. 
  • [41:29] Dan shares his transformative experience in a rehabilitation center, where he was motivated by fellow attendees to strive for success and embrace a sober lifestyle, determined to make the most out of life. 
  • [44:17] Gary shares his personal journey of overcoming alcoholism and the fears he had of losing his job, career, and friends.
  • [47:51] Dan discusses the misconception surrounding addiction, emphasizing that it can affect anyone, including the people we interact with daily, and shares his personal journey of recovery and finding inspiration in Chris Herron’s documentary. 
  • [50:15] Dan shares his journey of leaving rehab and the importance of honesty in his recovery.
  • [53:45] Dan shares how his personal journey of overcoming alcoholism has positively impacted his relationships with his children and wife, while acknowledging the ongoing work he still needs to do.
  • [59:15] Dan reflects on how the pandemic made him realize the importance of appreciating what he already has in life, rather than constantly chasing after more, emphasizing the value of taking small steps towards self-improvement, such as journaling, for just two minutes a day, which can lead to a rewarding experience. 
  • [01:01:08] Dan shares his morning routine of waking up early for prayer, meditation, and reading, followed by a period of phone-free time, which helps him start his day in the right mental space and feel prepared for the day ahead. 
  • [01:04:31] Dan talks about the power of taking things one day at a time, applying it to various aspects of life, including breathing exercises, meditation, journaling, and pursuing bigger dreams and goals. 
  • [01:07:16] Gary and Dan discuss their experiences with sobriety and the ongoing journey of personal growth, highlighting the importance of continuous learning and self-improvement. They also mention Dan’s website and social media platforms where he shares his content.
  • [01:08:15] Dan Karaty discusses where to find him and his content, including his website and social media platforms, while expressing gratitude for being part of the recover out loud community.

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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.