EP 36 – Sobriety and Self-Worth: Gigi Langer’s Story of Healing and Growth

In this episode, host Gary Menkes sits down with Gigi Langer, a renowned author, speaker, and expert in the field of addiction recovery. Gigi shares her personal journey of overcoming childhood trauma and finding self-worth through therapy and a higher power. She also opens up about her struggles with alcoholism and how she found recovery through therapy and 12-step meetings.

Throughout the conversation, Gigi shares powerful insights and tools for finding inner peace and fulfillment in sobriety. From the importance of stage two recovery and healing self-defeating patterns, to using the law of attraction to overcome fears and achieve goals, Gigi’s wisdom and personal experiences are truly inspiring.

Gigi also discusses the role of therapy and support groups, such as Al-Anon, in managing stress, anxiety, and difficult relationships. She shares her journey of finding love and overcoming her fear of men, using tools like Radical Forgiveness and guided meditations.

With her self-published books, “50 Ways to Worry Less Now” and “From Worry to Wealthy,” Gigi offers a wealth of resources and stories for handling life challenges and finding peace of mind. This episode is a must-listen for anyone on the journey to recovery and seeking inner peace.


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 (Gigi Langer)

Gigi Langer is a renowned author, speaker, and coach, known for her expertise in addiction recovery, self-compassion, and personal growth. She is a certified addiction counselor and has over 35 years of experience in the field of recovery and mental health. Gigi is also a survivor of childhood trauma and addiction, and her personal journey has inspired her to help others find peace and fulfillment in their lives.

Gigi’s books, “50 Ways to Worry Less Now” and “From Worry to Wealthy,” offer practical tools and personal stories for overcoming worry, fear, and self-defeating patterns. She also shares her insights and experiences through her blog and social media platforms, where she has a strong following of individuals seeking guidance and support in their own journeys.

Gigi’s warm and compassionate approach to recovery and personal growth has touched the lives of many, and her work continues to inspire and empower others to live their best lives. Follow Gigi on her website, GigiLanger.com and Instagram, www.instagram.com/GigiLangerWorryLessNow, for daily inspiration and guidance on finding peace and joy in life.


Show Notes

  • [01:12] Gary and Gigi discuss the power of recovery and the supportive community it creates, sharing personal experiences and insights on the journey to sobriety and finding peace, clarity, and connection. 
  • [05:34] Gigi Langer shares her personal journey of overcoming childhood trauma and finding self-worth through therapy and a higher power.
  • [08:54] Gigi Langer shares her journey of discovering her alcoholism and finding recovery through therapy and 12-step meetings.
  • [15:50] Gigi Langer shares her journey of overcoming addiction and finding inner peace through self-compassion, patience, and meditation, and how she shares these tools in her book for others to benefit. 
  • [17:27] Gary Menkes shares how he and his sponsor started a Zoom meeting during COVID, which evolved into reading books about finding peace of mind, and the underlying fear that many people, both in and out of recovery, struggle with. 
  • [20:13] Gigi Langer discusses the importance of stage two recovery and healing self-defeating patterns in order to handle life sober and find peace and fulfillment in sobriety. 
  • [23:10] Gigi Langer shares her personal journey of finding support through programs like Al-Anon, and how these tools can help others cope with stress, anxiety, and difficult relationships.  
  • [27:00] Gigi Langer shares her insights on using tools and strategies, such as the law of attraction, to overcome fears and resentments and achieve goals in both sobriety and life. 
  • [29:59] Gigi Langer shares her journey of finding love and overcoming her fear of men due to her father’s alcoholism, using tools such as Radical Forgiveness and Byron Katie’s “The Work” to reframe her thoughts and attract a healthy relationship. 
  • [36:03] Gigi Langer shares her experience with the law of attraction and how it helped her manifest her book.
  • [41:03] Gigi Langer discusses the importance of mind switching and gratitude lists in managing worry and anxiety, and the goal of meditation to focus the mind on chosen thoughts rather than stopping all thoughts. 
  • [46:10] Gigi Langer shares her love for guided meditations and how they serve as “training wheels” for her emotional well-being, recommending specific resources and techniques for self-compassion and self-talk. 
  • [49:31] Gigi Langer discusses the importance of gaining clarity and peace of mind through overcoming negative thinking and addressing underlying issues, such as addiction and past trauma, in order to make better decisions and live a fulfilling life. 
  • [51:47] Gigi Langer shares her personal experience with childhood trauma and the importance of therapy in recovery, emphasizing the need for finding the right therapist and not trying to fix oneself with intellect.
  • [55:57] Gigi Langer shares about her self-published books, “50 Ways to Worry Less Now” and “From Worry to Wealthy,” which offer tools and stories for handling life challenges, available for purchase on her website.

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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.