EP 37 –  From Addiction to Advocacy: Dana White-Guerrie’s Story of Recovery

In this episode, we sit down with Dana White-Guerrie, a woman who has overcome addiction and trauma to become a strong advocate for recovery and sobriety. Dana shares her personal journey with addiction and the challenges she faced, including the concept of bonding through trauma and the impact it had on her identity and relationships. She also discusses the importance of focusing on hope and positivity in recovery, rather than dwelling on past traumas. 

Dana opens up about her experiences with cross addictions, the power of communication and education in breaking the cycle of addiction, and the unexpected opportunities that have come with her sobriety

We also hear from host Gary Menkes, who shares his own struggles with alcoholism and how he has found strength and support in the recovery community. Join us as we delve into the complexities of addiction and the power of overcoming it with courage, determination, and a supportive community. 

This episode is a must-listen for anyone who has experienced addiction or knows someone who has, as Dana’s story is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.


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 (Dana White-Guerrie)

Dana White-Guerrie is a recovery advocate and digital marketing expert with a passion for helping others heal from trauma and addiction. She is the founder of The Yarn Consolery LLC, a company that offers support and resources for those seeking recovery and personal growth. Dana is also a proud mother, wife, and sober warrior, who uses her own experiences with addiction to inspire and empower others on their journey to sobriety. Through her social media presence, Dana shares her story and insights on recovery, mental health, and self-love, while also collaborating with other advocates to spread hope and awareness. 

Follow Dana on Instagram at @theyarnconsoleryllc or visit her website at https://TheYarnConsoleryLLC.com/ to join her in breaking the stigma and finding strength in vulnerability.

Show Notes

  • [01:50] Dana White-Guerrie discusses her journey to sobriety, the importance of not defining oneself by trauma, and the responsibility to make the most of life despite past experiences. 
  • [07:11] Dana White-Guerrie discusses the concept of bonding through trauma and how it can create a sense of identity and connection with others in recovery. 
  • [08:17] Gary discusses his past struggles with alcoholism and trauma bonding, and how he has overcome them.
  • [10:09] Dana shares her journey of overcoming trauma and addiction, and discusses the importance of focusing on hope and positivity in recovery, rather than dwelling on past traumas.  
  • [14:57] Dana discusses her journey with addiction and her current recovery process, highlighting the importance of incorporating spirituality and positivity in her healing, with the help of coach Lauren Fay. 
  • [19:00] Dana discusses her recurring party dreams and reflects on her past experiences with partying, wondering how much longer they will continue. 
  • [20:35] Dana shares her experience with cross addictions, specifically with marijuana and alcohol, and how playing the tape forward and backward helps her stay sober. 
  • [21:52] Gary talks about his past as an alcoholic and how he still struggles with thoughts of an alternate reality where he could drink without consequences, but ultimately chooses to focus on the blessings of his sobriety and being a present and sober father to his two children. 
  • [24:41] Dana shares her journey of sobriety and motherhood, discussing her daughter’s reaction to her past struggles with addiction and her hopes for a sober household in the future. 
  • [27:07] Dana shares a cringe-worthy memory of partying with her three-year-old daughter and discusses the impact of growing up with alcoholic parents. 
  • [30:27] Dana discusses her experiences with addiction, including humorous anecdotes and reflections on how absurd addiction can be.
  • [31:48] Dana shares her journey of overcoming addiction and the pride she once took in her party girl persona, reflecting on how her life could have turned out differently.  
  • [32:35] Gary discusses how he and his wife are preparing to talk to their children about drugs and alcohol.
  • [37:08] Dana discusses the power of communication and education in breaking the cycle of addiction and healing generations to come. 
  • [38:58] Dana shares her admiration for the guest’s digital marketing expertise and discusses upcoming podcast collaborations with other recovery advocates.
  • [40:35] Dana shares her experience with sobriety and how it has brought unexpected and amazing opportunities, while Gary Menkes reflects on the supportive and genuine community of recovery and the meaningful relationships he has formed in a short period of time.

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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.