EP 38 – Finding Strength in Sobriety: Dan Jett’s Remarkable Recovery Story

In this captivating podcast episode, we delve deep into the life of Dan Jett, a remarkable individual who has triumphed over the grips of addiction. With raw honesty and vulnerability, Dan takes us on a journey through his tumultuous childhood in Detroit, where the prevalence of alcoholism shaped his formative years.

As Dan shares his personal story of growing up with alcoholic parents, we gain a profound understanding of the lack of support and understanding he faced, especially in an era before the advent of social media. His experiences of family secrets, fights, and the discovery of his long-lost sister add layers of complexity to his narrative.

But it is Dan’s battle with alcohol addiction that truly captivates. From his early addiction to martial arts and bodybuilding, driven by his perfectionist nature, to his relentless pursuit of turning around failing gyms, we witness the highs and lows of his journey. The toll it took on his relationships, mental health, and physical well-being is laid bare, as is his contemplation of drinking himself to death.

Yet, amidst the darkness, Dan finds hope and redemption. Through spirituality, positive habits, and the power of connecting with others who have experienced similar struggles, he manages to turn his life around. His story is one of resilience, strength, and the transformative power of sobriety.

Join us as we listen to Dan Jett’s incredible journey of overcoming addiction, finding spirituality, and using fitness as a catalyst for change. Prepare to be inspired, moved, and motivated to embrace a life free from the clutches of alcohol.


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)

Dan Jett is an inspiring individual who has overcome tremendous challenges in his life to become a beacon of hope for those struggling with addiction. Growing up in Detroit, he experienced the complexities of a close-knit community, the prevalence of alcoholism, and the impact it had on his family. Dan’s personal journey involves overcoming alcohol addiction, battling with mental health issues, and finding solace in fitness and spirituality.

Through his own experiences, Dan has become a certified personal trainer and a passionate advocate for addiction recovery through fitness. His Instagram profile, @addictionrecoverythrufitness, offers valuable insights, motivation, and support for those on their own recovery journey. He believes in the power of positive thinking, establishing new habits, and being present in the moment.

Dan’s dedication to helping others is evident in his website, JetBoxing.online, where he offers a personal training program for weight loss and shares his free ebook, “Knock Out Alcoholism,” which provides guidance and inspiration for overcoming addiction through exercise and nutrition.

Follow Dan Jett on Instagram @addictionrecoverythrufitness and visit JetBoxing.online to join him on his mission to inspire and support those seeking recovery from addiction.

Show Notes

  • [02:37] Dan Jett reminisces about his childhood growing up in Detroit, highlighting the close-knit community, the simplicity of life, and the prevalence of drinking among adults, including his own father who was known for his classic car collection. 
  • [05:42] Dan shares his experience of growing up with alcoholic parents and the lack of support and understanding due to the absence of social media.
  • [07:21] Dan shares his personal story of growing up with two older brothers, learning to fight early on, and discovering a family secret about his sister being put up for adoption, only to be reunited with her 32 years later.
  • [10:07] Dan reflects on his father’s potential driving force behind his alcoholism and how he isolated himself from loved ones, while also discussing his early addiction to martial arts and bodybuilding as a result of his perfectionist nature. 
  • [14:32] Dan Jett shares his journey of buying and turning around failing gyms, positively impacting the lives of thousands of people through fitness, but also facing the challenges of being a small business owner and battling with alcohol for 14 years.
  • [17:03] Dan shares his personal struggle with alcoholism and how it affected his life as a high-end personal trainer.
  • [20:48] Dan shares his journey of struggling with alcohol addiction, attending meetings, finding support, and eventually relapsing after 18 months of sobriety.
  • [24:10] Dan highlights the toll it took on his body and the challenges he faced during his journey to sobriety. 
  • [27:10] Dan reveals the destructive impact alcoholism had on his relationships and mental health, as well as his contemplation of drinking himself to death. 
  • [29:59] Dan shares his personal journey of hitting rock bottom with alcohol addiction and how he miraculously turned his life around to become a recovered alcoholic, with no withdrawals or relapses, by the grace of God. 
  • [33:21] Dan shares the importance of establishing new habits and channeling energy into positive actions to maintain sobriety. 
  • [38:26] Dan shares his personal journey of overcoming addiction and how he uses positive thinking, listening to audio books, and meditation to maintain his sobriety while helping others who are suffering in silence. 
  • [40:55] Dan shares his personal journey of finding spirituality through martial arts and meditation, discussing his belief in a higher power and the importance of being present and grateful for life’s moments, while also recounting a recent health scare and his battle with sobriety. 
  • [43:57] Dan shares his personal experience of being hospitalized with liver complications, undergoing tests for cancer and potential liver transplant, and the emotional turmoil he went through while waiting for the results.
  • [47:12] Dan discusses the importance of being present and connected to spirituality, highlighting the negative impact of phone addiction on relationships and the need for a device cleanse, while also mentioning his upcoming book “Knockout Alcoholism” that shares his personal story and provides guidance for overcoming alcohol addiction through exercise and nutrition. 
  • [49:48] Dan shares his personal journey of quitting alcohol and how it transformed his body, offering his free ebook “Knock Out Alcoholism” and promoting his personal training program for weight loss on his website JetBoxing.online.
  • [52:03] Dan shares his Instagram handle for addiction recovery through fitness and personal training, expressing the importance of having someone who has gone through it to talk to and the power of focusing on the positive in life.

For more incredible and inspiring stories of those who have overcome alcoholism and addiction, tune in to the next episodes of The Begin Again Podcast through:

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.