EP 44 – Mike Diamond: An Interventionist’s Tale of Addiction & Triumph

In this powerful episode, Gary Menkes welcomes special guest, Mike Diamond, a renowned author, TV personality, and sobriety advocate. Mike opens up about his personal journey from addiction to sobriety, a transformative shift that took him from the gritty streets of Perth, Australia to the glitzy world of New York’s music and acting industries. 

With raw honesty, Mike shares his experiences from his days of addiction to his current role as a trusted interventionist on A&E, nearly two decades after he himself needed an intervention. Discover his unique approach to intervention coaching, rooted in self-awareness, emotional regulation, and a strong belief in the power of service to others. 

This episode is not just about Mike’s story, but also his mission to help 1 million people overcome addiction. 

Tune in to learn more about his inspiring journey, his insights on motivation, and his commitment to challenging societal norms. This is a must-listen for anyone seeking inspiration or grappling with 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 (Mike Diamond)

Mike Diamond is a renowned author, television personality, and sobriety advocate with a mission to help 1 million people overcome addiction. Born and raised in Perth, Australia, Mike moved to America and found success in the New York music and acting industries. His personal journey from addiction to sobriety led to a transformative shift in his life, leading him to become a trusted interventionist on A&E, nearly 20 years after he himself needed an intervention.

Mike’s story is one of resilience, determination, and a relentless pursuit of personal growth. He has a unique approach to intervention coaching, using his experiences and insights to help others navigate their own paths to recovery. He is a firm believer in the power of self-awareness, emotional regulation, motivation, and service to others.

Mike is also a successful author, having secured a publishing contract through his tenacity and strategic thinking. His work focuses on challenging societal norms and embracing the messiness of life, while focusing on spiritual principles and personal growth.

Follow Mike on Instagram: @themike_diamond to stay updated on his journey and work. For more about his coaching and intervention services, visit his websites at https://www.mikediamondcoaching.com/ and https://www.mikediamondcanhelp.com/. Here, you can learn more about his unique approach to recovery and his mission to help others overcome addiction.


Show Notes

  • [01:13] Gary welcomes Mike Diamond, a celebrated author, TV star, and sobriety advocate, who shares his experiences and mission to help 1 million people overcome addiction. 
  • [02:16] Mike shares his journey from Australia to America, his initial struggles in finding work, and how he ultimately found success in the nightclub industry in New York. 
  • [05:39] Mike shares his journey from working as a doorman at a nightclub, to landing an acting gig in a TV show, and eventually hustling his way into the music industry in New York, using his networking skills and determination to succeed. 
  • [08:45] Mike, a native of Perth, Australia, shares his hustling journey of building connections in the Sony building in New York, highlighting his tenacity and resourcefulness in creating opportunities from nothing. 
  • [11:33] Mike shares his personal journey from addiction to sobriety, his transformative shift from self-destructive behaviors to empowering choices, leading to his current role as an interventionist on A&E, nearly 20 years after someone should have intervened on his behalf. 
  • [15:23] Mike shares his transformative journey from substance abuse to becoming a trusted interventionist for celebrities and their children. 
  • [22:33] Mike shares his personal journey from a chaotic childhood filled with adversity to becoming a successful interventionist.
  • [26:59] Mike recounts his unique approach to intervention coaching, sharing a story of going to extreme lengths to help a client detox, including spending five days on a detox floor and using common interests to build rapport and facilitate recovery.  
  • [29:19] Mike shares his experiences helping a man fight addiction, surviving threats from mobsters, and his innate ability to empathize and help others, despite his dyslexic challenges. 
  • [32:49] Mike shares his journey into the acting industry, highlighting his self-belief and determination, despite having no formal training or mentorship, and how he turned obstacles into opportunities.. 
  • [37:08] Mike Diamond shares his unconventional approach to landing a book deal, demonstrating his tenacity and strategic thinking by reaching out directly to a top literary agent despite instructions not to, and successfully securing a publishing contract. 
  • [39:26] Mike discusses the concept of motivation, explaining that it’s often misunderstood as a constant state, whereas in reality, motivation is fleeting and the key to success is to move and act regardless of how you feel.
  • [44:24] Mike discusses the importance of self-awareness and emotional regulation.
  • [50:45] Mike discusses the importance of regulating emotions through diaphragmatic breathing, using examples from his personal experiences to illustrate how it helps in stressful situations, and provides a breathing technique called 478 to help manage the sympathetic nervous system. 
  • [58:55] Mike discusses the importance of managing stress and staying present in the moment.
  • [01:03:31] Mike emphasizes the importance of challenging societal norms and rules, embracing the messiness of life, and focusing on spiritual principles and personal growth.
  • [01:06:43] Mike shares his belief in the power of service to others, illustrating his point with personal stories about how acts of kindness, done without expectation of return, have unexpectedly opened doors for him professionally.
  • [01:12:45] Mike and Gary explore the power of selfless acts, spiritual growth, and the importance of improving the world and people’s lives, highlighting Mike’s journey on the new season of Intervention and his continuous effort to spread positivity and help those in need.

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.