EP 46 – Flindt Anderson & Jason LaChance: Transforming Lives in Recovery

In this deeply moving The Begin Again podcast episode, Flindt Anderson and Jason LaChance engage in an open and heartfelt conversation about their personal journeys through addiction and recovery. 

Both share their experiences, from their darkest moments to their transformative periods of clarity that led them to a life of service and purpose. They discuss the alarming rise of fentanyl use, the lack of intervention in emergency situations, and the importance of family support in recovery. 

Flindt passionately shares his work in helping families understand addiction, while Jason reflects on his journey of faith and self-discovery. They also explore cultural influences on addiction and the role of technology in reaching out to those in need. 

This episode is a testament to the power of shared experiences, camaraderie, and the profound impact of recovery out loud. It’s a must-listen for anyone touched by addiction, shedding light on the struggles and the hope that recovery brings.


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 (Flindt Andersen)

Flindt Andersen is a passionate advocate for substance abuse recovery and the founder of the Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) nonprofit organization. His personal journey through addiction and recovery has shaped his mission to help families understand addiction and provide them with the necessary support for their loved ones’ recovery. As a former patient at Betty Ford in 2001, Flindt’s experiences with the flawed family support system inspired him to create a comprehensive program that offers informative and supportive resources for families dealing with addiction. His work involves a unique, effective communication style and a tough love approach, which has resonated with many families and led to heartwarming success stories. Flindt’s commitment to the recovery community extends beyond his organization, as he plans to expand his family support meetings to Southern California to reach a larger audience and influence policy change.

You can follow Flindt’s journey and the work of his nonprofit organization on his website at https://www.FlindtAndersen.com/. Stay updated with his latest initiatives, insights, and inspiring stories on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/painnonprofit/. Join Flindt in his mission to help families navigate the complex dynamics of addiction and support their loved ones’ path to recovery.

About Our Guest (Jason LaChance)

Jason LaChance is a powerful voice in the realm of addiction recovery. Growing up with a family history of addiction, he was aware of the patterns that could easily consume him. With a background in radio broadcasting, Jason found solace in connecting with others through a shared love of music. However, as he faced personal struggles including divorce and single parenthood, he began to confront his own battle with alcoholism. Embracing his addiction and speaking openly about it, Jason realized his calling to lead a more purposeful life by helping others.

Through a chance encounter with Carlos Vieira, author of “Knockin’ Doorz Down,” Jason found the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with individuals who have overcome adversity, not just in addiction but in various areas of their lives. He considers it an honor to create a safe and loving environment where people can share their vulnerabilities and inspire others to keep growing and making positive changes. Jason’s journey is a testament to the fact that anyone can overcome their struggles and keep “Knockin’ Doorz Down.” 

Follow Jason LaChance on social media to stay connected and be inspired by his transformative story. 

WEBSITE: www.kddmediacompany.com

IG: https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/


Show Notes

  • [01:16] In this heartfelt exchange, Gary praises Jason for his support and impact in the “recover out loud” movement, sharing how their mutual experiences in recovery have fostered a deep connection.
  • [06:16] Jason reflects on the value of camaraderie, the struggle and gratitude of recovery, and the importance of finding purpose through personal values, drawing from his experiences as a father, a recovering addict, and a Christian. 
  • [09:12] Flindt and Gary discuss the concerning rise of fentanyl use, noting its lethal potency and how it’s overshadowing heroin use.
  • [10:58] Flindt discusses the alarming rise in fentanyl overdoses, its prevalence in cocaine and the younger demographic it affects.
  • [14:27] Jason and Flindt discuss the lack of intervention and awareness about substance abuse in emergency situations.
  • [16:40] Gary shares his personal journey with alcoholism, discussing the struggles of helping a friend in a similar situation, his own experiences with rehabilitation, and the moment of surrender that marked a turning point in his life. 
  • [19:30] Flindt shares his moment of clarity that led to his recovery, highlighting the impact of his actions on his family, while Gary and Flindt discuss the importance of purpose and higher power, culminating in Flindt’s decision to help others struggling with addiction after an impactful speaking engagement.
  • [23:33] Flindt and Jason discuss the importance of personal growth, drawing parallels from pop culture like Star Wars and the Jedi philosophy, while Gary shares his perspective on spiritual beliefs and their influence on daily life. 
  • [26:51] Gary shares his journey from skepticism to gratitude in his experience as an alcoholic, discussing how his struggles have led him to a life of service and purpose, and how receiving an encouraging email from a listener in the Philippines affirmed his mission, despite occasional bouts of imposter syndrome. 
  • [29:26] Flindt emphasizes the importance of identifying as a “grateful recovering addict” rather than a “grateful addict”. 
  • [31:15] Flindt discusses his plans to expand his family support meetings to Southern California, citing a lack of similar resources in the area, the potential for greater influence in policy change from a more prominent location, and the opportunity to reach a larger audience within the robust recovery community of Los Angeles. 
  • [33:51] Jason and Flindt discuss the importance and impact of family support meetings in aiding the recovery process of individuals struggling with addiction. 
  • [36:36] Flindt shares his personal journey of growing with his community, appreciating the wisdom they impart, and the unique, effective communication style they’ve developed.
  • [38:37] Flindt recounts his personal experience at Betty Ford in 2001, highlighting the struggles he faced during his early recovery period and the flawed family support system, which later inspired him to create a more informative and supportive program for families of those undergoing treatment. 
  • [42:08] Flindt passionately discusses his work in helping parents understand addiction, the tough love approach he uses, and shares a heartwarming success story of a family that benefited from his program.
  • [44:59] Jason and Gary discuss the complex dynamics of addiction, emphasizing the often overlooked role and denial of those who love an addict. 
  • [45:40] Flindt discusses his diverse experiences with families from various cultural backgrounds visiting his practice. 
  • [47:58] Jason shares his personal journey of faith, self-discovery, and realization of his purpose, highlighting his education and career in film, television, and radio, and how it all contributed to his current role and understanding of his place in the world. 
  • [50:02] Jason reflects on his journey of self-improvement and sobriety, emphasizing the importance of moving forward and serving others. 
  • [52:41] Jason reflects on personal growth and overcoming past traumas, drawing parallels to a scene in Jean Claude Van Damme’s show, and emphasizing the importance of self-love and assurance that everything will eventually be okay. 
  • [54:31] Flindt reflects on his journey through addiction and recovery, expressing regret only for how he treated his family, but otherwise cherishing the experiences and lessons learned. 
  • [01:00:23] Flindt passionately defends Robert Downey Junior’s sobriety and character against public criticism, while Gary expresses gratitude for the supportive community they’re a part of. 
  • [01:02:36] Jason and Flindt discuss the challenges of creating content without discussing recovery, the importance of their nonprofit work, and how their organization utilizes technology like Zoom to reach more people, with an invitation for listeners to join their online meetings.

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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.