EP 18 – Rising Above: Moira Kucaba’s Inspiring Road to Recovery

Join us for an eye-opening episode of our podcast as we delve deep into the journey of addiction and recovery with the remarkable Moira Kucaba. With her raw honesty and unwavering determination, Moira shares her personal experience with addiction, providing a rare glimpse into the struggles, triumphs, and invaluable lessons she’s learned along the way.

In this thought-provoking conversation, Moira takes us on a transformative exploration of addiction, unraveling the complexities and shedding light on the often misunderstood subject. Her story serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that recovery is possible, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

As a seasoned expert in the field of addiction, Moira offers invaluable insights and practical advice for individuals grappling with their own battles or seeking to support a loved one through recovery. From the initial stages of recognizing the signs of addiction to the crucial steps towards healing, Moira’s wisdom and resilience will inspire and empower listeners from all walks of life.

Whether you’re personally affected by addiction or simply curious about the human experience, this episode is a must-listen. Prepare to be captivated by Moira’s authenticity, as she fearlessly confronts the stigmas surrounding addiction and shines a light on the path to redemption.

Tune in to this extraordinary episode and embark on a transformative journey towards understanding, compassion, and ultimately, hope. Don’t miss out on this powerful conversation with Moira Kucaba, as we unveil the road to recovery and ignite a spark of change within us all.


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 (Moira Kucaba)

Moira Kucaba is a remarkable individual who has overcome the grips of addiction and emerged as a beacon of hope for others. With her raw honesty and unwavering determination, Moira has become a sought-after speaker and advocate for recovery. Through her personal journey, she has gained invaluable insights and wisdom, which she generously shares with others. Moira’s authenticity and fearlessness in confronting the stigmas surrounding addiction make her a powerful force for change.

Follow Moira on Instagram (@moirakucaba) and visit her website (MoiraKucaba.com) to stay connected with her inspiring message of redemption and transformation.

Show Notes

  • [02:10] Moira Kucaba shares her journey of sobriety and how even the smallest milestones can inspire hope for a new life.
  • [04:13] Moira shares her personal journey of addiction and how she overcame it, starting with her vision of sitting in a rocking chair for the rest of her life, leading up to her decision to get sober and the beginning of her new life. 
  • [07:47] Moira shares her personal journey with alcoholism, discussing the lack of coping mechanisms and outlets in her small town, the rapid progression of her addiction, and the devastating impact it had on her life, even almost 25 years sober. 
  • [13:30] Moira discusses the harrowing realization of late-stage alcoholism, comparing it to the overwhelming feeling of waking up after a car wreck or being arrested. 
  • [15:52] Moira shares a personal story about a documentary she watched, resonating with her own experiences of addiction and the ongoing challenges she faces even after 25 years of sobriety. 
  • [18:59] Moira highlights the pain experienced by parents of addicts and her decision to seek sobriety in Southern California.
  • [21:49] Moira shares a vulnerable moment after her brother’s suicide, reflecting on the burden of her own struggles and how she finally opened up to her parents about her own mental health challenges.
  • [23:03] Moira shares about hitting rock bottom, and finding hope through a friend’s intervention and prayer. 
  • [26:39] Moira shares her experience of surrendering and finding success in both sobriety and entrepreneurship by following the guidance and direction of others. 
  • [33:14] Moira shares her roller coaster journey as an entrepreneur, from the highs of feeling like life couldn’t be better to the lows of hitting rock bottom, and how seeking God’s will has guided her through owning a Pilates and Wellness studio, a cold pressed juice company, and now coaching. 
  • [34:56] Moira shares her journey of finding her purpose in life through Pilates and how she had to listen to her intuition and trust in God’s guidance.
  • [40:36] Moira discusses the importance of listening to intuition and following synchronicities in everyday life, using her own experience of connecting with an author she was reading a book from as an example of how small actions can lead to meaningful outcomes. 
  • [43:14] Moira discusses how rewiring the brain and taking action through high-performance coaching can lead to an extraordinary life, drawing parallels to the principles and philosophies of the 12 steps in sobriety. 
  • [45:12] Moira discusses the concept of recovery 2.0 and how personal growth can take sobriety to the next level, allowing individuals to experience joy, connection, and a fulfilling life beyond just surviving.
  • [50:01] Moira shares her personal brand and where to find her on various social media platforms, as well as her life-changing morning process journal called The Rise Up Planner.

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.