EP 40 –Ā Phoenix Rising: Jeanine Coulter’s Inspiring Story of Recovery

In this captivating podcast episode, we delve into the unexpected journey of Jeanine Coulter as she shares her personal and harrowing experience with addiction. Breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions, Jeanine highlights the importance of understanding that addiction can affect anyone, regardless of their upbringing or background.

Jeanine takes us through her past, reflecting on her belief that addiction is a personality trait and how she felt that rules didn’t apply to her. From her high school and college days, she shares examples of her rebellious nature and the consequences that followed.

But it doesn’t stop there. Jeanine also opens up about her husband’s struggle with addiction and the immense pressure she faced from her family to leave. She shares the strength it took to support someone battling addiction and the journey of recovery they both embarked on.

With a mix of personal anecdotes, Jeanine’s story is both relatable and inspiring. From hitting rock bottom and experiencing homelessness to finding the strength to do the work on herself in rehab, Jeanine’s resilience shines through.

Join us as we explore Jeanine Coulter’s journey of addiction, recovery, and the stigma associated with it. Her story is a testament to the power of hope, understanding, and the transformative nature of embracing a supportive society.


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 (Jeanine Coulter)

Jeanine Coulter is a remarkable individual who has overcome the grips of heroin addiction and is now dedicated to helping others on their own journey to recovery. Her story is one of resilience, strength, and the power of redemption.

Through her website, “Chasing Heroine,” and her Instagram profile, @chasingheroine, Jeanine shares her personal experiences, insights, and words of encouragement to inspire those struggling with addiction. Her unexpected journey into heroin addiction shattered stereotypes, highlighting the fact that addiction can affect anyone, regardless of their upbringing or background.

Jeanine’s story is one of transformation and hope. She reflects on her past, debunking the belief that addiction is a personality trait and showcasing the consequences of her rebellious nature. Her journey includes hitting rock bottom, experiencing homelessness, and finding the strength to do the work on herself in rehab.

Now, as a speaker and co-host on “Self Help Junkie,” Jeanine incorporates personal growth and development topics into her spin classes, providing actionable tasks for listeners. Her passion for speaking to others about recovery shines through, offering hope and understanding to those in active addiction or early stages of relapse.

Follow Jeanine Coulter on her website, Chasing Heroine.com, and her Instagram profile, @chasingheroine, to join her on this inspiring journey of recovery and personal growth.


Show Notes

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [03:11] Jeanine Coulter shares her unexpected journey into heroin addiction, debunking stereotypes and highlighting the importance of understanding that addiction can affect anyone, regardless of their upbringing or background. 
  • [06:34] Jeanine reflects on her past, discussing her belief that addiction is a personality trait and how she felt that rules didn’t apply to her, sharing examples from her high school and college days. 
  • [09:04] Jeanine shares a surprising twist in her and her brother’s lives, as they both voluntarily made life-altering decisions.
  • [10:50] Jeanine discusses her tendency to go against the rules and her husband’s similar behavior, questioning if there is a gender relation, while also sharing her husband’s struggle with addiction and how he learned the hard way to follow the right path. 
  • [14:39] Jeanine Coulter shares a personal anecdote about her lack of sports knowledge and how she stumbled upon the score of a game, which she then shared on her Instagram story, sparking engagement and conversation with her audience. 
  • [16:37] Jeanine shares her personal journey of addiction, starting with her initial resistance to 12-step programs and her belief that she was “cooler” than that, to hitting rock bottom and experiencing homelessness, and finally finding the strength to do the work on herself in rehab and embracing the supportive society of recovery. 
  • [20:58] Jeanine reflects on her history of substance usage and the consequences that led her to realize the extent of her addiction after 10 months of sobriety. 
  • [25:17] Jeanine shares her harrowing experience with her husband’s addiction and the pressure she faced from her family to leave, highlighting the immense struggle and the strength it takes to support someone battling addiction. 
  • [26:40] Jeanine shares a humorous anecdote about mistakenly referring to Sundays as “Marriage Day” instead of their actual anniversary.
  • [30:02] Jeanine shares her passion for speaking to others about recovery, particularly those in active addiction or early stages of relapse, as she can relate to their struggles and offer hope and understanding.
  • [33:30] Jeanine shares her personal journey of overcoming addiction and the stigma associated with it.
  • [35:27] Jeanine highlights how heroin forced her to choose a path of abstinence and recovery.
  • [38:41] Jeanine shares her experience of living in a sober living facility while secretly using drugs and how she managed to pass drug tests until she was caught with heroin in the bathroom, leading to her eviction and a desperate attempt to forge a clean blood test document. 
  • [41:37] Jeanine shares her journey of addiction, the support she received from a few men in her life, and how she eventually found the strength to get clean and start her sobriety on January 15th, 2015. 
  • [46:01] Jeanine shares her experience of going in and out of treatment, detoxing, and the support she received from her sponsor and a guy she was dating in drug court.
  • [49:41] Jeanine shares her journey of how reaching out to a woman for another audition led to her owning a studio, meeting supportive women, and eventually becoming the General Manager of another studio.
  • [53:25] Jeanine shares her journey of overcoming financial challenges and building a successful studio by developing strong relationships with clients and showing exceptional work ethic
  • [56:05] Jeanine shares how she rebranded and renovated her studio with the help of her clients and her husband, Skyler, all while drawing on her hustle mentality from her past experiences as a drug addict. . 
  • [59:40] Jeanine reflects on the adversities she faced growing up, including her father leaving, and how those experiences shaped her resilience and work ethic. 
  • [01:02:04] Jeanine shares her journey of becoming a speaker, starting from sharing at 12-step meetings to leading meetings and getting involved with Heroin Anonymous.
  • [01:08:05] Jeanine discusses her show “Chasing Heroine” and the challenges she faces with the name on TikTok, as well as her new co-hosting role on “Self Help Junkie” where she incorporates personal growth and development topics in her spin classes and provides actionable tasks for listeners.

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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.