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Amy Dresner- author of My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean.
Amy Dresner is a journalist, author, and former comedian as well as a recovering addict. She was a regular columnist for the addiction/recovery magazine theFix.com since 2012 and has freelanced for Addiction.com, Psychology Today, Vice and many other publications. She’s now a regular contributor to WorkitHealth.com. Dresner has appeared on the television show The Doctors and on numerous radio shows and podcasts, including Dr. Drew, Dopey and Rich Roll. She does regular speaking engagements around the U.S. She is the co-host to Joe Schrank of the new Rehab Confidential Podcast.
Amy wrote her book, My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean, in 2017. In her memoir, Amy describes growing up in Beverly Hills and having it all: a top-notch private school education, the most expensive summer camps and even a weekly clothing allowance. At the age of 24 she began experimenting with meth in San Francisco and unleashed a fiending addiction monster. Soon, if you could snort it, smoke it, or have sex with, she did. Smart and charming, with daddy’s money to fall back on, she sort of managed to keep it all together. But on Christmas Eve of 2011, all of that changed when, high on Oxycontin, she stupidly “brandished” a bread knife on her husband and was promptly arrested for “felony domestic violence with a deadly weapon.” Within months, she found herself in the psych ward–and then penniless, divorced and looking out on a court-ordered 240 hours of community service. For the next two years, assigned to a Hollywood Boulevard “chain gang,” she would sweep up syringes (and worse) on Hollywood Boulevard as she bounced from rehabs to halfway houses, all while struggling with sobriety, sex addiction, and starting over in her 40s. Her book is currently in development for a TV series and is now in the syllabus for the Social Work Graduate Program at Fordham University.
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