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Second Chances

It's about life: addiction, recovery, and second chances. Each week comedians ANT and Greg Baldwin talk to celebrities and normal folk about their second chance in life. Heroic, inspiring, often comedic true life stories from the people who are living them.
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Oct 15, 2017

Amy Dresner wrote My Fair Junkie, a horrifyingly truthful, gritty, extremely raw memoir that, believe it or not, is also funny. From a wealthy, squeaky-clean childhood to a woman who was “out of her mind,” addicted to alcohol, drugs, and sex. After rehab, relapse, domestic violence, divorce, three suicide attempts, and losing everything, she finally came to a place - a seismic psychological shift - of reclaiming her life.

Author and comedian Amy Dresner brings readers a raucous, inspiring story of redemption, and ultimately an insightful tale of courage and metamorphosis: MY FAIR JUNKIE: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean (Hachette Books; September 12, 2017). The book is a darkly funny and revealing debut memoir of one woman's twenty-year battle with sex, drugs, and alcohol addiction, and what happens when she finally emerges on the other side.

Growing up in Beverly Hills, the only child of a comedy writer and a fashion designer, Amy believed that everything was always funny and turned out right. And she needed to believe it. If you could snort it, smoke it, shoot it, or have sex with it, she did. It was never her dream to become an Olympic athlete of self-destruction, but that's what happened.

Amy had managed to dodge any real repercussions of her 20-year battle with addiction despite six rehabs, four psych wards, three suicide attempts, and twenty grand mal seizures.

But on Christmas Eve of 2011, that all changed. She was high on Oxycontin, in a shitty marriage, and she pulled a knife on her then husband. She was promptly arrested for felony domestic violence with a deadly weapon. Within months, she found herself in a psych ward, penniless, abandoned by her then husband, and looking at 240 hours of community service.

For the next two years she would sweep up syringes on Hollywood Boulevard as she bounced from rehabs to halfway houses, all while struggling with sobriety, sex addiction, and starting life over in her 40s. My Fair Junkie is the shameless, hilarious, and unfortunately true account of it all.

Second Chances Podcast is sponsored by Chapelure Media http://chapeluremedia.com and Dimensions Recovery Centers http://dimensionsrecovery.com

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