Full Potential, Now! Addiction Podcast, Episode 24 – Amy Dresner – Writing an Addiction Memoir
In this week’s episode of Full Potential, Now!, Ted sits down with author and comedian Amy Dresner to talk about honesty, feelings and writing her addiction memoir. Amy’s book My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean is out now.
About Amy Dresner:
Growing up in Beverly Hills, Amy Dresner had it all: a top-notch private school education, the most expensive summer camps and even a weekly clothing allowance. But at 24, she started dabbling in 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.
This Week’s Ted Tool Resource
This week, of course, we’d like to recommend guest Amy Dresner’s book My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean, which is available now in hardcover, paperback or audiobook. To learn more about Amy and her book, visit amydresner.com/my-fair-junkie.
“Dresner’s book is a sickening masterpiece. Hilarious and raw, she cuts to bony truth. I love her!”―Margaret Cho
“Dresner, a former stand-up comic and current contributing editor for The Fix, writes about her recovery from drug and alcohol abuse with honesty and irreverent humor. . . . Readers meet Dresner at her worst, but she nevertheless charms throughout her healing.”―Publishers Weekly