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Amy Dresner Smoked, Snorted, and Had Lots of Sex

Amy Dresner Smoked, Snorted, and Had Lots of Sex

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.

Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor for the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com. She’s also freelanced for the Good Men Project, The Frisky, Refinery 20, and has been a regular contributor to Addiction.com and PsychologyToday.com, where she has her own addiction blog titled Coming Clean.

For more information, please visit: www.amydresner.com

Follow Amy online: @amydresner | www.facebook.com/amydresner

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

Anna David Turned Messy Addiction Into Mega-Wealth

Anna David Turned Messy Addiction Into Mega-Wealth

The Addict Whisperer, Anna David has been sober for more than 17 years and has an impressive list of accomplishments. She is a six-time New York Times bestselling author, hosts the top recovery podcast, Recover Girl, with guests ranging from Moby to Dr. Drew to our own ANT. She’s appeared on The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, Dr. Drew and more, as well as contributing to publications like The New York Times, Time and Cosmo.  Her second chance didn’t get wasted.  Hear how she turned it into a mega-rich career that also helps others.

Anna David is the author of the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007), Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), and Falling For Me (HarperCollins, 2011) and the editor of the anthology Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010). Her book By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There, co-written with Tom Sizemore, was a New York Times bestseller.

Anna David was the sex and relationship expert on G4’s Attack of the Show and has been featured on The Talk Hannity, Red Eye, Dr. Drew, Jane Velez Mitchell and The Insider as well as on various other programs on Fox News, CTV, MTV News, VH1 and E!.

In January 2012, Anna created True Tales of Lust and Love, a storytelling show that premiered at The Mint in Los Angeles and which features female writers and comedians telling or reading stories. In August 2013, the show moved to Mbar. The show has featured Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Jen Kirkman, Jillian Lauren and Cindy Chupack, and the all-male show in June 2013 featured Paul F. Tompkins. An anthology of essays that have been performed at the show will be released in January 2014 by Counterpoint/SoftSkull.

In June 2013, Anna launched AfterPartyChat.com, a website focused on addiction and recovery. AfterPartyChat has featured exclusive interviews with Dr. Drew Pinsky and original content by Nic Sheff among others.

She created the Recover Girl podcast and the recovery storytelling show Hammer(ed) Time and speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery. Through both in person workshops and online coaching, she helps people transform their biggest messes into the message they deliver the world.

Want to write a book on your recovery story? Listen to find out how to contact Anna for help.

Twitter: @annabdavid
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annabdavid/
Instagram: @annabdavid
Websites: annadavidcoaching.com & annadavid.com

Greg Cope White is The Quintessential Gay Marine

Greg Cope White is The Quintessential Gay Marine

Acclaimed author, TV Writer (for Norman Lear) and food network star, Greg Cope White opens up about his journey being a young gay man ended up sneaking into the United States Marine Corps.  His dramatic story inspired by the headlines of bullied young kids choosing to end their life will move you and tug on your humanity.  A must listen!

When Greg Cope White’s best friend tells him he is spending his summer in Marine Corps boot camp, all Greg hears is “summer” and “camp.” Despite dire warnings from his friend, Greg vows to join him in recruit training. He is eighteen, underweight, he’s never run a mile—and he is gay.

It’s long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and with no LGBT rights in place in most states, and the Marines having a very definite expulsion policy in place for gay people when it comes to military personnel, will Greg even survive? 

The Pink Marine is the story—full of hilarity and heartbreak—of how a teenage boy who struggles with self-acceptance  and doesn’t fit the traditional definition of manliness finds acceptance and self-worth in Marine Corps boot camp. 

http://www.thepinkmarine.com

A card-carrying member of the Writer’s Guild and SAG, Greg’s a produced television writer. His writing credits include HBO’s Dream On, Norman Lear’s The Powers That Be and 704 Hauser, Fox’s Life With Louie, Sony’s animated series Jumanji, and Disney’s Social Studies. He currently has a sitcom in development with Norman Lear’s Act III.
 
He also shot a pilot for Food Network as host & cook for a food and travel adventure show, He competed on Mark Burnett’s TV show On The Menu. He appears on this season’s Unique Sweets on the Cooking Channel. He has a  Lifetime movie premiering July 31,  2016. He currently can be seen on tour with his book, speaking to the young adult audience. 

He writes television, film, and articles for publication.  He’s a member of The Association of Food Journalists and James Beard (his major passions are food and storytelling). He writes articles for The Huffington Post and Good Men Project , and most recently his memoir of his time in the Marine Corps–The Pink Marine (available everywhere books are sold).  He enjoys serving on literary panels with other Contemporary and Young Adult authors.
 
His memoir, The Pink Marine is also being developed for a TV series by Rachel Davidson and Pamela Oas Williams (The Butler, The Amazing Spider Man ….) . Greg does not; however , get to play himself in the series. He did narrate the audio version of The Pink Marine.  

Ritch Shydner: Comedy Legend, Legendary Addiction

Ritch Shydner: Comedy Legend, Legendary Addiction

Comedian and comedy writer Ritch Shydner was at the top of his game when debilitating depression took over and brought him to his spiritual and physical edge.  This powerful podcast talks to the power of the human spirit and the angels all around us.

Ritch Shydner was born in the town of Pennsville, New Jersey. He studied business and sociology at Gettysburg College and Law at George Mason University. Shortly thereafter, he started performing stand-up comedy.

As a stand-up comedian, Ritch appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno numerous times. He performed a HBO half-hour special called One Night Stand, as well as was a guest on Comics Unleashed. Aside from performing stand-up, Ritch, along with comedian Mark Schiff, compiled stories of comedians on the road in a book called I Killed (2006).

Ritch Shydner was born in the town of Pennsville, New Jersey. He studied business and sociology at Gettysburg College and Law at George Mason University. Shortly thereafter, he started performing stand-up comedy.

As a stand-up comedian, Ritch appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno numerous times. He performed a HBO half-hour special called One Night Stand, as well as was a guest on Comics Unleashed. Aside from performing stand-up, Ritch, along with comedian Mark Schiff, compiled stories of comedians on the road in a book called I Killed (2006).

Shydner was featured in the 2010 documentary I Am Comic, in which he traveled around the country interviewing various comedians, a process that ultimately led to his return to stand-up by going on the stage again after 13 years of retirement.

As an actor, Shydner played Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married… with Children and made guest appearances on other TV shows such as Designing Women, Roseanne and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. His film roles include Beverly Hills Cop II and Roxanne.

Shydner was a staff writer on such sitcoms as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Titus. He also wrote scripts for the sitcom Becker. Additionally, he wrote for singers Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis, as well as ventriloquist David Strassman.

Shydner’s influences are Art Carney, Lenny Bruce, Red Skelton and George Carlin.

http://www.ritchshydner.com/

https://www.facebook.com/shydnercomedy

https://twitter.com/ritchshydner @ritchshydner

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Perez Hilton Feels Bad About What He Said

Perez Hilton Feels Bad About What He Said

Self starter, creator of the most famous gossip blog on the internet, father of 2 – Perez Hilton opens up about Oprah, being a single father, gossip and his second chance! A Second Chance Podcast exclusive!

Cubano and Miami native Perez Hilton is the internet’s most notorious gossip columnist. He currently resides in Hollywood with his precious mini-Goldendoodle, Teddy Hilton.

The LA Times calls Perez, “like US Weekly, the Star, the Enquirer and Life & Style all rolled into one sweet yet snarky, sagacious yet salacious gay man.”

Perez was named the #1 Web Celeb for 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Forbes Magazine and has recently been tapped as one of the 15 most influential Hispanics in the US by People in Espanol and named 2009 Hispanic of the Year by Hispanic Magazine.

Since launching in 2004, PerezHilton.com — originally named PageSixSixSix.com– has become one of the leading go-to sites for celebrity news garnering over 300 million hits a month.

He has been featured in/on the L.A. Times, The View, The Wall Street Journal, MTV’s TRL, Larry King, CNN, E!, Time, Paper Magazine, LIFE, SPIN, CBS News, Business Week, Much Music, LA Magazine, The Advocate, Dateline, Howard Stern, Us Weekly, InTouch Weekly, NY Times, LA Times, Billboard and many more. “P Nasty” has created an empire which includes his own record label, Perezious Music, introducing acts such as Slimmy, Travis Garland and Semi Precious Weapons to the world. He also launched his mobile website at m.perezhilton.com, a new fashion website CoCoPerez.com and two best sellers in 2009, Perez Hilton’s Red Carpet Suicide and Perez Hilton’s True Bloggywood Stories.

Feel free to shoot over an email, some juicy gossip or any feedback to: Perez@perezhilton.com.

Twitter: @ThePerezHilton

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Jay Westbrook Knows Death Personally & Intimately

Jay Westbrook Knows Death Personally & Intimately

Nationally recognized hospice nurse and lecturer Jay Westbrook shares about his unique perspective on death as told through the eyes of the dying.  A must listen.

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Jay shares his most intimate moments with the dying.

Jay Westbrook is a multiple award-winning clinician & speaker, Visiting Faculty Scholar at Harvard Medical School, and a specialist in End-of-Life care & education. He holds an MS in Gerontology, is a Grief Recovery Specialist, an R.N., & a Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse. Saddened by the number of mature adults dying with diseases related to their substance abuse, he now also works with the recovery community to guide the mature adult alcoholic/addict to find & maintain sobriety & recovery.

Read his articles at: http://www.recovery.org/pro/author/jay-westbrook/

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Margaret Cho Would Never Cluck During Sex

Margaret Cho Would Never Cluck During Sex

Margaret Cho drops by the Second Chances Podcast and recounts the infamous night she bombed in New Jersey, drunk and high, and what Jerry Seinfeld did to help her.  The Tilda Swinton controversy is explained.  Clucking during sex?  Yes! Plus vagina stories and more.

Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho drops by the Second Chances Podcast and inspires Greg and ANT with the story of her second chance.

Margaret Cho is an American stand-up comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially regarding race and sexuality. She has created music videos and has her own clothing line of crotchless underwear for men and women. Cho has also frequently supported LGBT rights and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asians, and the LGBT community.

As an actress, she has acted in such roles as Charlene Lee in It’s My Party and John Travolta’s FBI colleague in the action movie Face/Off. Cho was part of the cast of the TV series Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime Television, in which she appeared as Teri Lee, a paralegal assistant.

She was just named one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time by Rolling Stone, along with Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, George Carlin, and Patton Oswalt.

Website: http://margaretcho.com/

Show Schedule: http://margaretcho.com/tour/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/margaretcho

Instagram:  @Margaret_Cho

Twitter: @Margaretcho

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