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Amy Dresner

While high on Oxycontin, Dresner brandished a bread knife at her husband on Christmas Eve, 2011. She was arrested for felony domestic assault with a deadly weapon. “That set in motion a divorce, a criminal case, a suicide attempt, multiple relapses and starting my life over as a broke divorcee in my ’40s,” Dresner says. Her epiphany came while sweeping the streets of Hollywood Boulevard eight hours a day – part of her court-ordered community labor. Dresner had been feeling sorry for herself, then thought, ‘Wait a minute. This can be the best thing that ever happened to you or the worst thing that ever happened to you – your choice,’” she recalls. “I decided it would be the best thing, and my life has never been the same.” Today, Dresner is entering her fifth year of recovery and is a successful author, blogger and addiction journalist. Her memoir, “My Fair Junkie” has been praised by the comedian Margaret Cho, conservative pundit Ben Stein and other notable men and women. Dresner sustains her recovery with help from a 12-step program, regular exercise, clean eating, meditation and service to others.

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