Life at 50 with Amy Dresner




Turning fifty never looked so good. In episode 105 of the To 50 and Beyond podcast, I talk with Amy Dresner, author of the book, My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean, about what life is like after recently turning the big 5-0! 


Amy is very candid about how she feels about aging and ageism, and the changes she is facing in midlife (she doesn't care for that word) and what she is doing today in her life and career. 


Amy feels like she isn't where she thinks she should be in life and talk about her financial worries, which is something we can all relate to in the middle.


Amy spent 25 years in addiction and opens up about what it is really like getting sober in her forties and how she works on her recovery today. 


As a former comedian, Amy will make you laugh as she talks about not so funny topics such as aging, dating, and dating apps. As a recovering sex addict, Amy sheds light on what it is like dating sober.


Other topics include:


  • Aging parents and illness
  • Gratitude for aging 
  • Amy's writing career + book My Fair Junkie 
  • Epilepsy from drug use and crystal meth 
  • Sex addiction 
  • Drug addiction 



Amy Dresner is a former comedian, as well as a recovering addict/alcoholic and epic, fuck up. She's been a writer for the addiction/recovery magazine since 2012 and freelanced for, Psychology Today, After Party Chat, Good Men Project, Refinery 29, among others. 


Her first book, "My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean," was released by Hachette in 2017 to rave reviews by critics and readers alike.


Amy has appeared on the television show The Doctors as well as been a guest on Dr. Drew, Don't Die, Recovering from Reality, Dopey Nation, and many other podcasts and radio shows. She was a speaker at the She Recovers LA Gala in 2018, receiving a standing ovation. Elle magazine compared her memoir "My Fair Junkie" to Carrie Fisher's 1987 autobiographical novel, "Postcards from the Edge" and Mary Karr's 2009 "Lit," calling it "one for the ages." Her book is currently in development for a TV series.


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